The anti-Trump coalition finally has that one poll that they have been longing for where the Donald is not leading the GOP pack. They were likely exchanging high fives and fist bumping at RNC headquarters over the results of the Monmouth University poll that showed retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson - a favorite of Evangelical Christians - has tied the meddlesome billionaire outsider at 23 percent in the critical state of Iowa. The Monmouth poll will be flogged relentlessly by a mercenary media that is getting their marching orders and preparing to go all in on that post-Labor Day negative advertising onslaught that the establishment is hoping will finally slay Trumpzilla.
CNN is reporting that “Ben Carson ties Donald Trump in new Iowa poll”:
For the first time in more than a month, mogul Donald Trump is not leading the field in one of the first four nominating states in the Republican primary, according to a new poll.
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has surged up in the pack to tie Trump in Iowa, Monmouth University found in a poll out Monday.
Trump and Carson are tied at 23%, according to the survey, making it the first time since July 26 that a poll in the first four states to select a Republican nominee did not find Trump substantially ahead of all other candidates.
Farther behind Trump and Carson were former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, at 10%; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, at 9%; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, at 7%; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at 5%; Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, each at 4%; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, at 3%; and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, at 2%. No other candidates topped 1%.
The downside of the Monmouth U. poll is that golden boy Jeb! (aka John Ellis Bush) is pulling a horrid 5 percent and the neocon stooge Marco Rubio is at 4 percent. Despite the fact that Carson isn’t exactly the preferred choice of the elite he will be more malleable than Trump could ever be. If it can be pulled off and the token black candidate Carson can be pumped up and sold as the anti-establishment candidate, then he could easily be taken down by the pro-Bush forces because nice guys finish last. Swapping out Ben Carson for Trump as the choice of the conservative base is essentially a bait and switch and is a testament to how little esteem that the establishment snobs have for the intelligence of voters who they feel can be easily hornswoggled like they were last November.
But if anything has been established it is that Trump is extremely resilient and the coming blitzkrieg may just backfire and do so in a spectacular manner. Despite his being despised by the GOP leadership and the big money donors, he would hammer a wounded Hillary Clinton in the general election. That doesn’t seem to matter to the big shots and the thousands of operatives whose livelihoods depend on a squishy moderate getting the nomination. They would rather expend their energy trying to kneecap Trump and damn the collateral damage to the ultimate goal of a Republican taking up residence in the White House come January 2017. If the September media bombardment fails then the establishment may just try to pull a Mitt Romney out of their hat as a last ditch effort to keep the rabble from taking over their process.