Trump is skidding

25 October 2015 11:08 am

It’s been a bad week for Donald Trump. As The Wall Street Journal tells us, cable-TV networks are no longer taking his rallies live and sliding polls show that voters are leaving him for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, falling eight points behind Mr. Carson in a Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa. He was nine points behind Mr. Carson in a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll released Friday.

Trump might still be ahead in the polls but a groundswell of GOP voters are beginning to think he is the most ego-driven of all their party’s candidates.

“When he speaks, it's 'I,' 'I,' 'I,' 'I,' instead of what we as a country need to do,” said Cynthia Ament, 63, a retired office and assembly line worker from northeast Iowa told Bloomberg. “He thinks that he can solve every problem himself and that's just egotistical. There is the Congress and the judiciary, not just the president. He would need to work with everybody and I don't believe that would.”

Trump didn’t do himself much good on Saturday when he mocked Jeb Bush who has been forced lay off campaign staff and cut salaries by 40 percent. The Hill sums up Trump neatly by running his quote made at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida. “"Bush has no money, he's meeting today with mommy and daddy, and they're working on his campaign."

All this has led Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post to ask a good question: how long will Trump stay around if he is losing?

Rubin writes: “It is too soon to tell whether this is the beginning of the end of Trump. But it surely is the end of a beginning in which Trump dominated the race, the polls and the media and projected an aura of strength (in comparison with all those "losers" and "stupid" people). An amateur presidential campaign with a know-nothing candidate can survive for a few months, but the show has a limited shelf life… The Trump shtick works only if he is a winner. This might suggest he would leave the race before losing a state and destroying the aura. Alternatively, it might mean he'd stay in but get out soon if he does not win one of the first few primaries. It is hard to imagine him trudging from state to state in March, spending boatloads of money to compete in winner-take-all states if he is not winning races.”

That raises another question. If he does vacate the field, where will his supporters go? Watch this space.