Did the Republican Fat Lady Already Sing in South Carolina?
They say it's not over until the fat lady sings. Well, the Republican fat lady was definitely vocalizing in South Carolina this Saturday and I think I can hear her warming up Götterdämmerung right now - or is it "Hail to the Chief"?
Truth is, there's only the slightest hope Donald Trump didn't essentially wrap up the nomination in this primary. (What is the media going to do with its time?) Marco Rubio bounced back a bit from his New Hampshire washout last week, eking out the narrowest of victories over Ted Cruz for second and finally causing the departure of Jeb Bush from the race. (Bush looked more presidential dropping out than he ever did during the campaign.) This supposedly opened up a lane for the well-funded Rubio as the only one who might possibly compete with Trump, but he's up against a force of nature. It doesn't look good. I'm still going with the fat lady.
Here's the bad news for Cruz supporters. Even though the Texas senator ran around South Carolina like a Holy Roller, accompanied by half the pastors from Raleigh to Key West, as if headlining his own mobile spiritual cavalcade for constitutionalists, he couldn't even win the evangelical vote against Trump in a Southern state, let alone much of anything else. As of this writing, he didn't even muster one county. This does not augur well for the long run. A few more Jeb voters will more likely peel off for Rubio, as will Kasich's (when he finally drops). It's hard to tell about Carson's, a smaller number anyway. Strangely, the doctor vowed to fight on, looking as bad in the process as Bush looked good bowing out. We all love and admire you, Ben. Don't ruin it. Go back to your day job. Not only are neurosurgeons more respected than politicians, they're better paid -- at least legally.