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Benko: Give Jim Gilmore His Due

Our friend Ralph Benko says although it would embarrass him were he to read this let it be said: Jim Gilmore is an authentic Cold War hero. His failure to rise in the polls this year may be due to his personally becoming — yet politically toxic — level of humility. He did not brag on his credentials, but his credentials are stunningly great.

FedUp PAC Poll: Battle In SC Is Between Cruz And Trump

Conservatives are not impressed by John Kasich’s second-place finish in New Hampshire.  Only 21% believe he can claim this as any kind of victory, and only 9% see him as the favorite in South Carolina.  Trump is expected by 51% to carry South Carolina, while 21% say Cruz will come in first.

Cruz and Trump benefit from establishment donors freeze

Jonathan Swan, The Hill

The New Hampshire primary has frozen GOP establishment donors. They’re not stampeding toward John Kasich or away from Jeb Bush. And they’re not flocking to Marco Rubio, who plummeted after a robotic debate performance. Instead, some of the Republican party’s wealthiest donors are either staying on the sidelines or sticking with their chosen candidate, with many hoping that South Carolina clarifies who they should support.

Did New Hampshire Knockout Christie and Kasich?

With the Republican nominating process moving on from two small states where a presidential candidate can conduct a retail campaign like he is running for county sheriff to a national multi-state stage, the perverse result of the New Hampshire Primary is that it likely spells the end of the line for the two candidates who worked the state the hardest – John Kasich and Chris Christie.

Bush, Rubio and Kasich: The Establishment’s Whack-a-Mole Candidates

They rise and fall through the ups and downs of the media cycle, mechanically mouth the same positions that are at odds with the views of the Republican Party’s conservative grassroots base and are eventually whacked back down below ground level when conservatives understand they hold the same views on immigration, amnesty for illegal aliens and Common Core as do Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: ABC Republican debate: The beginning of repetitious Rubio’s precipitous decline

Marco Rubio’s canned and thrice (at least) repeated response to Chris Christie’s attacks on his “25 second speech” will likely damage the Florida senator’s chances in New Hampshire and beyond. Plus,  ABC does a few things differently; Carly Fiorina was barred at the door, but will it end up helping her?; Get the ring ready, the establishment appears ready to propose; Cruz quietly makes his points, shores up conservative support; Trump doesn’t understand eminent domain but loves the police, and, In two more days, we’ll know.

What Donald Trump voters really care about and why he can’t help them

For Donald Trump’s backers, it all boils down to one thing – Trump is a smart, blunt-talking businessman who has succeeded his whole life and will fix things. He’s from outside the system and that’s enough. He’ll make great deals whereas all the previous government leaders have been too stupid to know a good deal if it smacked them across the face. But the Trump candidacy is a ruse. There’s only one candidate who can truly deliver on what they want.