This is about winning the nomination
Donald Trump’s statement about stopping Muslims from entering the US has been widely condemned both in America and round the world. In the UK David Cameron has joined those attacking the current GOP front runner and possibly the next President.
But amidst all the noise some US pundits are saying that this might help the property billionaire just as there were polling indications that his position in Iowa, the first state to decide. was starting to wane.
This is from the editor of Erik Erickson editor RedState
“..Hate Donald Trump all you want, be offended by his proposal all you want, but it is really brilliant politics for Trump right now in the Republican primary and the reactions from the other candidates prove it. All the people attacking Trump on his immigration proposals now attacking him on this have done themselves no favors within the primary process.
Have none of these people read Art of the Deal? This is an opening, bombastic salvo to set the terms of negotiations and the other candidates except Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% just decided to negotiation in Barack Obamaâ€™s position. And it comes at a time some polls are suggesting Trump is starting to fade in places like Iowa…”
This is the old problem for the Republicans – the party base is much more likely to warm to a hard-line appeal when what’s needed to win the White House itself requires very different positioning.
I’m still long on Trump, Cruz and Rubio for the nomination.