The Republican race for President is evolving, and the dynamics are getting out of control.
It was to be anticipated, of course. Many of the candidates had seemed to evoke the rule attributed to Ronald Reagan — thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican. But as the realization that all of them will not be sharing the stage in the first debate takes root, a new “debate primary” has made the back of the pack, including former governors and senators, start to turbocharge their efforts.
Fox News has adopted a new rule limiting their debate to the top 10 candidates, as determined by the latest average of polls. And all participants must be officially declared as well. These qualifications knock out Carly Fiorina and Governor John Kasich, serious participants in the field.
In any case, Republican candidates are starting to “draw distinctions” between themselves and their rivals — otherwise known as negative campaigning. The governors are railing against Washington while the Senators are talking about “national security experience.” Even more direct attacks can not be far behind.
And that’s good for the Democrats. Because once the American people understand the exact policies being espoused by the Republicans, as opposed to the smoke and mirrors, they will be shocked and will end up voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton.