There seem to be some similarities on the Dem and Republican sides. My observation is the establishment on both sides is looking past New Hampshire and Iowa to South Carolina. They are planning or hoping to build a consensus from there forward for the establishment candidates and establishment itself.
Establishment is taking it on the chin this year. Both sides are lining up paying close attention to Iowa and New Hampshire. That may be the usual course but both seem like they are following a similar pattern. We are trying to judge the races(each) by events in Iowa and New Hampshire while those are looking increasingly irrelevant. Could they cancel each other out? But the establishment on both side is looking at South Carolina.
That’s why I chuckled as Jeb rolled out the endorsement from Lindsey Graham. It reveals the importance of SC to Bush — his only chance. Not only for SC but for establishment to break the barriers it has so far been unable to do. It’s all Jeb can hope for.
The establishment seems to be playing virtually the same strategy game, with Jeb Bush being a harbinger. While we are consumed by Iowa and New Hampshire, they are betting their estabo marbles on some momentum they can build from South Carolina on.
So my point is estabos on both sides are looking to start hijacking or stealing the election there. I said on both sides. Dems are engaged in a social debate, and queen-estabo- Hillary plans on South Carolina being her firewall and beginning of her victory. Bernie does not seem to have an answer for that. I don’t know if conservatives have an answer yet for the big establishment roll out? They both can be very persuasive when they want to be.
How does the establishment RNC deal with a lead candidate who is not going to be begging for money and groveling? A candidate who looks past estabos like they do anti-estabo front runners? That scenario looks more like war, politically. Finally the establishment is on defense against the ropes. Can they endure the onslaught and still survive? Or are they beaten clear back to their respective corners? Is the RNC forced to try making concessions to save themselves, just like they do with Democrats everyday?
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