Blue Dog Democrat, Nellie Stone of the DFW area in Texas supports Donald Trump. “Say ‘Boo!’ and Republicans jump back and fold but Donald Trump never caves, he just doubles down,” noted Stone. “I believe Donald Trump when he promises, ‘I won’t let you down.'” A Wednesday Quinnipiac poll has Trump with a big lead at 39 percent in South Carolina barreling “like a freight train through signals with his horn on full blast … towards a possible nomination,” according to the director of the poll. Interestingly, Stone isn’t the only Democrat pulling for Trump, another recent poll suggests as many as 20 percent of fellow Democrats plan to defect to vote for Trump.
Blue Dog Democrats are found everywhere, but are especially prevalent in the South and they are known for clinging to their conservative values, mocked by President Obama as guns and religion, even though they are Democrats by tradition. Not since the Reagan years have the Blue Dogs come out in force in a presidential election. However, it is their vote that could swing this election and tip the scales for Donald Trump. The Blue Dog Democrats were thus named after the blue dog named “Dino” featured in the once very popular “Flintstone” comics. It’s fitting that”DINO” often is used as an acronym for “Democrat in name only.
Stone think Trump has South Carolina in the bag and though she is not a betting lady, she would put her money on him. Over on the site where gamblers do put their money where their mouth is, Trump is sitting pretty at 92.3 percent, leaving Rubio trailing at 4.1 percent, Cruz at 2.8 percent, while Bush, Kasich and Carson are limping along around one percent or less.
Trump’s position as front runner in the primary means that all the other candidates are vying for second and third place and the race is heating up. As the days dwindle before the South Carolina vote, robo-calls are jamming phone lines and mail boxes are filling with political mailers. Almost all pundits agree if Trump wins huge in South Carolina the way he won in New Hampshire, Trump has a clear shot at running the table, especially if none of the peripheral GOP candidates drop out to allow one candidate a chance to capture the two-thirds vote split currently split between them.
Brit Hume of FOX News genuinely believes the fate of the GOP establishment rests with the votes in South Carolina. Speaking to Megyn Kelly Tuesday night, Hume declared that two-thirds of Republicans “want nothing to do with Trump,” while bemoaning that nothing Trump says or does impacts Trump’s numbers. For the seventh time pundits hoped Trump was road kill after he criticized former President George W. Bush for failing to prevent 9/11 in the South Carolina debate.
It’s possible Hume was upset because he had just viewed the the PPP Poll which clearly indicates not only is Trump still leading by a wide margin in South Carolina – Trump is leading among George W. Bush fans. Trump is trampling Bush’s little brother, Jeb, as well as the rest of the GOP pack. “If this keeps up and Trump continues to have pluralities in the 30 percentile,” worried Hume, “when he gets to the winner-take-all states, Trump will win the nomination.”
Hume added, “As long as Rubio, Kasich and Bush remain in the race and their lane doesn’t clear, Trump has a clear path to win no matter that Trump doesn’t have the temperament nor experience to be president, “and will be “crushed in the general election.” Hume expressed his understanding and regret that none of the other GOP candidates seemed ready to give up so voters can support one establishment candidate. Hume thinks each are probably wondering, “Why should I be the one to get out?”
According to Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, there have been 72 polls since Donald Trump has announced his candidacy, and “Donald Trump has led in 68 of those polls.” Maddow shrugs, “Maybe it’s possible,” for one of the establishment candidates to to overturn Trump’s lead but at this point, she, Trump and most of the nation including Blue Dog Democrats don’t think so. Stone and other Blue Dog Democrats join shoulder to shoulder with millions of Trump supporters – rooting for Donald Trump to “Bring it home!