Now, let's get down to business. Enough time has elapsed since the debate (or IMHO the Megyn Kelly Show) to get a good reading of what the voters are thinking. The winners are in and, TAH DAH, Trump, Cruz, Carson and Fiorina lead the way. Trump is polling at 23%, Cruz has moved up to second at 13%, Ben Carson surprises at 11% and after her great performance in the JV debate, Fiorina is at 9% just ahead of Marco Rubio.
So what's the big deal, you ask? Well, all of the top four are not part of the main establishment. The leader, Donald Trump, is clearly bucking the party in his push to open up the issues to public scrutiny, Cruz is doing the same just in a bit more of a less boisterous way, Dr. Carson, although soft spoken is making it clear that the current status quo is unacceptable and Fiorina brings a strong advocacy for stopping the hacking and drain on American data by foreign governments, not to mention her push for better accountability.
Dr. Gina Loudon, a conservative Christian advocate, has written an article entitled: Seven Reasons Why Conservatives Should Kiss the Donald's Ring. The major thrust is that Donald Trumps brash and fearless reliance on the truth in dealing with today's issues has opened the door for other excellent candidates like Ted Cruz and Ben Carson to make more traction for them. He has, in effect, cleared the barricades that the Republican Establishment has put in place to try and protect their privileged status of business as usual. This is healthy and is directly attributable to Donald Trump.
I agree with Dr. Loudon, Trump has opened a new and refreshing dimension to modern Republican politics and I'm glad to see so many others are opening things up as well. Cruz and Carson have both tried to do so before, yet they faced formidable roadblocks and, after all, they had to be careful since many of the well-healed donors, even those claiming to be conservative, often don't like wave making. But with Trump, a man of many means and fearless, those roadblocks are rapidly crumbling and our political process is being forced to lift the blinds on internal processes within the parties that need blinding light shining on them.
Can any of these guys win? Of course they can, but they must be allowed to play on a level playing field and not put under gag order by the Establishment. Whatever ultimately happens, the gag order is off and we're going to benefit from it. Now all average Americans need to do is pay attention, get the facts, make a self-analysis of what they have learned and vote accordingly. Never, never let the politics of the twenty second sound byte determine how we vote again.