The GOP establishment will attempt to resurrect Jeb Bush in South Carolina. It started with the endorsement of Jeb by RINO Lindsey Graham. While not exactly a favorite amongst conservatives, Graham does have support from the Establishment, Neocons and Democrats. His endorsement appears to have helped Jeb.
In the latest poll from OpinionSavvy for Morris News, Jeb has now moved into 3rd place at 13%, just behind Ted Cruz.
You might be asking, how will the GOPe manage to secure a win for Jeb in South Carolina? Well, all you need to do is look back at 2008 to see how they resurrected the dead campaign of John McCain. They first trotted out Fred Thompson to appeal to the most ideologically conservative voters, then went on to use their favorite mouthpiece, “Club For Growth”, to attack the populist Mike Huckabee. The tactic worked well, and succeeded in splitting the conservative vote between Thompson and Huckabee, which allowed McCain to win the SC GOP primary with only 33% of the vote.
In this election cycle, it’s not hard to imagine a similar scenario playing out, with Ted Cruz playing the role of Thompson and the more populist Donald Trump being in the same position as Mike Huckabee. I expect the Club For Growth, and a few other PACs, to heavily attack Trump, while touting Cruz as the “Consistent Conservative”. Expect Karl Rove’s and Bush’s PACs to similarly follow suit. As always, it will get very nasty in South Carolina, with every dirty trick you can imagine being used. Of that, we can all be certain.
If the GOPe can divide the voters (remember the plants who booed in the SC Debate), they might be able to push Jeb over the line in a squeaker. This, of course, would change the narrative entirely and could dramatically change the direction of the 2016 GOP primary.
UPDATE 01-21-16: George Bush To Campaign For Jeb in South Carolina.
George W. Bush is a natural fit in South Carolina, a state rife with military bases and families, which heads to the polls on Feb. 20. But he could potentially also be an asset in New Hampshire, which votes on Feb. 9, and where his brother needs a top finish to help re-energize his campaign.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we see 43 on the trail in South Carolina” soon, said Dorothy Bush Koch, Jeb and George W. Bush’s sister. link