Something seemed to be missing at the GOP debate in Iowa: anger. Anger that any given candidates views were being misrepresented by moderators or competitors, and gumming up all that laser-focused ambition that is the fuel of anyone who makes it to this stage of a campaign. Even if quite a few more have made it this far than is normally the case.

Bush was more relaxed. Rand Paul was more relaxed. Everyone on the main stage was more relaxed. Ben Carson has been relaxed for a while now. So relaxed that his once-wonderful run is now closer to the end than many thought it would have been a few short months ago.

Even Ted Cruz was not quite the flamethrower he usually tends to be. On the debate stage and in the halls of Congress. Is New Hampshire to blame? Is that who candidates were really talking to?

Or did people know about the Rasmussen poll that was released on Friday? Had rumors filtered into their campaign teams? That What’s-his-Face was still riding high with GOP voters despite his no-show? Perhaps riding high is not an appropriate turn of phrase. Perhaps inevitability is. Just about three quarters of GOP voters seem to see Trump’s nomination as inevitable. Or at least very likely.

If it was up to the usual caucus goer – or the usual GOP primary voter – this would be a very different story. But reasoned arguments – such as those heard in Iowa – do not resonate with angry voters. Especially when candidates try and appropriate their anger after flip-flopping, like Rubio on immigration. Who at the same time still tried (had to perhaps under Kelly’s questioning) justify why he co-sponsored the amnesty bill in the Senate. You almost felt that Marco and Jeb are starting to like each other again as they go back and forth on the issue.

Cute, but not much for a Trump supporter to identify with. So, the question is, will they turn out? Are a wave of former non-participants in the primary process as mad as they seem to be, and will they take action by actually participating? Trump’s team seems convinced of this. And the Rasmussen poll seems to give them the reason to be so convinced. Or at least to suggest that most GOP voters think Trump supporters will swamp the results. And that is one way of defining inevitable.

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