Is this a (revived) thing or has The Donald just run out of original material?
First of all, Trump plainly and simply crapped the bed last Saturday, just as Marco Rubio did a week before when he got challenged from multiple directions. He melted down on stage and revealed himself for the entire country to see as the New York liberal he really is. Which is why it's so frustrating that the rest of the GOP field never went after him so effectively months before now.
So shake it off and move on - after all, he's got South Carolina in the bag, right?
Or maybe he doesn't. Maybe he's got internal polling that's showing a significant, or massive, shift to Senator Cruz underway as a result of that tantrumesque self-outing. Maybe the long-awaited Trump implosion has begun.
Allahpundit's dismissal of this as "just a likely nominee polishing his anti-establishment brand" might be the case, but isn't that "brand" already abundantly polished by now? Why apply another coat if there's no practical reason to do so? But if his loud lapse into Bush-bashing, 9/11-Trutherism, and Planned Parenthood-flacking has opened way too many Republican eyes in the nick of time, trotting out the "go indy" chestnut starts making all kinds of sense.
I infer the significant or massive shift to Cruz from his escalating birther lawsuit threats:
Trump said Monday he'll file a birther lawsuit against Cruz – the same day the Texas lawmaker released an attack ad targeting Trump's past liberal positions on hot-button issues.
"Ted Cruz is a totally unstable individual," Trump said in a news release posted on his website.
Note the voracious irony.
"He is the single biggest liar I’ve ever come across, in politics or otherwise….
Note the ravenous irony.
....Cruz says I am pro-choice, when in fact I am staunchly pro-life and have been for a long time. Like Ronald Reagan, on many issues, I have evolved."
Says the same man who was spouting Planned Parenthood propaganda thirty-six hours before.
"One of the ways I can fight back is to bring a lawsuit against him relative to the fact that he was born in Canada and therefore cannot be president," Trump said in the news release on his website. "If he doesn’t take down his false ads and retract his lies, I will do so immediately.
In probably the only instance in which I will ever quote John Kerry, "BRING...IT...ON". And after it's dismissed thirty seconds later, he can add that humiliation to his resume, because, one more time, constitutional eligibility for the presidency has nothing to do with WHERE a candidate was born. And the fact that Trump keeps citing that as the reason to disqualify Ted Cruz ought to get across to any remaining Tea Party Trumplicans that he is no bleeping constitutionalist.
"Additionally, the [Republican National Committee] should intervene and if they don’t they are in default of their pledge to me."
He wants the RNC to throw Ted Cruz off of fifty State primary ballots - which they do not have the power to do in any case - solely at his command. Or he'll throw another temper tantrum, I guess.
Am I the only one who looks at this like Ted Cruz is pulling the wings off of Donald Trump flies?
We'll find out in five days.