Donald Trump, when asked about Ben Carson, said that he hoped Carson would attack him because he (Trump) likes to ‘counter-punch’.
There is no doubt about that.
Ben Carson stuck the tiniest of toes into the “attack Trump” waters yesterday by questioning the genuineness of Trump’s faith and found just how eager Trump really was to launch a counterattack. Carson quickly turned around and went into retreat.
“I would like to say to him that the intention was not to talk to him but about what motivates me,” he said about his religion comment. “If he took that as a personal attack on him, I apologize, it was certainly not the intent”
Next Candidate Up – Bobby Jindal
If Ben Carson showed timidity, Bobby Jindal is now showing pure desperation, and Trump should be worried. Mired in the polls and barely registering any support whatsoever, Jindal vowed to do what the Donald himself has done so well: to say what everyone else is thinking.
Donald Trump is a narcissist and an egomaniac. That may sound like a serious charge to make, but it is also something that everyone knows to be true, and he knows it too, and he celebrates it. He told us the other day that he’s likes Kanye West, why? “Because Kanye loves Trump.” He may be an entertaining narcissist, but he is one nonetheless.
Like all narcissists, Donald Trump is insecure and weak, and afraid of being exposed. And that’s why he is constantly telling us how big and how rich and how great he is, and how insignificant everyone else is. We’ve all met people like Trump, and we know that only a very weak and small person needs to constantly tell us how strong and powerful he is. Donald Trump believes that he is the answer to every question…
The conservative cause deserves more than a power-hungry shark who eats whatever is in front of him…because sooner or later, we will be his next meal.
The Counterpunch: Who?
Bobby Jindal did not make the debate stage and therefore I have never met him….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2015
Trump’s response is something quite predictable: belittle and dismiss. This is what Trump thrives on, non-threatening candidates taking desperate swings at him just to notch up one or two points in the polls.
But is that what Jindal is doing? I don’t think so.
Jindal Could Line Himself Up for Big Favors
Jindal’s campaign never gained any real traction since he launched. The chattering class has frequently fingered Jindal as one of the most likely candidates to drop out early, and possibly first, unless Rick Perry beats him to it.
So really, what does Jindal have to lose? What he could gain would be the admiration, respect, and a big, fat, IOU from whoever emerges from the primaries as the candidate for the republican party.
Could Jindal Derail Trump?
Others have tried, and failed. Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, and Bush all lost ground to Trump when they lobbed their attacks. Here is what will happen:
- Jindal will get his name in the paper more frequently. The press will eat this up, but readers still won’t know how Jindal is other than that guy who said some things about Trump.
- Pundits will gladly recite Trump’s one line insults.
- Trump will counterattack strongly to intimidate Jindal.
- Trump will step over a line and say something truly insulting
The question is whether or not Jindal really cares if he gets destroyed by Trump. My guess is that he doesn’t, and if he keeps prodding at Trump, Trump will say yet another thing that alienates voters.
Just How Many Mistakes Can Trump Make?
Trump supporters like to think that he is invincible. He said that John McCain wasn’t a war hero, but it didn’t destroy him. He accused Megyn Kelly of being on her period, but his poll numbers went up. Just this week he attacked Carly Fiorina as ugly to the strong disdain of his rivals.
But with each of these mistakes, his poll numbers took a temporary dive (except for Fiorina since that just happened).
Could Jindal force Trump into yet another unforced error? Would Trump lob some insult about Jindal’s ethnicity? About his looks?
Don’t Underestimate Jindal
Trump should not underestimate Jindal, not because Bobby Jindal is a particularly strong candidate, but rather, Jindal has absolutely nothing to lose. If Trump puts the final nail in Jindal’s campaign coffin, he’ll just expedite a process that’s well underway.
But Jindal could pull Trump down with him, and that’s the danger to Trump.