With about 11 state primaries left, the analysis of how Donald Trump won the GOP nomination has been distributed by Bill Kristol at the Weekly Standard.
The review comes from Rich Danker who issued a memo to his group, the Lone Star Committee (an independent group that worked on behalf of Ted Cruz).
I can sum it up in a few of bullet points:
* Cruz was an unappealing stiff who never varied from his stump speech. Trump was more agile in his direct, often ad-libbed addresses to voters.
* Cruz’s strategy of winning key states while ignoring others was beat by Trump’s tactic of fighting in every one and picking up the occasional surprise win (i.e. doing better in the South East than expected).
* Political Consultants are an expensive liability against a media friendly, savvy manipulator of the press able to take advantage of every free interview on television and radio.
* Placing (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) in the first three states is critical to creating the impression in the minds of voters that a candidate is viable to ultimately win the general election in November, no matter what that candidate says, policy statement uttered or error while campaigning.
The full National Review piece Here
Commentary and implications in American Thinker Here