Attacking Trump is a losing strategy.
The other candidates at the debate will do best by just stating their positions and defending them.
They certainly should respond to any attack from Trump; but it’s doubtful that any response will garner them additional support.
About Fiorina. One thing I realized after listening to a strategist last night is this…her “base” are comprised of mostly Fiscal Conservatives with more moderate opinions on Social Issues (note: moderate compared to the Extreme Right, NOT compared to liberals). She also is pulling from Push’s “Undecided”. (Had to put that in there Push…!)
The only true definable “Trump” follower are Angry White Males…otherwise, he is pulling support from across the Board.
Last point…how do you even define Trump doing “bad” or “good” in the debate when he continues to defy all metrics?
Trump will be Trump…and his numbers will go up.
I agree that attacking Trump is a losing strategy. In fact, there might be a backlash if it appears that several are ganging up on Trump. And he certainly does defy all “metrics” as you have said.
I thought for sure when he commented on Fiorina’s looks that this would certainly be the last straw. I even said to my wife “you don’t run a campaign by picking on a woman’s looks. It is below the belt fighting and it will surely hurt him.” But…nothing happened! He just keeps going up in the polls. I have never seen anything like it.
Is our society dumbed down to the point where anything goes?
Maybe it’s the fact that we have mixed entertainment and politics over the years to our detriment.
Maybe Americans are just ready for a leader/ruler that acts like a leader/ruler. Americans long ago decided that the President should be a leader/ruler, but we have continued to elect folks that play nice/act like pussies/basically govern the same way as the other guy would have. We are not as advanced as we like to pretend, and people still(like on the playground in elementary school) want to follow someone worth(very subjective) following.