The latest poll from Fox News puts Donald Trump at the top of the Republican field, with 18 percent. Scott Walker is in second at 15 percent, and Jeb Bush is third at 14 percent. No one else reaches double-digits in the national survey: Rand Paul, 8%; Marco Rubio, 7%; Ben Carson, 6%; Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, 4%; Chris Christie, 3%; John Kasich and Rick Santorum, 2%; Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal and George Pataki each received one percent or less. Remember: the top 10, as decided by Fox, get into the first debate next month. Yesterday, Univision released its own poll showing that 7 in 10 Hispanic registered voters have an unfavorable impression of Trump.
Every day I seem to get some breathless report about some new outrageous thing a Republican presidential primary candidate has said. And I’m not talking about the eye rollers from joint front runners Trump, Walker and Bush. It’s like “Can you believe that Santorum said that?” “Have you heard the latest devilry from Ted Cruz?” “OMG Rick Perry is going to turn the US into a theocracy!”
I’d like to ask everyone to take a deep breath and forget them for the time being. Look at that national poll again. No one besides Trump, Walker and Bush hits the double digits. And they have plenty of in their records to complain about. Let’s not dilute criticism of these records with angst over people who quite likely will be gone from the field next Spring. Don’t give them attention they don’t deserve.
Give Bernie Sanders some attention if you want. He’s polling around 15% among Democrats. That makes him more popular in his party than EVERYONE in the latest Fox poll except The Donald. If you’re a progressive, spreading hopeful stories about Bernie makes more sense than worrying about dead enders like Cruz and Santorum.
If other Republicans can break double digits, I’ll pay attention to them. Or if a Republican emerges who’s not simple a “Me too! But I’m tougher and cut more taxes and bomb more countries than those losers!” I’ll pay attention. Until then I don’t think the scary stories are worth my time or yours. Unless you’re a Republican voter.