If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last six Presidential election cycles, it’s that Democrats know how to attack threats better than Republicans. Unlike Republicans who have a steady flow of contempt that they spew towards who they dislike the most, Democrats handle it more strategically. They don’t go after the candidates they dislike. They go after the people they fear.
A perfect example on the Republican side can be seen with the onslaught of attacks made on Hillary Clinton. Candidates like Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley are getting very little attention from Republicans or conservative media. Even Vice President Joe Biden, who hasn’t announced but is making it very possible that he’ll likely enter the race, isn’t getting much attention from the right. They don’t like Hillary Clinton and they will do whatever they can to attack now.
The irony is that her weaknesses make her the easiest candidate to defeat if she were to win the nomination. The idealistic desire by the right to quash her candidacy is arguably righteous but strategically inept. Republicans who want the easiest path for their candidate to reach the White House should be holding back on the reins and saving their attacks for when she gets the nomination rather than attacking so hard now. At the rate they’re going, they will have her out before she can give them a chance to defeat her in the general election.
The last time this happened was 2008 when the right was so hard on Clinton and her 30%+ lead over candidate Barack Obama that they inadvertently propped up the candidate who would defeat them two Presidential elections in a row.
The Democrats are more strategic than that. Their strategists, the liberal fringe media, and the left-leaning mainstream media look at the candidates and judge them based upon how easy it would be to defeat them. They go easy on the ones they want to win the nomination, then they unleash media hell on them after the decision has been made.
The candidates that they fear the most, the ones they know have the best chance of beating them, are the ones that they attack the hardest through the nomination process. This is why milquetoast moderate nominees like Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Bob Dole emerge from the GOP primaries while hardcore liberals like President Obama and President Bill Clinton are given the license to defeat them.
They won’t attack Jeb Bush. They want Jeb Bush. They know they can beat Jeb Bush.
They weren’t attacking Donald Trump, though there have been more attacks lately since his base has been growing a little too quickly for comfort. This isn’t out of fear, though. They know they can beat Trump. They simply don’t want him to eliminate the competition too quickly. Their ideal situation is a long, drawn out primary season that allows the GOP candidates to beat up on the frontrunner whether that’s Trump or someone else at the time.
They are the masters at spin control, buzz moderation, and opinion manipulation. It’s a formula that may be required this year with so many strong Republican candidates and a weak showing from the Democratic candidates.
The candidates they fear the most are the ones they’ll attack the hardest right now. Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz are their biggest threats. They are the candidates that are most likely able to beat Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley, Biden, or whoever else pops into the race.
That’s the bad news for Republicans. The good news is that if you follow the headlines and read the emotion that liberal journalists put into their writing, you’ll be able to identify the best candidates. These are the candidates that you’ll notice will receive well-spun headlines that position them in a negative light, even if it’s subtle. There are candidates that will draw the ire of the fringe liberal publications, a knee-jerk reaction to the fear they have of someone who can actually sway the American people.
Over the last two months, the one candidate who has had the most steady flow of vitriol pointed at him is Ted Cruz.
— Salon.com (@Salon) September 29, 2015
— Chuck Nellis (@ChuckNellis) September 29, 2015
Ted Cruz "good only for garnering money and attention while he pursues his larger ambition with relentless monomania" http://t.co/9TwxFSYc8i
— American Liberal (@AmerLiberal) September 28, 2015
One might say that since he’s the most conservative that he’ll draw the most fire from the left. That’s not how it works. They have always pointed their attacks towards the candidate they fear the most, not the candidate they hate the most. Last Presidential election, it was Newt Gingrich. He wasn’t the most conservative, but he posed the most clear contrast to President Obama. He was strong enough to win in the general election, but the left made certain he didn’t get his chance.
The election before, it was Rudy Giuliani who scared the left. Going into October, 2007, Giuliani had a 22-point lead over John McCain. He wasn’t the most conservative by a long shot, but he was best positioned to defeat Clinton or Obama. They destroyed him with media vitriol.
The left is adept at playing the right so they can help select their opponent. This year, it’s becoming increasingly clear who they believe is their biggest threat.