The GOP establishment relief is palpable. After watching Perry, Graham and Jindal crash and burn, Carly Fiorina is the first of their hitmen to take on Donald Trump and survive. More than survive. She is moving up in the polls. Of course, Fiorina did get a helping hand from Trump when he made his comments about her face. That gave her the opportunity to stand on the debate stage and – with righteous indignation – repudiate The Donald. It was a softball, but Fiorina still gets credit for knocking it out of the park.
Sensing a breakthrough, the GOP establishment immediately put in motion its propaganda machine and within a few hours puff pieces starting appearing on conservatives’ favorite cable news channel. Reliable establishment pundits like Jennifer Rubin hailed Fiorina as an acceptable “outsider”. It is not so much that the donor class has given up on a Jeb! administration. It is just that Carly is a convenient transition vehicle as the rebellious GOP base moves from its Trump infatuation to eventually supporting the Bush Dynasty. Use Fiorina to get Trump out of the way. Once The Donald is back in his Fifth Avenue tower, the GOP establishment will take Fiorina down so that only Jeb! will be left standing. A pretty devious, albeit transparent strategy.