The Donald vs the RINO establishment
To say that the Republican establishment is desperate to stop Donald Trump is a HUGE understatement. In an odd way, Donald Trump has been playing the role as a filter in helping to separate out the true conservative candidates from the Republican establishment candidates posing as conservatives. The Republican Party has become the stuck on stupid party in recent years. They seem to care more about what the media and Democrats say then what their own supporters have to say. I had a feeling that the fake controversy over Donald Trump's comments about John McCain wasn't going to impact Trump's poll numbers, and I was right. For starters, conservatives (including active military and veterans) have no love lost for John McCain, so when the Republican establishment candidates such as Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham etc attacked Trump, their plan to use McCain's service to take down Trump backfired. Not only did it backfire, but Trump's poll numbers have increased further post his McCain military service comments. If the other GOP candidates who are attacking Trump had any sense, they would be spending more time trying to figure out why Trump is resonating with the base and less time attacking him.