No matter what establishment poll you consult, the result is invariably the same: Donald Trump is trouncing all Republican contenders.
Rasmussen has The Donald far outpacing Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. His substantial lead means he will dominate the Fox News debate Thursday. This fact is undoubtedly giving the Republican establishment indigestion.
The top ten candidates participating in the primetime debate will be determined by establishment polls. It is not clear what polls the network will use, but this does not matter — Trump leads in all of them.
Rasmussen gives the honey badger a +14 lead over all other contenders while the RCP average of all polling data gives him a comfortable +9.5 spread.
In most polls Cruz, Hukabee, Rubio, Christie, Jindal and others score in the mere single digits.
Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor, threw a desperate wild punch out of desperation over the weekend during a Koch sponsored event in California.
Walker compared Trump to a Democrat.
“Many establishment Republicans have attacked Trump for having been a Democrat in his past, but the line of criticism is largely ineffective because some of the best conservative Republicans—like Ronald Reagan, the former President, or Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court Justice—are former Democrats,” argues Matthew Boyle, writing for Breitbart on Saturday.
Trump was not invited to the Koch event and he wasted little time criticizing his rivals on Twitter:
I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers. Puppets?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2015