Trump is out there, trashing everyone in sight. The Republican competition is beginning to trash back. About time actually. But I don't think it will work. Trump appeals to the voters as a man who will go to Washington, take names, kick ass, and clean house. To these voters, trashtalk is action, they like it, they want more of it. And, hearing other's trashing The Donald, just makes them get up and cheer The Donald on. Counterproductive that is.
What to do? I suggest the competition take some stands on issues. I haven't heard any of them saying much of substance. They are all foursquare for motherhood and apple pie, but that ain't enough. They have to take a stand on immigration, Obamacare, taxes, and other stuff. Bush did have an Op Ed piece on tax reforms he wants in last Saturday's Wall St Journal, but that is about it. And Bush's op ed was pretty tame stuff, Did not list the loopholes he would close, did not call for everyone to pay income tax.
Whereas Trump was out denouncing high CEO pay the next day. That's a real issue that people relate to. Much more interesting than a tepid tax reform.