To some lefties, Trumpmania is a form of karmic payback for the GOP establishment having spent the past seven years pandering to conservative populists in their hatred of Barack Obama. They nurtured the tea-party monster for their own ends, the theory goes, but now it’s broken out of the lab and transformed into Trumpism, which they can’t control and which might very well end up killing them. If you like that theory, you’ll love the idea of Trump recycling a famously fringy attack on Obama to try to take down Mr. Tea Party himself, Ted Cruz. That could actually work out pretty sweetly for the establishment if Trump uses this to sink the formidable Cruz and then gets steamrolled by Rubio in a one-on-one battle for the nomination, but let’s not sweat the details. If you’re a liberal, you must be enjoying this immensely.
Back on December 7, when a poll dropped showing Trump suddenly trailing Cruz in Iowa, Iwondered how long it would be before Trump started idly wondering aloud whether Cruz is eligible to be president. We have our answer — although I assume Trump would say that he’snot questioning Cruz’s qualifications here, he’s merely repeating what others have said to him. It’s their attack, not his. Heaven forbid.