“He’s embracing his business leadership,” Kefalas told FoxNews.com. “He’s turning out working-class voters. That’s how you run a Republican primary.”
Republican strategist Rob Burgess said Sunday that Trump isn't creating his own coalition, just “leveraging an extreme level of dissatisfaction with America's view of career politicians.”
He doubts candidates will be able to “fully replicate” what Trump, a former reality TV star, is pulling off. But like Kefalas, he thinks candidates with private-sector experience in state-level races and elsewhere have the best chance.
And he thinks Trump’s coattails will be long enough only for those with a similar campaign style. “The majority of candidates will not see a boost from a Trump candidacy,” Burgess said.
Ronald Regan, the two-term Republican president also known as “The Great Communicator,” was known for fair tax policy, his willingness to confront communism and creating a military that showed “peace through strength.”
Trump has essentially led the GOP field since starting a campaign this summer that challenges old guard Republicans and the entire Washington establishment.
He’s vowed along the way to appoint business leaders to replace the “political hacks” who have negotiated bad international trade deals.
And on Sunday, Trump resumed his outsider argument, similar to that of Tea Party candidates in recent election cycles, by criticizing the GOP establishment, which he called “a mess,” and arguing that the party will continue to lose elections because its leaders are from “a different age.”
The self-funded Trump also accused the Republican National Committee again of filling audience seats at debates with “donors and special interests.”
"I'm not controlled by lobbyists,” he told “Fox News Sunday.” “But the rooms are stacked. Every time I go to a debate, I walk in, it's like death. ... It's very unfair what the RNC is doing.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus responded on ABC's “This Week” by saying the group “is prepared to support whoever the nominee becomes.” And he downplayed exit polls that show more than half of South Carolina voters feel betrayed but the party, arguing that voters in both parties are “sick and tired” of Washington politics.
Despite Trump winning in two of the first three early-voting states, he continues to take just roughly 30 percent of the vote, despite about a third of the original 17 GOP candidates still in the race.
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, who won the Iowa Republican Caucus and finished third in South Carolina, seemed to focus
What is a Trump Republican? Are others out there?
By Joseph Weber | FoxNews.com
Published February 21, 2016
Donald Trump appears to have a winning strategy that signals, at least for now, the demise of the successful Reagan Republican candidate, though whether other 2016 GOP contenders can emulate Trump or ride his coattails appears unlikely.
Any doubts about whether Trump could indeed blow up the Washington establishment and the so-called Reagan 11th Commandment about “not speaking ill” of fellow GOP candidates became clear in his South Carolina victory Saturday night.
In the days before the voting, Trump dared to call former Republican President George W. Bush “a liar” about the existence of weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq War, in a state full of military and ex-military voters and where Bush’s brother, Jeb Bush, had essentially staked the future of his struggling candidacy.
Trump won convincingly, and Bush suspended his campaign.
Sunday on those percentages and sounded convinced that only a conservative can win the primary, then the general election.
“Seventy percent of Republicans don't believe Donald Trump is the right candidate to go head-to-head with Hillary Clinton and beat her in November,” he told ABC. “The only way to beat Trump is with a strong, proven, constitutional conservative