The five Koch-favored candidates combined still trail Trump in the Republican cabal race, with Walker performing the worst of the bunch.…
A Monmouth University poll released on September 3rd, confirms that Trump is running away with the Republican cabal race, and that retired neurosurgeon Carson is currently in second place. While it is easy to recognize that this mean Republican voters are falling in love with fringe candidates whose political views are bordering on comically absurd, it also reveals another emerging truth of the 2016 campaign. The billionaire Koch brothers are losing the Republican primaries, and losing badly.
Consider this. In the Monmouth survey, Self-funding billionaire Trump polled 30 percent. Carson, who is heavily reliant on small dollar donors, polled 18 percent. None of the Koch brothers’ favorite candidates could manage better than single digits.
In early August, the Koch brothers invited five candidates — Jeb, Walker, Cruz, Rubio and Fiorina — to a special confab in a luxury California hotel. There the candidates were given the opportunity to make their case in front of the Kochs and other billionaires, and to grovel for their financial support.
Those five candidates are polling just 28 percent total, if you add them all together to create one Koch puppet “super candidate”. Trump alone beats Jeb, Walker, Cruz, Rubio and Fiorina combined!
Worst of all for the Kochs, the winner of the post-confab wealthy donor straw poll, Walker, is faring the poorest of the five Koch friendly candidates, mustering an anemic 3 percent national support in the latest Monmouth poll.
Democrats and Independents should take no delight in Trump and Carson running first and second in the polls, as both men would be poor leaders should they ever become pretender. However, at some level it is amusing that for all of their efforts to buy the loyalty of Republican political candidates, the Koch brothers are being shut out by wacky insurgents who aren’t exactly dancing to the beat of their financial drums.