The problem with that strategy, of course, is that the slice of the pie they're fighting over right now is a relatively small one. As we noted last week, the establishment candidates combined poll well below Trump and are only slightly ahead of Cruz. That's combined.
Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, for one, called the strategy by Bush's PAC of attacking Rubio "insane."
Earlier this month, after we released a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, we looked at where support from one candidate would go if that candidate left the race. With George Pataki's recent departure, for example ... well, no one benefited because he had no support. That's not meant to be mean; it's just a fact. Which is the case with a lot of these attacks. If Kasich goes after Bush, how much of Bush's 4.4 percent (per the polling average) will Kasich actually get?
We made a tool to answer that question. For anyone besides Donald Trump, the numbers are so small that they lack statistical significance, but that's sort of the point. Kasich and Bush are tossing each other's deck chairs overboard in the hopes it will keep the Titanic afloat.
But anyway, we'll let the numbers make that point.
John Kasich would pick up about as many supporters as there were people dancing to the "Macarena" in his new ad. Good luck with that.
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