Indeed, at one crucial point, a rival campaign aided Trump’s rise. After Trump’s loss in the Iowa caucuses, Jeff Roe, campaign manager for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, called Lewandowski to warn him that polls they had done showed Trump’s support dropping in the coming New Hampshire primary because Trump was attacking other candidates too much.
Trump was not doing his own polls, Lewandowski said, so the insight provided key guidance which allowed them to recalibrate strategy.
A loss in New Hampshire might have crippled Trump. Instead, his victory there, followed by triumphs in Nevada and South Carolina, virtually assured him the nomination.
Roe, in an interview, confirmed Lewandowski’s account. At that point in the campaign, “we needed Trump” to defeat other candidates, he said, ruefully
This is unheard of. It is also inexcusable on the part of Jeff Roe. The LA Times is right. A loss in Iowa, coupled with a loss in New Hampshire, likely would have created the “loser” narrative other campaigns would pounce on..
Allahpundit’s thoughts are also worth reading. I was a diehard Rubio supporter, so I’m certainly biased here, but this makes it much harder to put up with “OMG IF ONLY RUBIO HAD DROPPED OUT SINCE HE WAS PRACTICALLY HEPLING TRUMP” from Cruz backers. Their candidate was literally helping Trump from the moment Trump got in the race, and here’s the rest of the story.