“The lion has finally woken up – and he’s hungry for a win.”
That is the message received from a D.C. Whispers’ source very early this morning in regards to the tone and tenor of Team Trump a day after the New York billionaire found himself outspent and ultimately outmatched by an incredibly well-organized Ted Cruz campaign in Iowa.
ABOVE: Donald Trump was said to have been unusually contemplative as he took off from Iowa following his second place finish. That contemplation was temporary and has already been replaced by a man accustomed to winning who is now more determined than ever to win big next week in the New Hampshire Primary.
It is rumored the real estate mogul first heard serious indications of an impending Iowa loss at least a week before the caucus votes took place. He largely ignored the warnings, but campaign watchers noted his presence in Iowa was somewhat minimal except for the last two days.
Trump is believed to be taking a page from the Reagan playbook. He wants crossover appeal, and has always considered Iowa to be an outlier on the road to the GOP nomination. History agrees with Mr. Trump. The last two Republicans to win the Iowa Caucus were Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee and Ronald Reagan himself was defeated in Iowa in 1980 only to then win New Hampshire and eventually the White House in a landslide election against the incumbent, Jimmy Carter.
Still, there are members of this team who remain concerned over Trump’s failure to grasp how the political game works. (He apparently spent more on Make America Great Again hats than he did on get-out-the-vote efforts in Iowa) Trump appeared unwilling to spend cash on a what he had already been told was a difficult proposition – winning the Iowa Caucus. Given he still managed to place second after having failed to do so, has left both his staffers and many supporters wondering, WHAT IF?
As for Donald Trump, he is not known to be one who dwells on the what if but rather focuses almost entirely on the here and now, and that means New Hampshire, a place that feels far more home to him than the open fields, farms, churches, and university activists who make up the somewhat odd and conflicting mix that is the Iowa electorate.
A few hours earlier what was most likely an intentionally leaked story made its way to D.C. Whispers regarding an alleged early-morning response by an already impeccably dressed and coiffed Donald Trump to one of his most trusted advisers who upon seeing his boss seated in a chair asked him, “What now?”
Trump’s eyes flared as he looked up with a jaw tightly clenched. His mouth turned into an almost-snarl that was as much an affirmation of his refocused confidence as it was a declaration of intent.
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