Trump’s SC debate fallout
I believe that Trump attacking W in the SC debate did hurt him in the polls, especially in SC. I think he’d be riding 5 points higher if not for that debate. Nevertheless, Trump’s still has a huge margin over second-place Cruz, and in the long-run Trump will not be hurt by his attack on W, just as Trump was never hurt by any of the other things he said that the MSM insisted would finally put the nail in his coffin. Trump is the true Teflon candidate.
In fact, Trump is playing the long game and looking to September and October. In debates between Obama and McCain, Obama incessantly attacked W, and McCain was too much of a p-word to disassociate himself from W. Trump has completely neutralized the attack-W routine which Hillary would use on any other Republican candidate. In fact, Trump can use that strategy against Hillary, saying that she voted for the war against Iraq, and she was in the Senate and partly responsible for the economic collapse in 2008.