In a dinnertable discussion with other Republican establishment politicos in this past week's episode of The Circus, Republican campaign consultant Ed Rogers dismissed Trump as not articulate and opined "all he has going for him is a lot of votes." Rogers, currently a lobbyist, worked in the Reagan and Bush administrations and has worked on numerous Republican presidential campaigns.
The Circus, broadcasted on Showtime, documents the 2016 presidential horserace as it happens. It is hosted by Bloomberg's Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
"Republicans are hierarchical, respectful of authority," We fall in line. And Trump has interrupted that cycle," Rogers, seated at a table with fellow party insiders former Rep. Vin Weber, Mark McKinnon, pollster Ed Goeas, said.
"He's not articulate," Rogers said of Trump. "He's not poised. He's not informed."
"All he has going for him is a lot of votes. Why hasn't any of that hit home?" Rogers wondered.