Trump lands potential knock-out blow on Bush in Republican debate
Donald Trump threw some Mike Tyson-calibre haymakers in the Republican debate in South Carolina and may have wound up finishing off the Bush dynasty.
A gaffe in American politics is when a candidate tells the truth and everyone acts mortified.
Trump certainly did that, laying the fault of the Iraq war squarely where it belonged, on George W Bush, and saying, contrary to Republican gospel, that W did not keep America safe, as 9/11 happened on his watch. His unvarnished truths gave all the other candidates and the Republican establishment a real dose of the backdoor trots, as South Carolinians sometimes call diarrhoea.