Welcome, voters, to the new, improved Republican race for the presidency. At one time, there were close to 20 politicians to follow, but post-South Carolina, it's more like the final rounds of "The Apprentice," with many fewer nervous strivers to keep track of and rising interest from viewers.
Does that help Donald Trump? Conventional wisdom says no, the empty suit won't be able to stand the scrutiny.
But what if it does help, in the way that everything helps Donald Trump, even the Pope calling him un-Christian and the Bushes coming out to campaign against him?
After Trump called out former President George W. Bush for his disastrous invasion of Iraq, he was warned that the 43rd commander-in-chief is popular in South Carolina. Trump responded with three words that proved prophetic: "So am I."
Trump then proceeded to make a few new enemies -- the Vatican, Apple and those who suspect that Trumpcare might be a lot like Obamacare -- but he also got himself under control.