Remember when we never knew quite what to feel about “W”s use of weird nicknames. “Turdblossom” was what Wikipedia describes as the “term of endearment” used by W for Karl Rove. A list of such W nicknames is here. Even the hostile ones embody a modicum of respect, for example “Sabretooth” for Barney Frank. Although I always felt that this nickname habit was a way of maintaining control over relationships, or at least suggesting a false intimacy.
But now, for Trump, W’s own brother Jeb is “low energy,” whatever that is meant to mean.
For the complete Trump insult list (not a nickname list) most of which, at least superficially, are far worse, go here. We all know of “Lying Ted,” “Crooked Hilary,” etc. I suspect these are all focus group tested.
Surely this reflects a profound deterioration in Republican candidates confidence in their ability to win based on the strength of their arguments. Maybe it also reflects an inability to make arguments at all.