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FYI, if any republican gets to be president, the press and democrats will be giving the lm the Trump treatment from Day 1 after the election.

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100% team Haley! She was great at the gathering! Among others - two of her quotes then:

"Our #1 foreign policy priority should be China."

"I’ve dealt with China – when their lips are moving, they are lying."

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I disagree about no Haley\Desantis ticket. Those two working together could shape the next 16 years of our future which under the current administration is a freaking shitshow and that's putting it mildly.

They both seem to be intelligent people let them meet and flip a coin to see who get's the first 8 years and who get the next 8. That's the only way I see how to get Trump out of the picture. I don't know if I can hold my nose and vote for him again. Who is the libertarian candidate?

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Ever feel like you’re watching a train wreck that’s going to happen in a year and seemingly nothing will stop it. Our train will either plunge into the canyon or smash into the “tunnel” painted on the side of the mountain. You decide which is Biden and which is Trump.

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Meh. Any one of those three would be so far superior to Biden that 1 year into their presidency, none of you will remember that you ever worried. But we gotta' get there first. IMO, our new Speaker must immediately create, execute, and remain focused on an agenda that addresses the very real concerns most Americans have regarding the direction of our country. Only in that way can he mitigate the damage done to the Republican brand by the little boys in the House and their p*ssing match over who gets the football. And spare me your comments on Gaetz being a hero. McCarthy's demise may have been inevitable, but the timing of this stunt could not have been worse. A hero does what's best for the country, not what's best for himself.

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I long for a (unicorn-fart-filled) day when Republicans begin the nomination cycle with a strong, unified platform from which candidates launch campaigns to differentiate themselves based on specific and unique strengths, addressing their own potential weaknesses as part of their message. We now attack one another on the campaign trail, doing opposition research for not only R nomination, but providing free D opposition research for the general election.

I know it's always been like this, seems in last few cycles, we've eaten our own so effectively that we almost ended up with HRC, and DID end up with Biden. Something about houses divided not standing...

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If Haley is the nominee, I will vote for her, but I don't like her. If DeSantis is the nominee, he will have my full support. Keep in mind in the General and as President, DeSantis will be hated as much as Trump.. Also consider that Devine intervention you mention, instead of taking Trump out, may put him back in the WH.

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That is one of the best political analyses I've read in years, and why I keep my subscription going.

Well said, Erick.

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You are right a Haley-DeSantis or DeSantis-Haley team up at this point will not happen but the ironic thing is that it might be the ONLY way for us to not get Trump

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I would gladly and hope to be able to cast a vote for her as the Republican nominee running against Biden. The only down side is watching the Democrats attack a woman, since she is not one of "theirs". The attacks from the media and the processive left will be relentless. Plus, many a Trump Republican will be mad because it is not their guy in the race.

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There are a number of reasons Trump could leave the race. If he does, my gut says that Vivek will get a large share of his voters. Let the arrows fly, but if Haley is the candidate, my vote goes to RFK, Jr. I didn't feel that way a few months ago, but I can't get behind someone who is so hawkish *and* has so many ties to the defense contractors.

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It does seem that if, figuratively, lightning doesn't strike Trump, the second place battle is for less than "place," as in "win-place-show." But one can't discount lightning when you're dealing with a 78 (in '24) year-old fat man with a checkered moral past and some probably legitimate legal troubles in the present day.

I believe Ron DeSantis is the most talented candidate for President this nation has seen since another Ron, named Reagan. (Maybe even beyond Ron I's talents, although obviously not in star quality.) His record is superior to Haley's and his political courage and policy wisdom to Trump's in many ways.

I think he has for the most part fought the good fight, and continuing to do so is the best thing -- and the most Godly thing -- he can do from here on in. If it comes down somehow to a DeSantis - Haley choice, I think that would become quite clear to GOP voters.

But the future of America is in bigger hands than those of we DeSantis "fans," who should keep to the high road and pray for the best for a nation unworthy of grace in many ways.

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We ought to relieve ourselves of a penchant for losing...DeSantis-Haley or Haley-DeSantis and work hard to nominate and then elect this very capable team.

People respond to Haley’s very clear, direct approach clothed in respectable charm and finesse.

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There's a lot of harsh truths in this column that needed to be said. As angry as I can get with the Always Trumpers who seem stuck in the man's cult of personality it amazes me how poorly organized the Never Trumpers were this election cycle in terms if consolidating behind a candidate with a chance of beating Trump for the nomination. Haley and DeSantis are the best two but DeSantis should have been their best pick as he can appeal to both Trump fans and non-Trump fans. Sadly, some Republicans want a candidate who will just cut taxes and see culture war issues as a waste of time. They are fine with the Left taking over cultural institutions and don't want a candidate who can fight back. Haley is also a great pick but the GOP is too petty and disorganized to beat the Dems.

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I would love the first female president to be a Republican, and that person being competent, confident, and no-nonsense as Haley is would be an awesome thing to behold.

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