Nikki Haley and the establishment need to watch out. They’re about to get a big lesson on politics. Trump is certainly not stopping and doesn’t seem to be vulnerable to their attacks.
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It’s interesting that Trump goes after Cruz and Cruz goes after Trump, and so did Nikki Haley. Nikki Haley is actually the story today, in a whole bunch of different ways. There’s so much here to say about the Nikki Haley response. It’s the first time in my life I can remember the response to the State of the Union not going after the president but rather going off the front-runner of, in this case, her own party. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. And it is quite telling to note where in the Drive-By Media and in the conservative media today she’s being hailed.
It’s quite instructive, very informative, and illustrative to find out where it is, particularly on our side of the aisle here. She is being universally praised for giving one of the best responses to the State of the Union ever. I’ll tell you what it was. You know, this is hard for me, because I like Nikki Haley. I’ve never met her. I’ve never met her, but I’ve always admired her from afar. I thought she’s done good jobs when she’s spoken at Republican conventions. I mean, she’s done questionable things. In the aftermath of that shooting in the church South Carolina, the participating in the burning of whatever it was, Confederate flag.
A little bit questionable, but on balance I haven’t had a whole lot of problems with her. But, boy, last night her response? I think it’s proof and it’s an example of so much. For one thing, it’s almost absolute proof of what I have been saying for last couple years now, that the Republican Party’s trying to drive conservatives out of the party. But I think it’s more than that. It’s certainly that, but her speech last night sort of expanded the theme of who is and who isn’t qualified to be a Republican, and the Republican Party is still anti-conservative.
While that isn’t anything new, what we learned last night is that they are very comfortable identifying themselves as elites and members of a club and that you can’t get in just by being who you are and doing what you want to do as a Republican and pursuing what you believe in. Going after Trump last night the way she did… She wasn’t going after Trump the same way the party goes after the conservative base, or as Jeb Bush said, famously, that his objective was to win the Republican nomination without the support of the Republican Party base.
That’s never been done before, and he was very proud saying so. And he said it a number of times, and it became an objective of the party’s: To have a nominee that got the nomination specifically without the support of the base. Now, the way Jeb was gonna do it was by raising more money and spending more money than anybody else, and freezing the opposition out by virtue of all the other conservatives in the race canceling each other out and dividing the support, dividing the money. Jeb was gonna be the last man standing because of the money and the only option Republican voters had when it comes time to vote for president.