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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Nikki Haley Seals Donald Trump's Nomination

by JASmius

Governor Haley was halfway back in my wheelhouse telling the much-needed truth about Trump. This devastating truth-telling about Marco Rubio, in a matter of speaking, buried her to the hilt:

Well, now. You can't pigeonhole her as an immigration squish after her tap-dancing on Trump's testicles now, can ya? This is an intelligent, conservative leader who is not buffaloed or bamboozled by "populist" foolishness, remembers and retains her principles, and recognizes the pathway to electoral victory next November, and that it will not come via Donald Trump or Marco Rubio.

That leaves, by process of elimination, a certain Texas senator you might have heard of once or twice. Which is fascinating, as I've been pondering of late who would make a suitable running mate for John Cornyn Ted Cruz in light of his having alienated pretty much the entire GOP over the past few years.

- Me, a month ago

Never mind.

Or "GOP, RIP":

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will win South Carolina’s most Republican coveted endorsement of the 2016 presidential race when Governor Nikki Haley announces her support at a Chapin rally on Wednesday evening, a source with knowledge of the governor’s decision told the State.

Haley, the State’s most popular GOP politician in polls, has decided to back the establishment [sic] candidate considered to be in best position to challenge Republican front-runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz…

Haley’s decision was a bit of a reversal in the past day. The governor told reporters Tuesday that she had not made up her mind on who to back in the 2016 race…

They have communicated while Rubio has been on the trail. The senator also has said during stops in South Carolina this week how Haley would make a good vice president.

Sure, sure, Trey Gowdy and Tim Scott have also endorsed Rubio, but they did so almost two months ago, well before actual voting started.  That bespoke to their actual support for Rubio as opposed to trying to shaft any of his rivals.  But Governor Haley flip-flopping back to Rubio from what looked like a sure Cruz endorsement, right when he most needed it as the one candidate left in the race with a chance to stop the hostile Trump takeover, looks like "BusTed" in spades.  And for what?  After his faceplant in New Hampshire, Rubio has no path to the Republican nomination; Cruz did, or might have.  But now?

When the epitaph of the Republican Party is written nine months from now - and you can be double-damned sure I'll be submitting my chapter to it - it will feature how the party and its presidential candidates did everything wrong, each and every step of the way, that enabled a New York liberal Democrat to cannonball his way into the party and abscond with both its presidential nomination and its very philosophical and ideological soul.

Reagan wept.

Assuming, of course, that Governor Haley's endorsement really carries that much clout.  She endorsed Mitt Romney four years ago, and Newt Gingrich ran away with the South Carolina primary anyway.  It's depressing that that's the only solace to be had from this latest debacle, isn't it?

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