It’s White Flag Week for the GOP
Plus: Here’s Why DeSantis *Should* Be Losing
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A.B. STODDARD: It’s White Flag Week for the GOP
DREAD DIDN’T WORK. UNICORNS NEVER APPEARED. Not one felony charge, violation of his oath, sick statement about wounded or fallen soldiers, or even insurrection did anything—ever—to break the hold Donald Trump has over his voters.
So every elected Republican who found comfort in denial must now embrace reality as they stumble over themselves to embrace Trump. While the endorsement rush picked up in recent weeks, and intensified in the waning days and hours before the Iowa caucuses, Trump’s blowout win Monday will force every last holdout in the dying establishment to soon come to heel.
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JILL D. LAWRENCE: Here’s Why DeSantis *Should* Be Losing
RON DESANTIS EKED OUT a second-place Iowa finish on Monday, but it wasn't the blowout he needed to reclaim his early mantle as chief alternative to Donald Trump. And given his long odds in New Hampshire and South Carolina, the next two Republican primaries, he seems destined to become one more governor who sputtered out on the national stage.
As DeSantis heads for 2024 footnote status, can we take a minute to reflect on what might have been and give thanks that we’ll almost certainly be spared?
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