This is Governor Nikki Haley on Trump:
“Every time someone criticizes him, he goes and makes a political attack back,” Haley said when asked about Trump during an appearance at the National Press Club. “That’s not who we are as Republicans. That’s not what we do.”
Respond to criticism with something other than “but I’m not a racist I promise!”- ruin the party. This is the woman who tore down the flag her ancestors (well, not her ancestors) fought and died for and that remains a potent cultural symbol in her state. But then again this was supported by the local religious leader, Steve Spurrier, and nobody seemed to mind then.
Her political philosophy is to cant about being kinder than necessary and to avoid disagreeing with people who will hate her no matter what she says or does. Trump’s only appeal to Republicans is that he fights back, primarily on immigration. I’m not a supporter myself but I can see the hunger, especially among working class whites, for someone to stand up with them.
Haley is everything wrong with mainstream conservativism, weak, emotional, and eager to concede. Conservative Inc. will fight for a lot of things- Israel, tax cuts for big corporations, and big government. But they regard the core interests of their working and middle class white base as something embarrassing. Trump has them scared now; it’s why they’re falling over each other to denounce him in the leftist media. They’ll probably win in the end. I doubt he’ll get the nomination. But when they get a 40% turnout in November, all of whom are old people seeking more money for pills, they might just think about how it came to that end.