opinion So you want to run against Trump?

Nozzle up to Fox: To defeat Trump, you must visit the people where he lives, and where he lives is Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel. Murdoch seems to have ditched Trump for the moment, so Fox has plenty of opportunities. Tucker Carlson tonight, Hanty, Ingraham angle, and myriad morning, afternoon and weekend shows promoting the Republican faith. Trump’s trash talk and exaggerations have set the standards for successful Fox appearances, so candidates should strive to be memorable. They shouldn’t ignore Trump’s signature issues like immigration, the wall, trade, regulation, “America First” and loading up the judiciary, but they need to find new material to sway the public, so they’ve made a choice. Sounds like, not echoes. Every third word out of his mouth should be about Biden’s economy, inflation, supply chain “destruction.” Gender issues also strike emotional chords, and no Republican can compete without making noise about abortion. (Never mind the Kansas vote for now. Anti-abortion is still the way to win Republican votes.) As Gore Vidal Said onceNever turn down an opportunity to have sex or appear on television.

Don’t make Trump a savage: While this may be politically satisfying, directly attacking Trump for his many faults will not improve the candidate’s chances. Yes, Trump’s status as one Accused rapist, A racist, liar,A demagoguea Putin worshiper And a Contempt of the Constitution Throws him into a ditch. But Trump fans have accepted the “bad” Trump in order to access the “good” Trump that makes them feel good about themselves and the country. The best way to hurt a former president is to go after him. positive. Cotton explored the area in February as he slogged through Democrats. Trump’s crime bill! This is killing two political birds with one stone. The Jan. 6 hearings, which undercut perceptions of Trump’s alleged patriotism, provide another opening. Trump has yet to account for why and why he spent a good portion of the riots sitting alone in front of his dining room TV. Any answer order Capitol Hill for destruction. A campaign speech that proclaims its love for Trump but shames him for ignoring it can be a political boon.

Be kind to be cruel: They should also be praised by claimants such as a late Ronald Reagan who restored Republican virtues to the country, built the Trump economy and filled the Supreme Court with conservatives. After delivering these messages with a smiley face, contenders should drop a qualifying “but.” Pence has been doing this over the summer, praising the “Trump-Pence administration” on the stump, but making it part of our “past.” He is “threading the political needle by championing Trump’s policies, missing the rub,” as Bloomberg put it.. The downside of the “kind of cruel” strategy is that praising Trump out of one side of your mouth looks like an endorsement of his re-election. Another cruel option would be to find ways to say that he has served us well, but is now too old and beaten for the job. Virgil Solluzzo I expressed this idea. God father After the attempted assassination of Vito Corleone. “With all due respect,” Solluzzo said, “Don, slipped up.” Mr. Manners from Indiana is the only candidate who can politely convey that Don has slipped without sounding like an ageist.

Outwing trumps: Instead of promising a Trumpism without Trump, DeSantis is outing the former president on issues while also ignoring his existence. DeSantis sees Trump as a moderate in the competition, and that translates well on Fox. “DeSantis, in the eyes of many, is starting to define the post-Trump party,” veteran Republican GOP operative Tyler Sandberg recently told OlxPraca. DeSantis has opposed mandatory Covid masking in schools, something Trump has never done, thumbed his nose at mandatory vaccines and kept Florida’s economy open during the pandemic. He waged a culture war against Disney, attacked “elitist” (even though he graduated from Yale and Harvard Law), tried to ban “sanctuary cities,” denounced “wackism,” the press Scorned more than Trump, entered the banned book. By signing the so-called “broom and scare liberals.”Don’t tell gaysBill. This week, he made monkeypox a political issue, condemning New York Gov. Cathy Hochol for declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak. will use,” DeSantis said. “I guarantee you it will.” Look for more Trump challengers to emulate the Florida governor.

Ignore Trump’s inevitable insults: Contenders should, at all costs, avoid trading trash with Trump. You can’t beat him in this game. remember Gangster Slap He gave the jab to Bush who tried to fire back? “Shame on his family,” Trump called Jeb. “A tough one.” “A nervous wreck.” “A little sheep.” “light weight.” And, famously, “low energy.” As noted above, DeSantis has made his stealth campaign for the presidency a no-Trump zone. So don’t run against Trump. Run of the The Presidency

Clear the field: Trump cannot be defeated if every candidate here joins the race. Such wild-beast confusion would play into Trump’s hands by dividing the vote between Trump and a group of challengers, which explains why he might not encourage any of his potential foes to drop out of the race. Is. DeSantis or some other emerging candidate would be wise as the campaign moves toward convening a smoke-filled room that invites lesser candidates to walk the plank in lieu of cabinet appointments. How many people can you promise the vice presidency to before it starts building up again? Producers?

Running against Trump is as scary as crossing a river full of alligators, but it doesn’t have to be. He is not a giant. Joe Biden beat him to it. And the voters of 2024, for actuarial and other reasons, will be different than those of 2016. Also, only a few wild beasts enter the crocodile’s stomach. Candidates, follow this advice and make your decision!

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