Mixed results for Trum in Tuesday primaries

Pillen -left. Mooney -right

“Tuesday’s Republican primaries in Nebraska and West Virginia were a test with mixed results for former President Donald Trump‘s endorsement power.Trump suffered his first big loss of 2022 in Nebraska, where his chosen candidate for governor in the Republican primary lost to the state party’s choice.He fared better in West Virginia, where his pick in a hotly contested GOP House primary cruised to victory in a battle of Republican incumbents — one backed by the former President, the other endorsed by the state’s GOP governor and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin — drawn against each other by the state’s congressional mapmakers.

While Trump’s hold on the Republican Party remains strong, the result in Nebraska shows it is not complete — especially when he endorses a candidate like wealthy businessman Charles Herbster, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct (all of which he has denied).

The clear winner in Nebraska, though, was the state’s Republican establishment. University of Nebraska Board of Regents member Jim Pillen, CNN’s projected winner in the primary, was endorsed by term-limited Gov. Pete Ricketts, and incumbent GOP Rep. Don Bacon, who had taken some flak from Trump, also won renomination. Former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican who resigned earlier this year after being convicted of a federal crime but remained on the ballot, was blown out by a Ricketts-backed candidate. Here are four takeaways from Tuesday night’s primaries — and a look ahead to more stress tests for Trump in the coming week.”

Comment: I think it will be catastrophic for conservatives if Trump gains the GOP nomination and takes down to defeat and the monstrous phenomenon of a second Biden term. pl

4 takeaways from the Nebraska and West Virginia primaries – CNNPolitics

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14 Responses to Mixed results for Trum in Tuesday primaries

  1. Powderfinger1 says:

    A DeSantis/Noem ticket could win. Not sure the country as we know it can survive another democrat president in 2024.

  2. TV says:

    Trumpism (well, most of it) without Trump. He is entertaining turning the Democrat-media complex into an enraged mob, BUT he’s got a bad habit of handing ammo to his enemies and his management skills are almost non-existent.
    The next guy (Desantis?) has to make draining the swamp his first priority.

  3. Fourth and Long says:

    Romney is brilliant here excoriating Mayorkas over the miserable southern US border security. This man should have been elected twice for president by now if it weren’t for his alienation of some of the voting base caused by his private investment shenanigans.

    https://youtu.be/CwDgt5rfKQI

    • Powderfinger1 says:

      SFJ. In my opinion Romney represents the worst part of the “go along to get along, business as usual, don’t upset the apple cart, single party government” I can imagine. I’m not sure the average republican voter is willing to go back a status quo candidate. I know I’m not.

    • Richard Ong says:

      His investment activities had nothing to do with his rejection. He caved after his first debate with Obama and donned the Party’s traditional surrender monkey garb. RINO gutlessness ad astra.

  4. Fred says:

    Not sure about 2024’s end result yet, but Trump is likely to take a shellacking in PA as a majority of Pennsylvanians hate Trump’s guy Oz, the candidate who voted in Turkey’s election and never lived in PA before.

  5. morongobill says:

    Longtime Trump supporter here, but I am for Desantis this time. I agree with your assessment. If Biden gets another term, stick a fork in the US, it’s done.

  6. Fakebot says:

    I think the Democrats are putting a bit of pressure on Joe to step aside now that laptop stuff is being admitted, but he’s still hanging tight and they’ll need to be careful in how they go about it without sinking their chances with him.

    Ron and Kristi are a winning ticket. If Don tries to make a run, hopefully at least he picks a decent man for VP. Rand or Devin would suit him better. I have my doubts he can win again, but he might. He can tout his actions on the Supreme Court, his rapport with Putin to end the war in Ukraine potentially, etc. He has cards to play, but the baggage that comes with him might be a bit too much.

  7. Jose says:

    It will Trump/DeSantis and they will win.

    55 and 1 is a pretty good record for a politician making endorsements.

    People covering politics live in an echo chamber, where they know exactly what is happening without a clue outside the DC/MYC echo chamber.

    DeSantis/Noem or Scott would be a winning ticket but, the echo chamber will decalre them worse than Trump immediately.

    After, the last election Trump will have an Aegis against the fake news echo chamber.

    BTW,

    I hope Dr. Oz loses bad, really bad CAN’T STAND HIM.

    IMHO, the key races in 2022 are Governors of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Nevada

  8. Al says:

    “A 2nd Biden term”? Egad!

    But then you never know how even someone like Sen Lindsey Graham might waffle around again to his ol’ Senate buddy Biden and support a 2nd term. After all he was there with praise for Biden following the Capitol riot.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted Donald Trump for “playing the TV game” and called Joe Biden “the best person to have” coming to the White House in an interview right after the Jan. 6 riot, according to leaked audio. The recordings were played by New York Times reporters Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin in an interview with CNN late Tuesday. The South Carolina Republican, who spoke to Martin following the deadly attempted insurrection, said the violence would lead to a “reset.” Asked if Biden could bring calm to the situation, he said, “totally,” before adding that he could “maybe be the best person to have.” As for Trump, Graham said he had “misjudged the passion.” “He plays the TV game and he went too far here.… That rally didn’t help, talking about primarying Liz [Cheney]. He created a sense of revenge,” he said. Though Graham has been seen as one of Trump’s most loyal allies, Burns and Martin’s new book, This Shall Not Pass, claims that he phoned the White House during the riot and threatened to invoke the 25th Amendment to have Trump booted from office.

    Maybe when Graham retires he will buy a Waffle House francise!

  9. Polish Janitor says:

    I agree colonel.

    I think the main theme in these GOP primaries is to gauge how powerful Trumpism (as the populist conservative framework that has virtually little to no policy platform but merely rhetoric and provocative language) fares versus the traditional and more mainstream Republican framework. Overall it has been not overwhelmingly favorable to Trumpism. In fact the first blow to Trumpism was the victory of the rather moderate and level-headed Republican governor Youngkin which showed to the mainstream Rpeublicans that hey! there’s a way to beat Trumpism without sucking up to Dems to compromise on a centrist Democrat to beat Trump. Maybe, the winning strategy is to tap into people’s frustration with Trump and Biden and their longing for a more moderate and more normal (even boring!) president who is more of a day-to-day manager rather than a loud and media-friendly charismatic leader who barely get things done.

    In Ohio, it is crucial to point out the significant contribution of Peter Thiel combined with Trumpism that ultimately led to J. D. Vance’s victory. I highly doubt that in the absence of Thiel’s funding of Vance, the guy would have won only with the endorsement from Trump.

    To sum it up,

    The establishment Republicans believe you can fix things through institutionally-led reform, public-policy and careful managerial approach.

    The more populist and Trumpist Republicans believe you can BS your way out of problems and that public policy is for losers and Paul Ryan-esque GOP accountants.

  10. Whitewall says:

    Trump as nominee in 2024 will kill the conservative movement. He did his job already…defeated The Harridan in 2016, broke the minds of the media, and pulled the pants down and masks off everyone connected to our governing idiocracy. The Nation and free world will need someone conservative who has political and speaking skills for the coming realignment.

  11. JK/AR says:

    “I think it will be catastrophic for conservatives if Trump gains the GOP nomination and takes down to defeat and the monstrous phenomenon of a second Biden term.”

    I’ll heartily second that.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – now Fred you and I have already addressed this – Should Trump get the nod the Republican party will split and the result ain’t gonna be pretty. Better DeSantis or, just maybe … maybe …

    Arkansas might possibly recover its lost good will from all the other 49 states we deservedly lost by, in our effort to rid our state of Bill Clinton we foisted upon an unsuspecting nation our poor past decisions.

    And how might [we] Arkansas do that?

    Asa Hutchinson.

    (Make a note of that name – It may well be he’ll be going nationwide.)

  12. JK/AR says:

    It appears I have a comment remaining in moderation but in that one [0922?] I mentioned a name and suggested the fellow might be a good choice for y’alls consideration in 2024.

    Who He? I’m thinking I can hear y’all ask. What meritorious things has he ever done?

    Well …

    ” He was appointed by U.S. president Ronald Reagan to the position of United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, being the youngest U.S. attorney at the time.[4] He would serve in the position from 1982 to 1985,[1] and during that time, he sentenced Bill Clinton’s brother to prison.[5]”

    https://www.conservapedia.com/Asa_Hutchinson

    Heck for that one mere thing I bring to y’alls attention I’d suggest he’s deserving of serious consideration. But for icing on the cake, Arkansas under his term-limited stewardship he got the state a “real deal” balanced budget statute enacted into law. And presently we’re enjoying the fruits of a hefty surplus.

    And back when a whole bunch of states was busy imposing Covid Restrictions? Well to my experience if Asa did a Fauci any a’tall I can’t rightly say I was much put out.

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