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Trump’s Rivals Plot their Strategies

Robert Costa and Philip Rucker survey how the other candidates are handling Donald Trump. They note that nobody is planning is to spend a lot of money on ads trying to take Trump down. I’ve gotten the same impression from Republicans to whom I’ve spoken: The basic idea is that even if you think Trump would be a disaster as a nominee, there’s plenty of time to see how much staying power he has before committing resources against him. If he still has a big lead over everyone else in October, I’m sure the ads will start being aired.

Costa and Rucker say the non-Trump candidates fall into three categories: those who are “emulating,” “assailing,” or “stay[ing] silent” about him. Crazy thought: Maybe the candidates should do a mix of all three, as appropriate? That is, assail him when he says something outrageous, emulate him when he’s on the right track, and otherwise just keep making their own cases?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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