A Pitiful Display in New Hampshire

Donald Trump, New Hampshire, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, the GOP, and a relevant tidbit of Henry David Thoreau being yelled at by a preacher.

Andrew Donaldson

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“I was once reproved by a minister who was driving a poor beast to some meeting-house horse-sheds among the hills of New Hampshire” wrote Henry David Thoreau, “because I was bending my steps to a mountain-top on the Sabbath, instead of a church, when I would have gone farther than he to hear a true word spoken on that or any day.”

Watching Donald’s good, old fashioned Sermon on Mount Trump on how everyone not enamored with the MAGA beatitudes has sinned and must repent or else threw into sharp relief the pointlessness of horserace primary coverage. This 2024 Primary In Name Only has never been in doubt. The pitiful display of Nikki Haley babbling nonsense about getting “almost half the voters” while Tim Scott played the laughing fool for Trump and second fiddle sidekick to that jackass Vivek — whom Trump actually allowed to speak — drove the point home. None of these individuals had a chance of challenging Trump, and if you charged them with really wanting to challenge Trump in a court of law no conviction could be attained.

Since Nikki Haley is the only one left, Trump spent a good amount of time disparaging her, and at one point threatening the “Ted Cruz’s wife and father treatment” if she didn’t bend the knee and once again return to full faith and fellowship in the congregation of Trump First and the Gimme Gimmes. Ron DeSantis made it six days post-Iowa before resting on the seventh and endorsing Trump. The eschatology of when the inevitable end times for Haley 2024 is down to pre-South Carolina, post-a 30- or 40-point drubbing in the Palmetto State, or taking odds if Nikki lasts the week. But we have enough gospel of Trump to know what happens after that; No matter how much ugly Trump dumps on her between now and then, Nikki Haley will endorse Trump. Happily, with the same false, cringy over smile and talking hands that she sported pretending Iowa went great and New Hampshire went even better while attacking the “political class” that she herself has been at the forefront of for 20 years.

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Andrew Donaldson

Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Veteran. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag on culture & politics, food writing @yonderandhome, Host @heardtellshow & other media