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Playing the Trump card

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to discern that Jonah Goldberg hates Donald Trump ("Perry, other Republicans selling their souls to Trump," May 13). I would prefer Sen. Ted Cruz over Mr. Trump because Senator Cruz shares my ideals that conservative policies promote liberty and success better than any other political or economic approach, but that is not in the cards right now. What I have liked about Mr. Trump from the beginning is how easily I can read him. I can tell when he truly feels passionate about a policy (illegal immigration), when he is bluffing, when he is lying (his denial of mocking Serge Kovaleski) and when he is just reflexively fighting back. Mostly, I can tell he wants to be "hugely" successful as president — and that is an astounding opportunity for conservatives, Mr. Goldberg.

Conservatives constructively engaging with the Trump campaign and candidate can shape a platform and policy playbook for the first 100 days (and beyond) that will put this country back on a winning track. Candidate Trump is a pragmatist, not a conservative, who can be shown that conservative policies will lead to huge successes — which is what conservative politicos should be doing. While I am not ready to support all of Mr. Trump's policy positions and I am not a fan of his personality in general, I will vote for him in the general election. It's time that conservative naysayers consider how they should be playing the Trump card for a win.

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Paul Spause, Hanover

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