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that can be continually drawn on — about how to balance prudence and principle, how to affect a large-scale political vision, how to deplore what ails the country without giving in to despair, and how to build coalitions.
The last may be most useful to DeSantis once he enters the nomination battle. To win, he is going to need to get a segment of Trump populists at the same time he locks down Republican voters who like Reagan more than Trump.
The Trump forces are going to try to make De-Santis’ roots in the party of Reagan disqualifying. Instead, played correctly, it can be a strength.
Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.