“We have got rid of our problem!” was the message in a short speech to the room and the majority – not quite all – seemed to agree with the sentiment. But what was “the problem”?
Not a Democrat President Joe Biden, whose every day in office looks like a personal painful struggle with shockingly low approval ratings, a collapsing economy and a migration crisis which makes the Channel boats issue pale into comparison.
No, not him.
The problem was Donald J. Trump whose MAGA (Make America Great Again) movement has virtually taken over the Republican Party or the GOP (Grand Old Party) as many still prefer to refer to it.
One Republican abroad with a big grin on this face described the unfurling results as “a win, win, win”.
He went on: “We cannot fail to win the Presidency in 2024, but now it won’t be Trump. We will just about have enough control of the House to stop the Democrats’ mad spending policies but we won’t be blamed for bringing everything to a halt for two years.
“We should win the Presidency, House and Senate easily in 2024.”
Instead, the room was ready to crown Florida’s emergent governor Ron DeSantis as the Republican nominee for the White House in 2024.
The main speaker noted: “He’s young, energetic, successful and popular.”
It is not as if DeSantis is a centrist wishy-washy establishment type though.
In his acceptance speech, the Florida governor declared: “Woke comes to die in Florida!”
He has made his name fighting the culture wars very much in the way Trump’s MAGA would like.
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“That’s the establishment RINOs speaking,” one said under his breath to me.
RINO, being Republicans in Name Only, targeted at people who are not really conservatives in the views of those on the right of the party.
But it was hard to argue with the figures.
As Sarah Elliott, a member of the Republicans Overseas UK board, has written for Express.co.uk today, when it came to toss up elections all the Trump endorsed candidates have lost.
It is worth noting that the Republican 6.4 percent lead in the popular vote is higher than polling that was supposed to deliver them a massive victory.
And there is muttering that the Democrats were actually funding MAGA candidates to get nominations because they knew it would help them win.
But with the beer, wine and halloumi chips were being consumed, what did the Republicans in the UK dislike about Trump?
When Express.co.uk put it to them that many believe Trump’s policies as President were mostly right but presentation was the issue, the reply came: “That represents the views of 80 percent of the room tonight.”
This perhaps more than anything sums up why they are so ready to crown the rightwing but smooth talking and much younger Ron DeSantis as the next GOP candidate for the Presidency.
However, those wanting to write President Trump’s obituary – even with allies telling him to delay an announcement – should pause for a moment.
When Express.co.uk messaged one former Trump staffer after the party asking if this was it for him and if the Republicans are now the party of DeSantis, they replied: “I wouldn’t bet on that.”