Mr. Trump unsurprisingly has defied convention and already declared himself a candidate for 2020, even before the 2018 elections. No other politician is likely to declare prior to the 2018 election, and the Republican party has no interest in a feud with the current president prior to the election–the Republicans want to be as unified as possible. At the end of the day, while the base in either party never gets it, politics is a game of addition, not subtraction. Politicians think in terms of rather unique numbers: 270, 218, 60, and 51. If you don’t immediately know what those numbers signify, you’re not thinking like a Washington politician!
Ok, rabbit trail is over, so let’s get to it. I predict there will be a Republican challenger(s) to Mr. Trump in 2020, if nothing else to posture themselves as the future of the Republican party in 2024. So who do you think it should be? I mentioned Ben Sasse as a candidate on our VLOG a couple of weeks ago. He is a solid conservative with good values, and he has stood up to Mr. Trump on several issues, including recently on the steel tariffs. I would love to see him run.
But the biggest wildcard right now would be the man I would most like to see run: Arthur Brooks announced last week he is stepping down as President of the American Enterprise Institute. If God would raise him up as President, I would be very happy.
So what do you think? Who should rise up to right (pun intended) the Republican ship?