The Washington Times reports on Flake's response to speculation he may run for President:
“I don’t rule anything out, but it’s not in my plans,” Flake told ABC News in December. But the Arizona senator said he believes a Trump re-election bid will “leave a huge swatch of voters looking for something else.”Meanwhile, Ohio Governor John Kasich, a GOP primary finalist in 2016, appears to be prepping for a 2020 run. Politico reports:
John Kasich’s inner circle is gearing up for a possible presidential run in 2020 — actively weighing the prospect of a Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump against the feasibility of a long-shot general election campaign as an independent.
And there’s one consideration driving their thinking perhaps more than any other: what some of his advisers consider the very real, maybe even likely, possibility that Trump doesn’t run again — by choice or not — or that the president becomes so politically hobbled by late next year that the political landscape fundamentally shifts in Kasich’s favor. That’s one reason Kasich has yet to decide whether to pursue an independent bid or a primary challenge.
Nine Republicans in or close with Kasich’s political operation told POLITICO that the departing Ohio governor has been working with a tight clutch of advisers and informally surveying donors and fellow pols about the shape of his next steps. So far, he has solidified his role as a go-to commentator for national news shows while stacking his schedule with trips including an April return to New Hampshire.
|Gov. John Kasich (R-OH)|
In the end, I think it only 50-50 Donald Trump even completes his term, much less runs for re-election. Even if Mueller did not spoil the Trump GOP Kool-Aid party, there appears to be a looming disasterous midterm election for Republicans which would flip control of the U.S. House to the Democrats and make 2019 a year of impeachment and other investigations of the Trump Presidency. I could definitely see Trump choosing to leave in 2019 rather than deal with that. Better to go out an electoral winner than face that and the distinct possibility of losing in 2020 when the Democrats undoubtedly field a much stronger candidate in a more favorable political climate.
If Flake amps up his criticism of Trumps actions on tariffs he could be a decent contender. We think Ben Sasse would be an outstanding choice. We wouldn’t be surprised if the President just reverts to being a grievance candidate running against everyone. Trump might even run as an independent or third party candidate. It’s wishful thinking to think Trump will willingly resign. Trump is to stubborn to quit. Even if Trump does throw in the towel. Pence is not a lock for the nomination. Doubt Milquetoast Mike could win a general election. Old Mikey is to tied to Trump to escape unscathed. And even if Trump doesn’t run again he and/or the Democrats will make the 2020 election race about Trump. So whoever we Republicans run in 2020 is going to have to deal with being tainted by Trump.
Apparently Todd Rokita is afraid to appear at an upcoming primary debate being moderated by Abdul. Don’t know why Abdul is as big a jerk as Todd is. Todd’s problem is that he doesn’t have a “Y” chromosome. His real name is actually Theodora. Here is a link about Todd hiding from Abdul: https://twitter.com/BizWeaver/status/972220887469641729?s=20
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