President Trump has not even left the White House (under his own power for his supporters and in handcuffs if you reside in the fever swamps of the Left). Nonetheless, Republican observers are speculating on who should take up where Trump left off.
Cal Thomas has a suggestion, but before we get to that lets discuss who it should not be.
Prior to Charlottesville Version No. 2 — the Riot in the Rotunda — Trump himself appeared to be the leading candidate. After all, who better embodies the policies of Trumpism than Trump?
But now a Trump rematch is much more problematic.
The Opposition Media is putting all the blame for the riot on Trump due to his “incitement.”
That, of course, is a lie.
We know it’s a lie because the OpMedia doesn’t bother to quote any of his inciting statements; that’s because none exist. They don’t even have a quote to take out of context like they did in connection with Charlottesville.
Unfortunately, it’s a lie that through repetition is gaining traction with independent voters and weak Republicans.
That is a big, if not insurmountable, hurdle to overcome.
And after four years of non-stop persecution and prosecution after he leaves office by Leftists in positions of power, Trump may be exhausted and reluctant to run.
Our suggestion for the next generation of Trumps is to follow dad’s lead and not run either.
Too many political families view the name recognition bought with donated money and enhanced by years in office to be part of the family’s endowment.
That’s why we have generations of Dingells and Kennedy’s in office.
We don’t think the residents of Michigan, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, and points West have benefitted overly much from going with these political name brands.
It smacks too much of a political aristocracy, which is a bad trend for a republic.
Besides, Ivanka — who appears to be Trump’s choice for a political heir — is not a conservative and has never voiced any real appreciation for the Deplorables who put her father in the Oval Office.
Thomas’ choice for taking the reins of Trumpism is the man who has been closest to Trump for the past four years: Vice President Mike Pence, “Republicans can continue to embrace Trump’s policies while getting behind someone without his baggage. . . . My view of the perfect candidate is Vice President Mike Pence, who has been loyal to the president without the name-calling, while preserving his own personality, dignity, Christian faith and kindness.”
Pence is certainly has all those traits, but we wonder if he has the second most important trait — after issues — which is charisma.
Trump was an out–sized personality who could motivate millions and fill arenas.
To put it in Hollywood terms, Trump was a natural leading man while Pence always struck us as more of a supporting actor. It could well be that anyone would look smaller-than-life next to Donald Trump and that once he leaves the stage Pence will shine.
Fortunately for Pence and the rest of us auditions for the role will continue for three and a half years. There is plenty of time to make a decision.
Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan’s Reports — More Here.
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