Yeah, I know. We haven’t even completed Donald Trump’s first year in office, and already the rumors are flying about who is going to run on both sides of the aisle. Is it too early to look at 2020? Actually, yes…it probably is, but since when has that stopped us from taking a look?
I think on the GOP side, the president will most likely get a primary challenge. He’s pissed off enough people on the right that he most likely will get a few Senators or Governors that throw their hat into the ring. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bob Corker of Tennessee was in that mix, and you know John Kasich, Ohio’s Governor is just itching to get back at Trump, right? I mean, I’m not sure who else is going to run IF (and that’s a pretty big “if”) Trump decides to go for re-election. If he doesn’t, it’ll be an open field both ways, with possibly Mike Pence stepping up to the plate. Other than Pence, I would think you may get Scott Walker running again, and maybe Chris Christie even though he will be out of office for a while (it gives him more time to lose some weight and run).
On the Democrats’ side, I’ve heard rumblings that they are bolstered with new confidence after maintaining the Governor’s mansion in Virginia (weren’t they supposed to win that anyway?), which has become a blue state over the last decade or so. Well, that and taking back the Governor’s position in New Jersey, which is always left-leaning, and it’s a wonder how someone like Chris Christie even got in in the first place. Those aren’t what I would call “red state busters”. Now, if places like Arizona or Utah were to change to a Democrat Governor (though Arizona has been known to do that…the last one was Janet Napalitano), it might shake some heads.
Anyway, I’m hearing that soon to be former Governor Terry McAuliffe may run. Corey Booker, the Senator from New Jersey is a possibility, and you’ve always got the dynamic duo of Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, and Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren, now that Hillary is finished in politics.
Early predictions are going to be all over the road as to whether the GOP can hold the White House after four years of Donald Trump or not. Personally, I think a lot of it is going to depend on the economy. I’ve heard a lot of scuttlebutt that the economy is getting set to tank again and pop some bubbles in the stock market. If that’s the case, and it’s as severe as everyone thinks, the Republicans could be in trouble. If however, the economy chugs ahead at a nice pace, and Trump doesn’t start a war with North Korea, and fixes Obamacare and the Tax Code, and also starts building a wall on the southern border…he could want to run again. My early hunch says he’s going to be bored with the job and want to get back to Trump Tower. Just a hunch.
Whatever happens, one thing is for sure…it’s going to be dirty…it’s going to be nasty, and I wouldn’t put it past either side to pull out all the stops.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!