The 2016 presidential elections left an indelible mark on citizens of the United States. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, no one in their wildest dreams ever expected Trump to become #45.
Here we are. The bar is lowered. Anyone and everyone who has ever dreamed of becoming President, is running.
Usually, the potential candidates announce their intention to run two years into the incumbent’s term. We are 7 months into the Trump administration and, at this writing, there are around 15 Democrats who have announced they are interested in the job. This probably is not as surprising as the Republicans who are out there testing the water.
The last time a party ran a candidate against an incumbent was when Franklin Pierce was president. Pierce, who was the 14th president, was considered the worst president in history; and his party, although they nominated him, abandoned him. (Sound familiar?)
The Trumpers like to think they have stacked the deck by staffing the RNC with their very own people. This probably no longer means too much. Hillary had the DNC and look what happened to her. (One can only dream that Trump will fail.) The Associated Press wrote that “GOP officials from New Hampshire to Arizona have begun to wonder aloud in recent days about the possibility of a 2020 primary challenge from a fellow Republican or right-leaning independent.” There is a small list of potential candidates.
As far as the Dems are concerned, NBC News reported that there are 11 senators, 6 governors, and 1 former vice president who are populating the lists. There are, however, some lesser names that are beginning to be noticed. Looks like the Dems are going to have a full roster of people to present. In 1992, Bill Clinton was one of 36 names running for President. It may be possible that this time there will be even more names.
Although Republicans have not exactly thrown their hats into the ring, John Kasich (R-Ill) has expressed interest. Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks and part of the TV show Shark Tank, considers himself an independent. There has been lots of talk about Cuban running both as a Democrat or an Independent. Cuban told Business Insider that he has repeatedly said that he will run when he has something to offer, such as solutions for healthcare, the plight of working families, and reducing the stress levels of the country.
Trumps remarks about Charlottesville have motivated some Republicans to start thinking about 2020. Trump’s politics are starting to get to some Republicans. CNN reported that former senator John Danforth (R-MO) says that Trump has corrupted the Republican party, calling Trump a hateful man. Danforth has called on congress to actively break with him. Danforth has also compared Trump to George Wallace. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has formed a group “Run The Rock 2020.” Ben Sasse (R-Neb) visited Iowa last month. Other names circulating are Ted Cruz (R-Tx) and Jeff Flake (R-Az).
Republican consultant Rob Stutzman has predicted that Trump’s march to the 2020 primary will be a “long drawn out one.”
Looks like the Republicans may be getting ready to “eat one of their own”.