Real Clear Politics has a piece that questions either Donald Trump can stop himself from self destructing like he did a year ago….
His problem IS HIMSELF.…
The piece wants Trump to put himself aside (and his November loss) and help his party…..
Some of us believe this is impossible….
Former President Donald Trump and his sizable band of loyal supporters confidently assume that the 2024 Republican presidential nomination is in the bag. To them, and to Trump himself, he is merely a president in exile not-so-patiently waiting to be restored to his proper place.
But while few of them are talking about it, let alone thinking about it, Trump faces two huge hurdles before he can credibly be considered the odds-on favorite for his party’s nomination:
- His stubborn unwillingness to get over the fact that he lost the 2020 election.
- The critical role he must play in the 2022 congressional elections.
Failing at one or both will doom him.
Assuming – and it’s a big assumption – that he can put his 2020 defeat behind him and clear his mind for the task at hand, he must now immerse himself in the midterm congressional races as if his political life depends on it.
Heading into 2022, Trump must convincingly prove that he still has heavy political clout by not only raising money and campaigning hard for GOP congressional candidates, but also by helping the party retake control of the House or Senate, or both. Anything less and his 2024 presidential stock will plummet.
Though we know Trump can be an energetic and effective campaigner for himself, his ability to pull others over the line to victory in critical elections is a big question mark. His biggest problem is that he has a tough time putting his own ego and interests aside and promoting the candidates he is trying to help. He tends to get sidetracked from the task before him and make the campaign all about him. That doesn’t always work.
We saw a tragic example in Georgia last January when two Republican incumbent senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, lost runoff elections to Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock despite Trump’s eleventh-hour help….