Listening to the Powerline interview of Michael Anton. The interviewer asked a very salient question. Who comes after Trump? Anton said maybe Senator Cotton might be the closest to Trump in policy position, but that nobody else had the loyalty of the Deplorables the way President Trump does. And that is true. And also Trump is the one with the instincts to know who is real and who is “fake.” I’ve said this before but it bears repeating as we progress through President Trump’s term in office. He needs to be the one to anoint his successor.
I think it will be very interesting to see if Mike Pence will be his running mate in 2020. I think Pence probably will be but I wouldn’t be shocked if he weren’t. President Trump has a great responsibility to try to extend the time during which changes to the troubled status-quo can occur. Sixteen or even twenty four years is only a part of the time that is needed to repair the damage that has already been done to the Republic. We need to think of even eight years of reform as just the start of what must be done if we expect normalcy to ever recover. We need a string of Trump like presidents just to get back to zero.
Sounds impossible. But stranger things have happened. Meanwhile hopefully Trump is already thinking about who his successor will be in five years.