What happened in our capital on January 6 was a direct attack on the exact thing that holds our republic in the highest regard. While our democracy was threatened, the ugly mob did not prevail.
Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. The parties will still be deciding the rhetoric and policy that will shape them and the elections that they run in for the future. The voters will have to make a decision: whether or not to capitulate to the radical wing of Trump supporters who have shown no regard for the idea of the republic and democracy that every American has fought hard for to protect.
The Republicans of 1972 told Richard Nixon that they would convict him for the break-in at Watergate without a second thought. The Republicans of 2021 will most likely not convict a president after he told his die-hard supporters to actively attempt to overturn a fair and free election.
The Republicans slept with the devil, they now must deal with the fallout.
Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are surely eyeing separate runs at the presidency in 2024. There is no precedent for a sitting leader to claim election fraud when the vote counts do not work in the incumbent’s favor. The Republicans slept with the devil, they now must deal with the fallout.
Any Republican in 2024 will probably need the support of President Donald Trump. His base is vital. Without it, they will be unable to unseat President Biden. Trump is with you or against you, he doesn’t sit out in any race especially when his word means so much.
So, who are possible candidates for 2024 and possible figureheads of a broken Republican Party? You must look outside Washington—anyone there has sided against or with Mr. Trump far too many times to be even thought of as a possibility for the Presidency.
A state that is key to the Republican nomination is Florida. Look no further than their governor Ron DeSantis. Governor DeSantis has supported the president like every Republican in the country. He’s also an establishment Republican and one of the governors who has the most name recognition. Someone else who could be looking towards a run in 2024 is Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. Governor Noem has been seen everywhere except her home state. Many believe she will vie for the presidency.
In 2022, we will see whether whatever platform they choose with or without Trump has worked.
There are also many candidates like Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley who were near the Trump administration, but far out of the public’s mind. The Republicans will not have someone who can challenge Biden or Harris anytime soon. They will spend two years leaning on Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to spare them from repeated losses on the Senate floor.
In 2022, we will see whether whatever platform they choose with or without Trump has worked. Then, they will scramble or stay on message, but until then, we can only speculate as to who the Republican party will huddle around in the dark storm to weather a Biden presidency.