Since Tuesday’s announcement, the argument about Trump running for president in 2024 has diverged in many directions. Some are enthusiastic about the prospect and believe that Trump can appeal to Americans beyond his base. There are also those who have no animus towards him but believe that the cake is too good to be true and that he won’t win a general election.
There are also those who hate Trump and just want the world to burn to try to get rid. Asa Hutchinson is one of these people and has already teased a run for the presidency.
On @CNNThisMorning, Arkansas Gov. @AsaHutchinson says he’ll decide on a 2024 run by January. He said a big field won’t be like 2016, telling @kaitlancollins: “People understand who Donald Trump is today… He’s a known quantity now. We know the chaos that comes with him.”
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) November 17, 2022
Hutchinson’s decision will be, hopefully, that he will take the seat on Wal-Mart’s board that he has been seeking for the past few years. Unfortunately, that is not the direction I believe he will go. Vanity campaigns are all the rage and it’s easy to make a lot of money running a pointless presidential campaign that doesn’t garner more than two percent in the polls.
But, Trump must be removed if we are to win. To galvanize his support base, the former president depends on having foils. Ron DeSantis’s decision to not engage him so early was smart. Hutchinson, Larry Hogan, Tim Scott, and others jump into the race. Trump has an immediate enemy to play off.
There are growing numbers of Republicans who would prefer to move in a different direction for practical reasons (2024). They want to win, but there are growing numbers of Republicans who would prefer a different direction in 2024 for practical reasons (i.e. Trump should consider a Hutchinson run as an in-kind contribution.
Hutchinson must know that I believe. Larry Hogan also knows this, I think. Their maniacal egos show in their willingness to join the fray regardless (and I believe both will), and that they have no base of support. They would rather have the Republicans lose the general elections in 2024 than let the real conservatives decide the issues.
To be clear, it is impossible to find a world in which rabid Never Trumpers, who have abandoned their voters, have any say in the future direction of the Republican Party at this point. If they attempt to exert one they will only push people toward Donald Trump. If you’re someone who wants a change in direction, which is a perfectly understandable position (which I also hold), then you should root for Hutchinson to go. It should be between Republicans who like each other in the 2024 race. It won’t be a chaotic, self-destructive cluster.