The future of the GOP rests with a governor, not Trump

DeSantis, Kemp and Abbott.

These governors weren’t just the Republican Party’s brightest stars in this week’s disappointing midterm elections. With their overwhelming victories Tuesday night, they showed us that they are the future of the GOP — and the party’s best hope for retaking the White House in 2024.

Ron DeSantis in Florida, Brian Kemp in Georgia, and Greg Abbott in Texas—anyone could move into the White House and quickly begin fixing the severe economic, immigration, and tax fiascos that Biden and the Democrats have created.

There are also other Republican governors who could be capable presidents. That reminds me of Kristi Noem from South Dakota. So does Nikki Haley, the ex-governor of South Carolina.

But what about the other guy? You know, that crazy ex-president from New York reality TV with the red hats and the big campaign rallies? Trump, I believe his name was.

Well, he wasn’t actually running for anything this week – just stirring up politics in his usual divisive and headline-grabbing way.

But as just about every TV pundit, party spokesman and political editorial writer in America has been happily saying as of Wednesday morning, Donald Trump was this week’s biggest loser.

And unfortunately they are right.

The positives and negatives of the midterms prove that without Trump, Republicans can — and should — move forward.

Trump’s great work for the party is done.

But for all his remaining political power and undiminished appeal to millions of “MAGA” Republicans, our least presidential ex-president has become the Democrats’ best political weapon.

This week has shown that they can still use Trump as a battering ram and bogeyman to discredit and defeat high-profile Republican candidates.

In an August 2021 column, after a Trump-backed candidate lost a special House election, I saw this Trump issue coming.

I wrote that I am concerned that it has become a problem for a minority political party that must always win the votes of independents and moderate Democrats if it hopes to win the general election.

“Donald Trump is becoming a double-edged sword – you want his support in the Republican primary, but because of him you risk losing independents, suburban women and moderate Democrats in the general election.

I wrote that a Republican’s loss in a Texas home race he should have easily won “could be a wake-up call for GOP leaders — a warning that Trump’s power within the Republican Party is hampering their big plans for next fall.” could .”

OK, sometimes even I can see into the future.

But it was pretty obvious then, and it’s even more obvious now — Trump is a liability for the GOP, and it should now be turning to its younger generation of all-star governors for leadership.

Since the Great Red Wave never surfaced except in Florida — where it hit like a Category 12 hurricane — Tuesday’s most positive results — aside from Nancy Pelosi’s likely recapture of the House of Representatives — were the easy wins by those governors.

Pennsylvania’s blindly loyal Democratic voters have proven they don’t care how unqualified or unhealthy or left-wing their candidates are by electing poor John Fetterman to the US Senate.

But wiser, less Indigenous voters in Georgia, New York, Texas and elsewhere showed us on Tuesday that they are sick of both political extremes. So the Senate is 50-50.

Ordinary Americans just want the economy fixed, the border fixed, and the crime wave fixed so they can live in peace and prosperity.

DeSantis, Kemp, Abbot, and other governors like them are the best Republican candidates for president.

They are the ones who know how to fix things and get things done. Unlike senators or New York billionaires, they come to Washington as state chief executives with the valuable experience they need to lead government.

If voters don’t put a governor in the Oval Office, you don’t get a competent executive, you get a clumsy sales manager.

Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, public speaker, and President of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter