Who are these people? Strongly who you would expect. Among those who identify as "liberal / moderate" Republicans, 49% want Trump to be renamed, while 48% want another candidate to be nominated in 2020. Among "very conservative" Republicans, 85% will see Trump renamed while Only 1
This Post-ABC vote comes at a very interesting moment in both Trump's presidency and the wider debate on the future direction of the Republican Party.
"Mr Trump still promises the loyalty of a passionate election base that has rallied In probing moments and counselors, he thinks he will have room to correct himself while the democratic presidential candidates are mired in a long nomination battle, but they are also worried that he might face a drainage strike in his own next year
"Several prominent Trump antagonists urge other Republicans to take on the president, and a popular governor, Larry Hogan of Maryland, has pointed out that he is recently open to their attractions."
"On Despite great political pressure, he set aside partisanship and answered his conscience's demand to do what he believed was the right thing for the nation he loved, "Hogan said.
Then he turned to his own work in Maryland, he offered this mindset resembling a man thinking of driving to a national office:
"Although the tenors of today's national politics may have become rejected from the precious example they set, I still believe that what unites us is greater than what divides us, and for those who say our political system is too broken and cannot be resolved, I would argue that we have already shown a better way forward, and if we can achieve this in Maryland, then there is no place in America where these same principles cannot succeed. "
Right? Eyebrows rose and all that?
I think any credible – if any, Hogan or Kasich or someone else I don't know – runs toward Trump in the 2020 GOP Primary. But even with the Post-ABC poll in mind, the challenger is very, very unlikely to beat Trump.
Yes, there is resistance in some pockets in the GOP to the president. But the most conservative voters who tend to settle on the party's most committed base are still very much behind Trump. Like the vast majority of the GOP infrastructure that still matters – especially in a primary battle.
Now, it is not to say that there is no real value for a Hogan or a Kasich to run – Though their chances of victory are um, not high. The danger of non-Trump Republicans is that the president destroys any view of what the party used to be before becoming his leader. That when Trump leaves the office – either in 2021 or 2025 – there is no GOP outside Trump.
Hogan, Kasich, and according to the post-ABC vote, a decent number of other Republicans do not share Trump's views of the party or country. And they have an interest in ensuring that there is some Republican party that has been separated from Trump, so when Trump is gone, they can go to the public and say, "Look, we weren't all – and aren & # 39 ; t – like this! "
Driving towards Trump – even in a likely quixotic primary – could well preserve the idea of Republicanism apart from Trump every time Trump leaves the office. And for those who choose to take on the anti-trumpet mantle, he or she will probably be the first among equals in the presidential primary battle that follows Trump's departure from the office.
The point: Running is not just about winning. Although it is possible to win a primary against Trump, it is not likely, according to the Post-ABC poll. But that doesn't mean it's not worth doing.