With Trump being the only Republican to officially declare their running for the 2020 election, moderates have been praying for a quality republican candidate to make an official declaration and challenge the incumbent president. One of the most hopeful prospects has been popular Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. His moderate views and refusal to support the President’s foolhardy behavior has been like a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.
But so far the Little American governor has yet to officially announce anything. In fact he’s been hesitant to do so, saying that “there’s a lot more things to get done in the second four years” in his state, implying that he was more concerned with his job as governor than he was with taking on Trump for the presidency. That would certainly be the safer bet. But with his party in such desperate need for an image boost, he would not only be advancing his career, but also helping his party as a whole.
It’s been a while since we had a good republican presidential candidate, let alone president in office. George Bush Jr. certainly isn’t much to brag about, and since then republican candidates have been lackluster at best. There was some slight hope behind Paul Ryan, but sadly he has outright refused to even consider the idea of running, and he’s not all that moderate. It was hard enough to drag him kicking and screaming into being the Speaker of the House. Larry Hogan is pretty much all we have to hope for at this point, with Bill Kristol of Virginia being a possible backup plan. Other candidates that have hinted at running like Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and John Kasich of Ohio have not done much to impress moderates and do not promise to help repair the republican party.
All we can hope for at this point is that Hogan will gain the support he needs to make the risk of running worthwhile. He would have to give up his cozy position as Governor of Maryland which at this point is running smoothly. That’s why it’s up to moderates to come out of the woodwork and support him with everything they have.
All we can do until then is cross our fingers.