Trump has registered as a candidate for 2020, he did this about five hours after his inauguration. I think this is the first case of a major party Presidential candidate filing with the FEC prior to the mid terms
There's a couple of possible reasons why this could be being done now. one could be to allow PACs to start campaigning on his behalf. However another could be to do with non-profit organisations. These are typically infested by the kind of SJWs who are leading the charge to campaign against Trump on a permanent basis. No doubt many intend to use their platforms to denounce the President. However by declaring himself a candidate they are forbidden from campaigning against him personally
These organisations can still campaign against 'the administration' but that is less rhetorically effective than personalising criticisms to Donald Trump by name.
They can campaign against The President so effectively this makes no difference. All they have to do to stop it being personally as a candidate about Donny is call him The President of the United States Donald Trump or even just President Trump. You are then clearly doing against the inhabitant of that post not Donald J Trump himself as candidate.
Oprah considering running for president after discovering you don't need to be qualified for the job.
A lot of high profile celebrities are understandably thinking that if Trump could get elected then why not them? Of course if Trump is deeply unpopular the mood of the country may well be that a sober and experienced politician isn't such a bad thing after all.
I would remind you that extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!
Richard Allen Agreed. However, I think a temperate and ever-present celebrity (read not Kanye) would have a good chance of getting the nomination. Oprah would probably be the best example but I'm sure there are other celebrities who could convincingly and successfully transition to politics.
I've done a few hours work for a US data firm today and seen Seth Moulton mentioned a few times. There's a rather long Poltico article on him and I suspect it's kite flying for a senatorial bid when Warren moves on but interesting all the same. The Democrats don't really seem to have anyone viable but in comparison Tammy Duckworth has a more compelling story.
Kasich is apparently going to be targeting the usual caucus states very soon.
Trump will crush any primary challenge, but Kasich would be hilariously bad. Rather like the Blairites, the Republican 'moderates' fail to understand their party has moved on. Maybe he'd get more votes than Liz Kendall though.
For Trump to lose in the 2020 primaries his Presidency will not only have to be an epic disaster but seen to be an epic disaster by a significant chunk of GOP voters. If that is the case it won't matter who the GOP nominee is because they will be crushed in the general election.