Given the heavy implications of Washington machine’s every move, those who find themselves near of the top of the pile need to do everything that they can in order to remain on their perch.
Take the Republicans, for instance, who are riding high on a fast and bump Trump train.
Sure, they have the White House and the Senate, and, yes, they did just escape the impeachment of their President, but that doesn’t mean that Trump’s first term hasn’t been messy at times.
With the GOP fully expecting Trump to handily win the general election in 2020, it appears as though the Republican machine is already gearing up to anoint his successor.
President Donald Trump’s bid for a second term in office is giving Vice President Mike Pence an early edge in the race that’s already shaping up for the Republican nomination in 2024.
Pence has lately been a mainstay at Trump’s signature campaign rallies, seldom missing the opportunity to introduce the president while test-driving a few crowd-pleasing lines of his own. The vice president has his own political action committee and has been steadily expanding his travel as a surrogate for Trump, with a particular focus on Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
He’s scheduled to embark on a bus tour through Michigan on Tuesday without the president, who’s in India. It will include a speech to supporters in a hotel ballroom — a sort of mini-rally.
People in and around the White House believe it’s a foregone conclusion that Pence will seek to succeed Trump. But he hasn’t firmly decided, and his nomination, let alone his election, are much less certain.
Of course, this will only truly come into play as such if Trump is reelected in 2020. Should the Democrats nominate Bernie Sanders, as it appears they might, then Trump would be a shoe-in for a Second Term.