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No rematch between Trump and Biden

No rematch between Trump and Biden

The political pundits are getting their jollies these days speculating over the make-up of the 2024 presidential election.  Will former President Trump run again?  Will he announce it soon?  Can he win the GOP nomination?  Can he win the General Election?

Then there is Biden.  While pundits on both sides have said that it is too early for Trump to announce his decision, they seem to have overlooked that Biden has already announced his decision to run for re-election.  But with his favorable rating lower than any President in history – and prominent members of his own Party opposing a second term for the soon-to-be octogenarian – he may encounter political headwinds.  

The one thing that mitigates against a run for the White House in 2024 is …  age.  To put it bluntly, they are both too damn old – in years and in thinking.  In the world of technology, culture, and political alignment, Trump and Biden are old school.  They base their thinking on an America that is consigned to the history books.  They are 20th Century figures in the 21st Century.

Putting politics aside, both Trump and Biden do not have the personality and demeanor to serve the best interests of the nation.  Trump is compromised by a pugnacious personality – and Biden showing signs of mental decline.

Trump and Biden personify the division in the nation.  But … it is a nation eager to end the acerbity of today’s political debate.  And that means new faces with new attitudes.

I am convinced that President Biden will not be given a second term – even if he has not become a drooling old man with a walker trying to find his way back from the bathroom.  As an incumbent, he may have the best odds to secure his Party’s nomination, but it would be a disaster for the Democrats.

I am convinced that Trump will not be elected to a second non-consecutive term.  In fact, I doubt he can secure the nomination.  The only folks who believe he is THE major power in the Republican Party are Democrats and Trump, himself.  Yes, he has a base – but it is too small to secure the nomination unless there is again a large field of candidates in the GOP primaries.  That is what happened in 2016 – and political lightning rarely strikes twice.

One theory, however, is that both men have sufficient power to clear the field.  If Biden enters 2024 with low ratings and no significant accomplishments to sate the crazies on his far left, there are several potential challengers.  I suspect Vice President Harris would be chaffing at the bit to make a run in 2024, but as Biden’s lady-in-waiting, it would be political suicide to jump into the race against the boss.  Bernie Sanders may dream of yet another run – and even launch a campaign.  But he’s also in the too old category.  

High on the list of potential challengers would be Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.  She has a greater devotion to her issues and ambitions than loyalty to Biden.  Same with California Governor Gavin Newsom.  Illinois billionaire Governor J.B. Pritzker has let it be known that he, too, covets the Oval Office.

On the GOP side, it is assumed that should Trump demure on a second presidential campaign, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis becomes the pre-emptive successor.  Not so fast.  DeSantis is currently riding a tide of popularity within the GOP, but early frontrunners generally falter.  Some suggest it is because they play target for too long … the public gets weary of them … or the issues change over time.  There is still the question as to whether DeSantis would take on Trump in a head-to-head battle for the GOP nomination.

So, if not Trump or Biden, then who do I see composing the Republican and Democrat tickets in 2024.  How the hell do I know?  It is only 2022 – and we are not past the midterm elections yet.  As a conservative Republican, I can conjure up a number of dream tickets.  One of those would be DeSantis with a Hispanic woman as a running mate – perhaps the newly elected congresswoman from Texas, Mayra Flores.

The only reason the media is spending so much time on the 2024 presidential election is because Democrats want to make the 2022 midterm elections about Trump.  I think the former President’s impact on the upcoming midterms will be far less than many Republicans believe – and many Democrats hope.

Speculating about a future second term for either Trump or Biden is an exercise in futility.  They are not going to be their party’s standard bearers – and you can bet on that (but not too much).

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

27 Comments

  1. Perry

    Ron Desantis and some other democrat commie

    • Micala

      No. Definitely NOT. Sorry but this article paints a pathetic picture of who could be leading our Nation. IT WILL NOT BE BIDDYBOY BIDEN BECAUSE HE HAS ALREADY DUG A GRAVE FOR HIMSELF WITH ABJECT POOR LEADERSHIP BECAUSE OF AN INCOMPETENT BRAIN! He is OUT! Harris is a laugh and no one with intelligence would EVER give that lazy female any responsibility— she can’t even spell the word!

      However, since I surf the web to different websites, I see a different consensus of people’s opinions and DJT IS DEFINITELY HOLDING HIS OWN WITH HIS SUPPORTERS! DISANTIS is still fighting to protect his Floridians from Federal govt overstep which is HIGHLY IMPRESSING AMERICANS FROM OTHER STATES! So DiSantis is definitely in the running!! Hey! Who wants someone who will stand up and fight for your rights in our highest positions? I know I do and can’t wait to see the present pathetic dangerous administration GONE!

      So here is the “DREAM TEAM” for America:
      President Trump for President
      Gov DiSantis for V.P.

      This would be one of the strongest and most successful Presidential/Vice Presidential Teams in the U.S. that would make sure our Constitutional Rights were honored and respected — unlike the snake administration slithering around D.C. today.

      DO NOT GIVE IN TO ANYONE SAYING DJT HAS LITTLE SUPPORT! He still pulls in huge rallies and has the respect of the Conservatives that follow him! And DiSantis is only increasing in popularity! With those two at the helm, every democrat will be running to hide because of their absolutely poor records of leadership. The DREAM TEAM will whip those SLIMEBALLS into shape quickly as it reclaims America’s Sovereignty and cleans up this horrendous mess the deluded Dems have created!

      Believe me when I say this is the most ignorant and incapable Biden administration to ever hit D.C., it is 100% TRUTH! And already in many primaries, the Trump supported candidates are winning over the dem incumbents! What does that tell you? The reign of the Dems is coming to an end because, HOT DAMN!, Americans do NOT LIKE NOR TRUST THE LYING MANIPULATIVE DEMOCRAT PARTY! See ya Dems! AMERICA IS DONE WITH YOU!

      • Micala

        Americans! If you want a better life in America, you need to stand up for your rights and kick those out who refuse to listen to you! The 2022 election and the 2024 election are going to either change our lives for the GOOD OR FOR THE BAD depending who you vote for!

        NO MORE DEMS BECAUSE THEY ARE HORRENDOUS LEADERS AND NOT VISIONARIES THAT CAN SEE THE OUTCOME OF THEIR ACTIONS — they hurt more Americans than they help!

        We must have someone who is intelligent and willing to FIGHT TO PROTECT AMERICANS AND OUR NATION FROM OUTSIDERS AND TERRORISTS! The present dem administration has already shown how they can be “DOMESTIC TERRORISTS” themselves by opening our borders to ANYONE — including terrorists disguised as illegals!! Come on Americans!! Biden treats the illegals BETTER THAN HIS OWN CITIZENS! What’s up with that???

        The current democrats are NOT the same as the democrats from several decades ago. These Dems have degraded into sniveling, emotional crybabies trying to heal the world by inviting the WORLD PEOPLES TO LIVE IN OUR COUNTRY! What is wrong with their brains? Our fed govt can’t even take care of our American Citizens that are poor and struggling, so they allow a tidal wave of illegals to flood our economic systems instead of helping our own American citizens?? Something is very “OFF” and “WRONG” with their thinking (or lack of thinking)!

        No more democrats Americans!! They just have screwed up brains and no rational thinking. They act like CHILDREN with temper tantrums when they are wrong and blame other people for their own faults?

        Time for someone who really genuinely cares about our Nation, its citizens , and our place/reputation in the World Arena! YOU WILL NEVER GET THAT WITH ANY DEMOCRAT….period.

        Time for the BIG GUNS OF MORAL INTELLIGENCE AND PATRIOTIC LOVE FOR OUR NATION! TIME FOR A CONSERVATIVE WITH SMARTS AND 100% DEDICATION to making America strong again — that’s going to be President Trump and/Or Governor DiSantis, mark my word! They ARE THE ONLY TWO MEN WHO AMERICANS TRUST AND BELIEVE IN BECAUSE THEY ARE “MEN OF THEIR WORD”! If they say they will do it, it gets done!! These are America’s WHITE KNIGHTS and we need them yesterday, but will have to wait til 2023 when Campaigns are announced! But know that these two men already have HUGE FOLLOWINGS OF PEOPLE WHO WILL SUPPORT THEM NO MATTER WHAT!

        The writer of this article is very wrong about the future of our Nation! He forgot we are Americans and have strong beliefs about our God and our Country — and that no man can ever come between them!! That’s how the DEMS WILL LOSE and the CONSERVATIVES WILL WIN AND REMAIN IN POWER FOR A VERY LONG TIME!

  2. Frank stetson

    I actually agree with your conclusion that they will not run or if they do they will lose.

    I do not agree that the nation is looking to heal. I wish it was true but I don’t think we’re going to see either a Reagan that can gain the office based on putting the nation back together again. Too much water under the bridge.

    And while Trump will not secure the nomination, he is still a significant power in the leader of your party. He will continue his quest for the presidency as long as the donations come in to covers legal expenses and lifestyle. After all, it’s always been about the money for him.

    As to who’s gonna run, speaking for the Democrats, I don’t see anyone in the field that’s worthy. And all of the people you mentioned are severely faulted. I am a supporter of Mayor Pete, but I think he still needs some seasoning. But like you said, we have two years ago, and at least a year to even think about this.

    As for the pundits, if it’s black, the next story is white. Polls are stupid, Republicans don’t even know who DeSantis is at this point on a national level. Pence may try, but he’s such a wimp that everyone knows he can’t make it to the end zone. And the Democrats consist of a great pool of the unwashed, inexperienced, and incendiary.

    But yeah, just like the grand slam tennis tour, it’s time for the old guard to leave and the next generation to take over. Heaven help us 😉 .

  3. JoeyP

    While POTUS Trump makes EXCELLENT decisions (especially since he depends on his FAITH in God), he’s had some really GOOD people who have helped him in his DECISIONS. It’s those surrounding him who HELP his decision making. One Enlightened Patriot.

    • B

      Trump doesn’t have faith in God… he’s playing the suckers for all he can get. But he’ll be in jail by the time the next election comes around. I have no doubt he’ll run from his cell – he’ll use the chance to bilk even more of his cult followers, even though he won’t be able to spend it. And he’ll fuck the Republican Party doing it, just because he’s a vindictive bastard.

      Patriot? No, he’s the only President in the history of our country to try to take back the Presidency by force. He should be hanged for treason. His “good people” were his co-conspirators, and they all deserve to rot in jail too.

      • Joe Gilbertson

        In jail? you’ve been saying that for years and still no jail. And you think Trump was in this for the money?

        • Ben

          Yes, for the money.

        • Frank stetson

          It’s always about the money.

          You’re about the money too. Why else would you allow such foul language and ad hominem attacks. I can’t imagine that your true moral compass points downward to hell. I can’t imagine that you feel fuck shit cunt gook slope ass dick and all the other words you recently have let slip by as part of the first amendment of free-speech has considered by the founding fathers. Instead of putting the governor on this type of shit, you just sit back laugh and take the money.

          Your site could be so much better if you just disallowed all language and at how women attacks. I do not think the concept of free speech was about turning a buck, but you were found a way to monetize it.

          It would be so much better if we could just talk issues.

          • larry Horist

            Frank Stetson … OMG. You actually believe that your and others’ comments drive the income of this site. What arrogance. Most readers do not … repeat DO NOT … read the comments. Rather there is a small pool of people who become their own editorial group with varying opinion that impact almost exclusively on each other. Sadly, it too often descends into childish name calling and ad hominin attacks – and you are not exempted from that category. If there was some arbitrarily imposed standard of acceptable language, YOU would no longer have a place on this site.
            I share you opinion that the rhetoric in America has degenerated … corrupted. But you are misguided to think that this site is in the fore of that cultural change. Just listen to the major news outlets and you will find a level of verbal vulgarity unlike anything in my lifetime. Even using euphemisms to code the F-word is common – even though every child over the age of 5 knows the word. The entire free-speech movement of the 1960s successfully normalized foul language.
            That is all a matter of culture. Constitutionally, all that vulgarity that you may deplore is perfectly constitutional. How many times has a person been arrested for using the F-word in public – and even on the air?
            This site operates within the Constitution AND the culture. One step toward censorship is the end of free speech.
            As an author on this site, I have been the subject of endless ad hominin attacks by people who misrepresents what I write and what I believe – and who I am. You have done you share of those attacks. In fact, your attack on the owner of this site is a perfect example.
            You should be thankful that he respects free speech and the right of a person to be vulgar and stupid. That is not against the law. Those who engage in that sort of language suffer the disrespect of their peers. That is how it should be.
            And nice of you to put all the bad verbiage in here. Quite vulgar of you …lol

        • b

          Barr actively protected Trump, suppressed evidence, and had an official policy that a sitting President couldn’t be charged.

          OK, now Barr is gone, there’s a real AG. Have you watched a single minute of the Jan 6th hearings? The evidence against Trump has been pretty damning. And there are state charges in the works too. Shit will hit the Trump fan soon. I personally wouldn’t want to be the prosecutor with a swing and a miss – when charges come, they will be substantial and well documented, and it will be a clear guilty verdict. Garland is making sure every “t” is crossed and “i” is dotted. That takes time.

          Trump is a long-time grifter. He was in debt up to his eye-balls before he ran. No doubt he got great terms because Russia propped up his loans. He probably didn’t even expect to win, it was all one big joke to bolster his image. But Trump pulled every bit of money out of the system that he could – charging exorbitant prices for Secret Service personnel who were there to protect him, always staying at his own resorts to get the income, taking legal bribes from foriegn dignitaries that stayed at his hotel (and bought up whole floors). He tried to blackmail a country just to make up dirt on his opponents. He cut taxes on his own businesses (assuming he pays any taxes), but I’m sure he got kickbacks (donations to his campaign accounts), He held fundraisers for elections and legal costs, which he has and continues to funnel into his own company. And that’s not even counting the hundreds of millions of dollars that his demon spawn got from China and Saudi Arabia. His whole life is a grift, and being President just gave him a bigger megaphone, which he used to his advantage (instead of running the country). There was never any talk of conflict of interest, because he just ignored it anyway.

  4. Ben

    Yeah, Rudy, Roger, Steve, and Shawn, droolers and drinkers all. Which one made the decision to storm the Capitol?

    But wait, if you think Trump is surrounded by rocket scientists, how about the ones that are testifying at the select committee? Are they real patriots too?

    I don’t think this decision is too hard when all you do is borrow more money than any other president we’ve ever had, mostly from the Chinese, and then spend it creating a super charge economy that was bound to crash at some point given that it was totally fueled by debt.

    • Perry

      Stfu boy. You speak of things that you know nothing about. You get your lies from mother jones or some other commie publications.

      • Ben

        Is Perry grooming for boys again?

        Such anger. Always asking for things he can’t ever get. Knicker knotted knucklehead.

  5. the old Marine

    I agree we need someone who understands all this technology, I don’t. We need someone who understands the constitution and take their oath seriously. The ones running things now sure do not. Reagan never showed me anything I do not know why people always say how great he was. I am 86 yrs. old and remember what each president did and I had it better when Trump was there, I did not agree with some things he said or did but he did good for me.

  6. Dennis

    Flores can’t run for VP. She’s Mexican born.

  7. tom

    I agree with you and Frank S. I think GOP would be smart to run DeSantis or someone like him for POTUS and Barr for VP. This gives state government and international experience to the team GOP. Dems will have to dig up Kennedy or at least find a way of making a human being out of his DNA from blood samples. Otherwise, maybe VP could be Tulsi G. POTUS can be resurrected Kennedy. That is how dire I think it is for the Dems!

    • tom

      I forgot about Joe Manchin and Sinema or Gabbard. If Joe can get permission from his wife to run, this independent would vote for him. I think he has a little of the Kennedy gene.

      • Eddie

        My thoughts exactly.

      • Frank stetson

        Mansion? Kennedy? Would that be the drugs or the extramarital affairs?

        Again, this guy cannot go national. I really doubt independence or Republicans are going to jump for this guy. Just not enough at least to cover his liberal losses..

    • Ben

      Stop the boat. I said DeSantis is going to run, not that he should run… I honestly don’t know that much about him except FL as a Covid killer death state.

      And barr, he can never go national, he’s tainted.

      If DeSantis is smart, he would never except the VP slot for Trump. After all, Trump tried to kill his last VP. Not many people work for Trump and leverage that into a better job later. Many end up in jail, at least until they get pardoned. Hell, even Jared and Ivanka are distancing themselves and have moved out of TrumpLand to avoid him.

      • Perry

        Stfu boy

        • Ben

          You’re like a nine year old. You keep saying this over and over and over, and nothing ever happens.

          You couldn’t come up with a fact to refute what I said for love nor money. Your impotent when it comes to debate. So all you got is stfu boy. Weak.

          The proceeding post was just my opinion. It is a refutable as it is my opinion. And if you think you’re stupid little he’s gonna make me change my opinion, you got rocks for brains. Better yet, you got shit for brains. Better yet, you got shit

          • Lewis

            If I want your opinion I’ll give it to you

  8. Brn

    No thanks, I’m married. You can “give it” to someone else.

    Barry is always looking to get some. You guys have a lot in common.

  9. Frank stetson

    OMG; Trump is burying Ivanka at his Bedminster NJ golf course for a tax break. Please Lord, make him leave New Jersey…

    He already put sheep there to snare a $90k break by becoming farmland assessed. He brought and was bought by the Saudi’s he hosted there.

    And now he owns a cemetery company in NJ to claim his golf course is a tax free cemetery.

    How low will this grifter go? He’s six foot under now and still digging. Larry loves those policies though. And the insurrection was Trump’s finest hours of prime time ratings. It was wild! .

    • Frank stetson

      Sorry —- Ivana, not Ivanka.

  1. Frank I can’t understand what’s wrong with MAGA. You idiots on the left are satanic bastards out to destroy patriots.…

  2. Don’t tell me nout proof. I’m too Young to need proof. I don’t need no stinkin proof. We all know…