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Is this Governor a Potential President?

September 1, 2019

“Lack of Will” on the part of elected leaders is part of the problem of American political culture, and a serious one. Had the men at Lexington and Concord lacked a will to fight, we would not have pursued “independence” from King George III. Had Union troops at Gettysburg buckled before Gen. George Pickett’s charge, it’s likely that the finale of our Civil War would not have occurred when it did and with the same result. So, too, at Belleau Wood in 1918, and Omaha Beach in 1944 and the Chosin Reservoir in 1950, the will of Americans was tested and not found wanting.

Time, however, has changed the character of elected leaders. I traced that change to the influence of the 17th Amendment ratified in 1913 that called for direct election of the U.S. Senate that opened the doors to a new form of ideological politics. And I offered the idea that election of Governors of our States to the Office of President of the United States was a better wager than election of a sitting U.S. Senator.

Are there any prospective Presidents among the current list of Governors of States?

I took a look at four:

Idaho Governor Brad Little has potential but he seems too happy to serve as Idaho’s Governor and there appears to be no interest in the world outside of Idaho nor even the United States.

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has his hands full with a possible Category 5 hurricane and is too busy to provide any biographical information. But his appearances on camera to prepare his constituents for imminent disaster give confidence in him and his abilities.

Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa strikes me as a real possibility for nomination as Vice President in 2024 when she will by 62. Of course, tradition calls for Presidents who are male, tall and good looking, so that limits her immediate prospects.

Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts is a male, tall, good-looking, immensely popular but he is soft on abortion and hails from Massachusetts which is the kiss of death for GOP presidential prospects.

That’s it for now. Happy Labor Day!





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