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A Political Party Needs Oxygen

March 18, 2021

A civil society, like the human body, performs functions so crucial that they can’t live if they stop. When they fail, special life support procedures keep the human body and civil society alive.

The Republican Party is on life support provided by a decision by Donald Trump to seek reelection. Give him credit for taking the initiative when others did not. The problem is that new leaders have not appeared to succeed Trump and the old faces–Ted Cruz, Lindsay Graham, John Kasich, Nikki Haley–have little to no appeal.

One of the reasons, of course, is Donald Trump himself who has sucked all the oxygen out of the GOP so that none can enter the Party and function. That suggests that it may be another three to four years before conditions change and someone appears to declare “Hey, look me over.”

One of those likely contenders is Tom Cotton (R-AR), age 43. from a remote region of the South whose State’s reputation was despoiled by former governor Bill Clinton. But despite being from Arkansas (can you find it on a map or name one large city in that state?) Senator Cotton is the best educated (Claremont University) and best qualified to be President.

Next is Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), age 69, who seems to have some good ideas and a sense of humor. His name is, for a Republican, unfortunate, but accidents happen. Louisiana too has a sordid history traceable to Huey Long and, like Nevada, known for casinos, is remembered for its celebration of Mardi Gras.

If I were betting on a future president, I’d take a close look at Rep. Nancy

Mace (R-SC), age 43, or Gov. Christi Noem (R-SD), age 49.

Until Donald Trump steps aside or is indicted, all the oxygen these political leaders need to advance their ambitions is too thin to breathe.

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