Definition of “Conservative”:
a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics. Synonyms: Right-winger, reactionary, rightist, die-hard (www.dictionary.com)
Best selling author Brad Thor tweeted on Saturday that he would primary President Donald Trump in a 2020 run “IF no conservative steps up…..” (emphasis mine). That’s a big IF. and it’s also a broad challenge. Who is included in that statement?
If no conservative steps up, I will absolutely challenge Donald Trump in 2020. America deserves better leadership. pic.twitter.com/xwNG8LZs8c
— Brad Thor (@BradThor) April 21, 2018
We know that it is fairly likely that John Kasich, the Ohio governor will make another run for it. He can’t help himself. He will be the first to tell you that he belongs in the White House and that he’s the most qualified. His disdain for Trump is no secret, and it is true that he is an experienced politician on many levels. However, it is a stretch to call the 65-year-old Kasich a conservative. A giant stretch.
John Kasich believes climate change is real (as in man-made real). He defends Common Core as a viable education model. He is for a legal status for illegals who have not committed crimes. He is for tax reductions, except for increasing taxes on fracking. And he is for putting our military on the ground to fight ISIS in the Mideast. Surely a mixed bag, but not really a conservative one.
It is very possible that Evan McMullin would take another stab at the office, now that his name is known. After all, he just friended me and several others I know on Facebook! So it looks like he’s gearing up for something.
But his views became much more moderate after the election, causing many who voted for him in the general to realize that McMullin wasn’t who he represented himself to be.
However, he is more conservative on the issues than John Kasich and also younger, at 42. His stances can be viewed here.
Several other possibilities float through the air as I type this. Would anyone leaving the House or the Senate at the end of this year take a stab at it? Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, or even Paul Ryan? How conservative are they? Not very, when one thinks of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, or Ben Sasse by comparison.
There are several others who could primary Trump in 2020 who might be considered conservative, but would they be viable? Darrell Castle may try again, and there were others who couldn’t scrape enough dollars together to get on the ballot in 2016. Castle will be close to 71 in 2020, and America is probably not looking for another old dude if it is going to replace Trump. He’s a Constitution Party candidate.
The party is a love it or hate it party, and it is a strong but rather small and tightly knit group. I don’t think that Brad Thor would consider Castle as “the conservative“ who would step up, but I could be wrong. I hope I’m right.
I hope I’m right, because Brad Thor is exactly the man who needs to primary Trump.
That’s why he needs to put his commitment on the table and get to work now, and not concern himself with other possible conservatives. They won’t be in the way. Most of them will be too chicken to try. There isn’t anyone who will be in his league anyway.
He is an outsider, a brilliant writer who understands what is wrong with this country, a conservative of high morals and values – all of which has been sadly lacking in the “but we couldn’t have Hillary!” election of 2016.
This is not a game. We are tired of Trumpism and the leftward shift of the Republican Party. We really want conservatism back in our government and we don’t like the word, “IF“.
So, I would encourage all of you to Tweet Brad Thor @BradThor or go to his Facebook page and tell him that he must run for president and primary Trump. Let him know that we back him and we believe in him and we need him to put his thoughts of another conservative stepping up to the plate aside, because that conservative is 48-year-old Brad Thor.
There is one more detail that is left undone. It is probably one that is more important to a person challenging an incumbent than it would be in a regular run at the presidency.
Who should Thor pick as his running mate?
Well, I already have the answer to that question just to make things easier. I have a person in mind that could tap into a whole other segment of our society that is often ignored. It is a sector that needs a voice and has a lot of worthwhile contributions to make. And this person could surely bring a lot of talent, intelligence, ambition and creativity to the ticket in a way we have never seen in this country before.
There is only one person who could amaze and astound America, and lift Brad Thor from a virtual unknown outside of well-read Americans to become a household name. And at the same time this person would become one as well.