The Republican Party is getting a massive rejection on the national level like never before.
The Republican governor of Ohio, John Kasich, has recently indicated that he may leave the party for good. Kasich has been a critic of President Donald Trump, and sources say he’s angry that so many fellow Republicans have gone along with Trump’s tyrannical plans.
Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is a Democrat, are reportedly working together on a major political project, which some say could eventually turn into a bipartisan challenge for Trump in the 2020 election.
This is the last thing the Trump team ever wanted to see. In order for Trump to maintain power, they’re trying to keep Republicans and Democrats divided. This is a sign that Trump’s control over his own party has started to crumble away in a huge way.
Here are some of the basic facts about the new Kasich-Hickenlooper alliance, as reported by Axios:
- The two are talking to major media companies about a possible podcast or cable show to continue cementing their brand. Their conversations would include politics, policy, and pop culture.
- In D.C. in early September, the two will hold a health-care conference that includes policy input from the American Enterprise Institute on the right and the Center for American Progress on the left.
- Kasich, who’s being advised by veteran consultant John Weaver, is keeping open all his options, including the possibility of primarying Trump in 2020.
- Nothing subtle about any of this: Kasich has urged Hickenlooper to visit New Hampshire.
So far, the response from the political establishment has been mixed.
Obviously many Democrats are uncomfortable with the idea of working alongside Republicans. However, Kasich was against Trump from the very beginning and he represents the most moderate form of Republicans who are in existence today.
Read more, from Axios:
The pushback: Some establishment Dems are apoplectic about the idea of Hickenlooper teaming up with a Republican. One top strategist told me: “No Dem wants Kasich anywhere near our ticket. Sounds like a No Labels fantasy, but moderate Dems would hate it.”
But a veteran operative emails: “Our political system is completely broken. Something big and historic needs to happen to break the logjam. I’m a big Dem but I’m for anything that … does away with this hyper-partisanship on both sides that is paralyzing our government.”
What do you think – could this Republican-Democrat team give Trump a serious challenge in the 2020 election? Who else would you like to see run for president in the next election?