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Who Will Carry the GOP Torch?

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The rest of November, and well into December, will be a busy time for TV network news, cable television news, most Americans, and much of the world. Fraud has been uncovered in Philadelphia, eroding the validity of Pennsylvania's election count. Election-turning software has been exposed, with vast criminality likely to follow.

Fraud on Top of Fraud

Fraud occurred in Michigan where reports of vehicles containing thousands of ballots mysteriously appeared in the wee hours of the morning. Nevada has been racked with fraud, from dead people voting, to observers being screened out, to ballots thrown away, to postal worker backdating envelopes, and so much more. Wisconsin, Georgia, and likely Arizona, all have some major explaining to do.

Indeed, the combined criminal efforts of Democrats in this election add up to massive fraud the likes of which the country has never witnessed, in terms of the sheer numbers of fraudulent acts, illegal ballots, and outright chicanery, with worldwide implications. The 36-day hanging chad controversy in Florida 20 years ago seems tame by comparison. 

Amidst this backdrop, a question emerges: Who will carry the torch after President Trump? This is not going to be an easy task because indeed, President Trump's ability to get things done is unprecedented.

Regardless of what unfolds in the coming days, and the seemingly endless array of legal twists and turns, the GOP will need to run a candidate in 2024 who has the capability to be an overachiever and also get an extraordinary number of things done.

An Ultra Strong Line-Up    

Fortunately, many possible candidates are emerging. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has shown remarkable bravery, insight, and outspokenness and would be among my first few choices. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri has a firm grasp of the key issues and would make a fine candidate. 

Certainly Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who has shown outstanding leadership and courage, would be an excellent choice. Given that Donald Trump went from non-politician to president, a congressional representative could win the highest office as well. No longer must one emerge from the ranks of senator, governor, military general, cabinet member, or former vice president.

Trey Gowdy, though retired from Congress, could generate strong interest. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has emerged as one of the great leaders of the party, while only four years ago, even on the right, many people couldn't stand him.

Nikki Haley, formerly governor of South Carolina and the U.S. representative to the UN for several years, has a great political touch, speaks well, and could generate enthusiasm among a number of voting groups. Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, and Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, might be in the mix. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee would get my vote if she decided to run. 

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has emerged as political force and could serve well. Fox News host Tucker Carlson has an amazing grasp of the issues and an unparalleled ability to deliver keen political insight and mega-doses of common sense in succinct, short bursts. 

Between now and the next election, other GOP leaders could emerge, inspired by Donald Trump’s indefatigable approach to the issues that matter. Time will tell. 

Another Trump?

With more Trump leadership, we have the opportunity to eradicate some of the Leftist diseases such as bigotry, rioting, looting, political correctness, the desire for a country with no borders, doxxing, cancel culture, intentional misrepresentation of the facts, etc. The Left will never quit, but they can be diminished. 

If Donald Trump Jr. or Ivanka Trump Kushner runs for the presidency of the United States and wins, then we can look forward to more years of effective leadership. Donald Trump can serve as a senior White House adviser to either his daughter or his eldest son. 

Children do indeed succeed their fathers to the presidency, on occasion. John Adams was the 2nd president of the U.S. and his son, John Quincy Adams, was the 6th president. As widely known, George H.W. Bush was the 41st president and his son George W. Bush was the 43rd president. 

All kinds of things can happen, but why not entertain the possibility? It's not out of bounds to consider that one of the Trump children can be elected president.

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