Pre-existing support base who don't demand policy action because they're fans, not constituents. He's been dabbling* with a rightwing anti-capitalist critique for awhile now, and Hawley et al. are signaling that's the new hustle for the party. He's ideologically malleable but rhetorically straight-forward. And he came up in conventional media so he may get more leeway initially from his gutless former colleagues.
Though that obviously depends on whether the GOP discards Trump as a model. A bigger, wider Dem win would have convinced me they'd maybe play it straight next time with a conventional politician like Cotton or Hawley. Somebody with a shot but who won't scandalize the donor class. Maybe Dan Crenshaw splits the difference? But I doubt their conclusion from 2020 will be that Trump failed, so Carlson seems like the best bet if they go looking for the next Trump. Though I guess "the field" is an equally good guess if I believe this. After all, if we did this in November 2012 I doubt anybody would have named Trump.
*struggling with verb choice there because it's not been consistent. that's partly because there's no such thing as a coherent rightwing anti-capitalism and partly because he's just trying on hats. so... dabbling.
"Walleye, a lot of things are going to go wrong in your life that technically aren't your fault. Always remember that this doesn't make you any less of an idiot"
11. "I was thinking about Dan Crenshaw" In response to Reply # 10
i don't know much about him beyond his some of his background.
I watched him run circles around Maher in defending Trump. Not that Maher is any kind of heavyweight, but Crenshaw did it with such ease and intellectual dishonesty while *appearing* reasonable, it made me think he might have a future.
14. "I agree with this 100%" In response to Reply # 12 Mon Jun-07-21 03:46 PM by Marbles
I'm already seeing Desantis 2024 flags & signs around town ("Make America Florida" - I kid you not).
He & Rick Scott don't get along and I think Scott has his eyes on the presidency too. I'd love to see those 2 go at each others throats. Rubio will also stick his nose in the mix, but I don't think he has what it takes.