What the heck… we might as well start speculating about the 2024 election since this one seems to be bogged down in Uncle Joe’s basement, for the time being, right? Politico dips a toe into that pool this week with some ruminations on the 2024 GOP primary race. (No, I’m not kidding. I wish I was kidding, but I’m not.) Whether the Republicans are searching for the heir to Donald Trump or a replacement for Joe Biden at that point, they’ll have to settle on somebody. So why not Maryland Governor Larry Hogan? For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, Hogan showed up on Meet the Press this weekend to chat with Chuck Todd and the subject of the future of the party in a post-Trump world was put into play. Hogan didn’t sound like he was seriously considering the job for himself, but he did seem to imply that big, structural changes would be needed, and he invoked one of the most tired phrases in modern American politics. The GOP is going to need “a bigger tent.”
As rumors swirl that Larry Hogan is eyeing a run for president in 2024, the Republican governor of Maryland has some advice for the post-Trump GOP: Be more like me.
“I don’t know what the future holds in November, but I know that the Republican Party is going to be looking at what happens after President Trump and whether that’s in four months or four years,” Hogan said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
That, Hogan argued, should include becoming more inclusive.
“I think they’re going to be looking to, ‘How do we go about becoming a bigger tent party?’” he told host Chuck Todd.
The “bigger tent” trope has been with us for quite a while now and it’s always been a point of contention. If you’re looking at the game board strictly from the perspective of wins and losses, attracting a larger number of voters is a no-brainer. It’s just basic math. But the picture becomes more complicated when you ask yourself precisely how much you’re willing to compromise on the conservative platform and potentially dilute the message in the interest of drawing in more moderate, persuadable voters. (Assuming such still exist in any measurable numbers.)