Donald Trump is using thin excuses to cancel his Iowa rally, as everyone focuses on his worsening criminal scandals instead. Ron DeSantis is embarrassing himself at an Iowa rally he should have canceled. Neither of these guys is likely to still be in the race by the time we get to 2024.
This isn’t necessarily a good thing. Trump and DeSantis would each be easily beatable in a general election. Trump will be in prison by then (good luck campaigning from a cell), while DeSantis is a self defeating idiot who’s already starting to become a national punchline.
The concern continues to be that once Trump and DeSantis collapse, it could create a Republican nomination vacuum that’s filled by some outsider who jumps in the race and is ultimately just as awful as Trump and DeSantis but doesn’t have time to be vetted, thus less baggage.
Everyone wants the name of who this outsider would be. I can’t give you one. That’s the point. It’s certainly not a name that anyone could come up with now. It would be someone who catches us all off guard. It would be an outsider who sees the 2024 Republican nomination just sitting there for the taking due to a weak and collapsing field, and decides to jump in and seize it – just like Trump did in 2016.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report