Bill Weld of a time long forgotten and Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland both seem intent on running for President in the Republican primary against Donald Trump. Neither is running to win. They are running to get Democrats elected.
Both men are pro-abortion. They offer no compelling vision or message with which to beat Donald Trump in a Republican primary. They are liberal Republicans who would probably be Democrats if Democrats had not gone hard left on socialism or wokeness.
These are men who favor big government, more government spending, and liberal social policies. They may make moderates feel good, but there are not enough moderates to matter.
Frankly, there are not enough liberal Republicans to matter.
It would be interesting to see someone make a play for the center of the country or even the heart of the GOP at this point. The former would require a third party that pulls socially conservative minorities from the Democrats and fiscal liberals and committed Christians from the GOP as well as independents. The latter, an intra-party fight in the GOP, cannot be done from the Rockefeller wing of the GOP because the Rockefeller Republicans are almost all dead.
There are plenty of evangelicals in America who would be willing to consider an alternative. There are plenty of socially conservative voters who would be willing to consider an alternative. There are plenty of people who call themselves conservatives but are okay with more government intervention who would be willing to consider an alternative. And there are plenty of Republicans who disapprove of the President’s personal behavior and are appalled by the conclusions of the Mueller report who would consider an alternative.
Weld and Hogan are not that alternative.
Donald Trump really has nothing to worry about if that’s the best the anti-Trump opposition within the party can do.