Larry Hogan Slams Trump In Announcment That “I’m Not Seeking the Republican Nomination for President”
In The NY Times, no less: “We cannot afford to have Mr. Trump as our nominee and suffer defeat for the fourth consecutive election cycle. To once again be a successful governing party, we must move on from Mr. Trump.”
For some reason, former Maryland governor Larry Hogan (nominal R) thought that his decision not to seek the 2024 GOP presidential nomination he had zero chance of winning is so notable that it needed to be announced in the “paper of record.”
I have long said that I care more about ensuring a future for the Republican Party than securing my own future in the Republican Party. And that is why I will not be seeking the Republican nomination for president.
Read my full op-ed here:https://t.co/hj7eT6nYxE
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) March 5, 2023
Hogan does seem to understand that he had no chance at all of winning the GOP nomination.
I truly appreciate all those around the nation who have for many years encouraged me to run for president. After eight years of pouring my heart and soul into serving the people of Maryland, I have no desire to put my family through another grueling campaign just for the experience.
I would never run for president to sell books or position myself for a cabinet role. I have long said that I care more about ensuring a future for the Republican Party than securing my own future in the Republican Party. And that is why I will not be seeking the Republican nomination for president.
Hogan’s unnecessary thud of an announcement appears to be primarily a vehicle to freely admit he’s unelectable in a GOP primary in order to bash Trump and his tens of millions of supporters.
Since Donald Trump won the nomination in 2016, I have fought to make clear that our party cannot be successful if we put personality before principle, if our elected officials are afraid to say publicly what they freely admit behind closed doors, and if we can’t learn from our mistakes because of the political cost of admitting facts to be true. In 2020, the party didn’t even bother passing a campaign platform. For too long, Republican voters have been denied a real debate about what our party stands for beyond loyalty to Mr. Trump. A cult of personality is no substitute for a party of principle.
I believe the tides are finally turning. Republican voters are growing tired of the drama and are open to new leadership. And while I’m optimistic about the future of the Republican Party, I am deeply concerned about this next election. We cannot afford to have Mr. Trump as our nominee and suffer defeat for the fourth consecutive election cycle. To once again be a successful governing party, we must move on from Mr. Trump. There are several competent Republican leaders who have the potential to step up and lead. But the stakes are too high for me to risk being part of another multicar pileup that could potentially help Mr. Trump recapture the nomination.
Former Maryland @GovLarryHogan warns that Republicans nominating former President Donald Trump for a third time would be a "train wreck."
"That would be bad for the party and bad for the country," Hogan tells CBS News' @costareports. pic.twitter.com/tgLfFFRQYg
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) March 5, 2023
Hogan also appears to be taking a swipe at Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who has not (yet?) declared his candidacy.
An encouraging trend for Republican politics lies in the fact that the excesses of progressive elites have created the opportunity to attract more working-class voters from all different backgrounds. But many in the Republican Party falsely believe that the best way to reach these voters is through more angry, performative politics and bigger government. These are just empty calories that can’t sustain the lasting governing coalition necessary to restore America.
Nothing at all performative about writing an op-ed declaring you are not running for a nomination you know you can’t win and then making the rounds on the Sunday talks to complain about the Republican Party and its voters who clearly prefer pretty much anyone over you.
For those keeping track at home, there are currently three declared candidates for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination: former president Donald Trump, former governor of South Carolina and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, and conservative entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
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Gee, what a loss. I was looking forward to a Hogan-Romney ticket.
Thank you. I needed that.
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To borrow from Patty and Selma, “We’re richer for having him not even try.”
Stunning and brave, Larry.
Hogan not running destroys my hopes for this country.
Is this a good time for me to state emphatically that I will not be running for president in 2024?
After all, my non-candidacy is similar to Hogan’s announcement of his non-candidacy. Neither one of us will ever be considered.
But that also applies to Nikki Haley, Jeb! Bush, and a host of other potential candidates who have as much of a chance to be elected as Heels-Up Harris.
Hogan is at least realistic enough to understand he shouldn’t believe the hype of the grifter/consultant class looking for a paycheck on the back his doomed campaign. To go on national TV to and inform the Nation he doesn’t like self aggrandizing pols is a little rich. As is his catty attitude to the far stronger competition. There’s a reason DJT and DeSantis have far more support than the reminder of the potential field; they give the people what they want in terms of policy and common sense instead of DC establishment reluctance to take a risk or defy the conventional political wisdom for fear the media will name call.
Outside of Trump and DeSantis, none of these other “candidates” are ever in the conversation. Whether or not they declare, they are just not in the game. Even Mike Pence can’t stay ahead of the margin of error. And there are no dark horses lurking in the shadows either. It’s up to DeSantis to reveal his plans and the GOP establishment is getting very antsy about the delay. This might become a long pregnancy.
Such an unbelievable piece of crap that even the lobbyist RINOs won’t touch him.
Clearly angling for the pet ‘Republican’ spot on one of the far left talk shows where he can agree with everything they say but still claim that he’s a ‘Republican’.
I am getting so tired of the “Republican” candidates who are in fact nothing but Democrats who are sleepers in the party.
I do not like the RINO tag. These people aren’t Republicans. I do realize that there are Republican candidates in certain districts who wouldn’t get elected if they go “too far” to the right (think any candidate in certain places in New York, California, Washington, etc.). But we have seen and heard candidates who claim to be Republican, but are in fact not.
“Nothing at all performative about writing an op-ed declaring you are not running for a nomination you know you can’t win and then making the rounds on the Sunday talks to complain about the Republican Party and its voters who clearly prefer pretty much anyone over you.”
So why give him the space? Trump’s speech last night at CPAC, pure Trump with much policy sprinkled in. Or his rollout of trade policy several days ago? No coverage here, so far. One thing for sure, he explains the what and why. Transparency plus. Much preferred to the standard way politicians hide the ball these days, especially the Biden regime. His schtick about Putin and Xi, wondering if he was 10% serious, was classic.
Back to Hogan. He fits the stereotype to a tee! A sad example of a “principled leader” that too often exists in the GOP. Caters too much to Maryland Democrats than his own. Guess he needs to be liked by them to feel worthwhile, as he ignores the depth they will go to destroy, so long as it’s Trump.
We all know why.
I assume so. This site, or at least a few authors, have decided that Orange Man Bad and Desantis good. It’s fair enough to do so, but it results in ignoring anything notable about Trump and amplifying rather insignificant mentions of Desantis.
Personally, I like them both. But, if something Trumpy happens, this site isn’t the place to read it. Still my first go-to website, but that doesn’t make it perfect.
Actually, if you read the other article about the disaster that was CPAC, you’ll know why there is no coverage of Trump.
“So why give him the space? Trump’s speech last night at CPAC, pure Trump with much policy sprinkled in. Or his rollout of trade policy several days ago? No coverage here, so far.”
You are so right, and it’s always amazing how idiots like this subway sandwich get ink and President does not, at least good ink.
Probably cause he spoke badly about probably because he spoke poorly about President Trump is my theory
Sununu was running his mouth, too. A true heavyweight. It’s easy to see how he got to be governor. It’s not like his name is Cuomo.
He’s a hero.
Nikki is not running for President, but for Vice President on a Trump ticket.
Hogan is right that we cannot afford to suffer defeat for the fourth consecutive election cycle. IMO Trump does not merit the nomination. His failure to lead in the early 2021 Georgia Senate runoffs cost us Senate control and all of Biden’s legislative agenda, a real catastrophe for the country and its finances. I do not feel much different about 2022, with, for example, his endorsements of Dr. Oz and Walker.
“ Nikki is not running for President, but for Vice President on a Trump ticket.”
Mitch McConnell refusing to move the larger $2K stimulus checks, insisting there was too much money going out the door didn’t help. He shived Trump on that which helped the d/prog in Nov.
Of course the next Congress with d/prog majority did nearly immediately pass a higher level of spending on stimulus. Then passed several $Trillion more. Without McConnell choosing to organize a filibuster either so his commitment to frugality seems transitory. GA 2020 was not on Trump IMO. Other elections sure but not that one.
Georgia of the famous toilet overflow, that shut down, not only Georgia, but 5 other states?
So, were stimulus checks a good idea?
Most of the GOP didn’t want to do them but Trump said send it to me and I’ll sign it.
The GOP opened the door to all of these giveaways that the left can now sign off on with impunity.
You are missing the point. It doesn’t matter whether they were good or bad in the context of their impact on the election.
Either we do what it takes to win and retain power in order to stop even larger d/prog boondoggle excess or we fail and the d/prog gain pwoer to control the agenda and the spending.
Rhetoric is empty. Campaign promises are empty. Tough talking language about fighting is empty. Unless we have both the power to exercise and the will to exercise that power its all talk and no action. Winning the election is step one. Without that nothing else matters. Not one good intention can be legislated without the majority to do so.
It is definitely hard to win an election against Santa Claus and all of the taxpayer supported “free” stuff!
True, and we can’t compete in an eternal competition of giveaways. However, this was an example of where bending to a more pragmatic course of action today in higher spending probably would have prevented even larger spending tomorrow.
Not to mention retaining Senate control has an influence on Judicial confirmation and may have caused fewer appointments of weirdos to executive branch positions needing confirmation.
“The GOP opened the door to all of these giveaways that the left can now sign off on with impunity.”
You are probably going to have to go back at least to LBJ’s ‘Great Society’ to find the true grand opening of that door.
It seems like that to me, too. I listened an interview she had with John Soliman on Just News podcast and I like her but….idk. The lefts hysterical attacks on her are entertaining, though. Imagine going after someone for using their middle name because no-one as ever done that or taking her spouses last name because that has never been done either. That’s all they have.
They call the leader of Hogan’s Zeros a RINO. He’s not. He’s a TransRepublican. He identifies as a Republican, but he’s actually a biological Democrat.
I made a similar comment a few moments ago. But your comment is definitely much more concise than mine, and accurate.
Are you sure Hogan is not a Chinese wh*re? Because he sure sounds like a Chinese wh*re.
Donald Trump’s speeches are crammed with policy plans, and when he gets a chance, he follows through. Because he followed through on the promises made to me by both parties for the last forty years, I like him.
He also is much, much more gently spoken than most of the Democrats at the national level. He does have a sense of humor that runs to childish taunts, but, unlike prominent Democrats who apparently have their entire Party’s approval, he has refrained from calling people terrorists, calling for riots, and calling for murders.
The Democrats promised us before that he was a hothead that would get into wars due to his own ego, and crash the economy. Instead, he kept us out of war, and made the entire economy thrive for all its people, including our black families.
The Democrats say Trump supporters are racists, but Trump supporters have opposed abortion, knowing full well that the burden of infanticide at this time falls hardest on the black community.
Hogan didn’t notice any of this. One has to be willfully blind not to see it. What could possibly cause such blindness, aside from self-interest?
I agree with you and get down voted, you have all up votes.
I’m beginning to believe some “people” are just making this personal!
Hogan didn’t notice any of this. One has to be willfully blind not to see it
And many are.. and you don’t have to look far and that’s what is so disconcerting
Ever notice you don’t see David “Talking Thumb” Gergen and Larry Hogan together?
Umm, who asked ya?
Dude looks like a well-fed turtle
Kind of like a well-rounded Six Flags guy.
Hogan announces he is not seeking an office he has no chance of being elected to then his real reason for seeking media comes out, the RINO just wanted to bash Trump.
Sure, let’s make sure that Trump doesn’t get the GOP nomination.
That way the swamp can continue.
The nation will not elect a wabbit hunter.
I was thinking the same thing. Hogan is about as exciting as an accounting class teacher.
Another NPC who would be competing against the margin of error. It sure doesn’t look good for all of other NPCs. I expect most of them will decide not to run. The RNC/Club for Growth clown car strategy just isn’t selling. How much money are they willing to burn to fund this farce? As soon as DeSantis declares he is not only not running but will be campaigning for Trump, it will be the end of our GOPe/Uniparty nightmare.
Hogan knows he had no chance.
Like all politicians, he is living a facade.
Good! Nobody wanted your weak RINO ass anyhow.