Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review and a well-known conservative Republican pundit whose analysis is seen often on Sunday morning talk shows and in his occasional column in the Arizona Republic. On February 21, Rich was interviewed on KJZZ-FM and provided a perspective on the 2020 presidential election.
In 2016, Rich and the National Review favored any Republican over Donald Trump, and he still expresses a preference for a dozen Republicans for president who are not named Trump. In this interview, he recommended that conservatives vote for the re-election of the president, and he gave reasons why.
Rich offered a number of predictions. Arizona will be in play for the election, but that will be less likely if Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic nominee. He predicts that Sanders will be the nominee and will win the popular vote, but lose in the electoral college to President Trump.
He offered an analysis of the Trump presidency. Rich has been pleasantly surprised by the President Trump’s actions that were consistent with a conservative, such as judicial appointments, support for right-to-life, de-regulation and reducing taxes. He has been disappointed with Trump’s failure to act presidential, and the president’s being unwilling to overcome his own ignorance about the U.S. Constitution or the institution of government.
It would be disappointing to any conservative whose model president is Ronald Reagan to see that Rich failed to refer to a number of actions by the president which are counter to conservative Republican principles. President Trump has allowed an acceleration of the national debt, forgotten about Republican devotion to free trade, failed to recall that Republicans have heavily favored enhancing American security through international organizations such as NATO and respected the national intelligence community.
Rich Lowry failed to be concerned that if the president is re-elected, he will take it as cue to do things his way without any guardrails. This could result in an explosive win in the 2022 mid-term elections for Democrats.
It would appear that Rich should use his status as a conservative leader to disregard the presidential election and focus on getting Republican senators such as Martha McSally and Corey Gardner re-elected so that the party could maintain a senate majority. This would act as a counter to extreme actions attempted by Bernie Sanders, if he should be elected, and by an unleashed Donald Trump.
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