George Will: Sherrod Brown may be ‘optimum challenger’ to Trump in 2020

George Will, a longtime leading conservative voice who broke with the Republican Party over Donald Trump and wants to see a Democrat take over the White House in 2020, has identified in a Washington Post column today the possible “optimum challenger” to Trump: Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Here’s the column.

Start with the fact that Brown is from Ohio, which has been a key swing state since long before Florida became the “other” key swing state. A cool fact from the column: No Republican has ever won the presidency without carrying Ohio, and Ohio has gone with the winner of all but two presidential elections since 1892.

Then there’s Brown’s working-man persona (it’s a vibe, not a biographical fact, since Brown has held elective office since age 29), which Will believes would help cut into Trump’s grip on working-class voters.

And, Will notes, Brown was on the midterm ballot in 2018, winning a third Senate term by a six-point margin in a state Trump had carried two years earlier by eight. Like many others who are obviously “mulling a bid “ (as the saying goes), Brown has been noncommittal about his plans for 2020, but he’s on almost every list of possible candidates. The last time CNN’s Chris Cillizza ranked the enormous field of possible Dem 2020 candidates, he ranked Brown eighth. (Minnesota’s own Amy Klobuchar ranked seventh. The top three were Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke and Joe Biden.)

By the way (this is one my own key litmus tests), Brown voted against the resolution authorizing the war in Iraq (29 out of 50 Democratic senators, including Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, voted aye).

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Comments (14)

  1. Submitted by Pat Terry on 12/13/2018 - 01:07 pm.

    George Will is still around?

  2. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 12/13/2018 - 01:32 pm.

    Perhaps this should be taken as the definitive indication that the only place to find traditional Republicanism and Constitutionalism is within the Democratic party.

    • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 12/13/2018 - 09:09 pm.

      There is no Constitutionalism among Democrats. They’ve been trying to shred that document for decades. Just recently you had Dem from CA claiming he would like to censor free speech… if it weren’t for that pesky Constitution.

      • Submitted by Neal Rovick on 12/14/2018 - 10:42 am.

        These conservative supports of free speech ?

        ….When the President of the United States says that Americans who peacefully protest by kneeling at the National Anthem should get out of the country, that is as close as the secular Republic has to blasphemy….

      • Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 12/14/2018 - 02:15 pm.

        And who was this and exactly what did he say? Perhaps you’re referring to a CA state senator who introduced a bill to require CA websites to develop a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, use fact-checkers to verify news stories, and put a warning on stories that contain verifiably false information.

        Now we can debate the merits of this legislation – and I question it myself – but it’s hardly censoring free speech. But if you have other examples, please provide with specifics.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/13/2018 - 01:54 pm.

    I’m always suspicious when Republicans (or conservatives) tell Democrats (or liberals) what they ought to do.

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/13/2018 - 01:57 pm.

    After watching Pelosi’s performance against Trump and Klobuchar’s against Kavanaugh, I’m beginning to feel that Amy has the skills necessary to handle Trump — which is NOT to try to out tantrum him, which is playing his game,

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 12/17/2018 - 06:05 am.

      Klobs is no Pelosi. Were Klobs in Pelosi’s shoes these last few weeks, fending off challenges to her position as Speaker, we’d have a new speaker by now.

      It’s tough to lead from the middle.

  5. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/13/2018 - 02:13 pm.

    It’s surprising that Will would endorse someone as far to the left as Senator Brown. I can’t tell if it’s more of his contrarian streak coming through, or if it’s just endorsing the white male who doesn’t have the baggage of association with prior administrations (e.g. Joe Biden).

    • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 12/13/2018 - 09:14 pm.

      Will is just another globalist. There’s nothing conservative about him. He’s of the Cheney / Rove streak of the Republican Party. None of the establishment politicians (R or D) can stand Trump being in the White House because he’s not one of them. He’s more like a bull in a china shop and they don’t want their china broken. Had he actually kept his best campaign promises, he would have really gotten under their skin and dismantled their Oligarchy in a hurry. But as it turns out, Trump is just another Obama, Bush, Clinton etc. More of the same.

      • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 12/14/2018 - 10:46 am.

        What? Kept his campaign promises? First I’ve heard that Mexico is paying for the wall. Cool beans as the kids say.

        I guess Don Trump’s bluster about shutting down the government over border wall financing is just more fake news. (Or is that Faux News?)

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/14/2018 - 11:51 am.

        What are your criteria for a true conservative? I have my own answers, both serious and sarcastic.

  6. Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 12/14/2018 - 11:36 am.

    Donald Trump is not going to be the GOP POTUS candidate in 2020…..mark it down.

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