With Trump's four years in the White House now in the rearview, an unprecedented period in American political history is concluded. The transition, however, has set off a mad scramble for control of a Republican Party that for so long has reflected the domineering image of one man—and might even still in the years ahead. Who emerges from the warring factions and familial rivalries that proliferated and quietly festered during Trump's presidency could determine the fate of the GOP for a generation, and the first hint of what's to come begins with the 2024 campaign to crown the first Republican nominee, and national party leader, of the post-Trump era.
David Drucker’s Baedeker to the current crop of wannabes is a perfectly timed and well-informed contribution ... Drucker reminds us of just who within the GOP is laying groundwork for runs for the White House, and how realistic their hopes might be. It is a tricky and contorting dance ... Drucker pulls back the curtain on other figures’ schemes, dreams – and hard political infrastructure ... If nothing else, Drucker reminds us that though Trump rules Red America, like rust, ambition never sleeps.
If there were a Pulitzer Prize for premature speculation, it might go to David M. Drucker for his new book ... if the thesis is faulty, there is value in the exercise. In Trump’s Shadow is a useful look at the current state of the GOP, such as it is. Drucker is a real reporter, not a clip-job artist, and he does the legwork. He is a conservative, doing most of his work for the Washington Examiner — but not a delusional one.