The headline made news, this one from ABC:
Corey Lewandowski ‘seriously considering’ Senate run in 2020
The August 14 story, one of many, said this:
President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Thursday he was “seriously considering” running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire in 2020, with hopes of unseating incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is up for re-election next year.
“I’m seriously considering it,” Lewandowski told ABC News. “Senator Shaheen has failed the people of New Hampshire by voting in lock-step with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. The people of New Hampshire deserve better. If I run, I would be a voice for all the people of New Hampshire.”
Lewandowski is traveling on Air Force One Thursday night for a campaign rally in Ohio and intends to discuss his plans with Trump, sources told ABC News.
This is a significant story, and not for the obvious reason that my former CNN colleague is a recognizable and well-respected figure in recent American politics.
Here is one of the eternal truths of the American presidency: Not every president of the United States has made a serious mark in American history. President Donald Trump is one of those who has made that mark — and may well win his re-election mandate to keep going for that second term and more momentous change.
One of the telltale signs of a historic presidency is that at the end of the president’s (usually) two terms, along with the policy achievements the president has brought into the political world with him, there appears a veritable army of supporters who move forward to keep the president’s principles and policies in play long after the president has retired to private life.
Over time, at varying moments in American history, these change-inducing historic presidents have left a decided legacy of, for example, Jackson Democrats; Lincoln Republicans; Teddy Roosevelt Republicans; Wilson, FDR, and JFK Democrats; and more recently both Reagan Republicans and Reagan Democrats. What this means in practice is that a president’s allies at some point materialize in strength to carry on his agenda in various states, and in Washington to the Senate, the House, and, yes, the White House. And that is no small thing.
Corey Lewandowski is a veritable symbol of the newest incarnation of this particular (and little-discussed) presidential legacy. Perhaps the best known of what can now easily be called “Trump Republicans,” Corey most assuredly is not going to be alone. As time unfolds there will be a flood of Trump Republicans entering federal and state races around the country, all devoted to carrying on the legacy of the newest “great president.”
No one is better suited to do this than Corey. He is decidedly in tune with Trump’s appeal to working Americans — New Hampshire-ites in this case. As the first Trump campaign manager, he played a key role in designing the Outsider Candidate’s campaign, and he has remained a serious Trump ally ever since.
Importantly, since books by former presidential aides and allies are critical in making the historic case for a presidential legacy — they will exist long after everyone involved has gone to the great beyond — he has also become a prolific author on the Trump phenomenon. Writing with fellow long-time Trump supporter David Bossie, the two have produced Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency, Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency, and the forthcoming Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds.
Whether Corey Lewandowski throws his hat in the ring for this New Hampshire Senate seat or goes another route (just last week he was subbing as guest host for Boston’s favorite conservative radio commentator, Howie Carr) he is in fact but the latest in a very long tradition that has sprung up around historically significant presidents. They bequeath to the nation a “movement” populated by smart, enthusiastic, and dedicated supporters and allies who go on to carry that president’s banner into the future.
Ronald Reagan left office 30 years ago, and the nation’s politics are still filled with “Reagan Republicans” and “Reagan Democrats” — with many of the latter not coincidentally morphed into “Trump Democrats.”
There is an understandable tendency in politics to focus on the here and the now, with little or no attention paid to a far distant future. But it is foolish to ignore the impact of a seriously historic presidential legacy, in this case that of Donald Trump.
Whether Corey Lewandowski runs for and wins a Senate seat in New Hampshire or whether he goes in another direction of writing and broadcasting or something else, he is emblematic of what American politics and specifically the Republican Party can look for in the years to come.
Namely, the Trump Revolution continues — and will be around for a very, very long time to come.
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