A Republican Governor Casts His Presidential Vote - for Ronald Reagan

FILE - In this April 3, 1985 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler, left, listens as President Ronald Reagan talks to about child safety to a group of missing and exploited children activists in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Heckler, an eight-term Republican congresswoman from Massachusetts, secretary of Health and Human Services under Reagan, and U.S. ambassador to Ireland, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in Arlington, Va. She was 87. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)

 

Who are you voting for? Trump? Biden? Reagan?

Ask Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, and he’ll tell you his choice is “C.”

Speaking to The Washington Post, Larry said he went with a write-in this year.

It was done out of protest.

But he doesn’t expect his ballot to alter the result:

“It’s not going to change the outcome in my state.”

“I know it’s simply symbolic,” he explained.

Nevertheless, he reckons Ronald’s the right guy for the job:

“[I] thought it was important to just cast a vote that showed the kind of person I’d like to see in office.”

As noted by The Daily Wire, the governor’s been no fan of President Trump. In July, he penned an op-ed for The Washington Post grilling POTUS over his pandemic management:

“It was hopeless, waiting around for him. Governors were being told that we were on our own. It was sink or swim. And if I didn’t do something dramatic, we simply would not come close to having enough tests in Maryland.”

The Gipper’s been the governor’s go-to for a good while.

From the Wire:

Hogan, who has been floated as a potential 2024 candidate, told The Washington Post that he was “a lifelong conservative Republican” who supported Reagan in his youth, for which reason he chose him as his candidate, despite the fact that he has been dead for 16 years.

“I marched around as a college kid on the floor of the convention with a Reagan hat and a Reagan sign,” he recalled.

“Reagan was the guy.”

And, apparently, he still is.

As for Trump, one of the Artist of the Deal’s deficits, it seems, is a failure to negotiate:

“People really want someone who’s pragmatic, who’s not afraid to compromise.”

As quoted by Fox News, in his recent memoir, the governor recounted being pressured to run against the Commander-in-Chief:

“On cable news. In private phone calls. In conversations with fellow Republicans, donors and members of the media. Even with a couple of Trump administration cabinet secretaries. … The media, I understood. They were itching for a tussle in 2020. … They were also enamored by the idea of a popular Republican governor, a real Republican, with a proven record of electoral success, going toe to toe with Donald Trump inside the GOP.”

Some of it was shocking:

“But cabinet secretaries? Encouraging me to consider running against their boss, the president? That one surprised me.”

To the Post, Larry put Reagan right up there with his father — Rep. Larry Hogan Sr. — as hero.

In fact, for the 2016 election, he wrote in his dad.

And this time around, it’s America’s 40th president.

…To be America’s 46th president.

For Ronald Wilson Reagan, it’d certainly be a feat — if he served two terms, the Once-Again-Leader of the Free World would be 117 when he left office.

As for the mortal complications, in a way, it makes sense: If deceased citizens are pulling levers in this year’s election by mail…nothing works quite like a candidate to whom voters can relate.

-ALEX

 

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