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Tales from the Mark Side: Republican all star team aligning for 2024 showdown

mark.young@manateeherald.com

As you have no doubt heard me say several times, I am no fan of the primary season. I just don’t like to see Conservatives go at each other, but I understand the process.

It’s kind of like the holidays when family comes together. You look forward to it. You get excited, but by the time the festivities are over, there is almost always drama.

If you can’t relate to that, then God bless you. You are lucky. If you missed my holiday columns, I laid out the last several that were ruined either by a liberal boyfriend of the daughter or a crazy family friend.

Fortunately the liberal boyfriend is history. The daughter, who is a fierce independent, finally saw him for the lunatic lefty he was. Thank God for small miracles.

What I didn’t say in those pre-holiday visits with you is that this past Christmas didn’t fare very well either with my mom’s boyfriend’s dog attacking our dogs.

Should have been a fairly simple holiday, but we couldn’t even pull that one off with just the four of us.

Ah well, what are you gonna do? You just have to accept that family gatherings are going to be … well, interesting. And so is this primary season.

As we know, President Donald Trump has already announced and I just watched the official announcement rally for Nikki Haley.

Inside word is that DeSantis will likely announce in the coming months, as well as SC Sen. Tim Scott, former VP Mike Pence and former wearer of all Republican hats, Mike Pompeo.

I don’t know if we’ll see the 16 candidates like we saw in 2016, but so far Republicans are fielding an all-star team. The democrats? Not so much and we’ll get to them.

Haley’s opening rally was impressive. She has always impressed me. When it comes to mostly weak ambassadors we’ve had to the Useless Nations, Haley was the strongest and toughest I had ever seen.

She made John Bolton look like a kitten dressed in a Girl Scout uniform trying to sell Thin Mints at a diabetes convention.

She is a tough American Conservative woman and there is nothing more endearing to me than that.

Don’t underestimate her. The swing vote in this last few elections have been independent suburban women. The ones who allegedly bailed on Trump in 2020. Haley will appeal to them and that makes her dangerous out of the gate.

Haley could actually pull this off if she somehow is able to survive the GOP primary to be the nomination. I don’t see that happening, but we’ll see.

Pence, Pompeo and Scott are all Conservatives I love, but let’s face facts here, they are going to be cannon fodder for this primary.

Thus far, I see a three-way race between Haley, DeSantis and Trump and at the end of the day, it will be between DeSantis and Trump.

That’s not a prediction. It’s just the way I see it this early in the game.

I’m hoping for a policy-driven primary season, but I’m not holding my breath. All three would make a great president but I’m not about to make any predictions just yet.

Now let’s take a look at the democrats … and I literally just laughed out loud writing that sentence because it’s nothing short of hilarious … and sad.

So, of course, we have Joe Biden, the worst president in U.S. history. Some possibilities if Joe doesn’t run is California Gov. Gavin Newsome, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the do nothing VP Kamala Harris and I hear some dems are begging Michelle Obama to run.

Oh Lordy, I just spit out my drink writing that list, haha. Hold on, I have to wipe this up. … Ok, back.

It’s hilarious, right? But also very scary because every last lunatic lefty out there would vote for them.

Remember that a consistent 35 to 40 percent of democrats think Joe Biden is doing a great job. Remember too, that one third of Gen Z believes the earth is flat.

Whether it’s the science that proves liberalism is a mental disorder or whether they just ate too many Tide Pods, it’s a lot of folks who vote, and votes we have to not only counter, but overwhelm them to the point where they are null and void.

These are the same people who think Harris is doing a good job. Ask them to cite an example, however, and they can’t do it.

These are the same people who don’t even realize Buttigiege was just a small town mayor who got appointed to transportation secretary as a political favor. Buttigiege was a lousy mayor and he’s supervised our transportation system into the tank.

He did nothing to resolve the supply chain crisis, jokes about Chinese balloons while people and animals are dying from a train wreck carrying way more dangerous chemicals than it was supposed to be and couldn’t negotiate an end to an economy killing rail strike.

He supervised two major airline debacles and has been absent during every major transportation crisis in this country with the lone exception of Buttigiege calling highways racist.

Narcissist Newsome is living comfortably in his California bubble despite driving the state into disaster. He can get away with that in the land of lunacy but he’s got another thing coming when he steps outside of his California safe space.

It’s going to be a rude awakening. Look at how his anti-DeSantis ads are working out for him and having the nerve to invite Floridians to move to California.

Does he think we are stupid? Well, of course he does. But we’re not and I am looking forward to him getting crushed outside of California.

On paper, any one of our Republican all stars against a potential democrat is like a Mike Tyson cage match against an 8-year-old girl … who just broke both her ankles … has a dislocated shoulder … and the flu.

No chance right? Well, we know better. We aren’t fighting that poor little injured girl. We are fighting the lunatic left.

So I am largely going to stay out of this Republican primary fight. I’m sure there will be times where I can’t help myself, but I’m going to try.

I will keep reminding everyone how nutty it is to vote for any democrat. Facts may not matter to the left, but it damn sure matters to us.

It’s going to get interesting from here on out my fellow Patriots. You know what to do. Stay vigilant, stay informed and keep spreading our truth.

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