Editorial | On to the next battle

Editorial | On to the next battle

With the 2018 election barely in the record books, it's time to look ahead to the 2020 presidential election.

No, not for average citizens — they're still undergoing detoxification from the 2018 vote. But it's not too soon for all those aspiring presidents to start raising money, make contacts and travel to early primary and caucus states. If they don't, someone might get the jump on them.

It remains to be seen how many Democrats will actively pursue their party's nomination. Many are looking into it. They won't all run, but there's speculation that as many as 20 will go for the brass ring.

Hillary Clinton, the Democrat's 2016 nominee, even is considering making her third run along with former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, among others.

It will be a battle royal that will start to take shape about a year from now.

But there's movement, too, on the Republican side.

President Donald Trump has indicated he'll run again, although there has been speculation that he won't. At the same time, two other Republicans — outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich and outgoing U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona — are carefully considering a challenge to Trump.

While Flake does not yet appear committed, Kasich appears certain to run, either for his party's nomination or as a third-party candidate.

Just this week, Kasich distributed a fundraising solicitation that cast him as an anti-Trump.

"Friend — it seems like every day there is chaos coming out of Washington and the Trump White House. It's diminishing our American values, threatening our international alliances and resulting in few policy accomplishments for the American people. Enough is enough. It's time for us all — as Americans — to put aside the party politics and work together to face our greatest challenges."

Kasich is not only looking to run for president. He also appears to be interested in overseeing a purge of the GOP.

"Chip in to support Gov. John Kasich's message and those Republican candidates who are worthy of the office they seek!" his solicitation states.

His political action committee — Kasich for America — is identified as a "multicandidate" committee.

So it appears there will be plenty of intrigue in both parties as the country approaches the 2020 presidential elections.

Democrats will have a small army of candidates hoping to be their party's choice to challenge President Trump, assuming Trump is the GOP candidates.

Republicans must contend with an insurrection aimed at their 2016 nominee.

Both battles will be the subject of considerable angst and ardor as they play out, not to mention speculation as to the results.

One thing is for sure — don't be too sure of how it will play out. If the 2016 election proved anything about politics, it's that nobody knows anything about what eventually will happen.

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