There’s being delusional, and then there’s being Larry Hogan. The Maryland governor apparently has his sights set on 2024, and he’s decided that the best way to win the coming GOP primary is to hand fodder to the left on a nearly weekly basis.
That was an attack on Governor. Ron DeSantis, while appearing on CNN. Hogan was speaking with Chuck Todd, NBC News. He discovered that a leak had been made about Roe v. Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court. Hogan decided it was a good moment to give up on this issue as well as several other issues.
The arrogance dripping from his answers is astonishing, not because politicians aren’t typically egotistical, but because this guy has no reason to be lecturing anyone.
CHUCK TODD – I would like to have you read one line back at me here. “The divide in our party today really isn’t ideological. It’s more of a difference between those who know how to win, and those who only pretend that they won.” Seems like an obvious reference, but explain the line.
GOV. GOV. And, and so we’ve lost, we lost in the past four years, the White House, the Senate, the House, we lost the governor’s races and state legislative bodies, and I’m tired of losing, you know, Trump said we were going to get tired of winning, we’re going to be winning so much. But all we’re doing is losing.
I’m not sure what planet Hogan lives on, but the GOP overperformed in the House in 2020 and has been on a steady upward climb since then, winning numerous special elections and shocking the nation in Virginia in 2021. To the extreme, the idea that the Republican Party has fallen into decline and Larry Hogan will save it is laughable.
Keep in mind that Hogan doesn’t mean winning when he talks about it. That’s exactly what happened in Maryland after a judge overruled the Democrat gerrymander there. This was a huge victory for the governor. He didn’t need to act like an idiot. Hogan chose to compromise with Democrats rather than pressuring the issue through the courts. He allowed another 7-1 Democrat election to Republican gerrymander. However, this only slightly strengthened the Republican district. Then he went outside and boasted about his accomplishments as though he just scored a grand-slam.
That is what “winning” looks like to Larry Hogan, and it’s pathetic.
Moving on, Hogan also claimed in the interview that talking about abortion is not “politically smart” for Republicans. With the pro-life movement on the cusp of a victory 50 years in the making, possibly saving millions of lives in the process, he’s ready to wave the white flag and once again accept the false premise that winning is actually losing. If that doesn’t encapsulate how useless of a politician he is, nothing does.
Hogan also attacked Ron DeSantis again, proclaiming that’s not his “kind of conservatism.” Yeah, we know Larry. Your type of conservatism involves handing Democrats victory after win, not standing for children during COVID-19, or mumbling about lower tax rates every now and again.
I’ll end with this excerpt, as I think it really brings to light the fantasyland that Hogan exists in.
CHUCK TODD: Do you want to win right? Don’t you wanna win honestly?
GOV. GOV. I’m afraid that we will have a huge year, Republicans will take back the House, if not the Senate, probably at least the House. And I don’t want to misinterpret that into thinking — we shouldn’t get into a false sense of complacency because we still haven’t fixed the underlying problems that have caused us to lose, we’re simply going to win because the Democrats have failed so badly. And they’ve moved so far to the left, that most of America is going to swing back.
On other potential GOP presidential contenders: “I think they’re all going to be trying to fish for the most part in the same pond … I think there’s another lane of people that would like to go in a different direction.”
Hogan again believes that winning is not the same as losing. He admits that the GOP is likely to clean up in November, but then insists that those victories shouldn’t be misinterpreted as…victories. Best we revert back to whatever the heck he’s doing in Maryland, right? That’ll really ensure the American people are on our side going forward.
As to this idea that he’s going to cruise in 2024 on some mythical moderate lane, he might as well be sniffing glue. Hogan has no support base in the GOP. Hogan should be laughed at not only in 2024 but also in 2023. Hogan’s probable presidential campaign has no reason to even make it to the first primary. He’s that bad, and the Republican Party should have zero use for politicians like him.