In Trump's shadow The battle for 2024 and the future of the GOP

David M. Drucker

Book - 2021

Based on extensive reporting, a Game of Thrones-like telling of what comes next for the factions and families within the Republican Party as they plot for supremacy in the post-Trump era. With Trump's four years in the White House now in the rearview, an unprecedented period in American political history is concluded. The transition, however, has set off a mad scramble for control of a Republican Party that for so long has reflected the domineering image of one man--and might even still in the years ahead. Who emerges from the warring factions and familial rivalries that proliferated and quietly festered during Trump's presidency could determine the fate of the GOP for a generation, and the first hint of what's to come begins... with the 2024 campaign to crown the first Republican nominee, and national party leader, of the post-Trump era. With Trump's exit, a singular era in American political history has ended--and the Republican Party, whose identity had for so long been centered around one man, will be forced to redefine itself for the future. Featuring profiles of everyone from Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, and Nikki Haley to Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and those in the Trump family, IN TRUMP'S SHADOW tells the story of a GOP under--and after--the forty-fifth president, and all of those jousting for influence over the party's direction in the wake of Donald Trump.

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New York : Twelve 2021.
Main Author
David M. Drucker (author)
First edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xii, 272 pages ; 23 cm
  • Author's Note
  • 1. The End of the Beginning (But Not the Beginning of the End)
  • 2. CamelBak
  • 3. Our Discontent
  • 4. Born Again
  • 5. Born to Run
  • 6. Pomp & Circumstance
  • 7. "That Day"
  • 8. Bless Your Heart
  • 9. Florida Man
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Washington Examiner correspondent Drucker debuts with an extensively reported yet uneven look at seven politicians, including Donald Trump, who may seek the Republican nomination for president in 2024. In addition to Trump, Drucker focuses on senators Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio; former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley; former vice president Mike Pence; and former CIA director and secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Interviews with the primary subjects and Republican Party insiders shed light on how potential candidates struggle with staying on Trump's good side while creating some distance from him in areas deemed potentially toxic, and document the steady softening of Republican outrage over the January 6 Capitol riot. (Haley, who initially denounced Trump for inciting the riot, later said that she wouldn't run against him if he decided to enter the 2024 race.) Though Drucker's selection seems on-target, it's almost sure to be superseded by future developments (governors Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott, who have recently emerged as likely candidates, barely get mentioned), and snarky turns-of-phrase distract (Ted Cruz's "white, Irish Catholic mother from Wilmington, Delaware" is "part of the Joe Biden diaspora," Drucker suggests). This first draft of history disappoints. (Oct.)

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

The GOP is Trump's plaything. But is he the only presence on the playground? Washington Examiner senior correspondent Drucker doesn't mean to read the tea leaves--so he suggests, anyway--as much as he wants to lay out possible scenarios to game the next electoral cycle and beyond. Trump has been making dark noises about running again, seeking revenge for his humiliating defeat. (The author allows that there are far too many people who don't acknowledge that defeat, though, reading between the lines of a Mar-a-Lago conversation with him, Trump himself seems to have accepted the fact.) But then, Drucker writes, every other person positioning for a race "will be running as the next Trump," so much so that his presence is hardly required. One of them is the Arkansas junior senator, Tom Cotton, groomed by Mitch McConnell to take a leading role in the Republican Congress and a person who amounts to what "a sophisticated version of Donald Trump [might] have looked like." Cotton is definitively on track for a presidential run--if not in 2024, then in the years beyond. Never mind that he has absolutely no charisma. As Drucker writes, "he just doesn't give a shit," a quality that too many voters admire. The author also looks at Nikki Haley, the South Carolina governor who dared resist Trump even while working for him; Chris Christie, the sometime Trump confidant; Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who "is already running for president, if you ask most Republicans," waging a ceaseless culture war on the non--QAnon contingent; and of course Ted Cruz, who just won't go away. Drucker even includes the Trump family among the contenders, though he reckons that it's Don Jr., who has been busily building networks among the Republican establishment that his father scorned, who is most likely to enter the field. For those laying odds on 2024, Drucker delivers an opinionated, well-reasoned, and often depressing score card. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.