I do think that Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are going to rapidly find out that they sold their souls (such as they were) for nothing when they try to pick up the MAGA flag and run for President in 2024. Even assuming Trump dies or is impeached or flees to Moldova, I just can’t see either man successfully commandeering Trump’s movement. No matter how much they try to MAGA it up, both are Ivy-League-law-school-learnin’, Supreme-Court-clerkin’ products of the elite establishment. The most genuine bond that Trump was able to forge with his followers was a mutual, burning resentment of “elites.” Cruz and Hawley can play at the same resentment, but their insincerity bleeds through.
I also think their behavior this last week is going to hurt them tremendously with the Trump base. Sure they raised objections to certifying Biden electors in Arizona and Pennsylvania. But then when the real patriots came bursting into the building in the same effort to deny Biden’s fraudulent win, both men denounced them. And they lost the courage of their convictions, failing to object to electors from Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and other states where the election was stolen. The MAGA Heads are not going to forget this.