In response to Victor Joecks’ Sunday column, “Nevada has given us Dem presidential pick for ‘20”:
Not all Republicans are in the mold of Steve Bannon and Roy Moore. There are moderate Republicans holding office, and many Republican citizens hold moderate views. There even used to be — gasp! — liberal Republicans holding national office, though Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee may have been the last.
Mr. Joecks’ suggestion that Gov. Brian Sandoval could, or perhaps should, be converted to a Democrat may be prophetic; even moderate Republicans such as Gov. Sandoval, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Maine Sen. Susan Collins may conclude that the party of Ronald Reagan today bears no resemblance to what it once was. Pushing away moderates supports that conclusion. Whether that results in a new party of the middle, GOP conversions to the Democratic Party or just a Republican Party in which Mr. Bannon’s and Mr. Moore’s views are mainstream remains to be seen.
Instead of becoming a Democrat and running for president, perhaps. Gov. Sandoval should run for Dean Heller’s Senate seat as an independent. It wouldn’t be the first time he had taken on a sitting Republican. Is there even any question that he would win easily, as he did last time?