Will he become Jim Janus-faced Judas Jordan and run for president against Trump?
By Hal Brown
Note to regular blog readers: I doubt I will be putting a new blog on today since due to upgrades my Internet provider is working on all day I won't have any service.
After reading Heather Digby Parton's column about Jim Jordan I wondered why this vomit inducing congressman wasn't being talked about as a possible primary candidate for president.
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I did a web search "Jim Jordan for president" and all I found was a letter in Cleveland.com.
Jordan decided not to run for the open Ohio Senate seat of the retiring Rob Portman in 2022. There's no way this was because of a lack of ambition. I think he decided he'd rather wield incredible power in the House which he thought correctly that the GOP would control than be a freshman member of the Senate.
Jordan is power mad. I believe that as a staunch supporter of Trump he has no real loyalty to him, hence the alliterative title of this blog.
I think the chances are slim to none that he'd hesitate to run against him in the primary if he saw an opening in what is sure to be a crowded field even when the long shots drop out.
While DeSantis and Trump compete for media attention with each other, Jordan will be all over the news for the next two years. He'll be center stage without trying while Trump, DeSantis, and anyone else trying to get media attention will be desperate to be booked for interviews. I wouldn't be surprised to see some of them, horror of horrors for most Republicans, on MSNBC.
Nobody has ever accused this congressman of being a shrinking violet. His belligerent personality is constantly on display in the media. We've seen his scowling, sneering, or screaming mouth and his pointing finger ad nauseam.
I wonder if his right index finger is insured for a million dollars.
He is sometimes called "Gym Jordan" because of accusations that as a wrestling coach at Ohio State he ignored and covered up allegations of the sexual abuse by the team doctor of some 150 athletes (reference).
Jordan received a BS from The University of Wisconsin - Madison, a masters degree from Ohio State, and went on to get a law degree from the less than stellar Capitol University Law School. It is an ABA accredited private law school located in downtown Columbus. U.S. News & World Report listed Capital's full-time Juris Doctor program as "Rank Not Published" in 2018, but in 2022 it was ranked as tied for No. 147-193 out of 197 schools in Best Law Schools. (Wikipedia)
Call him Gym or not, I have never heard Jim Jordan called dumb. His deciding to get a law degree at a school that might have been easier to get admitted to than a highly ranked school might have been a smart decision.
Ron DeSantis seems positioned to be Trump's number one competitor although while the field has some other top contenders it is interesting to note that absent from this list is Jim Jordan:
- Nikki Haley, Former Ambassador to the United Nations
- Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
- Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas
- Liz Cheney, U.S. representative from Wyoming (At-Large District)
- Chris Christie, Former Governor of New Jersey
- Bob Corker, Former Senator from Tennessee
- Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas
- Daniel Crenshaw, U.S. Representative from Texas (2nd District)
- Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas
- Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida
- Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona
- Mike DeWine, Governor of Ohio
- Joni Ernst, U.S. Senator from Iowa
- Josh Hawley, U.S. Senator from Missouri
- Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland
- Adam Kinzinger, U.S. Representative from Illinois (16th District)
- Mike Lee, U.S. Senator from Utah
- Kristi Noem, Governor of South Dakota
- Mike Pence, Former Vice President of the United States
- Mike Pompeo, Former Secretary of State
- Mitt Romney, U.S. Senator from Utah
- Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator from Florida
- Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator from Nebraska
- Rick Scott, U.S. Senator from Florida
- Tim Scott, U.S. Senator from South Carolina
- Elise Stefanik, U.S. Representative from New York (21st District)
- Chris Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire
- Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia
If it turns out that Jim Jordan does decide to run I will expect major prognostication points.
I thought this was a joke:
It was real. Maybe it is an example of Jordan's idea of what's funny. It did get him in the media.