After years of disheartening instances of “Republican politician-turned-author,” here we have a potential case of “author-turned-Republican politician,” and I gotta say… it doesn’t feel that much better! According to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Senator Rob Portman won’t seek re-election in 2022, citing “partisan gridlock.” The Dispatch gives a list of potential Republican candidates for the seat, including the Ohio Republican Party Chair, a Congressman, and, uh… J.D. Vance!
There’s no sourcing for the prediction, but it’s not altogether surprising that a Marine, Yale Law School grad, best-selling author, Peter Thiel employee, and bootstraps connoisseur would have political aspirations.
To quote one Lit Hub editor’s dire prediction: Vance-Huckabee Sanders 2028?