Jack Shafer: So You Want to Run Against Trump?

From a Jack Shafer Fourth Estate column on politico.com headlined “So You Want to Run Against Trump?”:

Bellowing and kicking up dust like a confusion of wildebeest at the river’s edge, nearly a dozen Republicans have positioned themselves to challenge Donald Trump for their party’s 2024 presidential nomination. Some of the ’beests — Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo in particular — are readying themselves to replace Trump as the party’s alpha bull. Others, like Ted Cruz, Nikki Haley, Marco Rubio, Glenn Youngkin, Tom Cotton and Tim Scott have dipped their hooves into the campaign river lest they attract Trump’s snatching and mashing jaws.