But is this kind of appeal adaptable to a world where Trump himself cannot legally hold power any more?
That kind of scenario, though, demands a level of Machiavellianism that Trump has — at best — inconsistently displayed, and a willingness to publicly subordinate himself and build up others that he has almost never shown.
Does Trump actually want an heir, a successor to whom his legacy belongs?
Does he want to live in a world where a son he used to disfavor — to say nothing of someone who isn’t his flesh and blood — is nominated for president instead of him?
What McConnell has before him, then, is an opportunity to exert agency, to wield power, that is entirely unique to early 2021, and will be long gone by 2024.
Trump, Lurleen Wallace, George Wallace, Mike Pence, —, ”, McConnell