To be honest, I'm of the mind that Trump will not run for re-election in 2020. Chief reason? Most of what he expected to change will start to be seen in 2019 and he'll see no reason to do another four years. I think his physical health is being challenged by this daily routine and that will add into the mix as well.
So, what's the landscape look like?
Twenty-two democrats are said to be exploring a run: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Saunders, Cory Booker from NJ, Cuomo of NY, Tim Kaine, Mark Cuban (the business guy), and then fifteen lesser folks. Hillary? Potentially, yes.
Age ought to take out Joe Biden, but some folks aren't sure.
The odds of Obama coming back to run again? Legally, he could run after sitting out for four years. For Democratic Party, it'd be a win-win but a fair number of DC crowd would like their chance at the 'glory'.
For the Republicans? VP Pence, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and a couple of governors. If you went and measured up accomplishments and 'shine' over the past five months....Haley is probably the shocker. If she stays at the job until late 2019 before exiting for a campaign....she might have a fair number of topics to put her in the top of the group.
The news media in all this? They are expending every single silver-bullet that they have and I think the general trust by the public will be viewed in fairly negative numbers by 2020. The real loser over this four-year period.....will be the national news media.
For the Democrats talking about this great lesson learned from the Hillary loss? In the end (2020), it'll be mostly a myth of some change.