GOP Presidential Race: Who’s Truly Viable?

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You’ve heard it said countless times (if you’ve been listening): Voters have had it with Establishment Politicians and want a non-politician as president. After all, where has the Establishment in both parties running Washington gotten us? $19 TRILLION in debt and growing rapidly every passing day. A listless economy with lousy job growth, zero wage growth, and a sense we never truly got out of recession. An abomination known as ObamaCare. A Veterans Administration that despite everything we’ve learned still has not fired one person responsible for its atrocities against our military heroes. A foreign policy the likes of which we’ve not seen since the waning days of Jimmy Carter’s presidency. ISIS on the march. Iran dominating the Middle East with the strong backing and support from hostile Russia. And our allies in the region and elsewhere scared to death by the vacuum Obama has created and leaving open for the bad guys to fill. China is eating our lunch and spitting it back in our face. The list goes on and on.

Is there any wonder why primary voters in both parties are fed up and find outsider candidates like Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Bernie Sanders attractive?

I don’t think it’s too risky a bet to say should Hillary Clinton and Jeb(!) Bush become their parties’ nominees that we would see the lowest voter turnout in presidential election history.

From strictly a political perspective I truly hope the Democrats nominate Hillary this time around. No candidate in recent memory has been more severely flawed and genuinely unlikable than Mrs. Clinton. Her sycophants say she’s the smartest person to every run for president. And if you only met her, you’d see what a truly lovely, warm, and engaging person she is. Funny thing is, we’ve all known Mrs. Clinton for 24 years now. How likely is it we’ll see this alleged lovely, warm, and engaging side of her between now and November 2016? We all know who she is and polling makes it clear, we do not like her.

Add to this Hillary’s growing email scandal and track record of failure and it’s not looking good for her. I’m of the opinion that the Clinton Foundation and its shady quid pro quo deals with foreign governments while Clinton served as Secretary of State that will sink her once and for all. Only question is when? Before or after she gets the Dem’s nomination?

On the GOP side you have a long list of wannabees who have zero chance.

Jeb! Bush is done. Yes, he is said to have over $100 Million sitting in his campaign account. But you truly cannot buy an election at this level and it’s abundantly clear Jeb! is not closing the sale with GOP primary voters. His time has passed. Or more likely, the GOP and the country have had their fill of Bush presidents. Sorry Jeb! You’re a nice guy from and admirable family. But we’ve already had one too many of you occupy the Oval Office.

Anyone who thinks Ted Cruz has a real shot at winning the nomination truly does need to put the crack pipe down. No one is more sanctimonious, self-righteous, or loves the sound of his voice more than Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz is far better situated to become an amazingly successful televangelist. Pat Robertson is 85 and has to step aside at some point. Hey Ted, give the 700 Club a call.

Under the category of “anything is possible,” it is possible Chris Christie could fill the void left by a dying Jeb! campaign. But Christie has pissed off so much of the base over the years that seems hardly likely.

John Kasich is not catching fire. He’s just another wishy-washy RINO who believes Washington bureaucrats can solve all our social ills.

Rand Paul’s timing is off. Way off. A fine man with principled ideas with a firm grasp of what America is supposed to be and the proper role of government. But in the age of visual media, Senator Paul comes off as an arrogant know-it-all, peevish, and not ready for prime time. Senator Paul’s principles are sound but his delivery is a disaster.

There is simply no reason to waste any space discussing Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, or Rick Santorum. Shouldn’t have even wasted the space writing out their names.

So of the 15 candidates who are still in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, who are still truly viable? In my unsolicited opinion you’ve got: Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump.

Yes, any of these four may irredeemably stumble and one of the others may somehow catch fire. But as it stands in early October it would appear these are the four candidates with the best shot at winning the nomination.

It has not gone unnoticed that 3 of the 4 are not professional politicians who’ve never held public office. Will GOP primary voters suddenly snap out of it and cast aside these 3 and replace them with conventional politicians. That does not seem probable.

So this begs the question: Who’s your dream ticket? Do you even have a favorite? Have you decided who your candidate will be, bought the bumper-sticker, and just how strongly committed to that candidate are you?

From where I’m sitting, Senator Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina seem the best bet. But at this stage it’s just that – a bet.



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