Days of Change

Crap Hits the Floor | July 23, 2015

The GOP leadership has some opinions about what makes a good presidential candidate and what loses and wins elections. Those opinions usually run contrary to the ones held by conservatives. Both groups know why Romney lost. The GOP thinks it because he was caught saying that 47% thing. Conservatives know it was because Romney tried to run to the middle, alienating the Republican base and not energizing any disgruntled Obama voters from 2008.

The perfect GOP candidate is probably Jeb Bush, ideally with Marco Rubio as a running mate. They’ll be pro-Mexican, pro immigration, anti-tax, strong on defense and as middle-of-the-road on everything else. There’s also a place for men like Scott Walker and Ted Cruz. They have no room for Donald Trump.

I won’t be voting for Trump and I don’t particularly like the way he does things. I also know that the last thing you want to do is try to muscle him out. He had to go against unions, some country club Republicans won’t scare him. Now, stories are coming out that Republican donors want to rig the first debate. Since any poll puts Trump in the top 3 at least, there could very well be a debate with Trump, Walker, Jeb Bush and Rubio, with others up in the air. This apparently isn’t good enough and those donors want Walker, Jeb and Marco to boycott a debate with Trump.

Of course, such an action smacks of fear and disrespect for the whole idea of popular voting for candidates. It also shows a GOP misreading of the 2012 primaries. Winners shifted constantly and it seemed like every time one candidate caught fire, they would burn out. Does that mean there were too many candidates? I think it’s because the primary voting base differs dramatically from the target candidate the GOP wants to run. In 2000, no one thought George W. Bush would win the primaries, including Bush himself. However, Bush ran on conservative principles and beliefs, eventually overcoming a “maverick” who kept trying to avoid Senate battles.

Maybe the GOP should consider a direct nomination process, where they choose their candidate in a smoke-filled back room and try to get America to vote for him. It would save a lot of time and money. Plus, it would avoid the messy process of debates and primaries. Then again, they could just let people vote for someone they want to see elected.


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  1. Then again, they could just let people vote for someone they want to see elected.

    I love an ironic-twist ending.

    Bush and Rubio? Surely we can and mus do better than that.

    What the GOP old boyz don’ want is rump as king-maker.

    Comment by Mary — July 23, 2015 @ 11:14 pm

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