Is the title a wee bit provocative? It’s supposed to be. I’ve been thinking recently that many of our GOP Presidential hopefuls certainly do have the qualifications to be President… but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s best for the Party or four our Country.
As a conservative, my ultimate hope is that a true, faithful conservative gets elected to office and is able to lead the legislature in making some conservative reforms to various sectors of our government (and our nation). But that comes with some caveats. Mainly, I worry that by having so many good candidates in the 2016 race we may lose some important pieces of our legislature.
See, there are so many good candidates I think that some of them should decide to forget running for President in 2016 and instead decide to run for state or national office from their home states. In this way, I believe that we can make the legislature even more conservative and win even more seats that we previously considered “unwinnable.”
Let me list some of our many Presidential candidates, then tell you whether or not I think they should run for office and why I don’t think some of them should.
Not all the names from the picture above have yet shown “serious” interest in 2016. So i’m only going to deal with the candidates who have expressed said interest – Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Peter King, Rand Paul, Mike Pence, Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum.
A few of these guys should reconsider running simply because they suffer from “Obamaitis;” namely they are one-term Senators who may need some more seasoning or may run up against a tougher media because of their lack of “experience.” (I know that Obama didn’t face any tough questions because of his lack of experience… but a GOP candidate will. It’s the nature of our liberal media.)
So, two of my favorites – Rand Paul and Ted Cruz – are immediately out, along with Marco Rubio.
Look, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are probably my two favorite candidates, but most American voters feel that the President should be a veteran of years of political maneuvering. I don’t necessarily agree… but there are worse things than seeing these men as Senators from their home states for 6 more years.
Then there are politicians who I personally feel could be of more use to our country representing their home states in the legislature than they could be as President. Most of these candidates come from blue or purple states…
Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, John Kasich and Rick Snyder fall into this category for me. Again, I wouldn’t dismiss any of them out of hand, and I personally am intrigued by Scott Walker’s candidacy in particular, but I think they could do our country more good from home.
These men come from Florida, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan respectively and all have won reelection in difficult states. In fact, Florida is the most GOP friendly of the 5 states and it routinely ends up 50-50 in Presidential races. If these men would all choose to run for Congress instead of President we could make the legislative map much more difficult for the Democrats.
Chris Christie could feasibly be the next Senator from New Jersey. Scott Walker has already won 3 statewide elections as Governor – can you imagine if both Senators from Wisconsin were Republican? In Ohio and Michigan the Republican Governors there both recently won reelection to office and could be great helps for the eventual Presidential candidate in their home states. Both men could also run for Senate in the next few years as well. Jeb Bush may have the most clout of all – in Florida he remains pretty popular and could feasibly win any election he ran for in the state.
My point is that these five men in particular are popular Republicans in difficult states. If anyone could win these races for the GOP it would be these men, and we may better off as a nation with them challenging for these seats instead of vying for the White House.
Consider this… how dominant would our position in Congress be if we had a Senator from New Jersey, two from Wisconsin, two from Ohio, two from Florida and one from Michigan? If the legislature looked like that in the near future, it would likely mean that the rest of Congress was also turning a deep red. These are the kind of candidates we need to be running in tough races.
The next group of candidates that is out for me are the old guard. Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Peter King. Each of these candidates may be considered for various reasons, but the fact of the matter is that these men have had their day, and that day is passed. It helps that each of these candidates is pretty flawed and would likely have a hard time in the general election.
That leaves us with Ben Carson, Bobby Jindal and Mike Pence. I’d get rid of Pence right from the start because he expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, is starting a state-run media outlet (think PBS for Indiana), and his embrace of the Common Core. (Pence ostensibly rejected the Common Core – but he actually is just “rebranding” Common Core for Indiana.)
So, for me, while it’s early I’ve come down to two candidates… Ben Carson and Bobby Jindal.
Ben Carson is a political newcomer – which is attractive in it’s own right but could make him susceptible to mistakes you just can’t make when running for President. There have also been some questions about his commitment to the 2nd Amendment in urban areas. In fact, there are still A LOT of questions that we need to hear Ben Carson answer – so for me, there are just too many questions to choose him… for now.
Jindal is from the conservative bastion of Louisiana, so his state can fill his shoes pretty easily. He’s got a long record of accomplishments in healthcare and education – two major topics for the 2016 election. He’s a social conservative who also happens to be an outspoken Christian. He’s a fiscal conservative who will actually look to cut both spending and taxes. He’s a foreign policy conservative who won’t rush us headlong into conflict but also won’t be afraid to defend American interests when called upon to do so. He’d also be the first Indian-American elected President, which would give a little gravitas and a feeling of making history to the proceedings. For me, right now (which is SUPER-EARLY), I’m going with Bobby Jindal.
I know, I know. Who cares what I think. You like your candidate better. Good for you. I wouldn’t stop any of these folks from running – I think the diversity of candidates is a good thing, and I hope the best one comes out on top. This is all just my personal opinion based on a few set of ever-changing criteria.
Feel free to yell at me for my dumb opinions (or to agree with me for my wise approach) in the comments section below. I’d love to hear what you think!
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