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As improbable as it sounds, the presidential election season has started and last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gave us a glimpse of individuals who will not be running for the office of the President of the United States (POTUS).
Senator Rand Paul won the Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll while Wisconsin governor Scott Walker was a close second and Senator Ted Cruz took third place. These results weren’t surprising and neither were the next two candidates: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
As the rapturous applause that greeted Phil Robertson showed, CPAC does not accurately represent the wider United States. Therefore, given the results of the poll, other than Jeb Bush, are any of the winners of this poll viable POTUS candidates? Rand Paul is too radical for the general populace and Scott Walker has taken some pretty radical positions. Ted Cruz is a certifiable nutter (plus he has a weird speaking voice) and Ben Carson hasn’t run for anything at a national level.
Obviously, at this stage of the election season, it doesn’t make much difference what the MSM thinks because conservatives will largely be focused on what Breitbart, Hannity, Limbaugh and O’Reilly tell them to do. However, the great job the Republican Party did during the mid-term elections shows they have learned from the most recent presidential election and, I am hoping, they will remember that lesson for 2016.
The execution of that lesson depends on the proper validation of Bush’s ideas since he is the only one of the group who can appeal to the undecided voters. Paul and Walker have already begun modifying their stances to sound more mainstream but there is too much data on them in the ether and that will likely hurt their chances in the general election.
So while Bush can test how his ideas will sell to the rest of America against these guys, he needs someone who can counter with some equally strong proposals so that when the Democrats come out against the Republicans, the GOP is well prepared.
Of course, the Democrats could always help out and put up a loony as their primary candidate – Elizabeth Warren in her current avatar perhaps?
In case that doesn’t happen, who is the person who can help out the Republicans?