Forum: Who Will Be The 2016 Nominees? Whom Would You Like To See?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Who Will Be The 2016 Nominees? Whom Would You Like To See?

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : WI Gov Scott Walker will run, fight and win with an insurgent campaign that will take him to the top of the ticket.

As best understood, the Dem party’s nod is all HRC’s to lose – and she will lose it again. Not to any fresh, articulate speaker from out of nowhere, but to the avuncular VP au courrant – Joe Biden

Way too early to cite any polls and national polls won’t mean much as we have no national primary. Just a precog fueled by Raman noodles, premium moonshine, Xanex, vaping and decaff Earl Grey tea by Twinnings.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : With Romney dropping out of the 2016 presidential race the media wants us to believe Jeb Bush is the GOP frontrunner.

It is still very early to make any predictions. I would like to see a current or former governor get the nomination and for me Governor Scott Walker would be an excellent candidate. He has been tried and tested and successfully turned around the state of Wisconsin. If he had any skeletons in his closet they surely would have surfaced by now. We know the media will be relentless in their pursuit of anything to topple the conservative candidate. As a progressive, Jeb Bush will not be scrutinized so intently.

One of the names being bandied about is Senator Marco Rubio, and I am taking this opportunity to share why he should not be the nominee.

In 2010 Rubio courted tea party conservatives in Florida, who volunteered and worked tirelessly to get him elected to the Senate. He said the right things and convinced us he was the real deal, a true conservative. Once elected, however, he quickly immersed himself in the GOP establishment and has proven to be a big government progressive. His work with the Gang of 8 in support of comprehensive immigration reform, a/k/a amnesty, without first focusing on sealing the borders, pretty much sealed it for us.

Recently, Marco Rubio made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The “crown prince” of the Tea Party movement is making the rounds feeling out a potential run for president in 2016. He is also promoting his book, ‘American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone’.

On the show, he proposed that the Earned Income Tax Credit should be expanded. Currently this is a government subsidy awarding thousands of dollars to families if they qualify when filing their yearly income tax returns. Senator Rubio suggested it should be a wage enhancement for those who earn under a certain amount of money, whether they have families or are single, and that it should be included in every paycheck. This sounds more like a corporate bailout and a way to make people comfortable in their current economic status. Corporations like happy drones and Senator Rubio seems to have found the answer through government largesse.

We know the 21st century presents serious economic challenges, but conservatives also know bigger government and wealth redistribution is not the answer, unless the question is socialism.

When questioned by Jon Stewart, Senator Rubio asserted what he proposed does not go against the conservative beliefs of the tea party. He said he was taking limited government and free enterprise and moving it into the 21st century to answer the challenges of the 21st century.

To this and his other “limited government” proposals, Jon Stewart told Senator Rubio “In your heart you’re a Democrat.”

Not only should Rubio not be considered as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, he should lose any bid for reelection as senator from Florida.

JoshuaPundit : Early days,perhaps but here’s how I see it,with an eye not only towards winning but towards what the next president is going to be faced with handling after 3 poor to abysmal presidents in a row, especially this last one.

Mitt Romney dropping out was a good sign. As I said about him from day one, he’s an extremely decent man who would have made a better than average president. Unfortunately, his decency worked against him. He was an abysmal candidate in2012 and would have been awful in 2016.

I will not even discuss the likes of Jeb Bush or Chris Christy. Either would be awful, as candidates or as presidents.

To my mind, while I like some of  Marco Rubio’s positions, anyone green and naive enough to let Chuck Schumer play him the way Jimi Hendrix used to play his strats is not someone I want in the Oval Office.

Ted Cruz is an absolutely brilliant man, a charismatic speaker and someone I think would make an outstanding president..with one unfortunate caveat. A president must also be a better than average politician. Senator Cruz will undoubtedly get there fairly soon,but his public life thus far has seen a number of public spats and confrontations with other Republicans that would have been better handled smoothing things over behind closed doors. Reagan was a master at this. Although I’d vote for him, I don’t see him getting the nomination in 2016, but he would make a superb VP, with four years on the job to learn this necessary skill and take over eight years later.

A lot of people underestimate Mike Huckabee. But remember that he put together a viable candidacy on a shoestring and won in Iowa as a virtual unknown. His biggest strengths are the way he comes across in person and on the air, coupled with his populist economic stance that’s a natural winner. And after 4 years as a regular FOX commentator, he’s now no longer an unknown.

While I have my differences with some of his positions, he also has executive experience as a governor, solid principles, a fair amount of drive and self-discipline ( not just anybody could lose over 100 pounds without lipo or a bypass and keep it off) and he has surprising amount of  common sense on foreign policy, being one of the few candidates who understands the global jihad. Definitely not the worst out there,and his stint on FOX has given his communications skills a decent polish.

I would have loved to see Sarah Palin run in 2012. She would have destroyed Barack Obama and been one of America’s great presidents. That aside, I think her target in 2016 isn’t the White House, but Lisa Murkowski’s Alaska senate seat.

I like Rand Paul.He is definitely not his father, he has a fair amount of courage and a decent sense of humor (the Aqua Buddah LOL!), and a lot of commonsense ideas on getting  government off our backs. In spite of his presumed isolationist stance, based on legislation he’s proposed and comments he made while he was in Israel that I heard about directly from people whom were there,  I don’t think he’s at all adverse to pulling the trigger when he feels it’s needed. He merely wants to think before he goes in and wants wars (as opposed to preemptive strikes) declared the way we used to do it – by congress. I agree with him.

Scott Walker is the latest rage when it comes to Republican candidates, and deservedly so. He’s been a courageous, successful  governor who not only understood that the Left needs to be fought, not accommodated. And he  won,  in a state that by no means is pure Red. He’s been an outstanding governor, he’s fiscally sound, he seems to have overcome some of his charisma challenges and he’s definitely ready for prime time. One major negative point for me is his stance on illegal aliens.  While he’s for firm border control, he also favors allowing most of the aliens already here to stay. In a way, this actually  helps him because it gives him a certain stance as a ‘compromise’ candidate the GOP can unify behind.

Another question I have about Scott Walker concerns his views on foreign policy, which I haven’t heard him speak about too much. National security is going to rear its ugly head in 2016 as an issue, so we’ll see.

The Razor :At this point let me tell you who I DO NOT want to see.

Jeb Bush – Another Bush? This is the best the GOP can do? Really? After all the governorships the GOP has controlled, we’re going with another Bush? Why? To recycle bumper stickers?

Mike Huckabee – Hasn’t Jesus told him not to run yet? I’m sure he’d make a great preacher, but as president of an agnostic (on my best days) I’d rather he avoided this bully pulpit.

Donald Trump – A man who starts companies who then file for bankruptcy is the last thing we need at the helm of our country. Besides we don’t need 4 years of the Apprentice in the White House after having an amateur spend 8 there.

Ben Carson – A straight talker who would likely make a great Surgeon General until President Rand Paul cut the position. Doesn’t have the experience for the presidency, and 8 years of Obama has proven the importance of having a pro in the Oval Office. I’d have him as my GP in a heartbeat, but my president? Sorry Dr. Ben…

Sarah Palin – I like Sarah Palin. I like her a lot, and she drives Democrats absolutely wackadoodle, and watching the party dedicated against the “war on women” declare a “war on a woman” makes for good schadenfreude, so good it should become a flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. But unfortunately being mayor of a small Alaskan town and a RINO’s VP candidate makes for a pretty thin resume. I’m tired of the White House being treated as a learning experience.

Which leaves me with:
Rick Perry – A bit dottering but so was early Reagan. Texas has become America’s Germany while California and New York look increasingly like Greece.

Rand Paul – A sane version of his father, and a fellow libertarian who would free the GOP from social conservatives. But senators aren’t governors and the best leaders our nation has had come from state capitals.

Finally, my current favorite – Scott Walker. As Rich Cromwell noted in his November Federalist piece, Scott Walker doesn’t seem very exciting on the exterior, but he does “sit on a throne made of the skulls of his enemies,” and that more than anything is what our party needs in 2016. No gimmicks. No tricks. Just victory.

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3 thoughts on “Forum: Who Will Be The 2016 Nominees? Whom Would You Like To See?

  1. Dead Republican Society

    DonALL Thump:
    Self absorbed narcissist with a bad hair doo. Doesn’t do anything that doesn’t promote himself. Always toys with the idea and never pulls the trigger.

    George Pataki:
    Empty suit. If it weren’t for Rudy he would’ve been lost on 9-11 and after. About as conservative as ones gets in the northeast. Not saying much.

    Jeb Bush:
    Immigration and Common Core are only part of his problem. His main problem B-U-S-H is the name. Enuff already!

    A dyed in the wool social lib. He may have given up on his Fox gig, but he hasn’t started down the road to giving up his Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Balloon day job.

    Try winning an other office first, why not?

    Dead to me after his insistence on pushing his gang of eight bill. Despite being told by every talk show host conservative that he was being used, he insisted on pushing it anyway. Has a lot of social lib ideas, like EITC which he wants to expand. Known to play both side while in Florida. A Jeb protege who thinks exactly like him.

    Has lots of great ideas, but should’ve tried for a position on the PTA first {at least}.

    Lindsey Lohan Graham:
    I’ll be President before this A$$clown. Like they did in Mississippi with Cochran, I firmly believe that the gop lined up candidates to run against him in order to split the vote. He had six opponents in the primary. Once when he got past that he was golden. He is not liked in South Carolina and was sanctioned by the Republican Committee of Charleston.

    Gov Crisco:
    DonALL Thump ver 2.0. He does nothing unless it benefits him. Just ask Scott Walker, Ken Cuccenelli, Rob Astorino. Accepted uhbama kare and signed additional Gun Control in New Jersey. Appointed ultra liberal Judges to the State Courts. When Senator Lauentburg died he held a “special election” one month before his “own election”, which he won handedly and could’ve coattailed a republican into office. Instead a dem was elected.

    Accepted uhbama kare and is all in on Common Core. A great number wonk, but isn’t going back to Washington.

    Life Support

    Rick Santorum:
    Love his politics, but it isn’t going to get him into or near the White House.

    Sarah Palin:
    Republicans have “allowed” dems to destroy this women, shamefully. Talk about a war on women? This woman has been there, done that. When she bought property in Arizona, i was hoping that she would run for Jon Kyle’s seat. If she had, we wouldn’t have Jeff the Flake. Perhaps she plans on taking on Murkowski in her next election. Rekindle the “Family Feud”.

    Scott Walker:
    Great social policy, severely lacking in foreign policy. His immigration stance sounds exactly like Jeb Bush without the “love”. Does not support “amnesty” but support a pathway to citizenship and doesn’t sound like he believes in “Border Security” with the release of his previous video and statements.

    Started out in favor of Common Core, but backtracked. I could live with him if I had too.

    Rand Paul:
    Genetics. It’s his biggest problem. I always keep him at arms length expecting him to go off the rails, like you know who. Has that Libertarian streak that runs through him that I don’t buy into. He’s been flipping and flopping on issues lately.

    My Favorites

    #1 Jim DeMint:
    I don’t think he’ll be leaving Heritage anytime soon though.

    Ted Cruz:
    What’s not to love? I ask ya?

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  2. Favorites: Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal

    Show them the door quickly: Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump. (Mitt Romney was on this list and mercifully removed himself.)

    I’ve got my doubts: Rand Paul (who seems to share the Neo-Isolationism of his father), Marco Rubio , Rick Perry (crumpled pretty fast last time out)

    Rookies: Ben Carson – nice guy, but not ready for Prime Time, Carly Fiorina – I voted for her in CA, but needs more experience. (Probably shooting for VP, but still a heartbeat away)

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  3. I like Scott Walker but he had better start cramming on foreign policy before he does anymore interviews. . The media is coming after him with every intention of “Palinizing” him if he muffs an answer. He did an interview on one of the Sunday talk shows last weekend that did not go so well.

    Ted Cruz is brilliant, but I’d like to see him doing better in the polls. I suspect a lot of Republicans think he’s “unelectable” so they’re not even considering him. But a guy with his brains and communications skills should be given a chance.

    Rand Paul has a lot of great qualities – including an ability to communicate well. His biggest negative of course is genetics – his biggest positive – he might be our best shot at peeling away some of the Dems’ traditional constituencies. And that’s important because demographically, the deck is now stacked against the GOP in presidential elections, thanks to Obama’s fundamentally transformational immigration policies.. We need someone who can attract some of the youth vote, and some blacks and hispanics, too. Paul is already fairly popular with young voters. And he’s reaching out to those other constituencies. That’s what all of the GOP candidates must be able to do to win.

    Most of the others on the list I could live with.

    Those are my three favs, but I could live with


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