GOP presidential candidates hard to find
I am amused daily while reading the various national and local columnists’ political bloviating.
Seems both of the Republican frontrunners for the presidential nomination are in hot water. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is up to his neck in scandal.
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was close to a vice presidential nomination with Romney, has (along with his wife) been indicted on 14 counts of what he refers to as “bad judgment.”
Now, the problems of these two Republican Party promising noteworthies are NOT what I find particularly entertaining. What I do find amusing is that while all of this is going on, Republican conservative columnists are either ignoring the brouhahas or throwing stones at successful Democratic programs.
In his syndicated column, national conservative columnist Thomas Sowell has avoided talking about the scandals, but recently reached back to the JFK-Johnson years to write about the miserable failings of the War on Poverty. Mr. Sowell, it’s 2014 and everyone knows you can’t win a war on circumst a nce s .
George Will, the conservative, bi-weekly columnist for the Washington Post and approximately 400 other newspapers, is caught up in the tired old subject of judicial activism. What’s news about this? Conservatives have always expressed chagrin when judges attempt to pre-empt legislators. Mr.
Will, could we read something about the Washington buzz concerning qualified Republican candidates for the White Ho u se?
Now that Benghazi is old, discredited news, a local columnist continues to hammer away at Obamacare. Obamacare is here to stay. Get used to it and get over it.
Avoidance of the obvious — t hat Republicans are having a heck of a time coming up with a decent, electable candidate for the presidency in 2016 (who can stay out of trouble in the meantime) — is noticeable and rather comical.
Can it be possible that all of the conjecture about Hillary Clinton making another run for the White House, which most pundits consider a foregone conclusion, dampens the Republican fervor for coming up with yet another loser?
Apologies to Senator John McCain and Governor Mitt Romney. Perhaps the Republicans might take a look at freshman senators. Like, say, Rand Paul? Or, Ted Cruz?
I do not hear Republicans talking about wildly successful governors like Florida’s Charlie Crist, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, or Ohio’s John Kasich. Strange.
The not-so-subtle eyes on the prize before the 2008 election was well underway, with candidates lining up like crows on a power line, much earlier than the 22 months remaining until we elect the 45th president of the United States.
Is it possible that Republicans who have national (or local, for that matter) voices are throwing in the towel? Or, hoping against hope that their Bush in shining armor will rescue them from the dearth of viable available candidates?
Jeb Bush, I mean. But, of course, even his mother is telling him to stay out of the fray.
I think she said, “There have already been enough Bushes in the White House.”
Milt Hankins of Ashland, Ky., is a retired minister, theologian and freelance writer.
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