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The biggest issue with the current crop of Republican presidential candidates rests in the one characteristic they all share: that they are all politicians. Okay, so Dr. Carson is no politician, but he’s not a viable candidate, either. Let’s start with Jeb Bush. He used to be the most conservative of the Bushes, but he traded that in for what I’m sure he believes is practicality. It’s not. It’s not even compromise. It’s weakness. The media senses it, and they cheer for him. DocJay is right: Jeb is Hillary’s mark and nothing smacks more of politics than the Bush Dynasty.
Scott Walker is a fighter, no doubt, but his hands are still stained permanently with the ink of taxpayer dollars. In his short life, he’s been a politician… and nothing else. Chris Christie was a prosecutor before he immersed himself in politics. If there’s one thing nearly as disqualifying of politicians as politics, it’s the practice of law and — worse yet — the practice of law on the government payroll. Private practice is narrowly qualifying, but double-damn on those who cash a government check. And while Christie never had my vote, he earned my contempt when he wrapped his beefy arm around our President, seeking favor after disaster.
Rand Paul is an MD, an Ophthalmologist. So far, so good. His experience in politics is limited to the Senate but — in spite of his sometimes surly demeanor — his pedigree makes him yet another politician, yet another political legacy. And with this legacy comes the scent of his father’s kookiness. Ted Cruz is yet another lawyer, the former Solicitor General for the state of Texas, though he spent several years in private practice. As with Rand Paul, his first elected office is the US Senate.
Marco Rubio is yet another lawyer, but he skipped the lawyering and jumped straight into politics. Mike Huckabee — who the media likes to consider (proof, in their minds, of the evil mix of Christianity with politics that is conservatism) from time to time — is a former governor and pastor. But, really folks, can we really elevate another Arkansas Governor to the highest office in the country?
So what is a good conservative to do? The bench, we are told is deep, yet their experience seems tremendously shallow. Still, none can be labeled a rich snob — okay, maybe Jeb — or a “vulture capitalist.” I’m thinking Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio. Cruz is the more accomplished lawyer and has the intellectual chops to move the country to the right, but Rubio is more earnest and accomplished as a politician. Together they are like black beans and rice, I don’t care who leads the ticket.
I want an all Senate, all Cuban-American ticket. Maybe then the Latino vote will move to the right. In any case, Hillary will be apoplectic as she scrambles to keep her coalition of the aggrieved together.