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It’s quite a pell-mell race for the Republican nomination. There seems to be a whole spate of articles and political punditry asking what Republicans want in their nominee. In my judgement, this is a flawed question. My inclination towards negativity — i.e. correct and unassailable thought — lends itself to asking of the proper question: What factors should disqualify a candidate from being a nominee?
I call these “poison pills,” things that either primary voters or the general electorate won’t (or can’t) swallow. Being an arch-naysayer, I think I’ve come up with a pretty good list. After I made it, I began to cross-off the names of candidates who had one or another of these fatal flaws. I was left with few candidates and little hope. Below, is my decidedly unscientific disqualification list. Leave your own “poison pills” in the comments, or dispute some of mine.
- Supports Common Core;
- Fought public sector unions;
- Helped Obama get elected;
- From Texas;
- A former CEO;
- Never had an official legislative or executive position;
- Primarily defined in religious terms;
- Looks like a used car salesman;
- Has an isolationist or anti-intervention foreign policy;
- Not well-spoken; and
- Is named “Bush.”