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The election is more than a year away, but I already have a sinking feeling about it. Why? Heck, people don’t even start voting until Iowa goes the polls on February 1, right? Still I sense what’s coming.
Right now, many candidates and many of my fellow conservatives are going in lots of different directions — and that is fine. But as the 17 candidates are winnowed down, we’ll be left with fewer and fewer, until finally, in 2016, we’ll be left with one. That’s when I worry about what’s to come.
Whoever that candidate is — my choice right now is Ted Cruz; others prefer Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Scott Walker, etc. — needs to receive full, 100-percent support from everyone who supported other candidates. Then we need to come together. And I have a bad feeling right now that we haven’t learned any lessons from the last two presidential elections, when voters who were disappointed by the results of the primaries abstained from voting entirely. As Cruz told Hannity last March, “Republicans need to bring back “the conservatives who stayed home in ’08 and ’12.” If we don’t, he warned, “Hillary Clinton’s the next president.” (And Hillary Clinton might be the optimistic scenario.)
Would I have preferred more conservative candidates in the ’08 and ’12 cycles? Of course. But a President McCain or a President Romney would have been infinitely better than President Obama. Once they became the nominees, I supported and voted for them. Cruz is my choice right now, and I don’t see that changing unless something significant happens between now and March 1, when Georgia goes to the polls. But if Cruz fails to win the nomination, I will fully support the winner. As before, no choice is not a good choice. Our nominee will be better, a lot better, than theirs.
The discussion and debates that get us from 17 to 1 will be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to it. Still, do you have any thoughts about how to bring it together after the debating’s done and we’re down to one?