At last, the field of GOP presidential contenders appears to be complete. Last week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced his bid for the White House making it an even fifteen candidates in the running. Ohio Governor John Kasich may be making an announcement at the end of this month. Now things get fun for political geeks of all stripes. So who will be out, who will be in, and who may have the best chance at beating Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States?
Granted, it is way early, polls and front runners will change a bazillion times between now and Election Day. It seems however, that conservatives and Republicans have an extremely deep bench this time around, and there is a lot to choose from.
As of this writing, Donald Trump has the attention of America. His comments on illegal immigration may not have been the most eloquent, but it is obviously what many people are thinking but for whatever reason don’t say. The facts that Trump lays out are true and it could be that he is the guy to fix it. Time will tell.
The latest to jump in is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. His down to earth Midwestern approach is a breath of fresh air for many people who are just plain sick and tired of politicians promising them the moon and once they get to Washington all bets are off. He has soundly beaten the Left in Wisconsin, a very blue state, three out of four elections including a recall election. He obviously has the formula.
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are walking American dream stories. Both are the sons of Cuban immigrants whose parents instilled in them the horrors of Castro’s Cuba and how essential to the human spirit freedom is. Both families came to this country because they knew their children would have endless opportunities for success. They could not have been more right.
A Carly Fiorina/Hillary Clinton match up would be incredibly interesting. Two women vying to become the first female president with very opposing views. Fiorina, like another of her opponents, Dr. Ben Carson, are unique in the fact that they are not politicians. A former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina would know the answers to get the American economy back up and humming, and she has no fear of Hillary Clinton. Ben Carson, whose own life story is amazing, would have the alternative to the disaster known as Obama care.
But is there a divide in the Republican Party? Will the RNC get behind “establishment” candidates like Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, or even Lindsey Graham? If such a divide exists, is it encouraged by GOP operatives like Karl Rove and various super PACS? Possibly, it is well known that guys like Rove love to be the kingmakers and pick and choose the candidates. As a close friend of the Bush family, he will no doubt have a lot of input in the Jeb Bush campaign.
Unfortunately, space prevents every candidate from being mentioned here. What can be said, that even though we all have our favorites and our not-so-favorites, all the candidates in the race are patriots. To forfeit a good portion of your life to offer oneself up in service to your nation is a good indication of how all of these people have great love of country.
Republicans do have a nasty habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Let’s hope the person who can reverse that trend is on this list.