Will it be Democrats or Republicans who have “national appeal”? Do any of these 13 Republicans have a chance? Jonathan Easley put them out there in an article in The Hill this morning just as the National Politics Examiner published a list of Democrats. See the story link below.
Let’s analyze the Easley list.
He begins by positioning what are identified as the “big three”: Paul, Christie, and Bush.
As porkers go, Paul doesn’t have a chance as Christie and Bush win the weigh in. Bush’s heaviness is as much of a concern as Hillary’s age, maybe. Christie loses on buffoonery and offensiveness. Paul would win on right-wing eccentricity, but Americans are not right-wing. So, the nod goes to Jeb Bush, among the three.
Who are next?
Not Mike Huckabee again. He can’t even secure an audience on Fox News.
Ted Cruz gets a lot of media attention for his right-wing ideas, however, when push comes to shove, he’s a Canadian. Show us your birth certificate.
Why would Marco Rubio be in the “second tier”? Rubio is probably most electable because he demonstrates a degree of flexible reasoning. A Latino is an attractive quality. However, his life is lacking achievement.
Scott Walker doesn’t communicate well and the job of president requires high communication skills.
Rick Perry is simply too ignorant.
Ben Carson is smart enough, however, the National Politics Examiner has been informed by some of his former colleagues at Johns Hopkins that he is not a team player. Presently, he is underfunded.
Take another crop of three: Mike Pence, Bobby Jindal, and Rob Portman. Mike Pence is to sociologically out of step with most Americans. Bobby Jindal sounds good and has been developing his platform. Critics in Louisiana may undo his personal development. Rob Portman is a lawyer and a small restaurant owner who is a collaborator and team builder. Portman gets the nod among these three. Pair Portman with Jeb Bush and that is formidable.
Lastly, John Kasich is too caustic. It isn’t certain that he would even carry his own state of Ohio. He’s like the Al Gore of Republicans.
It appears that Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren would have a very good chance to beat anyone on the GOP list.
“13 Republicans most likely to win the White House in 2016
By Jonathan Easley
Republicans say their long list of 2016 hopefuls is among the deepest, most diverse group in recent history without a clear frontrunner.
“This is the most open field we’ve ever seen,” one GOP strategist told The Hill.
That means there will be a narrow path to victory for many of the candidates, as they fight for the money, media, and voters they’ll need in the win-early-or-go-home battle royale.
The Hill spoke to more than a half-dozen Republican strategists to find out where the top names currently rank. Here’s their take.”