Bush is a joke. As a candidate, he reminds me of John Connally in 1980. All hat, no cattle. The Bushes ruined the outstanding Republican brand that Reagan bequeathed them. All it takes is a candidate with the balls to point that out, and Jeb is defenseless. He can’t throw his family under the bus. They are his tar baby. Oh, and, by the way, sneaking into this country illegally is not an act of love.
Christie’s another joke. A moderate northeast bully boy gets less and less electable the farther south and west he goes.
I liked Walker, read his book, “Unintimidated.” I even sent him a couple hundred bucks during the recall. He’s the real deal. His failure to support the Article V BBA troubled me, but I figured maybe he thought Kasich had taken ownership of the issue, and it would never really get anywhere. Not smart, but understandable. But now, ethanol. One of the worst environmental boondoggles of all time. No serious person can see it any other way, and that includes Scott Walker. But he’ll lie about what he knows to be true, doing the Iowa Pander. If he’ll lie about that, what else will he lie about, in order to get votes? I don’t want to find out. It will be interesting to see how the voters of New Hampshire react to the latest pol who comes in after Iowa, and the Big Pander. On ethanol, I think Walker outsmarted himself, and it will cost him.
I like the rest of the field, more or less, though the only ones with a shot are Kasich, Paul, Cruz, Rubio, Perry and Pence. Seeing as how I’m an antiwar libertarian, I’m naturally attracted to Paul. But I could support any of them.
One of them will carry the Reagan Amendment banner. It wins the west, save California and Hawaii. It will be very popular in the south, and, I believe, the border states. But the Midwest is the key. I really don’t know these people. I’ve never even been there, other than airports. Will it sell?
I’m anxious to find out.