Looking at Bush 3 on Special Report tonight you realize why people thought he could be a good candidate. He would, in fact, be a great governor. But he has no gravitas, no presence, no energy. Recently he issued a challenge to anyone who disagreed with his praise for his father, “…if someone wants to argue with me, I’ll take you outside and get beat up.” In other words, he’ll willingly take a beating for his father. He won’t administer one, he’ll take one. When I was a kid we’d call him a pussy. The brain dead campaign thought it was clever, and put out a T-shirt with the manly language, “And if you don’t think so, we can step outside.” But, of course, that’s not what he said. Whatever “it” is, he doesn’t have it.
Correction: I had assumed Kasich’s opposition to the suppression of birthright citizenship was because of bad legal advice, and his lack of understanding the law. Wrong. I happened to see an old clip of him on CNN when he stated he’d simply changed his mind, and no longer believed in such suppression. He had sponsored a bill in Congress which would accomplish the legal strategy. He has complete understanding of the issue, and it was presumptuous of me to assume otherwise.
I submitted an article to AT on the race, arguing that it’s between Kasich and Rubio. If I’m right we only need 32, because at that point either one of them would adopt our cause as their own and carry us across the finish line. I’d like to think that any of the others would do so as well, but I’m not sure.
Ailes has filled his card. He wants either Kasich or Rubio. That’s a big plus. Fox News is a big dog.
I could be wrong, but that’s what I see. This makes me feel good, because they’re my top two as well. Ailes is a great man, and a great American. An Irish-Catholic hard core Reagan man, and smart as hell. He knows more than we do. The other big dogs can see what he’s up to. If they start to follow, it’s going to happen.
If they are the last two standing, it would be an interesting fight. Rubio’s charisma and Kasich’s irascibility. Kasich’s knowledge and experience vs. Rubio’s fresh rhetoric.
I think the American people will opt for experience. The job’s just too damn big. And it’s urgent. The next President needs to ride the electoral wave that brought him to office into the quick enactment of a reform agenda. He must strike while the iron is hot. And you need experience to do that. A lot of experience. It’s a huge undertaking.
So I think it’s Kasich. But I want Rubio as backup. Kasich has been cool so far. I haven’t seen or heard of any outbursts. But he does have a chip on his shoulder. Maybe it’s his background, a mailman’s son.
Actually, I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder, and part of that is definitely my background. We lived in a former army barracks right by the big Southern Pacific freight yard. My mother and Aunt Mary worked retail for close to minimum wage, while my grandmother took care of me and my evil older sister. This made absolutely no difference to me. My first ten years in Richmond were the happiest days of my life. These three women competed for my attention. I had three mothers. My sperm donor father was long gone, but that just meant I got to do any damn thing I pleased.
I had it dicked.