President Obama’s monumental incompetence has paved the way for the Republican Party to retake the White House in 2016. Who should be its standard-bearer?
Sen. Ted Cruz, detested by all Democrats and many Republicans, behaves like a bull in a china shop. However well he may do in the primaries, he has no chance in a general election.
Sen. Marco Rubio’s attempt at immigration reform failed dismally. Touted by some as a candidate who can attract Latinos into the Republican fold, his appeal is to Cuban Americans, who make up only a small minority of the Latin American community.
Sen. Rand Paul, to put it bluntly, is dangerous. Throughout history, when raising taxes was not an option, monarchs were tempted to debase the currency.
To prevent democratic governments from doing the same thing, it is universally accepted that central banks be free from political interference. Paul has shown a proclivity to interfere. The chairman of the Federal Reserve finds it difficult enough steering the economy between the Scylla of inflation and the Charybdis of unemployment, without an outside hand shoving on the tiller at a delicate moment, and it would always be at a delicate moment: Sufficient reason to disqualify Sen. Paul.
Before he became president, Obama was a freshman senator with no executive experience. All three of the candidates mentioned above come from the same inferior mold. To avoid a repeat of the current fiasco, the American electorate needs to set a higher standard.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won re-election in a largely Democratic state. Without much justification, his rivals claim he is not a true conservative. He cut taxes, reined in spending, took on the teachers’ unions, and he won.
Anyone further to the right could not win in a general election. He has executive experience and has shown ability to work with members of the opposite party. Were he to campaign on a tax-reform agenda to promote growth and job creation, he would be a winner.
What about Rep. Paul Ryan?
If Christie does not need him to guide his budgets through the House of Representatives, a spell as Treasury secretary would enhance his credentials for a presidential run in 2024.