It seems like the last presidential election just ended, or maybe never ended, and we are all supposed to be lining up for another take on it.
Anyway no time like the present to run for president, I guess. All aboard!
Then there is Hillary Clinton who never stopped running. She’s been president-in-waiting since about ’97. That’s almost a 20 year-long campaign.
Not to be outdone, Republicans have a third incarnation of Bushes. Yea, keep the Bush fire burning even after getting burned by the first two Bushes. No offense to perpetual burning bushes.
Gee, isn’t there at least another family gene pool we can consider? Why yes, as a matter of fact, how about Mitt Romney again? His father ran and failed so that makes it his job to succeed. Then all bets are off. Have you looked at his family tree lately? The Bushes’ pale in comparison. And anyone carrying the Clinton name is guaranteed a run in the future.
Ron Paul didn’t make it but also started another family tradition. America it seems is full of genetic lines to the oval office.
Then we have Mike Huckabee who never can say no to running. So we have a nation littered with perpetual candidates, all ripe for the picking — at least according to them. It’s our greatest national resource it seems.
If it sounds pretty cynical, just consider all the details. We were once called the “New World”. Then consider Pogo’s theorem, “We’ve met the enemy and he is us.”
Jeb Bush has announced that he is considering a run, and I’m considering taking a shower. Of course he’s running, he’s had years to think about it.
Now Mitt Romney jumps up again to say he wants to run. He says he is the only person who can take on and beat Hillary. Where have I heard that? Isn’t it kind of presumptive to say Hillary will be the Democrat candidate? So the fun begins. Mitt just illustrates how it is so predictable. We knew before the midterms that Hillary was running, actually most of us knew it after last election.
Not to cheat the Jeb Bush verses Clinton prospect. This is a presidential election not Hatfields vs. McCoys. What’s Mitt going to say: “We don’t want to elect another Bush, we should nominate someone fresh and new”? Mitt’s usual arguments don’t seem to apply to Bush. What can Jeb say about Mitt?
Read my lips: No dynasties.
So if that sounds sort of depressing that’s because it is depressing. Even worse, most of us say that’s just the way it is and how our process works. Maybe that’s the problem. And before its over some smart person will say “we really don’t have any choice, either ____ or doom and gloom”. But wasn’t that the idea?
Now I didn’t even mention Christie who had his eye on running for years. We could hope Christie gets in. Maybe there is a spec of good in all this. If they get a three-way establishment race, that creates more opportunity for a real conservative to win. How many ways can they split the vote for us? Conservatives would have to line up to support a real conservative, that’s all, against the backdrop of Rinos’ whining “this just shows a conservative can’t win” mantra.
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