My oldest 6 kids know that their father and I pay attention to the news. US news, World news, and they’ve grown up with talk radio and Sunday news shows, and dvred episodes of the Fox irreverant news show Red Eye, airing in the backgrounds of their sundry growing up lives. With all of that in our house, it’s become a popular question of the oldest 6(#7, the baby, and sorry, he’ll always be “the baby” even when he’s in his 70s!-he’s a bit oblivious to this news stuff)to ask me who I’m going to vote for in the next U.S. Presidential election.
I decided that for today’s blog, I’m not going to say who I’d vote for as I really don’t know yet. Well, I take that back. Since I do view things through a conservative lens, it’s a pretty safe bet that I won’t be voting Democrat, or Green, or Libertarian for example. However, I’ll share a few of my opinions on the Democrats, too, since it’s my blog and I can opine if I want to!
Mr. Trump-who my kids love to tease me about. Why is he polling so well amongst some of the voters? As George Will so eloquently said a week ago on Fox News Sunday, Trump is representing a voters’ “primal scream”. Conservative voters are so tired of being told, “Elect us Republicans and we’ll bring change to Washington”, or “We’ll put a stop to the President’s agenda” and then the elected Republicans get to D.C. and they DO NOTHING! (There, that’s my primal scream.) It’s as if the Republicans have no spines, they just continue the status quo of staying in power and ignoring the folks who elected them to office. If our family has to run on a budget, why can’t the US government? Where are the grown-ups who can stand up and say, enough!? Trump is loud, proud, and not afraid to spout off his thoughts. To many who are frustrated with the US federal government, his persona is refreshing when compared to the status quo politicians also running for the Republican nomination.
Carly Fiorina-She handily won the jv debate(my husband’s nickname for it) that aired on Fox News prior to the main debate that aired a couple weeks ago. (By the way, for the Fox News naysayers, that debate drew in 24 million viewers! Here’s CNN’s report on it.) She was knowledgeable on the issues, she could answer the questions clearly, with facts to back herself up, no hmmms, or uhhhhs at all in her answers. She, like Trump, isn’t from the world of politics and for that I find her refreshing. I think if she were the nominee she’d debate rings around Hillary Clinton. The main negative that the Democrats have thrown at Fiorina is the lay-offs of employees when she headed up Hewlett-Packard, to which Fiorina has countered that that was during the tech bust, and when businesses fall on hard times, tough decisions need to be made. Yes, people lost their jobs, and that hurt, but H-P was able to survive and recover and other tech boom businesses didn’t survive. With all of the government regulations on businesses that now exist in our country, I like a candidate with a business-running background, one who has a good grasp on economics, to turn around and fix the U.S.’s economical woes.
Dr. Ben Carson-Smart man, has to be to have been a neurosurgeon! Seems like a very patient person, grounded, quiet. I don’t know if he has what it takes to deal with foreign powers, especially ones who are causing all of the havoc in the world. If Dr. Carson really wants to get into the political arena, then why not run for the U.S. Senate seat in Maryland that is now open due to the long-time Democrat’s retirement? Dr. Carson has a lot of fans in that state and in Baltimore proper. Be a U.S. Senator for 6 years, and then make a presidential run if that is still a desired goal.
U. S. Senator Marco Rubio: He’s young, eloquent, is an aim at garnering Hispanic votes, and I think could do well against Hillary Clinton. He needs to be careful on his next photo op though, if throwing any sports gear, i.e. footballs, make sure no youth are in the area. It’s not his fault that the little kid got hit in the face from a Rubio thrown football, but that’s all the media payed attention to last week, is his throwing that football.
U. S. Senator Ted Cruz: Smart, Princeton grad, Harvard grad, Harvard Law School grad, one of Harvard law Professor Alan Dershowitz’s smartest students, according to the good professor. However, my mother-in-law and I were discussing his persona when he speaks, and to us, he just comes off as too smooth. Juan Williams, pundit often on Fox News’s various roundtables nailed it one time, in my opinion, when he likened Cruz to that used car salesman in his delivery. I’m not ruling him out, but he does strike me that way, too smooth, a bit condescending in making his points, even if I agree with his points.
The rest of the Republicans: They aren’t standing out to me. Some of them I like, some of them I don’t. Our oldest who goes to college in Ohio has had a few opinions to share on Gov. John Kasich, but I don’t think he’ll be the nominee. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s angling for a Vice Presidential spot or a cabinet post, though.
Now for my look at the Democrats. Months ago, Hillary Clinton was the odds on favorite to be the party’s nominee for President. It’s her turn, so to speak, since she didn’t receive “her turn” in 2008 due to a charismatic senator from IL, one Barak Obama, who jumped in and outright grabbed her turn from her. Months ago, I even told my kids that she’s going to be the nominee but now I have some doubts. The Clinton’s have a lot of money and pull in the Democrat party, but with all of this email scandal stuff that has happened, the U.S. Justice Department getting involved, the FBI, and just yesterday, President Obama’s Press Secretary Josh Earnest came out saying that the President said the smartest political decision he has made was selecting Joe Biden to be his running mate-Wow! What a slam at Hillary! I think with that announcement, it was a way for the President to tell his fellow Democrats that it’s okay to not go with Hillary for the nomination. How will the DNC deal with that? Hillary has had some health issues during the past year and a half that have been quietly mentioned in the press, and not explored further. If things get much worse for her, it won’t surprise me if the “bad health and I need care” card is pulled and her campaign is suspended.
Vice President Joe Biden-bits of news have been leaked to test the waters , to see the reactions, if the Vice President chooses to run. He had a weekend meeting with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a favorite among progressives in the Democrat Party. Did he offer her a spot to be his Vice President if he runs? Did he offer her a shot to run in 4 years if he decides to only serve 1 term? Supposedly Biden’s dying son asked him to run for President. Can Hillary run successfully against a dying son’s wish? Who would be the best person to carry on President Obama’s agendas-Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden? The DNC has a lot of soul-searching to do.
U. S. Senator Bernie Sanders-the 70 something Independent, former hippie of the 60s. I do say that with fondness, as I have one child of the 6 who likes Bernie. “Feel the Bern” has become an oft quoted phrase around our house, and I have also taken to saying to our Bernie fan such pithy phrases as, “I bet Bernie Sanders took out his family’s garbage cans without complaining!” and “I bet Bernie Sanders always eats his vegetables!” My husband has repeatedly told our Bernie fan that there is no way the DNC will let Sanders be the nominee, because it’s Hillary’s turn. This morning at breakfast, our resident Bernie supporter didn’t know about Vice President Biden’s meeting with Senator Warren and that made our Bernie fan do a double-take. I did tell our Sanders supporter that if a Democrat does win the election, I’d much rather it be Sanders than Hillary, but I too, doubt if Sanders can wrest the nomination from Hillary’s hands.
Former MD Govenor Martin O’Malley-I think he’s angling for the Vice Presidential spot at this point.
There you have it, in a nutsell, my various thoughts and answers that I have told my 6 kids who have asked who I would vote for in the next Presidential election. One thing I wish were true, is that the election cycle-the campaigning and the election, were a much shorter time window. I was listening to Mark Steyn yesterday on the radio, and he said Canada was preparing for their election and it was only an 11 week cycle! Why can’t America have such short election cycles? That would be wonderful, I think.