At CFIF, I note that at least 30 potential GOPers could make a real run at the presidency in 2016. I also think — and PLEASE don’t send hateful comments if you disagree; a difference of opinion on a particular speech is not an ideological litmust test — that Marco Rubio didn’t really do a very good speech the other night (even apart from the silly controversy over the water), and that therefore he took a small step back toward the field rather than separating himself from it.
And no, I am not saying I want Jeb Bush to be the next nominee. If you can read, you’ll see that I think he is a betting favorite, not my favorite. In fact, not even close.
You’ll note that I’ve rated Bobby Jindal, Mitch Daniels and Susana Martinez as the three potentially strongest general election candidates, should either win the nomination….
[J]ust as the current presidency is unlike any we’ve seen before – more radical, more divisive, more dismissive of constitutional limits – so, too, is the emergence of a galvanizing leader on the right a far more pressing necessity than it has been since the 1970s. It’s not that a leader must emerge immediately, but it is that somebody with the ability to effectively clarify the issues must emerge in time to provide a forceful counterweight to Obama’s efforts to consolidate power beyond recover.
I think a guy to watch, whether for 2016 or beyond, is also the guy whose race should be a national cause celebre for conservatives this year: Ken Cuccinelli, for governor of Virginia. It’s going to be a heck of a race — and, thematically at least, it might set a template for the near quadrennium.
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