The first thing one may notice about the 2016 presidential primary is that the favorites everyone assumed were destined to meet in the general election may, and in my opinion, probably won’t be there.
If Hillary Clinton is so unbeatable, why are others making noise about joining the race? The latest is comrade Bill de Blasio, the commie Mayor of New York City. Well, at least he’s answered the question of why he held out his support of Clinton. He’s going to run against her.
There’s blood in the water, and it’s Hillary hemorrhaging, and the sharks smell it.
Now for the Republicans and the GOP Establishment. The preseason prohibitive favorite was Jeb Bush, but he is quickly finding out that the Republican base is no longer buying his establishment center-left line of crap and is looking for another Reagan revolution.
So when I hear conservatives say that we should be concentrating on Hillary — conservatives like Rush Limbaugh — I have to wonder what he’s thinking. He obviously doesn’t share my view that Hillary may not win her own primary battle, and if she has any serious competition, they are likely to bloody her much worse than we will do to our own. If she emerges victorious, she will come out of it beaten up, and judging by her overall temperament, I doubt she’ll handle it well.
I understand what Rush is saying — that he doesn’t want the Republicans to beat each other up to the point that the moderate is the only one left at the end, as always seems to happen. I get that, but this time it’s different.
To fully understand why, one need only to look back through the last quarter century or so to see how many real conservatives have even thrown their hats into the ring.
Starting in 1992, it was George H. W. Bush’s reelection year, opposed only by Pat Buchanan. No one stood a chance against Bush.
1996 gave us one conservative, not a politician — Steve Forbes. Then there was Bob Dole, the eventual nominee, Lamar Alexander with his flannel shirts, Pat Buchanan again, Bob Dornan, Phil Graham, Richard Lugar, and Alan Keyes.
In 2000, it was George W. Bush, John McCain, Gary Bauer, Orrin Hatch, Alan Keyes, and Steve Forbes again.
2004: Bush reelection.
2008: John McCain, Mike (Common Core) Huckabee, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Fred (sleepy) Thompson, Duncan Hunter, Alan Keyes, and Tom Tancredo.
And then of course 2012: Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt, Gary Johnson, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Tim Pawlenty.
As you can see, in a quarter century of Republican primaries, there have been three or four conservatives who even ran, much less got any traction. We now have that many in this cycle already.
I’m not saying that this crop is made up of all true conservatives, but I would vote for a few, whereas in years gone by I could hardly say that about one. The conservative wing of the party has an opportunity it has never had before – to drive the establishment out of the race early. Get rid of them all.
This election cycle is setting up to be historic — maybe more so than even the Reagan revolution. If we are able to rid ourselves of the establishment menace that has plagued the party for all these years, we will still be left with more conservative choices than this country has seen in the entire modern era combined.
So let’s just leave old (and I mean old) Hillary alone and get after the ones we really need to defeat. Let’s not put the cart before the horse.