It has been an interesting two weeks for those keeping their eyes and ears on the presidential candidates.
For those doing so objectively, it would have seemed easily apparent that the Democratic Party’s hopes for a third term in control of the White House took two huge blows: First, when it was exposed in no uncertain terms that (former) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew that blaming the Benghazi tragedy on an internet video was a blatant lie; and 2) when the GOP Presidential candidates, led by Senator Ted Cruz, were able to expose the obvious double-standard hypocrisy of the CNBC debate moderators, who may as well have had DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz personally asking the questions.
But if there’s one thing the GOP establishment leadership is not good at doing, it is taking advantage of opportunities to utilize the gifts handed to them by the Democrats. I have often stated that those who have been leading the marketing plan for the RNC since 2006 should be immediately given their walking papers. While the Republicans generally like to allow their opponents to get back up after they knock an opponent down, the Democrats have had no problem continuing to beat their opponents into the ground while they are down. They have understood for decades that you must go all-out for your cause; it’s one of the many frustrations conservatives like me have with the GOP establishment – they worry about being liked by those who will never vote for them or support them, and forget who held their nose and voted for them in the first place.
There is hope, however, that this time the holes dug by the Democrats will not so easily be climbed out of. While there has been much criticism about the large number of GOP presidential candidates, a distinct advantage for the GOP movement itself is that all of these candidates are desperately seeking ways to break themselves away from the rest and grab a sizeable poll rise of supporters in the process. In the previous two cycles, the establishment candidates who took their marching orders from the RNC would set the slow pace and limited response. This cycle, those who have challenged the establishment are leading the polls (Trump, Carson, Cruz, Fiorina, and even Rubio), and will have no problem using everything from the Hillary e-mails to her family and the Egyptian PM, to her strange close relationship with Sidney Blumenthal (while blowing off her actual ambassadors).
This cycle’s voters are tired of diplomat politicians and are looking for aggressive and passionate leaders who will stand firm for their principles and values, and call out political correctness and hypocrisy. They don’t want their candidate to give anyone a free pass, like former nominees McCain and Romney continued to do in the months before the General Election. They want a nominee this time who will use every advantage given them and go for the political jugular; they want a nominee who understands that they are fighting to get this country back on track from the economic and international destruction caused by this administration.
McCain lost because he wanted to still be Obama’s friend after the election; Romney lost because he wanted to win “the right way”. So how’d that work out?
Republicans are hungry this cycle for a fighter who will make sure Hillary Clinton, or whomever the Democratic nominee is, not only loses each debate and loss the election; they want to see a political cage match where the GOP nominee is landing kicks and punches long after the moderator/referee steps in. Republicans have an opportunity this year to land so many blows on literally every political issue!
They want “Thunderdome” – two nominees enter, only one nominee leaves!
The Democrats have always known this to be the case. Will the Republicans take advantage of the growing number of issues piling up for Hillary Clinton, the IRS Commissioner and President Obama? The establishment front-runner, former Governor Jeb Bush, showed on Wednesday that he is not up to the task. It’s not that he played into the CNBC moderator’s hands and attacked Rubio – it’s that he did it so weak and poorly. My personal thought was, “if that’s how Jeb attacks, Hillary would wipe the floor with him!” Many others who watched the exchange felt the same way. Senator Rubio called it out and exposed the weakness of the attack.
The GOP voters are not planning to make the same mistake by electing the same type of “Canterbury Rules” type of nominee. Even Dr. Ben Carson got animated when the CNBC moderators made false accusations! If I were part of the Democratic National Committee leadership, I’d be planning now to shore up my congressional and senatorial races to minimize the blow-back. I am confident that the GOP nominee will be from among those candidates who have shown they will have no issue continuing to lob jabs at their opponent until the cameras stop rolling!
It will be a great sight to see!