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The Blame Game

May 27, 2015

It is very early in the GOP Presidential nominating process but the blame game has already begun. This should be no surprise since the current 7 announced candidates are expected to double if not triple before a nominee is selected. Hmmm.

Bobby Jindal has said that Rand Paul is “unsuited to be commander-in-chief”. (Does it take someone also unfit to recognize another?)

Rand Paul says, gratuitously, that GOP hawks are responsible for ISIS. (If Paul is referring to Bush supporters. he is spot on.)

Carlie Fiorina has selected Hillary Clinton as her target and in the process has separated herself from the pack. (This will last until the rest decide she is doing too well and blame will come Carlie’s way.

Rick Santorum announced today he was in the race. The 2016 Rick Santorum version is for the middle class so it is unclear at this point who Rick will blame.

Rick Perry is rumored to be announcing this weekend. Who cares who Rick blames, it will be a hoot to hear him try and put two sentences together.

Lindsay Graham will announce this week also his supporters say. Lindsay is a long time “blame gamer” who may not realize that Rand Paul includes Lindsay in the GOP hawk cohort.

George Pataki (who?) will really need to become creative in the blame game since his days as New York Governor are well behind him and so what else has he got to say?

Ted Cruz has been relatively silent of late. This is probably a wise strategy until he can better assess his GOP rivals.

Jeb Bush would very much like to remain silent and somehow get anointed (as Hillary would too). Both Jeb and Hillary will not shy away from blame at some point but don’t want to go negative so soon. Both would prefer to let others throw the mud and for them to remain the Presidential looking candidate.

Marco Rubio wants the image of a clean cut, fresh voice but when the Florida primary rolls around the much anticipate show down with Jeb Bush the race will require some “blame” assignment.

Scott Walker likes his chances in Iowa and maybe New Hampshire but has hinted he may avoid the Florida primary. This could change but his reasoning is that both Rubio and Bush are much better known in Florida. Hmmm.

The irony of the GOP plight is that with so many candidates how can voters differentiate? (Hint, blame the opponent for something).  Even worse, the traditional “speaking to the base” approach the GOP used in 2012 reminded the entire voting population of some “out of touch” GOP platform positions. Immigration, women’s rights, and senior’s security (code words for Social Security and Medicare) can come home to bite the GOP candidate in the general election.

So, what’s left to campaign on?

Blame the other GOP candidate for something. Hmmm. Should be interesting.

Jeb’s Last Stand?

October 27, 2014

On a Sunday talk show yesterday, Jeb Bush’s son, George, said he thought his father was gearing up for a run for President in 2016. George said his father was still assessing the decision but in all probability would decide to run. Hmmm.

As the only potential moderate GOP candidate, Jeb represents a threat to the GOP kooky conservative right. Jeb is articulate and fluent in Spanish. What could the right object to? Maybe it is that Jeb is articulate and fluent in Spanish?

There are certainly other GOP potential candidates. Governor Rick Perry has Democrats quietly hoping he steps forward. Governor Chris Christie appears poised to enter the contest with his new svelte figure. Christie has already shown his bully side and will have a hard time winning over primary voters. Governor Scott Walker and former Governor Tim Pawlenty are standing ready but lack the big stage credentials. And there is Representative Paul Ryan who is not a kook but has tied himself to a very conservative budget which will provide Democrats with red meat. Hmmm.

In this context Jeb Bush looks reasonable.

Jeb’s path forward is not a bed of roses, however. He is George W’s brother and will have a tough road to justify “W’s” 8 years. Jeb, himself, has danced a little too close to the religious fringe (remember Karen Ann Quinlan?). Jeb projects the impression of parsing his words so as to be perfectly (and politically) correct. This does not strike the most authentic of images.

More than anything, Jeb needs to think seriously about being the third Bush to occupy the White House. Jeb might be eminently more qualified than “W”, but needs to find the capacity to be comfortable with that knowledge without trying to make the run.

If Jeb does declare, and if he is nominated, most likely he will run against Hillary Clinton. In such a circumstance, Jeb will be in the position to have to speak against women seeking high office. This gender position, IMO, is actually opposite to Jeb’s real views. I suspect this conflict will show through during the campaign… to Jeb’s detriment.