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January 21, 2015

How The GOP Base Views The GOP Field

Interesting.

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The list of potential candidates for the presidency in 2016 is immense. The list of declared contenders, though, is nonexistent.

If the latest CBS News poll is any indication, Americans would like to see a number of potential candidates take the plunge -- but not all of them.

Now let’s look at these numbers for a moment.

Mitt Romney is well-regarded. So is Jeb Bush – though not so much as Romney. Mike Huckabee has a degree of support. But beyond that, only Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Ben Carson have positive numbers with these GOP primary voters. The rest of the field is in negative numbers – though most of them have more undecided than anything else (Sarah Palin being the exception). We therefore have a top tier (Romney, Bush, and Huckabee), a middle tier (Rubio, Walker, and Carson), and a bottom tier of rejected wannabes that includes the bulk of Tea Party favorites.

From where I stand, here’s how I would break down these groupings.

Tier I

Tier II

Tier III

This leads me to some important observations.

Remember, my friends – from the rise of the conservative movement in the GOP in 1964 to its success in capturing the presidency in 1980 was 16 years. In 1976 we saw the triumph of the establishment, but it was followed by the glory of conservative ascendancy in 1980. So while we would like the future to be now, we have to recognize that even an establishment victory in 2016 does not mean that our movement has failed.

H/T Hot Air





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Rhymes with Right:

Rubio - Cruz - Jindal - Santorum: None of these potential candidates meets the constitutional qualifications to hold the office of POTUS. None are natural born citizens (born in the US to parents who are US citizens at the time of birth.

What is your underlying purpose to keep pushing these people?

Charlie Rush

|| Posted by Charlie Rush, January 30, 2015 05:04 PM ||

While I'd LIKE to see Palin, I don't expect that she could make it through.

I agree with you about the Top Tier, and with Romney bowing out, that leaves Bush and Huck, both of which are non-starters for me, and for the electorate.

Of the remainder, my sentiments and sense go to Walker, Jindal and Perry. Charlie's assessment on "natural born citizens" doesn't mesh with my understanding as it applies to Jindal. I don't know enough about the birth circumstances of the other three to comment, and since I'm not an advocate of them, I'll simply wait for the info to arrive naturally in my purview.

|| Posted by BikerDad, January 30, 2015 08:02 PM ||

Charlie Rush -- there is no constitutional requirement that both parents be American citizens. That has been settled law since the presidency of Chester A. Arthur, whose father was not a US citizen at the time of Arthur's birth. You birthers can spin your arguments, but in doing so you read into he Constitution that which is not there -- the work of a minor French philosopher whose views were at odds with the common law tradition that undergirds our legal and constitutional system.

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