So far, the best they have is Jeb Bush.
Republicans should have a corner on competent candidates. To where should they be looking?
- Women executives - Fortune 500 women executives with successful track records as CEOs is the first place
- All large company executives, but especially those in the defense and information technology industries
But, instead, they are forfeiting that possible advantage by doing what Democrats do by selecting candidates who are professional politicians. That makes the starting position even.
It isn’t that Democrats could not also improve their lot by attending to the ranks of corporate executives. They have wealthy and successful corporate followers too.
American voters would be much better off if both parties broke the bad habit of going to intellectual elite persons who lack anything except political experience.
Why bring this topic to the forefront this afternoon?
The answer is that Chriss Cillizza at the Washington Post is over there speculating like crazy, trying to come up with a winner for the Republicans.
“Mike Huckabee might run for president in 2016. It’s hard to imagine he can win.
BY CHRIS CILLIZZA
December 13 at 3:06 pm
Mike Huckabee wants the world to know that he just might run for president in 2016.
Mike Huckabee hosts Playin’ Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones – Show at Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
“The Lord knows, but he’s not telling just yet,” Huckabee said in response to a question Thursday about whether he will get in the race. You can almost feel the winking knowingness Huckabee is trying to convey with that quote. And, just in case you didn’t get the message, Huckabee’s pollster sent out two surveys Friday afternoon showing the former Arkansas governor at the front of the 2016 field in Iowa and South Carolina.
Some within the political world will see the Huckabee candidacy as a big deal. After all, Huckabee was the story of the 2008 Republican primary race — going from a total unknown to the winner of the Iowa caucuses and the guy who finished second to Arizona Sen. John McCain in the nomination fight. And, all of the things that helped propel Huckabee in that race — his charisma, his social conservative credentials — are still in place.
It’s just crazy talk. He spoke about Paul Ryan improving too, but that was knocked down.
Awhile back there was this story here in Examiner.com: GOP has lots of 2016 candidates; what about quality?