This is the time of year when people start talking about running for president. They will form exploratory committees, travel to New Hampshire and Iowa and make speeches to any group that will give them an ear. Of all the possible candidates that could run, here's a list of those who should not run:
He's run twice already and made no progress either time. He was booted by his home state from the Senate. His ideas and old and traditional. 2016 is the time for new ideas and a new approach. Santorum doesn't cut it.
Gov. Rick Perry
After three terms as governor of Texas, Perry should sit this one out. He was an embarrassment when he ran four years ago and seems much more comfortable at home in Texas. The national political stage was a little too much for this Texan.
Dynasties we do not need. The nation has Bush and Clinton fatigue. Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton can both sit down this election. This country has 310 million people. It's a shame to think that only someone with the last name of Bush or Clinton has good ideas. We don't crown a successor and neither Hillary nor Jeb has any entitlement to the presidency. Perhaps it's time for someone else—anyone else—to give it a shot.
Clinton fatigue or not, some people say Hillary must run. There is no question that she will announce her bid later this year after engaging in the longest campaign for the presidency in modern history--some say she has never stopped running for office since 2008. She'll run...and probably win.
Sure, she'll think about running and tease us for months before announcing that she just feels it would be better to fix the nation's problems from outside elected office. She'll write another book and then go out promoting it.
Sorry Mitt. In modern politics a candidate receives only one chance to be president. You had some good ideas, but not enough charisma to win the Oval Office last time. No second chances.
Was she ever really a serious candidate? After winning just one straw poll last year, Bachmann fizzled on the campaign trail. She has no chance of winning the nomination, but Bachmann might just be bold enough to give it a run anyway.