Here we are in late January and the electoral process is proving to be the wildest we've seen in recent history. I confess I have no idea how this is all going to turn out. On the Republican front I'm frankly scared to death that The Donald might win the Republican nomination. From the Democrats we have confessed Socialist Bernie Sanders hot on Hillary's heels.
It would seem Bernie's making headway for two reasons; 1) promising voters a virtual "free lunch"..a grab bag of benefits heretofore never seen in American politics and 2) Hillary is not trusted even within the Democratic ranks. Just this week there were more than a score of news reports that Hillary's indictment over the email scandals is imminent. I find it hard to believe that the Obama Administration will actual indict Hillary but her current scandal has certainly further stained her already dusky reputation. Perhaps the greatest indication that Hillary is in big trouble was NYC Socialist and former Mayor Blumenthal instructing his staff to gear up for a billion dollar Independent Party campaign for President.
Of course, assuming Hillary stays out of jail, and assuming Blumenthal decides to run third party, we might see Hillary and Mike canceling each other out, thus enhancing the prospects of a Republican victory. I would suspect the Democrats, before allowing that to happen, would trot out Crazy Joe Biden to be nominated as a "favorite son" at the Democratic National Convention in a last ditch effort to save the party.
But before any of my fellow conservatives get to feeling too warm and fuzzy about Hillary's downfall we ought to consider the possibility that The Donald simply implodes before November, should he (God help us) win the Republican nomination. Let's say The Donald doesn't actually go out and shoot someone (as he says he could..and still win support from his followers), I still can't see voting for Donald Trump under any circumstances...mainly because I know he's not a conservative. And, in those rare instances where he actually defines what he'd do, I don't agree with him...on a single payer health care, or his stance on Planned Parenthood, or even on the small admissions he's made about foreign policy.
Now that you know my feelings about The Donald, here's what I think about the other candidates (I'm not even going to waste time on anyone below 5% in the polls).
Kasich; he loses my vote on illegal immigration.
Christie: He's not conservative enough for me (looking more conservative than the citizens of your state does not make you a conservative. However, I would hold my nose and vote for him.
Rubio: Rubio is a "Chatty Kathy" doll. He's THE conservative clone of Barack Obama; talks pretty but not much substance there. Will never forgive him for the Gang of Eight amnesty bill. It should be noted however that Rubio probably has the best chance to win among Independents which is the Republican's only chance to win the election. And, if elected, I can't see the Republicans in the House and Senate allowing him to do much harm. And, who knows? Maybe he'll develop a back bone and turn out okay.
Cruz: He's my guy. I admire his courage in facing up to the good old boys in Washington. He represents my principles best, and, God knows we desperately need a fighter in the White House. Cruz' principle drawback is that "he looks funny"...he looks like they used a vise to draw him out of the womb and something went bad. And he's gonna be hounded by that "he's not a citizen" crap that McCain had to put up with. Still, though not likely to get the nomination, he's my first choice.
Trump: I get nearly as sick seeing his mug on TV as I do seeing Obama's. I am more frightened by the large swath of total idiots who are buying Trump's "snake oil" than I am by The Donald running. If Trump wins the nomination you can sit back and wait for the Democratic coronation; Trump will never get my vote, nor that of many conservatives. And he won't get most of the Independent vote either. I can buy into the "anyone but a Democrat" theory seven days a week...but not to support a charlatan like Trump.
Well, that's my take on the election. I welcome yours...as I always do.