Since 1996, every Republican nominee for President (yes, even George W. Bush) has been weak. Any of those years, we could have used Donald Trump. He’s the wildcard who could have had a chance against (misleadingly) strong Democratic nominees like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. I would have supported him. This year, we have the strongest group of Republican candidates, any of whom (yes, even Jeb Bush) would have been better than Mitt Romney, John McCain, or Bob Dole.
There’s a reason Ted Cruz didn’t spend a lot of money in New Hampshire. It wasn’t because he had given up on him having an impact there even though most in the media had. It wasn’t because he didn’t think that the vote was an important one. It was because he’s smart enough to hold back when others are going all in. In essence, Ted Cruz let them burn through their cash while he looked at the long game.
Republican voters who feel that stopping illegal immigration is important tend to believe Donald Trump’s rhetoric instead of looking at the actual plans. It’s not even close. Trump is strong against immigration, but he’s not even close to being the strongest.
It seems that just about every pundit is looking at Donald Trump’s poll numbers and assuming that he’ll win New Hampshire. He probably will, but the real question will be whether or not he gets the 30% of the vote that the polls are showing or if he’ll dramatically under-perform like he did in Iowa.
A common claim by Donald Trump and his supporters is that he was talking about building a wall before the other GOP candidates, Ted Cruz in particular. This is 100% false. Ted Cruz was defending the building of the border wall to a series of moderators in July, 2012. At that point, Trump was on record as still supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants.
For months, we’ve heard through anecdotes that Marco Rubio is a “programmed” candidate, one who is incredible at delivering very specific talking points but who crumbles once those talking points are exhausted. We saw this first hand for the during the latest GOP Debate when he repeated the same talking point four or five times. Even Chris Christie took note and called him out on it in the middle of his talking point.
In this hectic political season, it’s easy for those of us who follow both conservative politics and Judeo-Christian doctrine to lean towards politics. As I write this on the Sabbath, I find my mind drifting towards politics. The two don’t have to exist as mutually exclusive components in our lives. The separation of church and state doesn’t have to exist in our own minds. For this reason, it’s important to discuss how faith plays a role in elections.
As President of The Heritage Foundation, a powerful conservative think tank, former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint can’t endorse a GOP candidate at this time. So early in the race, it would be inappropriate and damage the credibility of his organization. However, he can tell Republicans what he would like to see in the next President. In doing so, he precisely described one candidate: Ted Cruz.
If Hillary Clinton is able to win the Democratic nomination for President, she’ll have two major vulnerabilities: depravity and a lack of accomplishments. Unfortunately for Republicans, Marco Rubio suffers from one of the two vulnerabilities himself, making his nomination a problem in the general election.
He said he was a winner. He said, “Believe me, I’ll fix the problems and make us rich again.” He had bold ideas that were often considered to be taboo by the establishment. He pitched his successes in business as the core reason that he had what it took to be the strong leader they needed. “He” was Donald Trump and his pitch was to become the leader of an airline.