In case you haven’t heard, all signs are pointing to Mitt Romney running for president in 2016. Yes, the same Romney who orchestrated one of the worst campaigns in modern presidential history and really only won the nomination because his closest challengers were Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich – that’s who’s thinking of running again.
Not only that, but all signs are pointing to Jeb Bush running in 2016 as well. And if poll numbers are to be believed, Romney and Bush are the two “strongest candidates” the GOP will field this next presidential election.
Really? Two individuals who haven’t been in politics in years (one who’s already run for president a couple of times and failed) are the best candidates the GOP can come up with? And let’s not forget about the “don’t have a shot in hell” likely prospects such as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee. I think at this point New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has all but given up on running in 2016. If he does, I would be surprised.
Let’s face it, Romney is a leading candidate because there are some Republicans who secretly agree with me that this country will not elect another Bush anytime soon (if ever) and the other candidates are just train wrecks waiting to happen.
And those who are lining up to get behind Bush are just looking for anyone who might be able to put up a decent fight against Hillary Clinton because all the other candidates are being destroyed by her in most early 2016 polls. Being that name recognition does help out a great deal in politics, they’re making the calculated bet that Jeb’s last name might swing some voters over to his side.
But the fact that the best two candidates the GOP can come up with are Bush and Romney, after all these years to groom someone for the next presidential election, speaks volumes for the state of their party. And while some might say the same about Hillary, it’s been practically a forgone conclusion that when she didn’t win in 2008 she was going to run again in 2016. So it’s not as if “she’s all Democrats could find,” she’s pretty much been the candidate most Democrats have supported for years. Whereas Romney and Bush have basically just become frontrunners the last few months.
I absolutely cannot wait for the 2016 presidential election – especially the GOP primaries. While 2012 was possibly one of the most entertaining primary seasons in United States history (for all the wrong reasons for Republicans), the absurdity we see from these candidates in 2016 might be even better.