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2016: The Question And Answer

July 9, 2013 by  

Sarah Palin speaks at get-out-the-vote rally in Anaheim, California

In a recent piece for American Thinker, author Michael Sheppard asked: “Bush/Palin 2016: the GOP’s Only Chance?” Now, Sheppard is a bright fellow; and I’m sure he’ll find a way to endure the slings and arrows of my outrageous critique when I say: Not just “no,” but hell no. And my response to Sheppard’s question is particularly negative, especially considering the Bush to whom he’s referring is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

While President George W. Bush (whose approval ratings are now better than those boasted by President Barack Obama) might compare as favorably with Obama as a bacon cheeseburger does with one of those faux-meat patties vegans pretend to enjoy, there’s no question that he was a far sight from Presidential prime rib. Under Bush, we endured No Child Left Behind, “too big to fail,” the Iraq war and a host of other enormously expensive programs that served to expand the Federal waistline like the buffet at Paula Deen’s restaurants. Given Obama’s ongoing demonstration of even more grotesque governmental gluttony, I feel quite comfortable saying a return to Bush would be better than a continuation of Obama — but not by much. I suspect I can make no such statement in reference to his younger brother.

Thus, let’s call the potential candidacy of Jeb Bush what it is: a giant leap backward. It’s not just that he represents the nanny-state expansions of the past couple of decades, which have created few worthwhile benefits while exacting a heavy toll of side effects. As a Nation, we are more divided by race, class and pure partisanship than we ever have been before. As they have demonstrated innumerable times, the Democrats are not disturbed by such societal fault lines. In fact, they revel in them, encourage them and exploit them whenever possible. Thus, it falls to the Republicans to rectify the statist excesses of the past few years. That suggests — nay, requires — an abandonment of the mistakes of the past. At the very least, it’s hard to rally behind a guy who can’t even earn the endorsement of his own mother.

In 2008, the GOP offered a candidate whose moderate stances would presumably boost his electability. Within weeks, conservative disappointment in Senator John McCain had grown loud enough to instill panic in the Republican ranks. Without acknowledging the fact that they were repudiating their own strategy, they welded the much more conservative Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, to the Arizona Senator.

But it wasn’t enough. Palin spent most of the 2008 election battling a Democratic Party that relates to independent women with all the warmth and gender-sensitivity of the Taliban. Any cache Palin might have delivered to the ticket was negated by the constant stream of anti-woman invective the left deployed against her and failed to compensate for the weakness of her would-be boss.

As much as I might recognize Palin’s potential positives as a member of a party’s Presidential ticket, I can’t help but notice the dreadfully shallow learning curve necessary to intentionally repeat the 2008 defeat. Jeb Bush is certainly not a bad person; but he’s struck from the same mold that produced not only McCain/Palin 2008, but Romney/Ryan 2012. The latter pair came up short against a scandal-plagued, grossly incompetent Obama Administration that has propped itself up with lapdog media and a quasi-official war on the Bill of Rights.

If the Republicans choose to proffer yet another candidate based on some misguided concept of electability, then they deserve to lose. Likewise, should they try to mitigate their candidate’s massive shortcomings with a transparent stunt like attaching a more conservative running mate to their man’s side, then they deserve to lose big.

And if that doesn’t convince them to choose the political path less taken, then perhaps this will: Clinton/Obama 2016. That’s: Hillary Clinton/Michelle Obama 2016.

–Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • won5vin

    No way, Bush is a non starter and sorry to say, Palin is still an effectice supporter but ruined her reputation (forever?) by supporting John Mccain over J.D. Hayworth.

  • Ron r

    Palin ruined herself because age a dumb ass and very devisive. In short, that lady is an idiot.

  • Suede

    No more Bushes. Palin can’t win either.

  • shadow1776

    If this country some how survives Obama, there is NO WAY, it could survive Clinton. We mite as well launch our nukes straight up and end it quick. If the Government doesn’t turn around and straighten up. Then we the people will have some tough decisions ahead.

  • Dr. Joseph A. Barbier

    The is a reasonable possibility that you may be correct. I personally believe that the Republican Party should pick either Walker, Rubio or Cruz for President and find another WOMAN as a VICE PRESIDENTIAL candidate that does not have the fly paper syndrome with liberals. I think the Republicans would be better off if PALIN ran for the SENATE. But, I have been making suggestions to the party for years to no avail. FOLKS you get more with honey that vinegar.

  • Diane Loewen

    Commentary all sounds appropriate, but criticism is worthless without offering an alternative. We are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Who would you recommend, who would be conservative, work to preserve our Constitutional rights, represent the best interests of the American people, and still be electable?

  • Brian

    How about a Paul/Rubio ticket?!

    Eventually the government employee list will exceed the 50% mark of citizen and illegal voters in the US… Therefore the beast will devour itself because you can’t vote your own job away… That would be personal economic suicide!

    Can we please offer an orientation for being elected as a public servant….. Just to let these people have the first idea of what their job is… Like maybe reading a law, before voting for it?! Or hand them a constitution so they can understand their job description, and how this position they were voted to represent is supposed to work…. I’d be in favor of even sending all representatives to a 6 grade social studies class so the kids could teach them their jobs before they swear into them….. Speaking of that…. While at the 6 grade social studies class… They can move next door the the English class, so they have a chance of understanding the easy language of the constitution.

    Just a suggestion.

    NSA….. My name is Brian…. And this communication is unencrypted…. But well worth keeping on file… In case you need to learn something later, to do your job correctly! :).

  • shadow1776

    Maybe Hillary will have brain clot and save us from her corruptio. In 2016

  • America Erwache

    What is the GOP’s obsession with a corpse like candidacy? That ticket would never win. It’s time for a credible nationalist movement in this country. Also, I would agree with the idea of a Paul/Rubio ticket if Rubio had not voted to swamp the U.S. with more illegal third worlders. You guys must understand that the old guard of the Republican Party i.e. Lyndsey Graham, John McCain, Oren Hatch, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and especially that fat slob Karl Rove, do not like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and the newer additions to the GOP. The old guard undermines any true conservatives or libertarians that make way into the party. If we have any chance in 2016, we need to purge the GOP of these fake conservatives and traitors.


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