A 2016 Presidential Clown Car: A Wrestler, A Shock Jock, A Comb Over, And New Republicans?

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The disappointing results of the last Presidential election are still fresh on the minds of many conservatives. Perhaps that’s why many people can’t stop talking about possible Presidential contenders for 2016. Headlines this week have brought Americans who care to look ahead to 2016 two longshot possible contenders: Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and mogul Donald Trump.

During a handful of recent speaking engagements and media appearances, Ventura has dropped hints that he will throw his hat into the 2016 race as an Independent candidate. The former Governor complained during a recent CNN appearance with Piers Morgan that third party candidates were unfairly left out of debates during the last election cycle. It’s possible that the wrestler-turned-Governor is getting an early jump on the Presidential conversation in a bid to help secure a third party podium on the debate stage.

While Ventura has previously been known to use the idea of running for office, without ever actually running, to create media buzz around himself since his departure from public office in 2003, recent remarks from the former Governor indicate that he believes it will be the best time for a third party renaissance.

“The key to this next election I think will be a candidate who doesn’t belong to a political party and who has the ability to rise above the mainstream and get the press, which I’ve never had a problem doing,” Ventura said, according to The Associated Press.

Jesse Ventura has indicated that he may run for President as an Independent, alongside Howard Stern.

The longshot candidate says if he were elected, his first order of business would be to close the military prison in Guantanamo Bay and return the naval base to Cuba before working on a strongly anti-war foreign policy agenda.

If Ventura is serious about a run, a defamation lawsuit against the widow of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is likely to hurt his image immensely.

The suit stems from a passage in Kyle’s book “American Sniper” in which he alleged he knocked Ventura to the ground during a fight for speaking ill of the Nation and its troops.

“He was bad-mouthing the war, bad-mouthing (former President) Bush, bad-mouthing America,” Kyle told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in an interview before his death.

“He told us that we were killing innocent people over there, men women children, that we were murders [sic],” Kyle said, saying he told the Governor to watch his mouth.

“And then he said that we deserved to lose a few guys.”

Since Kyle was tragically murdered, killed by a gunman at a charity shooting event last February, Ventura has asked the court to substitute the fallen SEAL’s widow as the defendant in the case so that he can clear his name.

Ventura would also have a problem being taken seriously if his reported top choice of running mate opts to be on the Presidential ticket: The former Governor has expressed interest in running alongside radio shock jock Howard Stern.

In an interview with Breitbart, Trump said it’s still too early for him to know for sure if he’s up for Presidential politicking but that his friends are urging him to run.

“I have so many different friends and people that want me to do it. But it’s really too early. But it’s something that somebody is going to have to do because our country is in serious, serious trouble,” he said.

The businessman, who would presumably run as a GOP candidate, said Republicans must get a “true believer”—someone more charismatic and personable than Mitt Romney—on the ticket if the Party ever hopes to win.

“I think the Republicans are going to have to really be careful because most likely they’ll be running against Hillary [Clinton in 2016],” Trump said. “Now, it’s again, very early, and if they don’t pick the right candidate, they are just not going to have even a little chance.”

“They better be true to themselves, and to the country, because if they’re not true to themselves and the country, it’s going to be a very, very embarrassing election in 2016.”

Donald Trump delivering remarks during the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in March. Credit: UPI

As the longshot candidates provide eye-roll-worthy headline fodder, a battle in the Nation’s legislative chambers between old guard and “wackobird” Republicans may be a better indicator of what a 2016 GOP bid will look like. As Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) continues to express vocal disdain for his more libertarian-thinking junior legislative counterparts, those “wackobirds”—Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) among them—continue to insist on pushing the small government Tea Party agendas that got them into office.

On Tuesday, McCain took to the Senate floor to criticize spending-averse Republicans for holding up House-Senate budget talks.

“I want to tell my colleagues that continue to do this that, with my strenuous objections, the majority will become frustrated and the majority can change the rules of the Senate,” McCain said. “They can do that.”

“Sometimes when I hear my colleagues here talk about how they are Ronald Reagan Republicans— I don’t think Ronald Reagan would have disagreed we should have a budget,” he went on.

Perhaps the most visible disquiet between the two factions of the Republican Party has been Paul and McCain verbally jousting about foreign policy over the past several months.

Disagreements between Senators Rand Paul and John McCain highlight GOP ideological confusion.

Following the elder Senator’s widely criticized trip to visit Syrian rebels on Memorial Day, Paul mused that McCain’s unfortunate photo op with terror-linked rebels underscores the folly of American engagement in the conflict.

“I’m very worried about getting involved in a new war in Syria,” Paul said, because while President Bashar al-Assad is “a bad guy,” Americans must realize that the rebels are tied to al-Qaida and terrorist al-Nusra.

“They say ‘there are some pro-Western people, and we’re going to vet them,’ well apparently we had a Senator over there who had his picture taken with some kidnappers, so I don’t know how good a job we’re doing vetting those who are going to get the arms,” he went on.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • independent thinker

    It is past time for McCain to be put out to pasture.

    • independent thinker

      I take that back. McCain has been in the pasture eating loco weed for too long. Now he needs to be penned and fed straw and GOM corn from Monsanto.

      • independent thinker

        Oops that should be GMO corn.

  • peter

    The thought of another Clinton in the Whitehouse is destined to produce nightmares of epic proportions! Will the people ever learn? How can Americans entertain the thought of voting for another such candidate, who wouldn’t recognize the truth if it bit her in her more than ample butt. God must surely be a stand up comedian if he allows that to happen. Excuse me while I go and pray that that never occurs.

  • dan

    How many Libertarians even believe in the electoral process after this last debacle?

    • Warrior

      None. All one has to do is view how crook county politics is run. Your election choice is the pre-ordained “progressive democrat” or stay home. The typical turnout of “registered voters” is 43%. Will this ultimately be the fate of the whole country? “progressive democrats” are doing everything in their power to produce these same results. If you know anything about crook county politics, you know that all these shenanigans by the irs, justice dept, and every other dept currently under “progressive control” is involved in eliminating opposition. It is their “platform” and they are all “complicit”. It is Way Past Time to dispose of ALL “progressives”.

      • rendarsmith

        The only way they can advance their agenda is through unethical means and coercion.

  • Robbie

    Clown Car indeed. Has the G.O.P. learned NOTHING? They ran a bunch of clowns last time with Mitt being the least silly. Going by the names – like Trump – in the above article a Hilary Clinton or Joe Biden presidency looks pretty much like a sure thing.

    • Doc Sarvis

      A GOP candidate for President needs two things, suck up to the Conservative Minority of the party and money (hence Romney). While Democratic candidates need money (or the ability to get money) as well, they also need a good policy footing for America.

      • momo

        The Democratic plan is simple, make everyone poor, promise the poor government handouts, keep getting elected, works like a charm.

        • Doc Sarvis

          Please tell me where I can see the “plan” you reference.
          From what I’ve seen, the Democratic Party has been trying to cut taxes for the middle class and promote job growth, and the rich keep getting richer.

          • rendarsmith

            When have they tried to cut taxes for the middle class or for anybody? When have they tried to cut spending? I’m middle class and I’m taking less pay home this year than I was last year due to increased social security tax.

          • momo

            The number of people on food stamps has doubled, or haven’t you noticed. Cutting taxes? Wait till Obamacare hits, in the words of a leading DEMOCRATIC senator “It will be a train wreck.” Imagine that, and they voted for it anyway, but I guess they’ve read it now. So if the moron running the country is all for job growth, how come we barely get enough new jobs every month to tread water? And why, pray tell, do the rich keep getting richer under this “progressive administration”?

          • Doc Sarvis

            So you admit that not everyone is getting poor contradicting your previous post.

          • MichaelLust

            That wasn’t so much a contradiction as an exception to the earlier sweeping generalization. But who really means EVERYONE when they use that word? It is reasonably understood to mean “most people”, or even “almost everyone”.

          • MichaelLust

            You are blaming the wrong person for the economy, generally… that is all Congress; the President barely has anything to say, much less do, about it. But as to Obamacare, your implicit warning is right on the money. Compelling everyone to buy health insurance will have a number of unfortunate effects, but the first and most inevitable is that insurance costs will skyrocket.

          • Rbsplace

            Guess you can’t see very well then. The first thing working Americans got the first of this year was a 2% tax increase. Next year it’s a massive tax increase disguised as “health care” all the while unemployment is still high. Underemployment is worse yet. More people are receiving food aid and disability than ever in the history of our country. Food prices are up 50%, fuel prices about the same. Energy costs have skyrocketed while the “right” rich are made richer by more “investment”in green energy that doesn’t work.

  • me

    even if jesse had a chance he blew it picking the pervert stern

  • Dave

    I guess nobody say the clown car of GOP candidates in 2012

    2 idiots, 2 religious zealots, a libertarian with no clue about international economics, 2 moderates (what were they doing there?) and a corporate raider/whore. And shocker… the Corp raider/whore won the nomination.

    The GOP will have to try hard to outdo the lame excuses for candidates they put forth in the last election

  • Deerinwater

    Hmm? ~ News to me ! I hope ` the GOP can do better than that. If they ever plan to win an election , they will have too. ~ Why select a dawg that won’t hunt just because you like him?

  • TheSilverRanger

    The sad thing is, I actually would vote for Ventura/Stern if they ran. Hell, with the circus shows that Howard Stern has on his show, he actually looks and acts like he has plenty of brains in his head. Unless someone’s willing to prove me wrong.