I brought this up on “Q with a View” last night, and it stuck with me, so I thought I’d flesh it out a bit in writing.
One of the themes heading into 2015 was what a strong bench the GOP had (compared to the Democrats.) Ultimately 17 candidates threw their hat into the race:
- 5 former Governors
- 4 sitting Governors
- 4 sitting Senators
- 1 former Senator
- 1 World-renowned Neuro Surgeon
- 1 Former Fortune 100 CEO
- 1 Billionaire Businessman/Reality TV Show Star
They were geographically diverse (with solid ties to NY, FL, VA, NJ, WI, MI, AR, LA, KY, TX, CA, SC, PA & OH). They were demographically diverse (2 Hispanic candidates, 1 African American, 1 Indian, 1 woman, and, as my co-host Jason Dibler rightly noted, age-diverse, ranging from age 44 to age 7o).
Now, personally, I’d submit that this was a decent lot. However, ‘twould seem that familiarity breeds contempt; and if it doesn’t, preference for one often leads to it as to others. But assuming, as some contend, that this roster constitutes a sorry gaggle, I must ask: Who wouldn’t/doesn’t? Who fits the bill in terms of not being a lousy candidate for President?