The Republicans Of 2016
September 1st, 2013 | T. Carter
Hillary Clinton will most definitely be the Democratic candidate in 2016. While the Democrats try to make their divisions over Obamacare seem like Republican propaganda, the GOP will be trying to heal its own divisions. So far, the divisions run very deep and some conservatives feel that a consistently strong candidate will finally unite the party against a growing leftist monstrosity that pedals racism, prejudice, and filth to meet its political ends. The libertarian wing of the GOP has been hit with criticisms from inside the party, like from Chris Christie, who recently called libertarianism "dangerous". Republicans like Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, have hit back. It could be during the 2016 Republican primaries that these divisions finally get resolved when a single candidate takes the party's factions to task by forcing them to choose a side.
Defeating Clinton and her Obama Replay will be what unites the country's conservatives, giving them the ability to finally put the Democrats in their place. Which side of the Republican party wins the party's leadership will be instrumental in such a defeat. A traditional, hardline social conservative who opposes gay marriage, immigration reform, and libertarian principles will likely fail to defeat the left. Now is the time for Republicans to take a risk and elect a consistent, principled conservative who stands by small government in both social and fiscal issues.
Let's meet the Republicans of 2016.
He made the news for his Canadian citizenship, provoking Democrats into launching their own "birther" arguments. Cruz is known and hated by conservatives and liberals alike. According to some of his Princeton foes and friends, the Ted Cruz we know today hasn't changed a bit from the Ted Cruz of Princeton. His Princeton Undergrad Thesis was entitled "Clipping The Wings Of Angels" and he is one of the Tea Party's favorite candidates. The release of his birth certificate hints that his intention to run in 2016 is serious. A Cruz candidacy is sure to polarize Americans in the very same way George W. Bush's candidacy did in 2000, but that could prove to be a winner due to Cruz's growing profile and his strong, consistent conservative views.
He is the governor of New Jersey and probably closer to the center on issues than Mitt Romney. He's loud and honest, which could prove fatal or beneficial in a run against a shrewd Democrat like Hillary Clinton. Criticized for his weight by the left and criticized for his moderate position and support for Obama on key issues by Republicans, Christie has the potential to turn the Republican party away from libertarianism and toward permanent decline -- which would be a bad thing for the party during America's ongoing evolution toward social liberalism. Chances of a Christie run in 2016 are high, as he became a favorite for pundits like Ann Coulter in 2012.
John Ellis "Jeb" Bush
Popular in Florida after serving two successful terms as governor, Bush is also a favorite among much of Florida's Latino population. As W. Bush's popularity starts to climb following five unsuccessful and increasingly unpopular Obama years, the thought of another Bush taking possession of the White House is becoming more favorable. Jeb has always been known as a smarter, more articulate, and mature version of his younger brother George and a strong advocate of literacy and education reform. The Democrat's standard ploy to label him a racist won't work, since Jeb's wife, Columba, is a native of Mexico.
He has been promoted by Time magazine as the new Republican hero, which makes his candidacy less appealing to the Republican party's less mainstream members. He is a descendant of Cuban immigrants, which makes him a favorite among the Republican establishment, which seeks to position the party as Latino-friendly and open to minorities. His brother-in-law was convicted of drug trafficking and his comments about his parents being exiles who fled Castro were exaggerated, creating the potential for too many scandals on the campaign trail in 2016. Although his positions on immigration are difficult for the Democrats to attack, Rubio could be more dangerous to the Republicans than Chris Christie.
Randal "Rand" Paul
In 2012, the Republican party came closer to revolution than it ever has when Ron Paul enticed young voters across the country with his libertarianism and anti-war rhetoric. The revolution ended prematurely when the establishment kept its grip on the party and nominated Mitt Romney. Ron Paul's son has since taken over where his father left off. When Chris Christie condemned libertarianism as dangerous, Rand Paul fought back. The left has tried to raise strawman arguments to smear Paul, but not even they have worked to discourage him or his followers. Rand Paul has a lot of work to do to win his own party's nomination, but if he can do what his father did and entice young voters, the impossible could become possible.
Let's just write this one off. He has already said he is going to run again in 2016, but no one really seems confident that he has a chance of winning the Republican nomination.
If anyone has a big chance of winning over the libertarians and social conservatives of the Republican party, it is former Vice Presidential nominee, Paul Ryan. He has kept his profile low since he and Romney lost the election, but rumors suggest that Ryan may be planning another bid, this time for the Presidential nomination. His strong, fiscally conservative, small government conservatism could do what's needed to bring all of the Republican factions together in unity. His oratory skills are up to rank with Obama and he is more than competent enough to defeat Clinton in every debate.