Of the Republican candidates, likely and unlikely, for President, who should run for what (I’m ignoring term limits in this little exercise)? I’m also doubling up on some positions because, primaries. Here’s my thumb nailed early list, alphabetically sorted.
Effective conservative governor. Regardless of his views on Common Core, the race should not be about one issue. Regardless of his views on legalization of illegal immigrants, immigration is a thing that needs to be settled—all three legs. Bush reduced taxes, while balancing Florida’s budgets, by some $19 billion over his time in office. That ain’t peanuts.
Ben Carson—US Senate
Strong Conservative, but he’s not ready for the White House. He wants political seasoning first—as our current President is demonstrating, in spades.
Effective governor. He’s not suited for national level politics, though. He, and New Jersey, are better off if he stays home and finishes fixing New Jersey.
Ted Cruz—US Senator
Too polarizing, too much his way or the highway. He’s good for keeping Senate balanced and debating, though.
Carly Fiorina—Vice President
Not ready for the top of the White House; however, she understands and communicates effectively Conservative principles.
Effective governor, not so effective on the national level. Alternatively, he can go back to being a vocal private citizen commenting on Conservative principles.
Effective conservative policies, unafraid of a fight, vastly improved communicator since 2012. He may well not be fully checked out on national level politics, but he’s close enough to take very seriously.
Sarah Palin—US Senate
Strong Conservative, and she would be excellent Senator. She tried for Vice President once; she’s too damaged by McCain’s dysfunctional campaign to have a serious shot at either White House position.
Rand Paul—US Senator
Too polarizing, and his foreign policies views are evolving suspiciously (to my paranoid pea brain). Like Cruz, though, he’s good for keeping Senate balanced and debating.
Rick Perry—Vice President
Effective Conservative governor. I could not love Perry less, loved I not Walker, Jindal, and Bush more. He would be good President, but a President needs a strong Vice President, too. In fact, of these four, any would be good President, any of the other three would be a good Vice President.
Marco Rubio—Vice President
Not ready for the top of the White House, but he knows the Senate; he could elevate the Vice President’s role there very effectively.
Rick Santorum—US Senator
Too socially conservative, occasionally too shrill for national level success.
Donald Trump—Chairman, Sit Down and Shut Up Committee
Country needs an effective man/woman, not an egotistical blowhard. Considering egotistical blowhards, Trump is indistinguishable from Barack Obama.
Strong Conservative, successful Conservative governor. Not afraid of a fight with the Left, knows how to win those fights.