Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Unelectable

Ted Cruz has declared his intention to run for President. One of the talk radio hosts , Todd Schnitt, listed him as "Unelectable". He may be right, Mr. Cruz may be too conservative to win the general election. Mr. Schnitt listed some other possible candidates as well and discussed their electability.

I think Mr. Schnitt missed something in his assessments. That would be the question of a GOP candidate too liberal to be elected. Mitt Romney fell into that category. A nominally Republican governor of a very liberal state, in favor of big government solutions, gun control, and government managed health care, he could not get the Republican base out to vote for him.

I held my nose and voted for McCain. I could not do it for Romney, even with Ryan as his running mate. I certainly am not the only one. The Republican candidate needs to be acceptable enough to conservatives or he will lose.

As Mr. Schnitt pointed out, the Republican candidate needs to be acceptable enough to some Democrats or he will lose.

Whether a Republican Presidential candidate with any sort could be elected is increasingly the question. The ever shifting voter demographics for the general election might suggest that the answer is no.

10 comments:

Glen Filthie said...

Well as a Canuck watching our best friends to the south slowly going mentally ill...to me it's pretty simple.

You KNOW what you are going to get with Billary...which is more debt, higher taxes and higher unemployment. Other sore points probably include more illegal immigration, more concessions to the middle east mad mullahs, and certainly more corruption.

Until the conservatives and libertarians mend fences ... that is pretty much what you're stuck with.

I personally think the libertarians and tea partiers are much better off with conservatives...and that if they keep going the way they're headed they will end up with no enemies on the left and no friends on the right. It is a recipe for failure and disaster for everyone.

Old NFO said...

Maybe he'll at least keep the others honest.

Borepatch said...

Let's see: GHW Bush loses in 1992

Bob Dole loses in 1996

GW Bush barely wins in 2000

John McCain loses in 2008

Mitt Romney loses in 2012, in a race where Mussolini could have beaten Obama.

So what's that guy's point? If Cruz is too conservative, he can't get the nomination? The evidence shows that the liberal GOP nominee can't win either.

Not sure what to think about Cruz, other than I like him better than anyone on the list here.

B said...

Running folks like Romney is a sure fire way to lose. No one has tried a Real Conservative. Might be that if they tried running a Real Conservative as an alternative to Liberal and Less Liberal, they might find that people could support and get behind that message and candidate. But when given the choice between DNC and Less-DNC, they really don't have a clear choice.

James Zachary said...



There is a chance he will lose but the views of Cruz are what I would choose.

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matism said...

With the way the Rove Republican swill in Congress have acted since the 2014 landslide, why would ANYONE even consider voting for a GOP candidate ever again? They are nothing more than the other end of the same steaming turd as the Democrats. The soap box is gone, and the ballot box is fraudulent and corrupted. That only leaves the bullet box...

Paul Bonneau said...

Let's see, who do I prefer? Both R and D candidates support socialism, but at least D's are honest about it. Both R and D candidates support imperialism and endless war, but at least R's are honest about it. Both R and D candidates hate liberty, but at least D's are honest about it. And one more thing, D's are MUCH better gun salesmen than R's can ever be.

I don't know... with the choice between fascist-flavored socialism, and socialist-flavored fascism, not voting sounds like the correct solution here; but if I was forced to vote for some reason it would have to be for the D.

kotetu said...

Paul D's are not honest about it. They go ballistic if you use the S word. Then they call you a racist. Then demand you turn out your pockets and deliver your fair share to the unthinking masses so they can get re-elected. But it's not socialism, you hear?!!?

I'm convinced we'll see a total melt down and very harsh despotism rise up here in the land of the free. All in the name of what is good for us, of course.

Expect to see all printed works - especially histories - start to vanish in favor of electronic versions. The memory hole is only useful if you have control of the data.

Comrade Misfit said...

No one has tried a Real Conservative.

Barry Goldwater, maybe? He was beaten like a thrift-store gong.

Whether a Republican Presidential candidate with any sort could be elected is increasingly the question. The ever shifting voter demographics for the general election might suggest that the answer is no.

Which is why the GOP is looking into gerrymandering the Electoral College.

kx59 said...

Former VP candidate Ryan hasn't turned out to be such a staunch conservative either has he...

Agreed, Cruz has a very long row to hoe.

The other end of the spectrum is Jeb. gak. Sorry I threw up there a little bit.
Choose your poison.