Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Presidential candidate packs looking ridiculously nondescript these days

I have to make a confession – I am a political writer who finds the upcoming election cycle for U.S. president to have the potential to be an absolute dud.

The upcoming presidential candidate field ...
Much has been made of the fact that the Republican field of presidential dreamers is overloaded with a pack of guys (and one woman, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina) who have strong enough flaws that a blowhard like Donald Trump actually has the lead in various polls.

THEN AGAIN, WHEN there are 17 candidates who have expressed interest, it doesn’t take much support to have the lead. It could easily turn out that the bulk of GOP voters turn against Trump – who may already have all the support he’s going to get.

But I don’t exactly think that Democrats have any wrap on the general election coming up in just under 15 months.

It may well be that one-time first lady and Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton gets the party’s nomination, only to have all the past negativity that existed toward the Clinton name (both her and former president Bill) come back to whack her.

Take her down and make it possible for a flawed Republican to win the general election.

I HONESTLY BELIEVE that Trump and his over-bloated ego are intense enough that he’s going to be an Election Day factor. I see him more as the independent campaign because he won’t want no stinkin’ political party telling him what he ought to do!

My bottom line is that I don’t have a clue as to who could win. Clinton for the Dems, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for the GOP and Trump as the “none of the above” kind of candidate?

... has all the potential to be something  ...
It could happen. But who’s to say?

To me, the biggest question is the Democratic field. I find it intriguing that the two challengers with the strongest chance of beating Hillary are a pair of guys who aren’t even amongst the unofficial five candidates currently seeking the post.

IT IS ODD that the sitting Vice President isn’t among the five. Although I’m not sure Joe Biden is that strong a candidate. He ought to feel fortunate that the scandals of a couple of decades ago that damaged his political reputation seem to have been erased by him being Barack Obama’s “number two” guy.

And as for former Vice President Al Gore? He had his chance 15 years ago. Which is why I’m glad he’s not actively seeking the post.

Yet those two are bigger names and would draw stronger support than the other four Dems wishing to take on Clinton.

... only political geeks care about
I find the thought of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who campaigned in Chicago Monday night, to be intriguing – in the same way that Paul Tsongas (the former Massachusetts senator) was a curious sight for about five minutes before he faded away into obscurity.

AS FOR THE other Democrats – former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee – they may not be as strong as Sanders.

All of those “formers” included in their political descriptions make them sound like a batch of guys running for president because they have nothing better to do now. They need a job, and a place to live – both of which come along with the “presidential” title.

OBAMA: Not appreciated now
The only thing that may be as weak as the Republican candidate field is the Democratic one – maybe not as buffoonish, but still not the best of choices.

Which could well be the factual basis behind President Obama’s off-the-cuff comment from last month that he could “win a third term if I ran again.” More a sad commentary on the weak crop of candidates we have now; or evidence that we won’t appreciate Obama’s presidency until it is over and done with.


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