So, where does that leave us? How does the rest of the field stack up?
I reject Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio out of hand. They're from Florida, and Florida is an enclave of widows of retired toolmakers, displaced Cubans, and political criminals. Florida is a State that will pass a "Stand Your Ground" law and then prosecute a George Zimmerman for murder because he "stood his ground." The State is mired in such a mud hole of political corruption that anyone from south of the Georgia line is not only suspect – they are guilty by association.
You know my feelings about Carly Fiorina from yesterday's post. She is a ruthless, merciless corporate barracuda. If she enriched herself at the expense, first of Hewlett-Packard customers and then of Hewlett-Packard shareholders, imagine what she would do to the American People if we gave her the chance.
Chris Christie is an up-East politician who smells very much like a RINO. He's been scripted by his handlers to say the right things, but once in office he would revert to the political animal he is, with the rampant corruption and cronyism that characterizes New Jersey politics.
Rand Paul, frankly, lacks the maturity to be President . If you can't keep your cool with a TV interrogator, you don't have the emotional stability to go face to face with Vladimir Putin.
Donald Trump is a product of blue collar Long Island, raised in Queens and educated in the Bronx. He brings a realistic, no-nonsense perspective to politics, and he brings a brash and refreshing working class candor to the namby-pamby dancing-around-the-elephant-in the-room discourse that has come to characterize modern political posturing. Donald trump is still very much a working class man. He's more successful at it than most people, but everything he has he built himself. He knows how to create wealth and he knows how to create jobs. Donald Trump employs more people than most State governments.
Ben Carson is an obviously brilliant and self-motivated man. He rose from the slums of Detroit to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon, overcoming not only poverty but the temptations of drugs and petty crime in which his youth was immersed. Like Trump's, Carson's is a true Horatio Alger story, and his conservative credentials are impeccable. But I worry about his apparent lack of assertiveness. Where Trump is a builder, Carson is a healer. And as the next President of the United States, charged with dismantling the Socialist-Fascist structures erected over the last eight years, you can't afford to be a nice guy.
Ted Cruz is the genuine article – smart, conservative, and unimpeachable. Ted Cruz really believes what he says and he backs it up with positive action in his role of U.S. Senator from Texas. I believe Senator Cruz is the candidate best equipped to dismantle Obamanation and set this country back on a true Constitutional course.
But of course I'm from Texas, and it is still early in the game. We're more than a year out from November 2016. And remember that four years ago at this time, Fred Thompson looked like a good bet to win the Republican nomination.