As the caucus/primary season approaches and the pollsters and pundits are in full-blown analysis mode, one of the campaign ingredients for success is electability- who amidst this gaggle of presidential hopefuls has the ability to win the White House? At this stage in the process it is not an exaggeration to state that none of these guys/gals has gained the confidence of the voters or has a distinct edge over the others.
On the Democratic side Bernie Powers, the socialist from Vermont, is quite simply a socialist, which means his chances of grabbing the golden ring will be difficult, if not impossible. Can you imagine what the conservative donors who fund the Political Action Committees will say about him in the television ads? Being a socialist in a capitalist country is akin to having an atheist running for the highest office in the land.
Then there is Hillary, who has so much baggage from her philandering husband to those high security emails on her personal server to her cozy relationship to Wall Street that her nomination and her victory in November are in serious doubt. If she is not indicted for the email issue, she certainly will be pilloried as untrustworthy, conniving and arrogant. Her negative ratings are way too high to secure victory.
Then there are the Republicans – Trump is an over the top reality television star who has few policy plans, and those he does have are non-starters, if not cuckoo ( the Mexicans are not going to pay for the border wall and banning Muslims from coming to the US breaks just about every international compact that we adhere to). Cruz, despite the fact that he may be ineligible for the presidency, is a smooth talking wingnut who is popular with the fringe but hated by those he will have to work with. Gridlock would only get worse and the mainstream voters know that. Marco Rubio was supposed to be the answer but he is stuck in third place and the more he talks the more he scares people. Chris Christie runs a state that is a basket case, Ben Carson has fallen off the face of the earth, John Kasich is Ohio bland and Jeb Bush, after running through $ 100 million in ads, is in nowhere’s land- when you stoop to having your mother in your commercials it is time to give up.
So there you have it, the cast of presidential unelectables. God Bless the United States of America.