a reply to: 0zzymand0s
Outside the GOP mainstream... does any current candidate of either party resonate outside their party's mainstream?
I think not. I'm no political expert, just another working stiff with an opinion. I will give it a try, though.
Desirable? Ideal? Perhaps. Let's assume neither party has a candidate that resonates outside their party. In which case, that trait becomes a
non-factor, from what I can see.
The GOP Establishment has disaffected it's own "mainstream" by attempting to reach that goal. IMO, they do that by avoiding any issue that would
disaffect a larger body of potential voters...unless the polls show a majority supports that view. I.E. Obamacare, illegal immigration, the Iran
agreement and the like. The result of that disaffection is the Tea Party and Libertarians, Constitution Party and a huge list of candidates.
One only has to look at the number of GOP candidates and then look at the Democrat candidates. The democrats are far more disciplined from an
ideological viewpoint than the GOP. The differences between candidates are virtually semantics in both parties.
Anyone talking much about jobs, debt, economy in general? No one that is a viable/potential winner is in either party.
Trump's anger and diatribe is, at least, completely understandable and almost an "I've had enough and I'm not putting up with it anymore". I
So if appealing across party lines is a non-starter, and it is, because the two parties and their polarization reflect the current culture and voters
So what's left? Issues, track record of the individual, likelihood of electability seems a huge one, financial backing....down-hill from there..
The only un-controlled/unpredictable factor lays in grass-root support. (The pollsters, political experts and pundits never seem to get this one
Bottom line is we aren't getting a candidate that appeals broadly.
All that's left is one's beliefs and who best reflects those beliefs via rhetoric and previous actions/results. That culls the herd massively no
matter which party one supports.
For me, it's Walker...at this point. Do I want Public sector unions destroyed? NO. I do want them to reflect the current economic realities that the
rest of us face and I want one less tail wagging the dog. One should have the right to join a union AND one should also have the right NOT to join a
union. it's called freedom of choice, a basic tenet in our nation.
The union member should have a say in where his dues is spent and not be pressured via losing his union pension or by any other means into following
Are there far more tails wagging the dog? Bigger ones? Of course. This is a start, a good one. (about all that realistically could be done at a state
Like I said...what do I know....
So assuming no cross party resonance, all flawed or disingenuous to some degree or another, what's left?