What Can Republicans Hope For In 2016?

Rand Paul: He is definitely running in 2016. Much of his time is now spent talking about his policies and what kind of leadership the country needs. If he did run for the nomination, he would almost certainly get it (and probably lose to Hillary Clinton, unfortunately, who is most definitely running). The only thing that poses a risk to his nomination in the GOP primaries is if he missteps in this immigration balancing act he just commenced the other day in holding the same position on the matter that Senator Marco Rubio held a month ago, which is essentially a compromise of amnesty for all illegals currently living here after the US-Mexico border is sealed. If Paul goes the way of Rubio, though, changing his mind to say that border security will come after amnesty, he could probably kiss his candidacy goodbye.

Chris Christie: He is not definitely running for president, but it’s very likely. He was just on Jimmy Fallon’s program to “slow jam” the news, but while schmoozing it up on talk shows is common practice for politicians intending to climb the political ladder, Christie has always been pretty unpredictable. Even though he is considered a RINO, he’s still conservative on fiscal matters (and very successful, as conservatism always is), with high approval ratings not only in his state, but nationally. And since, after eight years of Obama pretending to try to fix the economy, the economy will probably still be the major issue in 2016, Christie might actually be the one who could beat Clinton. Still, I think I might end up voting for Clinton if the other option is Christie, if only to give Americans yet another chance to see just how disastrous liberal policies are.

Marco Rubio: Not definitely running for president, but probably. And that’s unfortunate because it will take some of the non-libertarian-leaning voters away from Paul and thus give the nomination victory to someone like…

Jeb Bush: He is probably running for president, but says he’ll make a final, public decision next year. He seems to think that his fluency in Spanish is all the qualification he needs. But there has never been an election in which a son of George H. W. Bush has been on the ticket and lost. That is probably a coincidence and it probably wouldn’t hold true in a match-up against Clinton. As terrific a man, personally, as his brother George W. is, America does not–does not–want another Bush in the White House. There is too much of a stigma attached to the name now after the Democrats’ successful mass-hypnosis in the form of history revision.

Rick Santorum: He says he’s considering another run, and I think there is a good chance he’ll go for it, egged on by his belief that it’s his “turn” since he was the last standing Republican in the 2012 GOP primary other than Mitt Romney. But Santorum believes in tax breaks for certain industries and not for others. This is called picking winners and losers and is the opposite of conservatism. Also, he doesn’t know how to explain his policies without getting angry and contorting his face and sounding like a nagging—er, spouse. But he got so close to scoring the nomination last year, he very well could pull it off again in 2016.

I remember when Glenn Beck said he thought Barack Obama’s winning the 2008 election was better for the country than had John McCain won, and I thought he was insane. But now I know what he meant and I agree with him. I have the same sentiments about a Hillary Clinton presidency compared to pretty much anyone else except for a carefully balanced Rand Paul.