Growing Unease Over GOP Presidential Choices
There are signs of growing unease among Republican Party insiders about the finalists in the Presidential nomination sweepstakes. There’s talk of persuading another Republican to jump into the fray, but, a former RNC Chairman says that would not work.
Unhappy with the current crop of Republican presidential contenders, some conservative opinion leaders and Republican activists, including Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, have argued that it’s not too late for another big-name candidate — such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels — to jump in the race, so long as they do so by early February.
Political analyst Rhodes Cook says despite the obvious difficulties that come with “playing catch-up”, he thinks a well-known GOP figure “could enter the race in early February and still compete directly in states with at least 1,200 of the 2,282 or so GOP delegates. Many of them will be up for grabs after April 1 when statewide winner-take-all is possible.”
Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele doesn’t agree. “There are 13 states after Florida that still have deadlines that are open, that haven’t been reached yet and anyone can jump in — but that means you’re only on the ballot in 13 states.”
Steele went on to say that he thinks “any conversation about having someone else come into this race at this point is not even feasible, it’s just outright stupid.”
Steele says he doesn’t think the GOP base would react positively to what they would perceive as the party’s “establishment” foisting a candidate on them.
So what do you think? If you’re a Republican, can you accept any one of the four remaining candidates in the nomination race?
One of these four men will be the GOP Presidential candidate this year, but are they the best the GOP can come up with? Some people don’t think so.
It is a bit late in the day to even bring this up, but are you hoping that a dark horse candidate will come out of nowhere in the home stretch and get the nomination?