My GOP Presidential Field Synopsis

You are not lacking in sources for GOP debate reviews, candidate profiles, and. CNN, Fox News, ABC, New York Times, the list is endless. So it may seem somewhat useless, but I’m going to take a break from Mending Wall and give you one more.

Why is mine different? I don’t watch the debates for the carefully prepared answers that make for nice sound bites or for the drop mic moments (that’s what the kids call it). Perhaps I’m shallow, but I just watch to see who looks and sounds presidential and is electable. Here’s where we stand three months from primary season.

Let’s start with the leader in the polls, Donald Trump.

Are y’all kidding me?

I have said several times that if the voting age was 70, I could be president. I base that solely on the fact that grew up pushing a lawn mower across the lawn of every silver-haired homeowner that had $5 to spend. I built a reputation as a friend of the retired man. Now you’re telling me that all I really have to do is say things like, we’re just going to build a wall, our leaders are stupid, and we’re going to win! Win! and I could be the front-runner for a major political party?

I get that what Trump is saying resonates with people concerned with immigration, entitlement programs, and the government’s demonization of small business owners, but come on. Trump isn’t saying anything that you or I couldn’t say, he just flies around in his own plane and doesn’t wait for Jos. A Bank to have a 3-for-1 sale to buy a suit. His platform is all hat, no cattle. He has no plan and y’all have to wake up. If he stays in the lead much longer, we’ll see more of the “Clintons urged him to run on the GOP side” talk, which is ridiculous because HE HAS NO PLAN. Even if it is true, we shouldn’t have to stir up conspiracy theories for an empty suit.

And our leaders aren’t stupid. They have different values, interests, and ideas of what is best for this country than roughly half of the citizens, but they’re not stupid.

Moving along.

Ben Carson. My son, Jack, is reading Gifted Hands. We were talking about taking a trip to Washington D.C. next year and he said, “I want to go when Ben Carson is the president.” He’s a smart kid.

Quite simply, if you want to vote for the most intelligent candidate in the GOP or DNC field, you’ll vote for Ben Carson. He has an incredible life story. He believes in education. He believes that God has given you a special gift and that, if YOU YOU (YOU!) work hard and allow God to work hard through you, you will have more opportunities and achieve greater things than you’ve ever thought possible. He’s very much a “you get out of it what you put in to it” person, which I  am drawn toward.

Carly Fiorina. This candidate has intrigued me for a while – not that I’ve actually done any research to understand her position on anything. We’re all busy, right? After fighting for her place on the stage, she held her own in the second debate and, from all accounts, was the breakout star of the debate-before-the-first-debate. I’d like to see an honest debate between her and anyone, really.

Marco Rubio. I like Marco Rubio, but I can’t quite put a finger on why. His position on any issue isn’t a rock’s throw from anyone else’s on the debate stage. In all honesty, I’m probably just thinking that he could pull in enough Latino votes to get elected. Strategery.

Chris Christie. It’s a shame that the whole bridge-closing scandal derailed his candidacy. I say that, but there are probably a zillion other things that derailed his candidacy. Christie seems a little more left-of-far-right, which I also tend to appreciate. I think that, if red state Republicans can get past him being from New Jersey, he may still have a shot.

John Kasich. Another candidate that is a little more left of right-center than most Republican voters like, but I kind of appreciate. I don’t know if he’ll get the nomination, but I thought he did more to stifle Donald Trump in the first debate than anyone when he said, to the effect, We can’t just keep ignoring what Donald Trump is saying. What he is saying is what us concerning the American people. We all have different ideas of addressing those concerns, and that’s what we need to be focusing on.

What does Trump say to that? Nothing, because he has no plan. We’re just going to do it isn’t a plan.

I also liked his answer in the first debate regarding gay marriage. In essence, he said that whether he agrees or disagrees, his job is to allow the love of Jesus to flow through him.

No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

I’m leaving out some candidates that may still be viable. Actually, as I review the list, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush are the only notables that aren’t on my list. Huckabee, Santorum, Jindal, Pataki, Walker, someone named Gilmore are all still out there getting experience for future campaigns or auditioning for their own talk show on Fox News, I guess.

I’ve written for 90 minutes this morning and realized that Miss Alabama is right. The amount of time I spent considering Donald Trump, and not considering someone else, is terrifying.

I’m out! Have a great weekend! If you’re nice to someone and miss, you won’t miss by much.