A Good Candidate for 2016

Ted Cruz speaking at Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. on October 7, 2011. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Ted Cruz speaking at Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. on October 7, 2011. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Erick Erickson at RedState has a good article which plays off a Washington Post article regarding the marginalization of evangelicals in the Republican Party.

He points out that a number of the names being kicked around on the GOP side for the 2016 presidential race are losers. For example, more and more people are catching on to the fact that Mike Huckabee is a grinning but fake conservative, it is doubtful Rick Santorum can win, and while Dr. Ben Carson has right-on in so many ways, he is probably not much more than a novelty for the race.

But Erickson sees great opportunity for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Senator Ted Cruz, and Texas Governor Rick Perry, and I’d have to agree.

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The first is Bobby Jindal who has given one heck of a religious liberty speech in the past year. His speech on the subject generated a lot of favorable buzz among evangelical communities in the United States. Likewise, his story of coming to Christianity resonates with many evangelicals.

Second is Ted Cruz. Evangelicals already connect to Cruz on political issues. Religious liberty and life issues join him to them further. Most evangelicals are socially and fiscally conservative to begin with, so Cruz does not have to work hard to expand his personal base into the evangelical community.

Then there is Rick Perry. Perry is known to be a believer. He has worked with evangelical pastors in Texas who remain influential within the larger community of evangelicals. He’s not afraid to pray and to talk about his faith. He naturally uses language that resonates with evangelicals.

I’m not that keen on Perry, due to some of his betrayals of conservative principles in the past…but he’d be a darn-sight better than the likes of Jeb Bush or some other RINO.

Erickson mentions two other “wild cards” in Senator Marco Rubio and Indiana Governor Mike Pence. I like Pence, but I just don’t get the sense that he’s going to run.  Rubio would have once been a good choice, but after peddling amnesty, most real conservatives aren’t going to touch him with a ten foot pole.

One thing is sure: the RINOs are already looking to line up their fake conservative candidate, and once he’s picked, they’ll get behind him in complete lockstep with tons of money. Conservatives had better get busy and get their act together right now, or we’re going to have a repeat of 2008 and 2012 where the division on the conservative side falls before the unified wall of RINOs…and we end up paving the way for another Democrat President.

I don’t think American can survive another Democrat president…if we survive the one we have.


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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • DCM7

    Now if only Republicans would stop letting Democrats tell them which Republicans to vote for…