This Presidential election cycle has been a blessing and a curse. We are blessed to have a much stronger group of candidates (and not just by sheer volume) and cursed because the choices have the party currently splintered far more than I would like. There are five candidates in this cycle who would have been my top choice over every possibility four years ago. It’s great. It’s also an unfortunate waste of talent.
Still, it’s where we’re at and I’m not going to complain for too long. Instead, I’m going to eliminate someone from my list. Sadly, she was my number 1 pick last week. Believe me when I say that I’m not quick to judgment or fickle by any means; I supported Newt Gingrich from the time he announced until well after it was clear that he was out. I think I campaigned for him longer than he did.
Carly Fiorina is not what I thought she was. She has qualities that I want in a President – strength, intellect, passion. I accepted her tale of being more liberal before and evolving to more conservative views over the years. Most importantly, she’s the outsider that I liked the most.
Then, I researched the Iran dealings with HP. One of two things happened. Either she knew about the deal that circumvented the sanctions against Iran or she didn’t know that it was happening. If she knew (which she claims she did not), then she did the unthinkable – going against the country for the sake of personal gain. If she didn’t know, then she was an incompetent chief executive. How could you not know about a scheme to circumvent sanctions? How could you not be aware that your company held a 41% market share in a highly-populated country? Even if she was kept in the dark for plausible deniability, she should have been looking closer at the major deals that affected her company.
Either way, she’s not the next President of the United States.
I’m not one who holds single actions in higher regard than a body of work. However, her body of work isn’t that great, either. She’s lost the only other election she ran in and did not help the companies for which she was at the helm. That doesn’t sit well with me.
Donald Trump and Ben Carson are the other outsiders and I like them both, just not enough to pull me in wholeheartedly yet. [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] is my favorite insider simply because he has the personality and likability to win the general election easily if he makes it out of the primaries. I’m just not sure if he has the conservative credentials. [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] is the clear conservative choice while being an outsider on the inside. I didn’t think he was electable, but as I watch more candidates try to shift to his level of conservatism I’m starting to realize that the moderate thinking that has kept President Obama in the White House might be swaying me unnecessarily away from Cruz.
With Carly out of my picture, do you all have a recommendation as to where to shift my support?