Diary

The Hill Goes All In for An Establishment GOP Candidate in 2016

This morning, the first update from The Hill that landed in my inbox was this story: “13 Republicans Most Likely to Win the White House.”

And, after talking to “more than a half-dozen Republican strategists” (the same people that gave us [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ], and Mitt Romney as candidates), their top three are…

[mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ], Chris Christie, and Jeb Bush.

Quit laughing! That’s who they think can win!

Now, I’ll admit Rand isn’t Establishment, but his Paulian foreign policy views have doomed him pretty much from the start. However, two out of the top three are pro-amnesty big-government RINOs.

Then in the fourth slot, they have one of their so-called “conservative gunners,” Mike Huckabee. Yes, they think the Huckster — the guy who praised Lindsay Graham — is a conservative. That says a lot about the slant at The Hill. Huck is even listed in front of [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], the other “conservative gunner.”

Rubio and Walker are their “second tier,” but Rubio is a non-starter for the same reason Jeb is, he’s an amnesty squish. Walker, on the other hand, has a pretty good shot from this pundit’s perspective, especially after his decisive victory earlier this month, yet The Hill waits until the seventh name on their list to mention him.

Then we get to the people they don’t think have the proverbial snowball’s chance. Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Mike Pence, Bobby Jindal, [mc_name name=’Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000449′ ], and John Kasich. While I think Jindal isn’t quite as bad off as The Hill does, I really don’t have much disagreement with their last six.

But the fact that they think Christie or Jeb can actually win with their big-government views is the most laughable.