Most people can correctly identify Roger Bannister as the man who first ran a mile in under 4 minutes, in 1954. I expect nobody can recognize the names Chris Bracher and Chris Chataway.
The two served as pacemakers, or “rabbits” for Banister’s accomplishment. They set the pace in the early laps, allowing Bannister to focus early on just the mechanics of running free and easy, getting into a rhythm, and not worrying about lap times. He just had to concentrate on keeping up with his two rabbits, until he went all out in the final lap, and broke the record.
The GOP field for 2016 urgently needs a rabbit, or two, if we are to successfully nominate, and elect, a real conservative.
We’re destined to end up with 16, count’em 16... running for the Oval Office. Everyone today is focused on sorting them into classes, or tiers ( hey, why not call it “tranches”) of candidates…supposedly to try and bring some semblance of order to a chaotic, overcrowded GOP debate stage.
Let’s be honest. Some do have a better chance of winning than others. Some may in fact be auditioning for the VP slot on the ticket, or for a high cabinet or other administration post.
As a group, the candidates have been pretty well behaved towards each other, with only a few minor dust-ups to date. That of course will change. Only one candidate, Carly Fiorina, has taken the unique approach of ignoring her competitors, and instead focusing laser-like on Hillary. And that’s worked very well for her.
But if we are to indeed elect a true conservative, then we need to start going after, and taking out those in the field who aren’t genuine, true movement conservatives. Such as:
Jeb Bush, for his views on immigration, and deep ties to the GOPe
John Kasich, for saying that now that the Supremes have OK gay marriage, “it’s time to just move on,” and for his hypocrisy in dramatically expanding Medicaid in Ohio, while pretending to oppose Obamacare.
Donald Trump, for well, just about everything, but most of all for being a narcissistic blowhard who is rapidly transforming the GOP primary process into a farce, and allowing the MSM to ignore our serious candidates.
Ron Paul, because while he’s got some good ideas, I fear his dad’s crackpot libertarianism has corrupted the gene pool. Also, the supposedly idealistic Paul was quick to sell out his Tea Party base and reach an accommodation with the unctuous [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ].
Chris Christie, because of well, the whole whole Hurricane Sandy “Bromance” with Obama.
[mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ]…..well..where to start?
George Pataki….after we stop laughing..his record at governor wasn’t all that great, and sure as hell wasn’t conservative. He went along with the cesspool of corruption that is Albany.
So, who are the potential rabbits in the field?
My picks are Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum.
Actually, that’s not quite correct. My first choice would be Fiorina, but she’s doing such a great job at targeting Hillary, I want her to keep at it.
While I feel that either Jindal, Perry, or Santorum would be a wonderful president, especially after 8 years of Obama, I can’t at this time realistically see any of them winning the nomination.
Rather, I want to see any or all of them laying out the case why Bush, Kasich, et al (above), don’t deserve the nomination. This is different from being the prototypical attack dog, negative campaigner.
This involves laying out to the voters in the several states, during the primary season, what are our core beliefs, from repealing Obamacare, securing our borders, to something as small as ending the ExIm Bank..
And in the process explain why anyone who doesn’t hold these views simply can’t be our nominee.
Properly done, this will force the “not-so good guys” to respond, while allowing for the ones we want, a Walker, a Cruz, a Carson to make their case to the American people on the values, on the merits..to lay out their vision both for the future of this great country, and how the propose to deal with the multitude of problems that beset us both at home and abroad.
And let’s not forget, that occasionally, in a really big race, the rabbit wins: