The scram for the Republic nomination for president in 2016 is beginning to look like a three-ring circus. Some will decry the obvious waste of resources and the general noise level of so many in the race.
But we enthusiastically endorse the widest possible exposure of candidates. It goes without saying, perhaps, that the presidency of the United States is not only the single most important executive position in the world, but also the most powerful.
Pres. Bark Hussein Obama, who came to it with less experience than any recent successful candidate, has presented us with a constantly conflicting modus operandi. In international affairs he has been obsessed with the left’s criticism of U.S. past policies – what Jeane Kirkpatrick called “the blame America first crowd”. That has led him to a general strategy of withdrawing U.S. power, or at least choosing to be one of the less conspicuous members of the old alliances in crisis decisionmaking – the famous leading from behind.
In domestic affairs, he has refused the often torturous but necessary constant negotiations with the Congress, whether majorities from his own party or from the opposition. There have been no Reagan-O’Neill quiet conferences over a beer that solved so many impasses. In fact, Congressional visits to the White House have been few and far between. On the other hand, Obama has used the personal prerogatives of the office to rule by proclamation and regulation, perhaps to a degree that no president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
That’s why, more than ever, in the presidential campaigning season now starting, it is important to get the issues out on the table and examine them one by one in detail and in their macro effects. Unless presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton falls even more in public favor, and teases other Democratic candidates out of the woodwork, there will be little discussion of moment on that side of the aisle. Clinton has the difficult task, indeed, of putting distance between herself and an increasingly unpopular Obama Administration if she is to win and that is limiting her forthrightness
It is already clear that differences among the nearly twodozen hopefuls on the Repub;ican side may be as great as those between any future candidate and the rapidly shifting policies being articulated very slowly by Clinton.
That’s why former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s launch was so refreshing. Whether you agree with another candidate, curiously from Bill Clinton’s hometown, Hope, he refreshingly laid out a rather specific list of positions. It will be hard for him to back away from them – as some of his fellow Republican opponents already have as they try to compromise the positions of the Republican Establishment “moderates” and the grass roots Tea Party “radicals”.
At this juncture it is dangerous to make the slightest prediction about where all this will take us next year. But while Huckabee may again find a winning following among his like-minded traditionalists in Iowa, it doesn’t seem too likely he will get the nomination, and if he did, he could defeat the looming image of another Clinton [with all her baggage]. But you can count on Huckabee to stick to his guns, to lay out rather clearly where he stands on all the issues. Too bad the mainstream media, with its sagging love affair with Obama and the Democrats haven’t given them the publicity they deserve.