For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House.
But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful.
Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10 GOP presidential hopefuls.
“Carly Fiorina, whom most people had never heard of, got the best response. She came across as a highly intelligent woman and a strong leader as the ex-chief executive of the biggest tech firm in the world,”...
Mr. Walker, who has won two election battles in the swing state of Wisconsin since taking on public unions, also did plenty to dispel perceptions he was an under-stated speaker lacking in charisma.
“Scott Walker was the other one who most improved his position, walking from one end of the stage to the other, with sleeves rolled up and no teleprompter, talking substance — what he would actually do as president,” Mr. Jones added. “We had heard he can be a lackluster speaker. He wasn’t.”Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Chris Christie also spoke, as also did former Alsaka Governor (and 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate) Sarah Palin.
And here's where it gets dirty. So many people in the GOP establishment, RINO country club have done the predictable attacking of Palin, attacking her speech. Nicolle Wallace, who was assigned to sabotage Palin by the McLame campaign in 2008, led the attacks.
It's official: Nicolle Wallace really doesn't like Sarah Palin. On today's Morning Joe, Wallace—who was Palin's chief handler during the 2008 campaign—took the occasion of Palin's speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday to jab at the former veep candidate.
Wallace had been asked to comment on conservative columnist Byron York's panning of Palin's speech as "long, rambling, and at times barely coherent." York's column also passed along criticism of the speech by a number of Iowa Republicans. Wallace said that it was interesting to see York come "full circle," since back in 2008 he had been a staunch Palin defender, blaming the campaign for the way she was packaged. Wallace then doubled down with this dig: "This is who she is. This to me is evidence that she has finally shed last one of those annoying handlers."I guess I must have watched a different speech from the one Nicolle Wallace watched, because Sarah made a strong speech about getting back to the conservative principles similar to another candidate talked about nearly 35 years. And let's be honest? Why should I take Nicolle Wallace's word about Sarah Palin when she's called herself a "big fan" of The Butcher of Benghazi, Hillary Rotten Clinton. This coming from a GOP operative?
This the problem with the serial Palin bashers like Nicolle Wallace and Charles C.W. Cooke. There's no substance to their criticism of Palin, it's all based on snark and a personal dislike. Why? Is it because Sarah is not "sophisticated" enough for their upper crust types. Well, what did elitist candidates like the "most electable" Romney and McCain get us?
I seem to recall another conservative who was called "too extreme" and "too simplistic" to ever be taken seriously for President. He was so extreme and simplistic he won two record landslides and was called "The Great Communicator." I guess you've never heard of him. Ironically, many of Palin's critics say he could never be nominated for President today. That's true, because they'd be the same ones attacking him with the same snark they attack Palin with.
Look, I've made no secret over the years that I like Gov. Palin. But I have not heard anyone who is a potential candidate for President speak the way she does, in a way that reminds me of 1980. That doesn't mean there's someone else out there who can carry the conservative mantle in 2016. But who can it be?
Gov. Scott Walker has a good record to run on. He took on the Left in blue-state Wisconsin and won. However, Walker has spoken out of both sides of his mouth on illegal immigration, and that is a deal-breaker.
Gov. Rick Perry has a great record of accomplishment when it comes to running my beloved home state of Texas. But can he get past the gaffes that hindered his rushed 2012 run?
Equal to my defense and support of Gov. Palin is my support for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. But as much as I think Cruz has the right stuff, and will make a great President, I think it is too early for him to run. I think his voice is needed in the US Senate, and especially in getting more people like him and Mike Lee elected to that body.
No way to Romney, Jeb Bush, or to the "Sideshow Bob" known as Donald Trump. Ben Carson? I've already said why I don't think he is the person to run, even though I think he should keep active in politics and maybe start for another elected office before any run for President.
I am of the belief that, in order neutralize a possible Hillary 2016 campaign (I'm not so sure she will run, in case I haven't said that here), the GOP will have to run a woman in 2016. Think of it. A Hillary run will have people voting for her for the same reason many fell for voting for Obama...the history factor. Voting for the first woman President. Plus, no male candidate will ever be allowed to successfully debate Hillary. They will be accused of "bullying" her (witness what happened to Rick Lazio in 2000).
Carly Fiorina might talk a good talk that sounds good to the Palin-bashing RINOs who are looking for a more "sophisticated" personality, but she has major problems. The former head of Hewlett-Packard computers, Fiorina was fired by the company in 2005. In her only political campaign, she ran and lost by 10 points against Barbara "the Bouncer" Boxer for the Senate in 2010. So, if she can't win an election, and can't successfully run a company, then why should we elect her President? That doesn't add into account how she will be blasted for the "golden parachute" she received as severance from HP.
Take that for what it's worth. Maybe I'm wrong, but maybe also the best candidate may be the one that the RINOs and elites are afraid of, because they look down on her as an unsophisticated hick. Well, after seven years of weak-kneed pajama boys running the country, maybe we need a "hick" with a simplistic view of the world to make America great and respected again.