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The 2016 presidential candidate we need
Washington Post, by George F. Will

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 5/23/2014 11:24:46 PM

All modern presidents of both parties have been too much with us. Talking incessantly, they have put politics unhealthily at the center of America’s consciousness. Promising promiscuously, they have exaggerated government’s proper scope and actual competence, making the public perpetually disappointed and surly. Inflating executive power, they have severed it from constitutional constraints. So, sensible voters might embrace someone who announced his 2016 candidacy this way: “I am ambling — running suggests unseemly ardor — for president. It is axiomatic that anyone who nowadays will do what is necessary in order to become president thereby reveals character traits, including delusions


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 5/23/2014 11:48:08 PM     (No. 9860046)

We need someone to get us out of the mess created by Democrat and RINO liberals, someone with balls. I nominate Sarah Palin!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Eljay, 5/24/2014 1:04:37 AM     (No. 9860089)

geo will is tiresome.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 5/24/2014 1:30:51 AM     (No. 9860099)

Unfortunately, the recent Republican candidates for president have failed miserably to engage in politics sufficiently to win. The GOPe candidates are always too good to get down in the mud and fight for their ideas - if they had any.

Two elected ones, Bush 41 and 43, somehow managed to be elected - one on the Reagan legacy, and the other on the Clinton legacy - only to refuse to engage the American people in the battle of ideas that has become critically important to our future. Indeed, my greatest disappointment with 43 was his stubborn refusal to answer the scurrilous attacks that were launched at him daily - until his presidency, and the conservative perspective were completely vilified and essentially impotent, thus ushering in the Emperor Obama.

We need some fire-breathing serious conservative candidates to save us from this mess.

George Will has lived inside the beltway far too long to see reality.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 5/24/2014 1:44:58 AM     (No. 9860107)

We need a G-d fearing patriotic American that upholds the Constitution and cares about ´this´ country that can rebuild what Zippy has torn apart.

#1 She fits the bill.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 5/24/2014 3:10:20 AM     (No. 9860124)

We had one, No. 4. His name is Mitt Romney. If we ever get another we will not recognize him, or her, either.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: belwhatter, 5/24/2014 4:36:00 AM     (No. 9860135)

At this stage it is regrettably easier to say who/what we don´t want. However almost anyone has to be better for the USA than the incumbent. It will be an uphill task to restore America and her Constitution and will take someone who has the future of America firmly fixed in mind. It will also be of inestimable help to have the Senate turned over and Harry Reid put out to pasture on the southern border

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Reply 7 - Posted by: noparallel, 5/24/2014 6:32:31 AM     (No. 9860162)

Wet-Kiss-Mitt, #5? Nah, he couldn´t distinguish himself from our dear leader in the last debate. He´s done. Forever.

Now, George, politics should be at front and center of the consciousness of every American who wants to save this country. Basketball, baseball, football, MMA and the like are not going to save America.

Finding and electing someone who can fight and move America back to the right, back to the Constitution, back from the jaws of socialist elites, establishmentarians, and all Democrats is paramount to our survival.

Go back to your game. Nobody sane reads your column, anyway.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mws50, 5/24/2014 6:50:44 AM     (No. 9860175)

#5, nothing in Romney´s history suggests he could do what needs to be done.

Almost everything in Sarah´s history suggests she can handle the job, from her PTA experience to her governorship, and what she accomplished in 2.5 short years as Governor.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 5/24/2014 8:57:17 AM     (No. 9860280)

Will isn´t too far off the mark here.
Government, particularly the FEDERAL government, really should have very very little to do with how most Americans live or the conditions of those lives. To the extent that government matters at all to the citizen, it should be government at the most local level possible, the level at which it´s nearly a neighborhood association. And some of us know how ugly it can be even at that level.
Presidents have absolutely no business promising a chicken in every pot, nor having power over most of our lives. And that was by design. 9th and 10th Amendments and all that stuff.
The issues and contentiousness are here and serious because the feds are into areas utterly inappropriate for involvement. The incompetence and waste that any observer can see are an expected byproduct of the dis-economies of scale.
Not a single word of our Constitution empowers the feds to have any say whatever in design of parking lots, design of toilets or shower heads, automobile gas mileage, school lunch details, or a host of other matters. Concentration of power is the problem, one that must be addressed, and poll-adjusted advertising campaigns more appropriate to a new line of tampons will not address that.
Campaigns now are too much like the shouts of an auctioneer. And the cheers at the rallies are too much like the shouts of "Duce! Duce!" as Mussolini ran.
I thought we were better than this. Will is right.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Axeman, 5/24/2014 10:22:04 AM     (No. 9860372)

I liked Will´s points in this column. He defined someone who would never be elected though.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 5/24/2014 11:40:50 AM     (No. 9860467)

Palin and Carson and Cruz, their courage and intelligence, their vision and life story and leadership experience is what I think we need. I´ve learned too much about these fine examples of human beings to proclaim that they don´t have what it takes to win and to be a successful, strong president of the United States.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 5/24/2014 11:51:22 AM     (No. 9860474)

Whether or not they have what it takes to win, does the country have what takes to appreciate their qualities and elect one of them? I think not, unfortunately.

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