“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and businessman Donald Trump lead an extremely crowded field of Republican presidential candidates, according to a CNN/ORC poll published Wednesday.
Bush and Trump take 19 percent and 12 percent, respectively, in the new poll, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (8 percent), neurosurgeon Ben Carson (7 percent) and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (7 percent).
Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (6 percent) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (6 percent) have all seen their support among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents tick down in recent months in the poll, which is based on 407 respondents and carries a margin of error of 5 points.”
If I could summarize the last few presidential nominations, it would be the following:
Republicans in 2008: “We want a True Conservative, not some lame RINO like McCain!”
Republicans in 2012: “We want a True Conservative, not some lame RINO like Romney!”
Republicans in 2016: “We want a True Conservative, not some lame RINO like Jeb Bush!”
Every year, conservative talk radio hosts and conservative pundits issue dire pleas for their listeners to not vote for the “Establishment” choice. No “Establishment Republicans”, they demand! They’re just a bunch of melee-mouthed moderates who don’t represent True Conservatism! Wasn’t the Tea Party supposed to take care of this issue? After all, even someone who denounces the Tea Party as furiously as myself has to concede that they had success at the local level and at the national level in 2010 and 2014. But yet again, when it comes to presidential politics, the Tea PArty is set to fail yet again.
The aforementioned conservative talk radio hosts and conservative pundits should start to get to know their party better. Even as conservative as the Republican Party has become, they still balk at the notion of nominating someone like Ted Cruz or Rick Perry. And that’s a good thing. Political parties should nominate people who can represent all factions of their party, not just someone who represents a sliver of one party. The same should be said for my side of the aisle. Eventually, Democrats will get over this Bernie Sanders phase and realize that Hilary is without a doubt the best choice for the nominee.
And no, I’m not going to comment how Donald Trump is second in the poll. We already know why that is (name recognition). We’ll save the Trump coverage when the debates start. After all, that’s where the real action is.