(Opinion) — I am a Democrat part of the time, a maverick sometimes. I have been seen at a Republican function or two, sometimes leaving early. I live in Wyoming, which means I have a lot of Republican friends. I switch party registration as is expedient. If you don’t like that, stop reading. Whichever litmus test you favor, I will flunk it.
It’s winter and I am somewhat homebound, so I watch Morning Joe on MSNBC and follow the Republican presidential debates. I am a political junkie.
Several months ago I thought the only serious qualified Republican candidates were Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie — all former or sitting governors. I still think that. But, here are my comments from the GOP debate this week, sent to a few liberal friends:
GOP Debate December 15, 2015:
Jeb Bush needs electricity; he doesn’t have it. “I know what I don’t know.” He should be a college professor.
Rand Paul is obsessed with civil liberties. He should be a law school professor. Provocative. I don’t think he quite gets the idea that terrorists exploit our indulgence of civil liberties and privacy to terrible results. There is a balance out there he does not see.
Dr. [Ben] Carson should go back to neurosurgery. Nice doctor pretending to be something he is not.
Governor [John] Kasich should be in someone’s cabinet; too cerebral to be a candidate. Secretary of State. A friend pointed out that he already was in the cabinet, as George W’s OMB [Office of Management and Budget] director. This guy is smart but he lacks jazz.
Donald Trump should be in charge of marketing. For what, I don’t know, maybe: Sneering, leering, curmudgeonly behavior, bad manners.
Ted Cruz is a jingoist. He knows no boundaries. He is dangerous.
These candidates should retire from the field.
Who is left?
Christie pounds his chest as a New Jersey prosecutor, but he has some cred there.
[Marco] Rubio is in a crescendo every day.
[Carly] Fiorina is the master of details: If you want talk ask a man; if you want decisions, ask a woman. She wants to bring back [David] Petraeus. She bares her soul, backs down from no one. Techno expert. Not warm in public. Can she be head of Homeland Security? With unrestricted access to the Oval Office? Please yes.
The undercard has one credible person, Lindsey Graham.
Footnote: Kasich as Vice-President.
I want a no-fluff debate: Graham, Christie, Rubio, Fiorina.
The problem with this academic exercise is that Hillary [Clinton] will be elected President and all of these people will drop into oblivion for two years. Unless she hires some of them.
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