Friday, September 18, 2015

Introducing the Republican Ticket for 2016

Who knows where this bizarre primary season of discontent in the Republican party will lead. There were past flirtations with total madness, think Michele Bachmann or Herman Cain, but these passed more quickly than Trumpmania.

However, if the insanity dissipates, I would suggest that the strongest Republican ticket could well be formed from the two most critical swing states in the nation. John Kasich sounded the alarm bells as the debate speak veered off into the fantasy land of ripping up the Iran deal "on day one" and shutting down the government, yet again, this time over Planned Parenthood funding. A seasoned politician, popular enough in his home state of Ohio, Mr. Kasich is still of an age to make the Democratic candidate ( Hillary or Bernie) appear a generation too old.

And Marco Rubio, with the background story of his family, the state of Florida in which he holds office, the certainty (and more knowledge than most) of his thoughts on foreign affairs, his deeply conservative beliefs  and his youthful image, provides what would seem to be a perfect partner for Mr. Kasich.

There have been five open seat Presidential elections since 1960,when the television era truly changed the dynamic with the Kennedy- Nixon debates. While the younger candidate has not always been successful (the victors were Kennedy in 1960, Nixon in 1968 and Obama in 2008 while the older candidate George H. W. Bush in 1988 and George W. Bush in 2000 were winners, even as W. managed to lose the popular vote) history would seem to indicate that youth is more likely to be served.

So, even as I am a died in the wool Democrat and vehemently disagree with the policy positions of both Mr. Kasich and Mr. Rubio, I would suggest to the Republicans that they could do far worse than teaming these two on their ticket next year.

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