If we learned anything from 2012, it was that Republicans may glance at oddballs but, unlike right-wing pundits, don’t think characters like Herman Cain can be president. They might date Newt Gingrich, but they don’t settle down with him.
It isn’t hard to separate the dates from the spouses in presidential primaries, though attention is now being given to a couple of terribly unserious candidates: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who likens Edward Snowden to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and talks about containing a nuclear-armed Iran, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who, like President Obama before him, has barely moved into his freshman office and so far is interested only in rhetoric, not in legislative accomplishment.
There are 10 signs that tell voters this one is not the one:
1. The candidate votes “no” on everything.
2. The candidate becomes the victim of the mainstream media.
3. The candidate is responsible for nothing and is not obliged to offer alternatives.
4. The candidate confuses talk with accomplishment and derides accomplishment as “selling out.”
5. The candidate considers legislative compromise and executive deal-making to be sins.
6. The candidate can dish it out and make up some weird stuff but takes great offense when his own words are used against him.
7. The candidate denounces “business as usual” – but claiming to be the outsider and denouncing any compromise have pretty much been business as usual recently.
8. The candidate feigns intellectual sophistication but isn’t very adept at policy and misreads most of what he cites as authority on a given subject.
9. The candidate considers actual people to be an afterthought; they take a back seat to abstract principles.
10. The candidate name-calls but doesn’t make arguments on the merits.