My impression of Paul Ryan in the 2012 election was that he was the junior understudy of the CEO, Romney, and not ready for the executive suite. He and Romney seemed too business oriented, even though Ryan has basically been a politician all his adult life. I didn't think he did that well in the VP debate with Biden - he looked shaky. Perhaps Huntsman would have been no better, but Huntsman at least had experience as a governor and experience internationally/diplomatically.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
A) We'll bomb it.
B) We don't know, but we'll form a committee to figure it out after you elect us.
Answer B was the CEO talking. We don't need a President who can't think for himself or plot out his own ideas.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776
Huntsman was an ambassador to China for Obama for one thing--an immediate disqualifier for most GOPs.
Which I think will backfire on the establishment, especially in states with open primaries.
The biggest problem for Paul is that he is etch-a-sketch on steroids, and the film is out there to show his flip-flopping.
As the swift boaters are now showing .
Chemists Have Solutions .
I'm pretty pleased at how much enthusiasm for Rand has evaporated over the past few years. I'm honestly hoping he does poorly if only to put another bullet into the anti-interventionist/isolationist wing of our party*. So far the only candidates that seem possibly appealing to me are Rubio, Bush, Graham, and maybe Chris Christie.
*Though I am pretty impressed at how open he was about his hypothetical plans for criminal justice reform on his campaign website and I'd like to see that issue raised forcefully in debates.