I think Hillary's 'baggage' won't hurt her much in the grand scheme of things. Long ago most of the Democrats set the bar very low for what qualities they expected of their leaders. All they require is that the candidate say the right stuff and have a "D" after his or her name, and his/her lack of experience, poor track record, contradictions, questionable ethics or morals are deemed unimportant and will be shrugged off or actually defended.
But any flaw like that in the GOP candidate is magnified many times over and made to be of huge importance.
It doesn't help that most of the mainstream media are supporters of whoever is the Democratic candidate and they tend to inflate GOP flaws and minimalize Democratic ones.
Because most of the Republicans are less committed to brand and more interested in the qualities a candidate can offer, they dilute the field and we are prone to nominate candidates who are imminently qualified but who lack the aesthetic appeal to win. I hope we do better at choosing somebody who is both qualified and electable in this election cycle.
We picked somebody who is probably more qualified to be President than anybody elected in the past 100 years with Romney. I want to cry when I think how much better off we would be now if he was in the White House instead of Obama. Even John McCain, who I had to really REALLY hold my nose to vote for in 2008, would have been way left of anything most of us want and would have been extremely frustrating I think, but he would have done far less damage.
So is Rubio the right guy? I'm not feeling it at this point, but he hasn't had a chance to make his case yet. I think he is likely still too young and likely does not have the connections to pull in a strong team to work with him. Ted Cruz does--not sure about Rand Paul--but regardless of whatever negatives we might see, both have demonstrated leadership skills that suggest they would be better choices at this point. I haven't picked my favorite yet though and that favorite is likely to be somebody different than those three names.
I don't know if Rubio is that person.
"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
I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
"I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance." William Faulkner
Liberals - Punish the Successful, Reward the Unsuccessful
Liberals - Tax, Borrow, Spend, and Give Free Stuff
Obama's legacy - Total Failure
There's a lot that goes into this one issue of educating our children, but I'm beginning to see that there are benefits to charter schools and/or voucher programs that if done right could change the way our education system works and leave no child behind.
But let's table this debate for another time, another thread and turn the discussion back over to Sen. Marco Rubio: Is he ready to be the next POTUS?
Let the discussion continue...
"A fair exchange ain't no robbery." Tupac Shakur w/Digital Underground
I'm curious. What is about a "woman/Latino" combination that says "great administration" exactly? I would vote for a woman (the right one) and I would vote for a Latino (the right one) but not because of that.
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields