I know there are a large number of Republicans and right leaning posters here and I seriously would like to know if any of you guys believe any of these candidates are qualified to lead this country . Now I am admittedly a commie / progressive/ liberal /peacenik type so politics tend to blind me but l cannot for the life of me believe any of you can seriously picture Trump or Cruz in the office
Edit : snark will be considered an affirmation of my perspective
Do you believe Bernie is?
Kaish certainly is and Bush is as qualified as any Dem candidate. Both are more qualified than Obama was.
Both have been very effective executives in managing their state bureaucracies. But I think those skills are over-rated as they pertain to the presidency (and maybe the govenorship.)
To to use a poker analogy (no limit hold em,) both used sound tactics to win almost all the hands they were dealt. Stealing the blinds, continuation betting the flop.
But in no-limit 20 small wins can be undone when you risk the entire stack. This is what Kasich did in his Medicaid expansion. From a budgetary perspective, 4 years of shrinking the bloated state payroll through grinding wins was negated by enacting the expansion.
I don't know of a Governor Bush parallel, but his vulnerability as president would be immigration. Lower top marginal rates would be nice, but this man's immigrant amnesty would ensure a total reshaping of the electorate. My kids would grow up in a world where, nationally, classical liberal values are undermind at evert turn.
Consider Obama. He completely flubbed the implementation of the ACA website. But he was effective in the passage of the L part.