Here’s something to consider as you head to the voting booth: by most considerations, Republicans should have a big advantage come this November.
“Should,” however, is the key word here.
The Democrats simply don’t have their act together. Polls show that the leading Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, has dramatically low favorability ratings among prospective voters, and is still enmeshed in a sleazy email scandal that seems to go on and on. Even liberal commentators admit that she suffers from a “trust gap” among her own supporters. The other Democratic candidate, meanwhile, is a septuagenarian and a self-styled socialist. Plus, after almost eight years of the Obama administration, about sixty to seventy percent of Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction.
In a normal election cycle, then, this election would just about be wrapped up in favor of the GOP.
And yet… the fissures within the Republican party, present since at least the waning days of the Bush administration, have come to haunt the party with a vengeance. The front-runner, Donald Trump, has managed to ride a populist wave within the party, while his closest challenger, Ted Cruz, is quite possibly the most hated man in D.C. Even John Kasich casts himself as an anti-establishment outsider.
This turmoil comes at a bad time in America’s history. A loss in the presidential campaign come November could also come with additional Congressional losses. The next president will also be likely to nominate the next Supreme Court justice, who will determine the trajectory of the Court for the next decade. Additionally, several other current justices may well leave the Court within the next four to eight years, leaving the nomination of their replacements in the hands of the next president.
That doesn’t include the task of fixing the damage left by the current Obama administration. Bloated government bureaucracies need to be halted and scaled down before they take root. The many executive orders issued by the current chief executive in his attempts to run around the GOP-controlled Congress and the states also must be halted as soon as possible.
At such a critical juncture, it is imperative that the Republican party nominate an electable conservative candidate. Hillary (or Bernie) is eminently beatable in a general election, but only if the Republican candidate can connect with the general electorate and convince them to vote for him.
So before you vote, ask yourself: which of the candidates can beat the Democrats while remaining true to conservatism?