Conservatives can agree that President Obama must be a one-term President. America simply cannot afford more of his destructive policies. But what are the traits of the ideal GOP candidate who can defeat him?
(10) Someone with rock-solid executive experience. If you have successfully balanced budgets and conducted common-sense cost-benefit analysis, you’re already two up on our President. If you have acquired your understanding of the free market and the effects of tax policy and overregulation via the ups and downs of your very own business, you’ve far surpassed our President’s ivory tower knowledge base.
(9) Someone with a strong and consistent conservative record. If you have significantly reduced spending in your city/state, invested in city/state savings, advocated for the protection of the 10th amendment, lowered taxes, generated a city/state surplus via fiscally responsible policy, and incentivized job creation, you are the perfect contrast to President Obama’s big-government, tax-and-spend, job-killing, bankrupt-our-country agenda.
(8) Someone who has persistently highlighted the President’s poor policy decisions. If you have been an outspoken voice against ObamaCare, the President’s disastrous energy policy, his class-warfare mentality, his lack of strong foreign policy leadership, and his complete aversion to fiscal discipline, you have a proven commitment to standing up to the Obama agenda. And that’s precisely what the GOP needs in 2012.
(7) Someone who is gutsy. When it comes to 2012, wimps need not apply. The GOP candidate who can defeat Barack Obama is one willing to respectfully, but boldly, counter his platitude-heavy, fictional discourse with, “Actually, Mr. President, that’s not what you did.” Political figures with a history of bravely taking on the Left and the GOP in the name of upholding conservative principles are sure to draw a prominent line between our President’s contrasting record and rhetoric, which is an absolute must.
(6) Someone who connects with the American people, and who is also connected to his or her own words. There is nothing worse than a politician who talks at you, not to you … or one whose tone doesn’t vary when he/she addresses topics as diverse as unemployment, natural disaster, and American exceptionalism. Barack Obama’s ideal challenger will have the unique ability to bypass the media and the distractions, and to speak directly to the American people. The optimal GOP candidate will have an authentic connection to his/her own words and won’t be aloof and detached, but approachable and involved.
(5) Someone who is a D.C. outsider. What Americans crave right now is someone who doesn’t engage in D.C.’s business as usual, someone who has not been part of the “you-scratch-my-back-I-scratch-yours” establishment, and someone who will potentially shake up the system at large from top to bottom. Why? Because the system is broken. If the candidate has been known to challenge the status quo, he or she is off to a fantastic start.
(4) Someone who has made campaign promises and kept them. If you promised to slash earmark requests and actually did, vowed to reduce spending and proceeded to do just that, and/or pledged to stand for transparency and introduced policy that supported that claim, you are well-fit to challenge the current promise breaker-in-chief. (See President Obama’s repeated promises to feature health care negotiations on C-SPAN and to not raise taxes on families earning less than $250,000 a year, for examples, among others.)
(3) Someone whose priority is to restore America , not to “fundamentally transform” her. Just prior to the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America .” To fundamentally transform this country is to shatter our founding principles and our Constitution. The ideal 2012 GOP candidate will offer an alternate vision of restoring America to the principles that have made her exceptional.
(2) Someone who knows what has and hasn’t worked historically. Big government, high taxes, class warfare, and excessive spending have never worked. Limited government, low taxes, and incentivizing opportunity—along with a commitment to personal and fiscal responsibility—have worked every time. The GOP needs someone who understands and can convey that reality.
(1) Someone who can inspire confidence and be a true embodiment of America’s strength and founding principles in matters of foreign policy. At the end of the day, an ideal GOP presidential candidate must inspire confidence by articulating his/her accomplishments, strengths, and positive vision for America, while clearly and concisely exposing our President’s false claims. Perhaps most importantly, you must be a solid representative of America’s fortitude and exceptionalism when dealing with world leaders. See President Reagan for details.
So, there you have it. Will most GOP candidates possess the majority of these traits? No, but some will come close. And there just might be one of you out there who has them all.