Right now, the Republican Party is an increasingly factional place, divided between north and south, establishment and grassroots, Tea Party Conservatives and practical Conservatives, religious right and business, libertarians and populists. All the same, it remains possible for a mainline conservative to win the party’s mainstream, marginalize both the tea party and the moderates, and win without a lengthy struggle. Someone like George W. Bush, a born again Christian from Texas with a Harvard MBA, could unite the traditional business and religious wings of the party and, in doing so, win primaries in 44 states. That’s exactly the candidate that the likes of Christie, Paul, Cruz—or most other Republican hopefuls—should fear.
Yeah, the fops over at TNR would love to see the GOP nominate a Bush the Third – because Bush I and Bush II were both bonanzas for them. One of them paved the way for BJ Clinton, and the other for Barack Obama.
What could be better than that?
I choose Cruz, for the same reason I chose Reagan. And at least the Reagan Presidency ended Jimmy Carter, and didn’t lead to Clinton or Obama.