Yes, the Jeb Bush push scares me. Writing on the wall: round 3: John McCain, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. Cannot see him defeating Clinton. I think Rand Paul could be quietly gathering momentum. Don’t know if I am happy about that or not. He’s not my first choice. But momentum is momentum. This is exactly what Obama did in the Democratic party (starting a couple years before the election) – it was just a sort of energy that grew and grew and drew people together and motivated them. Never and I mean never underestimate cult of personality. Don’t be surprised if it comes down to Paul. He just keeps turning up, like a bad penny. If he can get over the “establishment” hurdle, and that’s a BIG if, it’s his. Could he beat Clinton, probably not, but I think he has a better shot than Bush or Ryan and is about equal to Cruz or Rubio or Jindal. I agree we need new faces and a motivated party. Rand Paul has charisma; he’s personable and he reaches out to people in an appealing way. Nobody questions his conservatism. (One caveat, I still don’t think Christie is out; if in fact he’s not, everything in this post is wrong )
Paul’s libertarian streak makes me very nervous. I don’t know how proactive he would be on social conservative issues or for that matter economic/environmental issues from the perspective of a Catholic (uh, I mean a Catholic that actually listens to the Pope/Bishops on these… ). I also worry about his lack of foreign experience and willingness to put the US out there in the world when needed. Very odd choice for a Catholic. But I will not deny that he is the lesser of two evils and he will inevitably one way or another steer the country back to the center and to its roots where it desperately needs to go.
Also, the VP would be critical here, because if we go the Paul route, we need to be sure to bring the moderate GOPers along and not let the Tea Party completely drive it. We CANNOT alienate independents, conservative and/or moderate women, blacks, Hispanics, gays, Asians, under 30ers, over 60ers. For VP I would do either Marco Rubio or Bobby Jindal in hopes that they would balance the ticket and help Paul in appealing to the above groups.
Remember, we only need to get ENOUGH votes to win.
I know it’s early, but, you heard it here first :D:p !!!