Mercifully, there won’t be another Primary Election for, at least, another three and a half years. But, it looks like, if you might be planning to run in 2016, the Republican Spaces are quickly filling-up. The recent column in The Washington Post, by Dana Milbank, Republicans playing Brutus, is linked as follows: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-storm-inside-the-gop-convention/2012/08/29/a1ff1c9a-f227-11e1-adc6-87dfa8eff430_print.html.
Some of the also-rans from the past year’s Political Circus have already transmitted their intensions to run. As Mr. Milbank points-out: Rick Perry (R-TX); Rick Santorum (R-PA/VA); and, perhaps, Newt Gingrich (R-GA/VA), however, it is not clear whether Newt would run on a Split-Ticket, with Callista. Some of the others might courteously, at least, wait until after the November Election. AND, LET’S NOT FORGET THAT JEB BUSH HAS THAT ITCH, AS WELL.
Now, Gov. Chis Christie (R-NJ) represented the Biggest Failure to support the Romney/Ryan Ticket. While supposedly delivering the “Keynote” Speech, which is generally meant to be an energetic send-off, as Mr. Milbank wrote, he was three quarters into it before even mentioning Mitt Romney. Perhaps even worse, on Wednesday, as reported in The New York Post (hardly a Left-Leaning Media Source), Christie said that he wasn’t willing to be Romney’s Running Mate because he thought that Romney would not win.
Now, the question is could any of them beat Hillary Clinton if she choses to be the Democratic Candidate in 2016? There has been talk of her stepping-down as Secretary of State at some point (which often happens), in order to relax and give some thought about 2016. I believe that this is partly behind why Former President Bill Clinton appears to be working so hard to Re-Elect President Barack Obama. The State Department Portfolio could be added to VP Joseph Biden’s role, or Former Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM), or to another very capable person.