December 7, 2014

THE GOP HASN'T NOMINATED A CANDIDATE TO THE RIGHT OF THE BASE...:

Is Jeb Bush really prepared to lose in order to win? (Dan Balz, December 6, 2014, Washington Post)

 In an interview conducted by Jerry Seib, the Journal's Washington bureau chief, he said that anyone running for president should be prepared "to lose the primary to win the general [election] without violating your principles."

What Bush said is the opposite of the oft-stated idea that presidential candidates run to the left or the right to win their party's presidential nomination and then scamper back to the center as best they can for the general election. That prescription, while sometimes successful, can easily contribute to cynicism among the voters, who watch and wonder whether their politicians have any principles beyond the desire to win at any cost.

Bush offered a different concept, one grounded less to the machinations of typical political campaigns and more dependent on the power of ideas and the confidence to test them in the marketplace. At its core, what Bush was saying is that the best candidates are those who know what they believe, are not afraid to take risks to articulate those convictions and, in some measure, use their campaign to help redefine their party rather than becoming a prisoner of party orthodoxies and constituencies.

...since Goldwater, at the dawn of the open nomination process, no matter what their rhetoric was in the primaries.  And his brother, the most successful Republican president since Ike (maybe Reagan?), ran against the Congressional party to claim the center.  

Posted by at December 7, 2014 9:29 AM
  

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