The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race

The 2016 Presidential race is turning into scramble for one party. The Republican party, the more conservative and traditional believers, are desperately trying to retake the White House by having 16 candidates, from the most obscure to the more known. They include one woman who is known as the worst CEO that HP ever had, a native American Indian, a man who is one of the most wealthiest in the world, another Bush brother, and so on. This wide array of candidates provides some problems. For instance, there will be several debates among the Republican candidates but with 16 of them, not all will be in the debates. Those allowed in the debates will those with the most popularity and limit to not more than 10. The two front runners for this party are Jeb Bush and Donald Trump having only 10-15% of the Republican vote. Hardly a mandate for success! Many of the candidates have less than 5%. These candidates are mostly a joke from an election stand point. They have zero chance of winning now or later because of their obscurity. These will never be in a debate and if they are not in a debate, their campaign is even more of a joke.

With so many candidates in the Republican party, this actually works against them as a party and it takes away votes from those who actually might get the party's nomination. It has a dispersal effect, there is too much choice and the differences are only in shades for voters. The Republican Party is taking the gunshot approach in trying to come up with a viable candidate. The party should have limited the candidate field to no more than 10. The more candidates they toss out to the public, the more of it a farce it is for them.

For the Democrat Party, their problem is the opposite. There is actually no choice for Democrats (the more liberal and government oriented). There are only a very few candidates trying to be nominated. That is, Hilary Clinton, and some guy that is not known outside a few circles. But not all Democrats want Clinton and there is no choice, not really. Will a Democrat actually vote for a Republican? Of course! Some Republicans are more liberal and will attract Democrats. The debates for the Democrats will be boring, so boring, it is a waste of time. Of course, the debates between the two parties will be quite interesting.

But, the Republican Party is desperate. They appear desperate to the general American public. They are trying to toss everything at the Democrats to win the White House and to a certain extent, it is Hillary Clinton's to lose. While Jeb Bush and Donald Trump do appeal to many for their strong positions and bluntness (which is refreshing in the PC world), how would they fare against Clinton? There are many Democrats who do not like President Obama and many more Republicans, and not all women will vote for Clinton simply because she is a woman. So, which Republican candidate that faces Clinton may have a chance, a better chance. But, in a way, it seems inevitable, that Hillary Clinton will become the first woman president of the United States.

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lions44 15 months ago from Auburn, WA

Your last paragraph was a great summation of my impressions exactly. My fellow GOPers don't seem to understand the importance of a media filter and will always be portrayed as extremists or "out of touch." They must be measured in tone and speak in conciliatory ways. That's what the public is seeking. A steady hand, not an ideologue. That is not to say that Hillary Clinton is not as well. But she will get good press regardless of what she does. This election is a lost year. Time to regroup. Great job, Perry. As always. Voted up and shared.


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perrya 15 months ago Author

Like I said, it is Clinton's to lose, I think


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emge 15 months ago from Abu Dhabi

The 2016 election will be a watershed as it will decide whether America retains the leadership of the world or slides further down. Presently Hillary leads, but she could be the worst choice. Great hub.


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DWDavisRSL 15 months ago from Eastern NC

As #lions44 said, Clinton will have 99% of the mainstream media on her side, doing everything they can to shield her. The problem with both parties is that the people who might be best for the job have better sense than to run.


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perrya 15 months ago Author

Well, sometimes too much choice is paralyzing. This race for the republicans presents this. There is not a single candidate that possesses all the traits one likes. It is more like, elements exist in many of them that are good. Not that I vote republican, although I have, I just don't like any one enough to vote for them. I am dubious about Hillary. Maybe I won't vote.


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emge 15 months ago from Abu Dhabi

Perrya, this also goes for all US presidents after Roosevelt. Not one can be termed 'great'

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