|Fiorina: The next great hope or the next Bachmann?|
A lot of the news coverage of the 2016 race that ISN'T about Donald Trump this week has centered around the rise of Carly Fiorina into the top tier. In some polls, Ms. Fiorina is now 2nd to the Donald.
So now, "that face" is on all of the news channels opining about how wonderful she is and how many phone calls she would make to Putin and a gaggle of world dictators and terrorists when she arrives in the White House.
But that doesn't mean that Carly Fiorina will be the nominee.
We've seen in the last few cycles, that this media-driven process will elevate candidates and tear them down just as quickly.
And it's time to let you in on a little secret, it's because their records do not match their rhetoric.
Voters are clamoring for a consistent conservative. We want someone who talks like a conservative articulately and forcefully during the campaigns, but also leads and votes like a conservative in the in between years.
The problem with many of these candidates is that they rocket to the top because of a few good debates or media savvy appearances without the substance to back that up. Once people begin seriously looking at them as a candidate, they begin to read the terrible, horrible, no good things they've said and done in their political past. Suddenly today's version of Margaret Thatcher reveals herself to be nothing more than a slightly less radical Hillary Clinton.
This happened last time to Rick Perry when he revealed himself to be a doofus during a debate and when people realized that he wasn't as rock solid in practice as he was in speeches. It also happened to Michele Bachmann when people realized she was crazy.
Carly Fiorina is an articulate and dynamic speaker on the trail and in debates. There is no question on that. The question remains in her spotty record. Pick an issue and she's been on both sides. Donated to Hillary in 2008 shortly before advising John McCain's ill-fated campaign? Check. Pro-choice before becoming pro-life? Check. Made fun of her opponent's appearance before playing the victim card when someone did that to her? Check. Supporter of TARP and big corporate bailouts? Check.
Once voters begin paying attention to her record, they realize that the Thatcher-esque Fiorina on stage is just an act like Lady Macbeth in the Globe Theater.
The only candidate thus far to be immune to the polling pitfalls of having a radically different campaign from his past positions and actions is Donald Trump. And he's largely being supported because of his celebrity. He gushed last night about the glory of eminent domain, so let's see if any conservatives wake up from that one.
That is why Ted Cruz has a real shot at the nomination. When sober-minded conservatives look to make their selection for president, they will be looking for someone that won't betray them. In that regard, Ted Cruz stands out from the crowd. He's the most remarkably consistent candidate in a generation. What he says during the heat of the campaign is what he will do during his tenure in office. That is absolutely horrifying to the GOP leadership, but refreshingly inspiring to the unwashed masses in the conservative grassroots.
Fiorina has her day in the sun. Let's see if she stands up to scrutiny.
From a long-term perspective, there still really only seems to be 4 possible GOP nominees: Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Marco Rubio.
Let's hope the people rise up to reignite the promise of America with a consistent conservative instead of embracing another summer romance with a campaign conservative.