Chris Christie and Bobby have officially announced and John Kasich, governor of Ohio has joined the fray. Plus, we have one of the first broad polls run by The Economist/YouGov. I've put the percentages the candidates was selected at the 1st or 2nd choice in parentheses.
Key: * = declared, (x%,y%) = most recent poll 1st and 2nd choice percentage, Italics = I consider them all but out of the race based upon the poll numbers. Elmer Fudd Line = People below this line I consider loony toons.
#1 - George Patacki* (0%/0%) - The man is actually sane and did a pretty good job as governor of New York. I don't see how the hell he's going to win a Republican primary but you never know. This might be the guy the money can combine behind.
#2 - Jeb Bush* (11%/7%) - Apparently Jeb thinks the way to grow the economy if for people to work longer hours. After being pinged on that he sort of revised it to earn more income. Florida survived him as governor and he couldn't possibly be as bad as brother Dubya. But the man needs to learn that he's not Hispanic as he claimed once. Jeb doesn't really seem to understand what's going on in Iraq either. Still, after thinking about it I think I prefer him over Rubio.
#3 - John Kasich (2%/2%) - this is a very preliminary positioning but given his fiscal conservative abd business background this guy might actually be interesting to consider. I don't go for his abortion position but he doesn't strike me as completely crazy. For a Republican he might actually be acceptable.
#4 - Donald Trump* (15%/12%) - I've moved Trump up because he's starting to grow on me. If nothing else he stands by what he says. The man may not have any political experience but he knows his way around finances. He has a tendency to say some strange stuff but he's not loony toons. It's a toss-up between him and Fiorina but she at least has run a political campaign.
#5 - Marco Rubio* (9%/7%) - I don't agree with Rubio on a lot but he doesn't strike me as completely crazy like a few of the others in this field. One big problem with Marco is he seems to be intent on avoiding difficult questions rather than addressing them. Not a terribly encouraging trait for a potential president.
#6 - Chris Christie* (6%/8%) - Anything to get him out of New Jersey. Besides, Christie would at least be entertaining as hell. If it weren't for his idiotic deal with Exxon-Mobil, I might even list him higher.
#7 - Rand Paul* (11%/7%) - Like his dad, not only does Paul not have any solutions, he doesn't even understand the questions. This is a man that wants to eliminate Meals on Wheels because seniors that can't afford food should depend upon charity. His stand against the Patriot Act however moves him ahead of Cruz.
#8 - Carly Fiorina* (3%/5%) - There's a reason she's an ex-CEO. Aside from missing all sorts of earning goals while at HP she was known as a divisive factor and laid off thousands of workers while sending jobs overseas. Eventually the HP board had enough and booted her ass out. But I had to move her above the Fudd line. She's just incompetent and probably not crazy.
#9 - Rick Perry* (3%/5%) - OK, look, Perry sounds loony toons but I don't think he's really that crazy. He's certainly not as crazy as Cruz or Santorum so I'm sliding him in pretty low but above the Elmer Fudd Line. Perry thinks the Charleston shooting was an "accident." How did Texas survive having this yahoo as governor?
#10 - Lindsey Graham* (0%/1%) - I can go with about 50% of what I've heard this guy say which is much better than most of these turkeys. Unfortunately Lindsay thinks the Confederate Flag is part of "who we are" even though it's been used in a "racist way." I can't condone that sort of attitude so Graham drops big time.
=====THE ELMER FUDD LINE====
#11 - Ted Cruz* (4%/7%) - Cruz is hopeless but most of the others are even worse! Even so he continues to slide rapidly.
#12 - Scott Walker (9%/8%) - Talk about scrapping the bottom of the barrel. The more this guy opens his mouth the more of a clown he makes himself out to be.
#13 - Bobby Jindel* (2%/4%) - Undoubtedly the worst of the people that might actually be considered qualified. Look what a "great" job he did in Louisiana where the economy is in a shambles. Why would anyone vote for this turkey? The legislature refused to pass an RFRA due to pressure from the business community so Jindel issued an executive order to accomplish essentially the same thing. The mayor of New Orleans promptly issued a counter executive order. Nothing like a little chaos on the Bayou.
#14 - Rick Santorum* (2%/4%) - Yes, incredible as it may sound, there's someone even worse than Walker and Jindel. He's worse because I don't even consider this ass wipe qualified for the job. Santorum also side stepped the Confederate flag question. Yes Rick, it's an issue for the state but you must have some sort of personal opinion.
#15 - Ben Carson* (7%/7%) - This man is utterly delusional. I seriously believe that he has mental problems. I hope he gets regular brain scans just in case there's something growing up there. Supposedly Carson won a straw poll in South Carolina which goes to show you how dumb they are in South Carolina. However, Huckabee had the poor judgement to appear in Janet Porter's latest anti-gay propaganda film. Carson at least isn't that dumb.
#16 - Mike Huckabee* (9%/6%) - Mike has gone seriously down hill in the last eight years or so. He's dropped in my list because after thinking about who might be at least qualified to be president from this list, I can't honestly say I consider Huckabee, despite his stint as governor of Arkansas, to be qualified. Huckabee has at least posted his positions. Wilson had 14 points, God had ten commandments but Huckabee's got 18 pledges. To be honest I don't agree with many of them. Huckabee's latest nonsense is refusing to express an opinion on the Confederate Flag issue. Yes Mike, it's an issue for the state but you must have some sort of personal opinion.
So the top five would be considered to be:
#4 - Donald Trump* (15%/12%)
#2 - Jeb Bush* (11%/7%)
#7 - Rand Paul* (11%/7%)
#12 - Scott Walker (9%/8%)
#5 - Marco Rubio* (9%/7%)
Then we have Mike Huckabee an eyelash behind at in 6th #16 - Mike Huckabee* (9%/6%). However it should be noted that early polls are primarily based upon name recognition. Even so I think it's safe to say that Patacki and Graham look to be toast. So I'm going to put them in italics.