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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz answers questions from the media after speaking at the Freedom 2015 National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines, Iowa November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

According to an old saying, a politician looks to the next election, but a statesman concentrates on the next generation. Unfortunately, several Republican presidential candidates seem as though they don’t even consider the next election—the November contest in which the party must unite to beat Hillary Clinton. John Kasich’s campaign released a loathsome ad implicitly comparing Donald Trump to Hitler—but any Republican will need Trump’s support to win the general election.

Meanwhile, The Donald himself compared Ben Carson to a child molester and called him a “sick puppy” so how can he expect Carson to campaign with him for November? Ted Cruz regularly assaults leaders of his own party as “RINOS” and liars, insisting all who back any sort of immigration reform actually favor “amnesty.” He’d be the most divisive GOP nominee since Goldwater, who lost 44 states.

Candidates who try to win the nomination by trashing their rivals and splitting the party offer a path to sure defeat in 2016.

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  1. Lee  •  Dec 1, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Sadly Mike is starting to get worried that his beloved, warmongering neocon Ken doll with his canned game show host answers and constant reminding to us that his dad was a bartender anytime he doesn’t want to answer a direct question can’t seem to get any traction over 10%. Perhaps the great Weekly Standard Hope’s support of Hilary’s overthrowing of order in Libya as well as his contention that we should threaten to shoot down Russian planes actually doing something against ISIS instead of contracting it out to Al Nusra “moderates” is about as dumb as saying overthrowing a secular dictator in Iraq would be a cakewalk that cost us nothing thanks to oil revenues and would allow democracy to flourish without a whiff of Suni/Shia conflict in the region.

    Go forbid we ever let those incompetent think tank Rambos who talk tough with other kids blood and sacrifice anywhere near the levers of power ever again. There won’t be another generation and it won’t be just the GOP who faces disaster.

  2. Kenneth Wright  •  Dec 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    We need someone who can unite the party and beat Hillary and that is Rubio. That does not mean I do not have misgivings about him. He was naive when he gave in to Democrats in the gang of 8 by granting legal status before securing the boarder and visa system. He also rewards breaking the law with a path to citizenship. Securing the boarder would never have happened because it not good for Democrats. We need to secure the boarder and e verify before deciding what to do with the people here illegally. . We need someone who will be able to negotiate with the likes of Putin, Ali Khamenei and the Democrats. I hope he has grown up a bit since then. He seems to have changed his position on the gang of 8.

  3. Lee  •  Dec 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    “Negotiate with Putin…” Are you serious? The moron wants to confront him even further. It’s flat out dangerous and stupid. Just as the neocons before took the focus off Al Qaeda to overthrow secular dictatorships to remake the Mideast, they now want a wider conflict with Russia and have no problem using Islamic crazies to serve as proxy troops. He’s already given support to Islamist Erdogan of Turkey shooting down a Russian plane. Turkey and Saudi Arabia are financing all these crazies.

    Despite his phony smile, he’s George W with the added ability to actually string two sentences together, McCain minus the outward insanity and Lindsay Graham minus the effeminate hysteria.

  4. Fletch  •  Dec 5, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t think Trump would be very good.

    Moses assaulted/killed an Egyptian who he disagreed with, but went on to be a great leader. Cruz isn’t perfect, but I think he would be a good leader.

  5. Luis Guzman  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    They are all divisive, by either saying something bad or not saying anything about each other, what is important here is, is it true? Yes, truth matters, the people are tired of political correctness and specific plans that never materialize, thats why Trump, Cruz & Carson are in the lead. Better to expect the unexpected from the unusual suspects in this case, than trusting a very disappointing Republican establishment that can’t deliver anything significant to the people anymore. A coin has two faces and when you toss it, usually lands on heads, or tales, never in the middle.

  6. Brian Harmon, Retired Econ Professor  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    So far all of the polls I have seen show that, as of now, any of the Republican top 8 or so could beat Hilary Clinton, with the (possible) exception of Trump.
    I don’t think it is fair for Mr. Medved to accuse Cruz of being overly nasty for referring to wide-scale granting of citizenship to illegal aliens ‘amnesty.’
    When Reagan did it, he called it amnesty.
    Forgiving criminal behavior, if done by a chief executive for one person, is called a pardon. For a large group, it can be called amnesty. That is true even if you slap the offenders’ wrists sharply and make them pay a fine.

  7. stephanie hart  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    So Michael, who do you think can do this? You failed to mention that. Just wondering what your solution would be to the problem. Look at what Paul Ryan did, he just made the Conservative Americans madder than ____! He is Establishment Insider and this Omnibus bill just divided us more than before. So if Establishment divides, and Outsiders divide then what is YOUR ANSWER????? You failed to mention that….

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