Political Outsiders Continue to Dominate the Republican Primary

by Dave Batcheller, September 2015

Emerging from the horde of Republican contenders for the U.S. Presidency, several political newcomers have surged to the top during this early campaign season. This surge has been led by Donald Trump, a billionaire, high-profile real estate developer and television personality. Also making a significant impact are Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, and Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlitt-Packard. These three, according to both Fox News and CNN, now have a combined percentage of support totaling 53%, which is the majority of Republican voters. Their rise in popularity clearly reveals rising levels of dissatisfaction among Republican voters. Other candidates, such Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul, already career politicians, have also attempted to distance themselves from the stigma of Washington D.C. politics.

With Congressional approval ratings dipping to an abysmal 14% (according to the latest Gallup polls), it is clear that American voters have grown extremely weary of “politics as usual.” As a further indication of these trends, Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, just received his lowest approval rating ever at 23%, and Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, polled at only a 22% approval rating. The rise of these political outsiders during the early stages of the Republican primary cycle clearly reflects discontent. It is obvious that GOP voters are viewing their leaders with ever-increasing distrust, and it shows with their early support of these unconventional candidates. They are clamoring for real change, fresh ideas and solutions, a breakthrough in partisan politics, and a return to the Constitution and more traditional American values.

Americans now face multiple obstacles to our national unity and prosperity, such as racial tensions, illegal immigration, a looming financial crisis, and foreign policies that threaten both our security and national sovereignty. The deepening chasms of partisan politics and cultural values also continue to divide us at alarming rates. Within the Republican Party itself, this polarization has been fueled by The Tea Party and a desperate attempt to reestablish the party’s identity and credibility with the American people. All of these factors have led many to believe that the 2016 election may very well be a real crossroads in our history–one which determines our fate and future as a nation.

Whether the early lead of these outside candidates will hold until the 2016 election is difficult to predict, but you can be sure the Republican Party Machine will not favor one of these outsiders. They will, sooner or later, attempt to wear them out, beat them down, or otherwise discredit them in order to secure a more “acceptable” candidate to continue their agenda. The fact that these candidates are now enjoying such support may indeed be a last minute burst of energy by We the People to restore our government to sanity and its proper Constitutional role.

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