Can’t the 2016 campaign wait?

Potential candidates abound

By The Mercury

You’d think it was too soon to be thinking about the 2016 presidential race. If contemplation of the event this far in advance were to be outlawed, we’d be OK with that.

But whether obscene, in poor taste or just premature, the 2016 presidential election campaign is already under way — never mind that next year’s mid-term elections are first on the schedule.

Americans can try to resist paying attention, in part by vowing not to vote for anyone who actively campaigns until after the mid-terms. But that would eliminate some well qualified individuals whose jobs already have a way of taking them to Iowa, New Hampshire and other states with early primaries.

Some of the candidates, or potential candidates are between jobs, so to speak. Among those, of course, is Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state, former senator and former first lady; Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor who’s the brother and son of former presidents, and perhaps, Rick Perry, a former candidate who’s giving up the Texas governorship to do whatever strikes his fancy. He’s available.

Among potential candidates who might give up one government job for the White House are Vice President Joe Biden and a handful of governors and U.S. senators and representatives. A partial list —space precludes the entire list — includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Rep. and former vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, and others.

Another list — former elected officials and assorted individuals who have at least expressed some interest — includes credible candidates like Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum and less credible candidates like Donald Trump, Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. Others are sure to surface, if only for the 15 minutes they feel entitled to.

Perhaps in three summers Americans will be talking about a showdown between Mrs. Clinton and Gov. Christie or Sen. Rubio. And perhaps those three will have made critical errors or been caught in scandals and have fallen by the wayside.

Two of the many people who won’t be candidates are President Barack Obama, who is not eligible, and Anthony Weiner, whose ambitions don’t mask the fact that he is a creepy adolescent masquerading as an adult.

When the time comes, we’ll likely have plenty of good choices. Here’s hoping we choose wisely.

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