Things can turn on a dime, a lot can/will change in the next 4 years - but I’m not sure a Repub can win in 2016. That said, my 1st choice is probably Marco Rubio. Repubs can’t win without a big showing among hispanics - that’s just the way it is. Rubio’s story is compelling and I think he is conservative enough - but mainly, I think he might be able to win. Santorum would be demonized relentlessly by media regarding social issues. I think he’s a good man, but it is what it is. Whomever the Repubs nominate he/she will be up against their Dem opponent, media and what has now become an important group in American politics - the Recipient Class. I’ve been disappointed in my 2nd choice lately,Christie - but he’s in your face outspoken. One of the problems we have among Repubs is timidity. It might have cost Romney the election - example: he remained silent in the face of moderator Candy Crowley’s debate debacle regarding Benghazi/al Queda resurgeance - he stood silently and allowed her to bail out Obama on the issue. Christie isn’t intimidated and, by the way, neither is my 3rd choice - Rand Paul. Rand Paul is Ron Paul’s son - he isn’t Ron Paul.
I will be interested in watching how this saga unfolds among Rubio, Christie and Rand Paul between now and the next presidential election. Would be no surprise if someone none of us are talking about takes center stage.
That said, barring some event or revelation media can’t ignore or explain away to her benefit, I think Hillary Clinton is our next President - if she decides to run.
I know some of you are thinking, “Yeah, but what about Benghazi?” Our media will run interference for her all day long. I think the chances of any lasting damage to her over Benghazi is VERY slim. Too bad, all she has accomplished as Sec Of State is log air miles- she has been notably ineffective and with respect to Benghazi, downright incompetent.
All that said - we have to fill congress with conservatives to make any real headway, and I’m not sure that will ever happen.
The importance of having the bulk of media working to get you elected can’t be overstated - IMHO. How else can one explain a failed president being reelected?