Frankenstein: The Ideal GOP Candidate

It’s fitting that a monster should be the candidate of the Part of War and Plutocracy

“Brooks acknowledged that the field is using rhetoric “that’s not very libertarian, that’s a lot more aggressive on foreign policy than we’ve seen in a long time.”

“Kristol issued a cautionary note: Billionaires, he said, “can be a problem.” When candidates spend too much time with wealthy donors, “as a result, they have a slightly weird view about what people care about and where the voters really are.” He cited the fact that candidates often discuss cutting capital-gains taxes, while voters are more likely to be interested in lowering payroll taxes, as one example.”


By Yoni Applebaum

The Atlantic

ASPEN, Colo.—The perfect Republican candidate for president, two leading conservatives suggested, might be like Frankenstein: cobbled together from bits and pieces taken from other candidates in the crowded field.

That suggestion came amid growing consensus within the conservative establishment as to who the strongest candidates might be, if not which issues they ought to be emphasizing.

Arthur C. Brooks of the free market-oriented American Enterprise Institute singled out former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He took care to add that all Republican senators in the field should, by virtue of their office, be included in that top tier.


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