Smartest/Best/Brightest Current Republican Anyone's Heard Of
Basically who is the best. Ignore for a second you're own political views, who can win, who would run, etc. Simply, who is/would be if they were in it, the best face. Don't pick dad or grandpa, I have to know him.
ie, if you like Limbaugh, you better have a magical excuse, because he's ridiculous
ie, ie, I happen to disagree funtamentally with all but a handful of "Republican" (not Conservative) policies. Yet, I'm going to make an honest choice.
There ya go. Tell a friend because I only have a few Conservatives/Republicans/"Independants who are really Conservative but like saying they're "Independant" on my friend list.
Listening to General Powell's Larry King interview, I couldn't help but think, if that side of the debate were normally as logical, ethical, and thought out as he is,
regardless of what you think is right or wrong,
this country couldn't help but to be a better place.
Yes, I disagree with the majority of his opinions,
but unlike for ex. Bush Jr. I would trust at least he understands issues, and is doing his best.
Get him to run in 2016, and you guys may just have a chance.
I think Powell was the best guy that administration had, without a doubt. I mean when you just listen to him, he doesn't once stutter or skip a beat on his question. Most people pull off an 'uh' at least once in an interview. Powell is definately a smooth talker and really wants to do what he says, but alas he is a republican and if I must choose a republican I geuss I'd go with Powell, hands down.
I'm going to limit myself to current and recent history here, rather than the entire variegated history of "republicanism" in the U.S., since "Republican" means something very different today than it did two hundred years ago or, arguably, even thirty or forty years ago.
As far as modern-day Republicans go, I think Justice Scalia is probably the brightest and certainly one of the most influential of the bunch. I disagree with Scalia's conclusions on almost everything, but nobody can fault him for not being bright. He has written extensively on the judicial philosophy of originalism, of which he is the uncontested modern-day champion. His opinions for the Court are extraordinarily well-crafted and, frequently, scathing. He has a keen analytical mind. I don't agree with his politics nearly ever, but even so I enjoy reading his works.
Side: Justice Antonin Scalia
I don't really like any of them that much.
Huckabee is a nice guy... that's it. Way better as a talk show host than a possible president.
McCain was amazing. But he's got no balls, anymore.
Powell has good politics, but that's the thing, he plays politics. I don't really like politicians, and he's a true one. It's weird, because through most of the Bush Administration he seemed like a straight up, good guy. But that move he pulled with the election, it showed his true stripes... just another politician.
Bush Senior is cool. A really good president, as well. Too old to make a difference, though. Especially since everyone hates him now (because his son was in the wrong place at the wrong time).
Bush Junior I liked as a dude. I didn't agree with his views a lot of the time, but he seemed more like just a dude who's trying to do his best. Something I've never seen in presidents. Plus, he was a cool and tough guy.
But really... none of the Republicans actually stand out. Makes me wish Reagan would come back from the dead and take charge. Twood be epic.
Side: Republican Politicians are Politicians
He ran in 08 but was one of the underdogs. I just like him. Maybe it's the underdog thing.
I agree with him on just about everything.
He's not very popular. So to find a reason why he's horrible you will actually have to look him up. ((; That's what you get for being biased.
Side: Duncan Hunter
General Colin Powell has always been one of my favorite Republicans. I don't agree with all he says but he makes sense and doesn't hold a hard line unless he's thoroughly convinced of something. I think that after his retirement from staff he could have run and won the presidency.
From the Wikipedia entry:
+ He will "never vote for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution."
+ He regularly votes against almost all proposals for new government spending, initiatives, or taxes.
+ He also opposes the federal War on Drugs, and thinks the states should decide whether to regulate or deregulate drugs such as medical marijuana.
+ He has pledged never to raise taxes and states he has never voted to approve a budget deficit. Paul believes that the country could abolish the individual income tax by scaling back federal spending to its fiscal year 2000 levels; financing government operations would primarily come through the corporate income tax, excise taxes and tariffs.
Political Positions (en.wikipedia.org)
Side: Ron Paul
14 year old Jonathan Krohn.
I don't think he is the brightest current Republican, but I think he will get up there someday. Another name i'll throw out there is Newt Gingrich.
Side: Jonathan Krohn and Newt