Jedediah Bila has a great piece up at Human Events that provides a solid checklist of ten characteristics needed to be the next Republican president:
Conservatives can agree that President Obama must be a one-term President. America simply cannot afford more of his destructive policies. But what are the traits of the ideal GOP candidate who can defeat him?
(10) Someone with rock-solid executive experience. If you have successfully balanced budgets and conducted common-sense cost-benefit analysis, you’re already two up on our President. If you have acquired your understanding of the free market and the effects of tax policy and overregulation via the ups and downs of your very own business, you’ve far surpassed our President’s ivory tower knowledge base.
(9) Someone with a strong and consistent conservative record. If you have significantly reduced spending in your city/state, invested in city/state savings, advocated for the protection of the 10th amendment, lowered taxes, generated a city/state surplus via fiscally responsible policy, and incentivized job creation, you are the perfect contrast to President Obama’s big-government, tax-and-spend, job-killing, bankrupt-our-country agenda.
(7) Someone who is gutsy. When it comes to 2012, wimps need not apply. The GOP candidate who can defeat Barack Obama is one willing to respectfully, but boldly, counter his platitude-heavy, fictional discourse with, “Actually, Mr. President, that’s not what you did.” Political figures with a history of bravely taking on the Left and the GOP in the name of upholding conservative principles are sure to draw a prominent line between our President’s contrasting record and rhetoric, which is an absolute must.
(1) Someone who can inspire confidence and be a true embodiment of America’s strength and founding principles in matters of foreign policy. At the end of the day, an ideal GOP presidential candidate must inspire confidence by articulating his/her accomplishments, strengths, and positive vision for America, while clearly and concisely exposing our President’s false claims. Perhaps most importantly, you must be a solid representative of America’s fortitude and exceptionalism when dealing with world leaders. See President Reagan for details.
So, there you have it. Will most GOP candidates possess the majority of these traits? No, but some will come close. And there just might be one of you out there who has them all.
Read the whole piece here. Can you think of someone who may have all of these traits?