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2016 seems OPEN to me and I think that’s POTENTIALLY GOOD NEWS for AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON!

I am seeing an interesting occurrence:  No one of the 2016 favorites are catching fire with the GOP voters or the electorate at large.  Governor Rick Perry was indicted – actually indicted!  (Talk about overcriminalization!)  Governor Scott Walker was attempted to be smeared by what seems to be rogue prosecutors, Governor Chris Christie has not totally escaped the “bridgegate” issue and Senator Rand Paul, although he has some interesting things to say, seems to not be totally trusted in his own party.  My other hero, Governor Jindal, has not lit a fire under anybody.  And former Governor Jeb Bush?  Well, for starters, he’s a Bush and I think a Bush v. Clinton race is or ought to be avoided in a constitutional Republic.

Consider this article where evangelical leaders (a powerful and influential group to say the least) are anxious about potential choices in 2016.

Perched on the edge of his chair in a study overflowing with books, Pastor Gino Geraci reels off the Republicans he no longer believes in. His friend Mike Huckabee is an “odd bird” who couldn’t win a general election. Sarah Palin doesn’t inspire him with her “cliched responses to difficult questions.” Rand Paul is “fascinating but frustrating.”

Of all the Republicans weighing a bid for president in 2016, the only one who puts a smile on Geraci’s face is doctor-turned-conservative-media-darling Ben Carson. And yet, Geraci concedes, Carson is “not in the mainstream” and has little chance of ever being elected.

I would say to Pastor Geraci:  Consider Ambassador John Bolton.  I like the email I got from him the other day (along with eight million others in spite of the “Dear Sandy” greeting!)

Dear Sandy,

As the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, my eyes have long been open to the dangerous biases and political agendas in play at the U.N. It is at the core of my mission to share these facts with the American people, and why I am writing today.

The United Nations has lost its way, and now we MUST take action.

In the midst of the current Hamas-Israel hostilities, and well before, U.N. institutions and agencies have behaved so outrageously that they’ve inflicted severe damage to the United Nation’s reputation and credibility.

The bottom line is that the United States can no longer excuse or ignore the egregious anti-Israel bias we’ve seen out of U.N. institutions, period.

Will you sign our Petition to Defund Anti-U.S. Agencies at the United Nations, such as the Human Rights Council? By following this link, you can help me urge Congress to immediately withdraw funding from the flawed and failed Human Rights Council and STOP funding other biased U.N. agencies.

That “Dear Sandy” sounds good, doesn’t it!  But what the ambassador needs is to show (and I am sure he is waiting until after the November elections) is what I said before at this blog:  Bolton can unite all sections of the GOP:  Tea Partiers, establishment conservatives, libertarians who are concerned about sovereignty and the Constitution, gun rights activists, national security conservatives, and yes even evangelicals.  But he needs to get the message out there.  Go to Iowa.  Go to New Hampshire.  Go to South Carolina.  Speak for people.  And tell your faith story.

Now I “know” Bolton is running for President or giving it very serious thought.  You do not name a PAC after you if you are not running for something and President (or maybe a VP nod covertly) is the only job worthy at this point for Bolton.  Now the ambassador would be an awesome Secretary of State but again, you do not name a PAC after yourself if you are not seeking to promote yourself and the only reason to do that is to run for President.  Bolton would even be a fabulous Vice President – if Lord forbid something should happen to the President, Ambassador Bolton could hit the ground running.  He would be capable of service and most GOP voters know it.  Again, I think he’s interested in at least using the run to promote issues and facts that he thinks need to be brought up in debates.

Check out this first ad in of all places:  New Hampshire!

No one spends that kind of time in an ad talking to do the disclaimer required unless this is also to promote one’s self.  This ad is not even aimed at the general voter but rather GOP base voters.  Note the juxtaposition of liberty at home and security abroad:  Clearly aimed at libertarian leaning GOP voters.  I can’t wait for Ambassador Bolton’s announcement.  I might have some clout in Iowa who knows (although I have more clout based on twitter in the UK!) and  I did support Ron Paul in 2008 and ’12!  And I am a proud out of the closet – wait for it – evangelical!

Bolton’s PAC will have another ad out in:  North Carolina.

PS:  Here is the site for the defunding petition (reading Bolton’s site makes me want to run for something so I can ask the ambassador to endorse me!  Think Hanover soil and water director will do it?  I didn’t think so either…) but I’d rather you go to your senator’s website, especially if he or she is an uncertain Republican and ask them to vote NO on the UN Disabilities Treaty.  Just say no to Bob Dole.  I wish Ambassador Bolton would speak out on this right now.  Go to key senators and get them to hold the line.  He has a good chance to win and when he does, he gains stature.  Presidential gravitas.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

6 Responses to “2016 seems OPEN to me and I think that’s POTENTIALLY GOOD NEWS for AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON!”

  1. Jerry Gore says:

    For some reason when I see or hear Bolton I am always reminded so much of that phalanx of NeoconRinos which were salted like iron pyrites throughout the shrub bush administration, especially defense and state departments, such as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and Doug Feith who were the visible hand maidens for others hard-wired into the billy kristal/john podhoretz network of hawkish progressive intellectuals — so I will be up front and simply say I would not trust Bolton until I could see and vet his appointments into all the first and second tier policy jobs in the defense and state departments.

  2. Jerry Gore says:

    I too suspect Bolton would keep the US strong and sovereign! If he uses the powers enumerated within our CONSTITUTION as they were intended by the Founders I will be happy to help pull his wagon; but if he puts self and special interests before our Nation’s lawful essential interests I will turn on him just as I have turned on every administration, regardless of party, where politics has trumped the supreme laws of our land.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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