454 days until the next Presidential Election on November 8th 2016. So many candidates and so much time to think about a choice. 17 Republicans and 5 Democrats.... and still counting. Hillary, Bernie, Jeb, ( maybe Joe?) George, Rand, Scott, Marco....on and on it goes. Who is actually capable of leading this country? Does any candidate have a " resume" that truly indicates that they are qualified? Hey, are any (many) of them in the race to just build name recognition and make money on the speaking circuit?
Then there is ideology versus experience and leadership ability, i.e, Donald Trump with his thumb on the nuclear trigger. I don't know about the Donald, but still (and strangely), I find him appealing. Enough to get my vote?
This is local as we all know that NH has long had the reputation as first in the nation in primaries and a unique way of vetting candidates and weeding out the wannabees from the real thing.Unfortunately though, along with the candidates coming to our state, there is the steady stream of attack ads from PACs that have no way of being challenged except by countering with another attack ad. Somehow, we have to sift through all that and make an informed choice.
With so many candidates on both ends (and most places in the middle) of the political spectrum, the clear choice may not be so obvious in the end. The world has some serious problems to solve and there are no simple easy solutions. We need true leadership in Washington, not only from the party in power, but from the minority as well. We can't continue the status quo of doing nothing in between elections but trying to tear down the previous winners. No one is always right and no one is always wrong. The dangers we face today are very real and cannot be discounted. Is there any candidate that can bring this country together and not push us further apart? 454 days to find out.