Michael is a senior at the Jewish Community High School in San Francisco, where he is the (self proclaimed) standard bearer of conservatives on campus. He runs his school’s «Young Republican’s Club,» as well as the statewide high school conservative organization «Golden State Teenage Conservatives.» Michael enjoys political discussion, classic Russian food, BBQ, skeet shooting, and competitive swimming.
The 2016 GOP nomination race can seem fast paced and confusing. I will be writing bi-weekly articles for the rest of the race that will condense and analyze recent events. This edition explains what this series will be about, as well as identifies the underlying question I will be trying to answer.
Every article will be divided into two parts. The first will be an exploration of recent political events and turmoil, while the second will provide an in-depth look at a particular «candidate of the week.» This look will recount their performance, their electability, and what the candidate could do to improve their odds. Some weeks, this could mean looking at current front runners such as Donald Trump or Marco Rubio. However, it is also just as important to analyze failed candidates, especially those who were once seen as front runners, such as Scott Walker.
The underlying question my articles will attempt to answer is «what makes a candidate electable?» This is a question with many layers of potential answers. First off, we need to define electable. Electable to what? The top tier debate? The nomination? The presidency? To reach the top tier debate, a candidate needs one of three things: To be well liked, to have popular or intelligent-sounding opinions, or to be good at pandering. To receive the nomination, the candidate must have charisma and likability, and must hold popular opinions. To win the office of the presidency, however, the nominee must possess the triple crown: Likability, intelligent opinions that excite both sides of the isle, and most importantly, the ability to convey said opinions clearly and articulately.
Join us next week when we analyze recent events, as well as former presidential candidate Governor Scott Walker!