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This is a huge number of Republican candidates who have officially declared they are running for President in 2016. The liar media only makes it more confusing with their news coverage. A lesson that each candidate needs to learn is to be wary, very wary of the liar media. They will not be doing their campaign any favors by appearing to play into every gotcha trick from the liar media. There are some who are having angst and heartburn and worry that the candidate of their choice will suffer from this circus atmosphere. All I can say about that is. . . CHILL.

Everything is eventually going to sort itself out. It will be sorted out in the local caucuses and primaries by the voters. It will be further sorted out in meetings of precinct committee members of local Republican parties on the delegates they send to the national convention. We are going to learn how many of these 16 truly understand the sausage-making aspects of the campaign. Cue Cold Warrior’s appeal for conservatives to do more than just vote. They need to become precinct committee members.

We thought it helpful to condense the 16 candidates into 5 wings. This should help one understand why a set of candidates are appealing or repulsive to them. It might also make some reconsider their opinions if they find a candidate they like the most and a candidate they hate the most are both part of the same wing. The only significance of the photo we used is that they represent the youngest declared candidate in each of the 5 wings. We don’t hide any political bias, and we describe the 5 wings starting with the worst and ending with the best.

Progressive wing:
It’s been around for more than a century starting with Teddy Roosevelt.
Description: These are the candidates who believe “you have to lose the primary to win the general election.” They see the issues in the party platform the conservative base cares the most about as needless distractions at best, or impeding the winning of elections at worst. They’re not having an existential debate with the Left, only one of dueling vested interests. Since they accept many of the Left’s worldview premises and are therefore progressives themselves, their big dispute with the Left is whether to empower corporations (their interests) or government (the Left’s interests).

The kind of voters they appeal to: Party loyalists whose credo is “a bad Republican is still better than a good Democrat.” Those who believe the conservative base has gone cuckoo. Voters that aren’t ideologically driven but driven by celebrity, polls, and “electability.” Progressives who want to see more public-private partnerships on implementing policy as opposed to the pure statism advocated by Obama.

Candidates in this category (in order by age):
George Pataki
Born: June 24th, 1945 (age 70)

John Kasich
Born: May 13th, 1952 (age 63)

Jeb Bush
Born: February 11th, 1953 (age 62)

Lindsey Graham
Born: July 9th, 1955 (age 60)

Chris Christie
Born: September 6th, 1962 (age 52)

Evangelical wing that enables progressives:
This wing began to become important when Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson got involved in Republican politics in the 1970’s.
Description: These are the candidates who want to command the bully pulpit to call America back to her spiritual roots. They want to focus on the traditional family. If they can prevail on these issues they have shown a willingness to enable the progressive wing by not fighting with them on any of the other issues. They are willing to take one for the team to avoid a fight.

The kind of voters they appeal to: Those who are more than just frustrated with the current direction of the country, but are looking for someone to communicate a message or advance a policy that is dramatically different. These voters tend to be less party people and more movement-oriented. These voters basically have a single issue value that drives their politics.

Candidates in this category (in order by age):
Mike Huckabee
Born: August 24th, 1955 (age 59)

Rick Santorum
Born: May 10th, 1958 (age 57)

Protest wing:
This wing gets going at times when there are deep divisions and anger among Republicans. Recent examples are the campaigns of Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, and Gary Johnson.
Description: These candidates channel their inner Howard Beale “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!!” They are seeking a wider following than the Republican base by finding voters who are disgusted with all of the elected politicians of both parties and really loathe political correctness. The Republican Party has never had someone from this wing win the nomination. However, this wing is very much a key factor for the Republican to win in the general election. The factor is positive when the protest candidate endorses the Republican nominee and directs his followers to do likewise, and the factor is negative when the candidate decides to run as a third party candidate in the general election.

The kind of voters they appeal to: They appeal to the same mindset as the evangelical wing, only on a much wider and broader scale.

Candidates in this category (in order by age):
Donald Trump
Born: June 14th, 1946 (age 69)

Dr. Ben Carson Sr.
Born: September 18th, 1951 (age 63)

Rand Paul
Born: January 7th, 1963 (age 52)

Reformers wing:
This wing has been part of the party from the very beginning in 1854.
Description: These candidates focus more on good, common sense government than ideology. That isn’t to say they’re not ideological, but they believe they can only be ideological up until the point it gets in the way of what they see as responsible governance. Instead of running on issues, these candidates are running on resume. Reformers stress accomplishment and/or policy that is the most amenable to all sides.

The kind of voters they appeal to: Those who believe the system is still salvageable with the right manager. Or who want to avoid all-out civil war within the Republican Party by finding a candidate who may not be the boldest, but instead the most amenable to all sides. Reformers also appeal to conservatives who think the American people will not elect a true movement conservative as president.

Candidates in this category (in order by age):
Rick Perry
Born: March 4th, 1950 (age 65)

Carly Fiorina
Born: September 6th, 1954 (age 60)

Scott Walker
Born: November 2nd, 1967 (age 47)

Marco Rubio
Born: May 28th, 1971 (age 44)

Full-spectrum movement conservatism wing:
This wing came into bloom with William F. Buckley in the 1950’s. President Ronald Reagan has been the greatest achiever in this wing.
Description: These candidates are out to prove Republicans are losing because they’ve abandoned full-spectrum, movement conservativism. They believe in human liberty but understand that liberty itself can not lead to an earthly utopia. They are a far different mold than the stereotypical angry or dour faced conservative. They are dedicated to explaining the relationship between free market capitalism and Christian morality.

The kind of voters they appeal to: These voters don’t really seem to care what the media thinks, even Fox News, about their candidates. In fact, the collective disdain of the media might even further cement their support for a given candidate. They’re looking for a president who doesn’t just move the needle, but moves the center back to the right after the age of Obama. These are the coalition of voters that Ronald Reagan put together.

Candidates in this category (in order by age):
Ted Cruz
Born: December 22nd, 1970 (age 44)

Bobby Jindal
Born: June 10th, 1971 (age 44)

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I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.