Short List: Empty
Watch List: Thompson, Gingrich, Brownback, Hunter, Tancredo
Despite open questons for all these, consider the secondary criteria:
A. Meaningful executive, or organizational leadership, experience,Given there are issues keeping all these off the short list, I consider clear issues with the secondary criteria to also be disqualifying. I've also tracked down new information regarding the 5 non-negotiables (5nn). Here's the updated list:
B. A compelling American vision to project from the bully pulpit,
C. An appreciation of subsidiarity and solidarity,
D. A dedication to the proposition and an understanding why governments are instituted among men.
Candidate - Status (5nn, support above zero, secondary criteria)
- Fred Thomspon - DQ (TBD, yes, A)
- Newt Gingrich (unofficial) - DQ (3, yes, OK)
- Sam Brownback - Watch (OK , no, OK)
- Duncan Hunter - DQ (OK, no, A)
- Ron Paul - DQ (OK, no, A)
- Tom Tancredo - Watch (OK, no, TBD-B)
I'll be adding Fred Thompson back to the watch list on the next go 'round, still pending clarity on the five non-negotiables because a grace period is reasonable given the fact he hasn't been a formal candidate for very long. Not making these positions clear in good order, however, will be held against him. How committed are you if you are unwilling to communicate where you stand?