On the Republican side of the race for president there are three bad choices plus one. Running at the head of the pack is Donald J. Trump. He likes to say that he is beholden to no one, which is true. He is in it for his own aggrandizement. He would like to turn America into his personal corporation for bankrupting.

Behind Trump runs the forked tongue orator, the trusty one, Senator Ted Cruz, the darling of those evangelicals whose affections Trump can’t steal. Mr. Cruz has no qualms about throwing American under the bus if it serves his own twisted ends.

Then there is the conservative governor of Ohio, John Kasich. Amongst the Republican candidates for president, the governor is by far the one best suited for Americans all. Unfortunate he is not liked by the Republican establishment because he won’t play ball with the special interest that bankroll the GOP.

And finally there is “little” Marco Rubio. The senator is the darling of the Republican establishment. He is for whatever it is that the fossil fuel industry, the military industrial complex or the NRA wants. His problem is that the Republican base understands that he is a walking taking, one man K Street and hate him for it.

How the Republicans try to unravel this mess should prove entertaining or perhaps very scary.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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