As the year winds down it appears that Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio will go into 2016 as the only legitimate contenders for the GOP nomination. The other candidates have either faded away or were never able to get their campaigns off the ground. On Dec. 15, I watched the last debates for 2015 on CNN and came away shaking my head over some of the things I heard from persons who want to be president. Jeb Bush finally acted like a viable candidate who actually wants the job, but it may be too late to revive a dead campaign.

During the last debate Donald Trump was even more of the pompous man who has been looking down his nose at all the other candidates for weeks. Trump would be Americans’ worst nightmare if he were to be nominated by the GOP and then somehow elected in the fall. No person could have predicted this time last year that Trump would be leading the pack with Jeb Bush totally out of the picture. Frankly, I don’t fully understand how this man is leading the polls at this juncture. However, I do know that the American people are pretty well fed up with politics as usual in our nation’s capital. They have no confidence in Congress and believe the lawmakers controlled by the super rich and special interests. How things have changed since Bill Clinton left office!

One of the most qualified candidates – Sen. Lindsey Graham – dropped out of the race on Dec. 21. Sen. Graham would have made a very good president. His focus was on national security and he laid out some practical solutions to some very big problems.

Jere L. Beasley, Beasley Allen Founder
Jere Beasley

Jere Beasley, the founding member of Beasley Allen Law Firm, has practiced law as an advocate for victims of wrongdoing since 1962. He was the lead Beasley Allen attorney in the record $11.9 billion award against ExxonMobil Corp. on behalf of the state of Alabama.

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