Over the past two decades, devotees of the Republican party and the advancement of its principles have been well served by a strong stomach. Indeed, one could scarcely blame them for feeling as if they were riding on a roller coaster, with one important difference: At least if they were on a carnival ride, they could theoretically have asked that it be stopped so they could get off.

As far back as 1994, the GOP enjoyed a political windfall when midterm election results awarded them control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Termed then the “Republican Revolution”, some optimistic fellows on the right even dared to declare that a permanent majority had begun, with the US congress becoming red for the foreseeable future. They suffered under a Democratic President at the time, but had high hopes of changing that in two short years.

Frustration in the presidential election of 1996, however, resulting in the reelection of President Bill Clinton, meant that the Republicans would have to wait a total of six years after their landslide to take the White House and dominate American government. Unfortunately, this was when the roller coaster began to dip, as President George W Bush would prove to be one of the least popular commanders in chief in the nation's history, provoking a backlash against Republican rule that began in the 2006 midterms – ending the supposed “permanent majority” in the Senate - and culminated in 2008 with the election of current President Barack Obama. The Revolution was over.

Or was it? While unmistakably starting strong, President Obama's current approval ratings place him just slightly above his abysmally regarded predecessor. Between a sluggish economy – whose “recovery” has yet to be felt by many Americans still seeking work – and popular wariness over Obama's much-trumpeted healthcare plan, the Democratic party paid for its President's poor image during the 2014 midterm elections: An 8-seat loss in the Senate cost them their hard-won control of that chamber of congress, while a net loss of 15 seats in the House of Representatives forced them to cede a stronger majority there to a Republican party otherwise smarting from '06 and '08.

Nowadays, of course, the GOP is all about gearing up for the 2016 presidential election, and fortune may favor them in that pursuit, as well. One of their greatest perceived weaknesses going in, the division in their party suggested by the presence of at least 17 candidates with a serious shot at the nomination, is quickly diminishing as Hillary Clinton's status as the clear pick for the Democratic nod fades, eroding that party's apparent unity. Moreover, it is increasingly the Republicans who, copious contenders or not, may have the privilege of hosting a shoo-in nomination winner in the person of Donald Trump. Despite ample controversy over his brash, stinging brand of commentary – Trump doesn't pull any punches, and has explicitly stated that neither he nor the country “has time” to behave in a politically correct fashion – the real estate mogul has only expanded what was already a powerful lead, and many polls are calculating his lead in support among Republicans over his rivals to be widening alarmingly. It's a position Hillary was in, once, among Democrats – but no more.

Still, things are far from certain for the Republicans; in fact, the power of Trump could itself prove to be a liability. His rhetoric is staunchly, unequivocally, unapologetically conservative: He wants to round up and deport immigrants present in the country illegally and build a fence along the southern border for which he plans to maneuver Mexico into paying, he has praised low wages for workers as vital to keeping American businesses competitive internationally, and his confrontational remarks concerning the Middle East raise the possibility of further US military involvement in that region should he be elected. It's this kind of gloves-off tough talk that has excited the conservative base and led Trump to such impressive popularity, but many analysts worry that he is too harsh and severe to be electable, and that his nomination could set the GOP up for defeat at the ballot box. Worse, speculators say, the surprising amount of support he has amassed could force his opponents further to the right, locking themselves into statements and positions that could haunt them in a more moderate general election even if Trump doesn't get the nod. And of course, The Donald has very conspicuously kept the door open to a potential third-party run in the event that he feels he was “treated unfairly” by the Republicans – a damning move, if made, that could catastrophically split the conservative vote, weakening both himself and the GOP nominee and opening the door to a Democratic victory.

Taken together, these factors suggest a cloudy future for the GOP as the election approaches. While the unity of their Democratic opponents may be showing some cracks, the increasing dominance of the Republican frontrunner brings its own blessings and challenges. Still, with congress under their control and the opponents' President at substantially reduced popularity from what he once enjoyed, the wind is at the party's back.



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2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Manufacturing Professional
Republican Presidential Candidate Peter Messina
 
“Staunch” may not be the right word to describe Peter Messina's conservatism, but he definitely favors the right wing. His attitudes toward taxation, Obamacare, and especially gun control will win him friends in the GOP, but those same people may arch a brow at his feelings on illegal immigration and Muslim Americans.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Jersey
2016 Republican Candidate  Chris Christie
 
Chris Christie tells it like it is and doesn't care whom he offends – even when he gets in trouble for being nice. More than a few people on all sides have surely used his portrait as a dartboard, but he's earned a lot of respect for his fearless tongue, and Republicans appreciate his conservative ideology.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and Pastor
2016 Republican Presidential Candidate K. Ross Newland
 
It's hard to disagree with what K. Ross Newland wants to do as President – there's so darn little of it. He believes in limited government that leads by influence rather than mandate, while his strong Christian faith brings him to call for generous tithing that would allow churches to practice large-scale charity.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and veteran
2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Michael Petyo
 
A “business first” fiscal conservative with a very optimistic view of the role played by corporations in generating wealth, Michael Petyo is himself a business owner who feels the United States has lost its way economically and that relaxed regulation on the private sector is the solution.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businesswoman and Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina
 
The only well-known woman running for the Republican nomination in 2016, Carly Fiorina is a unique political figure. Her business experience and conservative principles make her attractive to the right, but past difficulties and failures could haunt her moving forward.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former combat pilot and current airline captain
2016 Republican Candidate  Chris Hill
 
Chris Hill is a combat veteran who served as a pilot during Desert Storm. Although he is running on the Republican ticket, some of his leanings are at odds with those of the GOP, including his “Living Wage” plan and his support for labor unions and recognition of gay marriages.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and volunteer spokesperson with Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT)
2016 Republican Candidate  Kerry Bowers
 
A former military man with a long career in the United States Air Force, Kerry Bowers has experience not only in the armed forces but as a police dispatcher, businessman, and in many other fields.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
American Progressive
Republican Presidential Candidate Eric Cavanagh
 
With a platform that generally aims to the left, Eric Cavanagh nevertheless has a number of right-leaning ideas, including a 100% porn tax. He also favors “mandatory expungement”: Six months after being convicted of a serious crime, your record is wiped clean. Even minor offenses would be forgotten after 3 months.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Army child and business owner
2016 Republican Candidate  Skip Andrews
 
“Skip” Andrews is a diverse candidate who probably has at least one opinion to please anyone. Few politicians are able to satisfy both a pro-legalization marijuana advocate and a staunch pro-lifer. Of course, this also means most would object to a majority of his platform.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Navy Veteran
Republican Presidential Candidate Valma Kittington
 
Valma Kittington is a veteran of the US Navy and a “born again” Christian. With conservative leanings on abortion, gun control, and drug laws, as well as a strong stance against illegal immigration, she is a good fit for many religious Republicans.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, innovator, limited government advocate
2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Brian Russell
 
Brian Russell is a successful entrepreneur who believes that implementing sound economic policy should be the government’s top priority. He also supports a strong military and foreign policy that presents the USA as the true leader in the free world.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Engineer and perennial candidate
2016 Republican Candidate  Jack Fellure
 
A stubborn refusal to say “die” is one of the hallmarks of Jack Fellure, who's been running for President every four years since 1988. He's a dauntlessly religious man and a rock-solid conservative, advocating alcohol prohibition and the criminalization of homosexuality, among other right-wing positions.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Physician, Author and Citizen Politician
Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson
 
Ben Carson is a highly accomplished physician who is seen as a breath of fresh air in the world of politics. He has left his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and is in pursuit of the U.S. presidency in 2016.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Florida
Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush
 
Florida's only Republican two-term Governor, Jeb Bush is a heavyweight political contender who comes from a family of presidents. His left-leaning ideologies make him too liberal for the taste of some in his party, however, and his lineage could be hindrance rather than help.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Author
Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin
 
On the surface, Andy Martin is a pretty straightforward conservative with little standing out about him. He's got a colorful past, though, filled with vexatious litigation and accusations of being an anti-semite. He has sued the State of Hawaii for the release of Barack Obama's birth certificate.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Virginia
Republican Presidential Candidate 2016 Jim Gilmore
 
Jim Gilmore has ruffled conservative feathers with his abortion positions, but there is no doubting his right-wing tendencies on a number of other issues. He has also achieved the closest analogue to filling the Oval Office - governing a state – giving him the resume to back up his potential aspirations.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman, television personality and author
2016 Republican Candidate  Donald Trump
 
A wealthy business tycoon and well-known American personality, Donald Trump brings a dour attitude that never fails to entertain. He has channeled his notoriety into a number of outlets, now including a 2016 presidential run.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Common-Sense Leader
2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Jefferson Sherman
 
He'd rather talk about America's problems and their solutions than talk about himself, but he's got a lot to say. Jefferson Sherman has three “core goals” for his administration, should it come to pass, focusing on job creation, honorable foreign policy, and reduced government.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Pastor
Republican Presidential Candidate George Bailey
 
George Bailey has spent much of his life preaching the gospel, but he's had a rich and successful career outside the ministry as well. He's a solid conservative pretty much across the board. Bailey is unfortunately saddled with a number of health problems, but he doesn't let them keep him down.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Attorney and Certified Public Accountant
2016 Republican Candidate  Brooks Cullison
 
A man of faith for whom addressing the threat of radical Islam is Job One, but Brooks Cullison also worries about the abused and destitute in the US and the high volume of illegal immigrant traffic crossing the border with Mexico. Support for education is another issue on which he feels strongly.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Florida
Republican Candidate 2016 Marco Rubio
 
Marco Rubio is definitely on the short list of names for Republican frontrunner. Being himself of Cuban heritage, he enjoys strong support among the important Latino demographic, in addition to holding solid conservative principles that make him eminently likeable to the Republican constituency.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Water Treatment Operator (Retired)
Republican Presidential Candidate 2016 James C. Mitchell, Jr.
 
Jim Mitchell, Jr is a pro-life, pro-gun rights conservative from Illinois. He's got a bone to pick with crime, and his methods are as novel as they are aggressive: mandatory military service for young people to starve off gang recruitment, and free government-distributed narcotics to collapse the illegal drug trade.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Creative Dreamer
Republican Presidential Candidate 2016 Michael Bickelmeyer
 
An eccentric fellow who enjoys coming up with some very creative inventions, Bickelmeyer is running for the GOP nomination in 2016. He has a very dim view of terrorists and drug traffickers – in fact, he wants to deploy weapons to fry them from orbit.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Texas
Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz
 
The Harvard and Princeton-educated attorney once served as the Domestic Policy Advisor to former president George W. Bush. Noted for his formidable oratory skill, Senator Cruz is viewed by some as one of the intellectual leaders of the tea party movement.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
International entrepreneur and business professor
2016 Republican Candidate  Dale Christensen
 
With experience in business management around the world, Dale Christensen is a self-described “first and foremost” family man who advocates a variety of conservative principles.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur
2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Esteban Oliverez
 
Esteban Oliverez seeks to emulate what he considers the wiser aspects of both Republican and Democratic doctrine while discarding the nonsense, but he generally comes down on the political left. Nevertheless, many centrists may feel an attraction to his policies, which avoid straying far to either side of the spectrum.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Ohio
Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich
 
The sitting Governor of Ohio has enjoyed stunning political success over his life, and he's hoping to ride it all the way to the White House in 2016. His incomplete rejection of Obamacare has put him on the outs with the Tea Party, but other Republicans are likely to back his strong conservative policies.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Constitutional Republican and strong conservative
Republican Candidate 2016 John Dummett, Jr.
 
Hailing from the state of California, John Dummet, Jr is a Constitutional Republican who has become disenfranchised with both the Republican and Democratic parties.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Business-owner and Veterans Advocate
Republican Candidate 2016 Jim Hayden
 
Not content to sit idly by while the nation slips further away from our founding documents, Jim Hayden has announced his candidacy for President. This self-described “constitutional conservative” is making his second run for the presidency following an unsuccessful bid in 2012.







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