NEWS AND ISSUES, POLITICS

Mike Church’s 10 politicians to watch in 2014

December 26, 2013

Mike Church, host of The Mike Church Show, airing weekdays at 6 am ET on SiriusXM Patriot, channel 125, counts down his top 10 politicians to look out for in 2014. To hear the complete broadcast, tune into The Mike Church Show Friday at 6 am ET, with the special re-airing on New Year’s Day and throughout that weekend.

Politicians that didn’t make our top ten but are on the edge: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Joe Biden, John Boehner, Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, John McCain, Kathleen Sebelius, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Rick Santorum.

10. The three amigos: Greg Brannon (N.C.), Dwayne Stovall (Texas) and Rob Maness (La.)

All three are challenging Republican incumbents for the United States Senate, all three are Tea Partiers, and all three are long-time Mike Church Show/SiriusXM Patriot listeners. Need I say more?

9. Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.)

The Michigan libertarian continues to work his way into the oversized shoes Ron Paul left to fill. Will he face a tough challenge from a “mainstream” Republican in the primary? Will youth flock to his policy stances, thereby elevating him in the minds of many in the GOP?

8. Thomas Jefferson

The movement to “audit the Fed,” started by Ron Paul and now carried on by his son, Senator Rand Paul, is gaining momentum. With the strong probability of a very large market correction in store for 2014, monetary policy will be front and center. There was no opponent of the “national bank” more outspoken than Thomas Jefferson. His battle with Alexander Hamilton over that issue will be required reading these next few months.

7. Gov. Martin O’Malley (Md.)

He’s positioned himself to the left of Saul Alinsky, and there are lots of liberals who love this guy because they think he’s a doctrinaire leftist.

6. Rep. Peter King (N.Y.)

The New York congressman has worked his way into establishment leadership, and knows how to deliver the DeceptiCON red meat. If he is going to make a 2016 run, watch him become a tourist for 2014 Republican fundraisers.

5. Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.)

He won re-election in a landslide in state that is solidly blue. Does he represent a path for the Republicans to take back the White House, or will attacks from the far right ground him before he even tries to take off for 2016? Will he also have to soften the Jersey brashness that is so often talked about?

4. Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)

Keep an eye on just how close he gets to Mitch McConnell during the minority leader’s re-election campaign. It will not be shocking to see Paul campaign with McConnell the way he did with Romney, but will he do the same for establishment types in the GOP like John Cornyn, who already has Tea Party challengers? Stay tuned…

3. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Nothing can stop her lust for power and another page in some poor, future historian’s recap of the early days of the 21st Century. Beyond name recognition though, what has Clinton actually done? And what fallout comes from the Benghazi situation?

2. Gov. Deval Patrick (Mass.)

Patrick has the makings to be every bit the contender Obama was, but has a lot more experience actually governing. He is to the left of Clinton, but more likable. Could we see another governor from the state of Massachusetts run for the Oval Office, jumping ahead of Clinton and Joe Biden?

1. President Barack Obama

Does he really think he can coast into retirement, legacy intact, after losing the Senate and breathing life into an insurgent GOP? Obamacare will remain a lead weight around his “legacy.” Sometime before he leaves, the awful shenanigans of Ben Bernanke will catch up to Main Street – but Wall Street, his pet project will get socked the hardest. Will the GOP-led house hand him another bailout? Stay tuned…

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