Although Clinton would be an improvement on Israel over the atrocious Obama/Kerry policies of the last three years, she would be far worse for Israel than nearly all of the Republican candidates. I do not have a horse in the Democratic race, but a second President Clinton would probably be the least bad (everything is relative) of the three options. However, I hope that she is defeated in the general election by a strong Republican such as Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, or Jeb Bush.
Mike Huckabee is far from the best candidate in this field. His intense focus and rigidity on social issues would serve to damage the Party and important conservative issues in the general election. While he has a reputation as a conservative, his record as Governor of Arkansas pales in comparison to the allegedly (in some circles) moderate Jeb Bush and Chris Christie. Although he would certainly be better than Hillary Clinton, he is weak relative to the strong field of Republican candidates in 2016.
I have always admired Senator Graham’s principles and passion for strengthening the Republican Party. On foreign policy, Senator Graham has been a true friend of Israel. While I question some of his policy preferences in Syria, he always brings an important and educated perspective to our foreign policy debates. Ultimately, his campaign is too weak to consider voting for, but his perspective and insight make every debate that he is a part of worth watching.
Despite his experience and a generally conservative record in his one term and change as Governor of Ohio, I cannot recommend supporting Governor Kasich in the primary. Rather than consistently campaigning on conservative ideas, he has consistently made an effort to appeal to media outlets that only like “conservatives” who attack conservatism. He would be vastly preferable to any of the Democrats, but he is a weak candidate relative to the better options we have to choose from in this field.
On December 11, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the U.S. Senate in passing a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 16. Of interest to those of us who are interested in immigration, this will extend funding for the EB5, Conrad 30 J Waiver Program, Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religions Worker Programs, and E-Verify for the duration of the continuing resolution.