Today marks the seventh entry in a Prez16 weekly feature, in which I ask a top conservative or liberal thought leader to build their ideal presidential candidate for the 2016 race.
We've got Matt Lewis, a senior contributor for The Daily Caller and a columnist for The Week (You can check out his personal website and podcasts here).
IDEOLOGY of Edmund Burke.
|Edmund Burke, Irish statesman (Great Britain-W)|
BRAINS of Newt Gingrich.
|Newt (photo credit: Newt Gingrich)|
CHARISMA of Mike Huckabee.
POLITICAL SAVVY of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
|FDR (photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt Foundation)|
LOOKS of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence or Margaret Thatcher.
|Indiana Gov. Mike Pence|
|Margaret Thatcher (photo: Margaret Thatcher Foundation)|
HOME STATE of Maryland for two reasons. 1. It's my home state and we deserve a president, and 2. A conservative president from Maryland would drive the liberals mad.
|Mr. Antler (GIF: Totalprosports.com)|
Previous entries have come from Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart (here), The Transom author Ben Domenech (here), The Daily Kos senior policy editor Jed Lewison (here), Breitbart's John Nolte (here), the Twitter sensation @LOLGOP (here), and The American Enterprise Institute and MSNBC contributor James Pethokoukis (here).