This time four years ago, there was a host of candidates on both sides declared as candidates for President.
It's not hard to understand why democrats are closing ranks behind a popular president, but the reluctance of GOP candidates makes me wonder.. Have the conservative candidates decided Obama is unbeatable and no one wants the nomination since a certain loss in 2012 kills your chance in 2016?
Let's see.. Ron Paul will run because Ron Paul always runs. Kinda like Pat Paulson... Newt will runbecause he's so old he might not live to 2016. Beyond that, I see a lot of clowns trying to get their names in the paper but no announcement.
I see it as no one wants to enter too early. Like they won't be able to withstand the barrage of media attacks. Some see Sarah Palin as an example of what they can expect. I suppose that by the end of this summer you will see them begin to become more public with their intentions. Even then you wont see candidates hit full swing until the fall. Not really all that different from other Presidential elections with an incumbent.
Huckabee is very popular and could easily beat a hapless Obama especially with unemployment over 9%... No president has ever won reelection with that rate of unemployment except maybe FDR... Frankly I don't have a clue why Obama remains popular he's been the worst president since Carter and all of his policies have been a failure even passing an unconstitutional health care law for which he should be impeached"
I love Huck's personality. Even my Dem pals like him.
I'll say it again: If the GOP runs a nutcase like Palin or Bachmann, I'm voting for Obama. I've voted Democrat before. Oh, how I wish it were Hillary, instead! I'd love to vote for a SMART, experienced, informed woman! lol
A vote for a democrat is a vote for socialism, oppression, bankruptcy, and dsepair!
Sorry, LaLo, I just can't vote for Palin, Demint, or Bachmann. My GOP choices for the moment are Huckabee, Cain, and Romney. As I learn more, this could change. I'm hearing some good things about Jon Huntsman, but I don't know much about him. I read that the Obama Administration fears Huntsman the most of all GOP hopefuls.
Some Dem pals from Indiana had some good things to say about Daniels, but again, I don't know a lot about him, either.
Well remember elections have consequences. Huntsman is a progressive republican... his father is a billionaire and could be nominated for sainthood... jr I'm afraid doesn't measure up.
A lotta people like Daniels. I like him but I think he's a bit soft. I kinda wish Mike Pence would run, but I hear he's gonna run for governor instead....
Pence is a former talk-radio host and hypocrite.
I once wrote him and asked how he could call himself a right-to life Christian, when he is best buds with Tom Delay.
Jeff Berndt mentioned this yesterday....Delay gave tax money to a friend of his, so he could start a factory on Marianis Island.
They FORCE female employee's to abort fetuses should they become pregnant.
How can he...and you, support that?
Well, Pence does support it. He's only pro-life Christian FOR SHOW.
Oh, and he'll scream to high-heaven about me choosing to abort, while his political allies force others to. Shameful, and PHONY as a 3 dollar bill.
Mhmm, a company FORCES female employees to have an abortion.....yeah, sure, riiiiight.
And even if they did, what would you be so up in arms about? After all, it isn't really a life, now is it?
I googled that and so far I don't find anything about forced abortions.
At any rate, I dunno all of what Tom Delay did, nor do I know how close Pence is with Delay, etc.
And if someone's doing something illegal they should be found out and punished, like Delay's being punished.
I know that Republican leaders are sometimes corrupt just as Democrats are. The point is that they do get punished usually, all of them. They often are underhanded and secretive, yes.
What's so ironic is that Obama does things OPENLY, flat-out says he's gonna do this or that, and the liberals just eat it up like candy without even questioning his motives or his actions.
If Pence really isn't pro-life, then I wouldn't vote for him. But if you're saying that Pence is responsible for the actions of the people he's associated with, then I reckon Obama should go to prison for being associated with Bill Ayres, and especially he should be jailed for all the hate speech that proceeded out of the mouth of his precious mentor Rev. Wright.
By the way, I sure hope you don't buy any of those Hilfiger or Gap (or what were the others) jeans that that factory reportedly made using "slave labor".
LMC is not wrong -
There is also a video made about it....I saw it on tv. They show Delay walking around this factory...the living quarters look like prison cells--4 to a cell--, and he says "Looks fine to me."
So much like the "good Christians " who whipped "their" slaves. That's all I can think.
"What's so ironic is that Obama does things OPENLY, flat-out says he's gonna do this or that, and the liberals just eat it up like candy without even questioning his motives or his actions."
What's ironic about that? That's how it should be. He says he's pro-choice. He doesn't say "I'm against abortion", and then practices it!!!
And Reverand Wright was right about everything he said.
Obama should never have dissed him like that, imo.
But, as per usual....the righties need to be appeased. can't have anything go against their poor feeble grains. Oh no no no.
I mean--we have to hear the likes of Reverand Professor Beck and the dis-honorable Reverand Hagee....
And that weirdo who is McCain's Pastor....what a weirdo!
so everything reverend wright said is correct? so you admit your anti-american? you have some serious issues my friend!
I'm anti Righty America, that's for dam sure.
They have ruined this country almost beyond recognition.
Thank God Obama and the Dems are there to try and bring her back to life.
She's on life-support, so I don't know.
But I know for a fact, she will die forever if Republicorp takes over.
We will be Mexico. And that is not against the Mexican people, but the Mexican gvt.
I do not consider them American...they are Corporate Internationalists. This is the extreme Righty's now.....
Anything for a buck.
You do know that idiot Walker is trying to sell Wisconsin, right?
BTW--they are only 12% of the population.....see how far money will get you?
You deny the citizenship of half of the people in the country (more than half, in fact) because they don't share your political persuasion (which does not appear to be anything like 'moderate' by the way)?
Does that really seem like a reasonable position to take?
Who said they weren't citizens?
I just said they aren't American.
America="Joined together to form a more perfect union", not "to make 10% of the population UBER rich at the expense of the rest of us."
Not American a'tall.
In fact, it's quite elitist.....
And, hello!!! You weren't reading.....it's 12%, not half.And I HOPE you are not saying that more than half of this country are Extreme Righty's?
You didn't say registered Republicans, you said "righties," which I take to mean conservatives. Since your dismissal of anyone who disagrees with you as not being American is anything but a 'moderate' view, that leaves you with only 20% of the country at most who would qualify as American by your rather - unusual - accounting.
You have to admit that is not a reasonable position.
You have not understood anything I said!
12% of the population.
This is who I say are Corporate Internationalists, not American.
ps: I have to go, and I can't find the particular thread I was looking for, but here's something to think about with Huckabee:
"Hey Mike HuckaBS why is it OK for Bristol Palin to be a single mother but not Natalie Portman?"
To support your claim you'd have to define "extreme right," first of all. Then you would have to somehow prove that everyone involved in the Tea Party movement (could we discuss such things without childish, insulting word-play? It's pointless and unproductive) fits your definition of "extreme right" or in some other way disqualifies them from being American in your view. I have no idea what you mean by "cult" so you'd have to clarify what you are referring to before even considering how that fits into your - unusual - outlook.
Maybe you could start by providing a link to something indicating this 12% to which you keep referring?
lovemychris, what about obama and reverend wright? that is a close relationship, how about ayres? another good friend. does this mean obama is anti-American/socialist?
Huckabee is a sure loser if he becomes our nominee. Huckabee needs to back another candidate and stay the heck out. So far as I am concerned he cost Romney the nomination in the last election. And I detest his commercials, and I detest his requests for contributions, and I think he needs to stay a boring talk show host, and do America the favor of staying out. He is not the answer.
Hope he reads this.........
I'm not sure about him anymore. I think he would make a good President, but Obama's long shadow's been cast so far it will probably take someone with a lot more spunk and boldness to get the public's attention. And that's a shame I think; 'cause even I think he's a bit too soft on the issues and too soft-spoken; he won't come out swinging, and that's what's gonna have to happen.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, about Huckabee is presidential material, never has been. The Dems will laugh all the way to the polls if he even runs and thus splits the Republican vote in the primaries, if he gets the nomination, they will scream and break dance all the way to the polls.
Well...I dunno. Romney's not anymore powerful a presence than Huckabee, the way I see it. Just a bit better-lookin'....
????????? Romney may be too slick to appeal to a 'masses' concept ( he ought to go hunting with Palin or something ) but he is well and beyond any sort of Huckabee type, and I am not referring to his looks, I am referring to his brains and life experience with business, which far surpass Huckabee. Insofar as looks, I could give a shit, but both men are equally reasonably attractive for their type.
I like Mike. I think he's smart, thoughtful, and reasonable, and he's willing to listen to and consider the opinions of others. I'm afraid Romney Care will kill Romney. Who would you like to run, KFlippin?
You have to do your own research and find out who is running. Just because the mainstream media isn't covering it doesn't mean anything. The media is controlled by the government and of course the government does not want you to know that there is opposition to the chosen One.
How do you figure the Republican nominee won't be a Chosen One?
They're all chosen, aren't they?
After all...who chose Bush? The Supreme Court!!! Yes Master, we do as thou sayest.
Obviously I was referring to the fact that most of the media gives Obama the greatest image ever. It's as if he is a god. It was a joke. You clearly don't like Bush. You must like Obama. Sounds like the typical brainwashed lib to me.
Should the GOP use Ron Paul as their candidate. . . .I'm breaking out of the Democratic party support system.
Did someone say "obama unbeatable"? LOL. Are you for real? No one, including obama thinks that.
Really? Really? Obama's chances of being a one termer are still considerable, especially if the economy continues to founder and unemployment remains above 9% (after promising it wouldn't go above 8 if we passed his failed stimulus package).
Couple that with the prospect of $4 or $5 gallon gas on the horizon, and The Community Organizer is in a pretty tough spot.
Trust me, nobody considers Barack Obama unbeatable....a formidable opponent maybe, but his plummeting poll numbers are proof that he is in fact, just a man....
Exactly. Once the summer is upon us and gas prices reach the highest levels in history. Candidates will be more willing to step out. If the economy some how stabilizes Obama is NOT beatable. In short it's his election to loose. Normal situation for a President running for Reelection.
Um, gas was 4.50 during Bush and he was re-elected! So, that seems irrelevant.
Ron Paul is probably the most viable candidate the GOP has.
Actually after Bush's first two years in office gas prices dropped 8%, so far under Obama gas prices have increased 55%! The trend too is up and this in spite of a global recession and much of this is due to Obama's energy policies. Imagine what will happen if the economy really gets going?
Billy, I think Obama's numbers are strong because quite frankly, his opponents have made real horses' asses out of themselves. And I am talking about their rhetoric mainly. I expected all of the political maneuvering and obstructionism - that's just "politics." But the toxicity of the Far-Right has produced a mixed effect in my opinion. Some have actually started to feel empathetic toward him. And "some" is all he really needs - he still has a slight, but dare I say, unwavering voter base.
About 20-25% of the US population is Hispanic, another 13% or so is African-American. Conservatives haven't done much to woo this growing minority of the population. In fact, the Tea Party has polarized moderate voters on both sides - many conservatives I know have flat outright told me that if it were between Obama and a Tea Party candidate, they would vote for Obama. Now these are mainly moderate Republicans, but the moderates on both sides are the least likely to vote a straight ticket for their parties.
While I have always respected the Republican Part, indeed was once a registered Republican, I cannot garner any real respect for the "nut fringe" known as The Tea Party.
You forgot to mention the 5-8% who are gay most of whom are Democrats. Oops! I did a little checking. Quite a few Gays voted GOP in 2010. I guess because Obama didn't move fast enough on their issues and perhaps for the same reasons a lot of others voted GOP. I'd assumed that gays are pretty solidly Democrat. Apparently that's not true. I'll do a bit more research.
So you expect an unwavering voter base voting purely on racism? Ouch, now there is a sad statement on America.
I never said anything about the "unwavering voter base" being black. Just as on the Right, there are a certain set group of people who will vote straight ticket - in this case the Democratic ticket. They may be black or green - it just "is." My point was this: the far Right has been so toxic in the last couple of years as to literally "turn off" some of their moderates and enharden even moderate Democrats to vote against the Right at any cost. That's a lose-lose for Conservatives. And whatever statement it makes about America, the Republican Party has really never been a "friend" to any other demographic other that the W.A.S.P. majority. I got out of the Party when Reagan made it more of a "rare mink" Party than the workingman/conservative party. In other words you believed x, y, and z or you weren't a "good conservative." But the W.A.S.P. is slowly losing its majority status. The old expression "be careful who you let in under the tent" is going to come back and bite conservatives in the a@@.
Flip, It was proven that Obama received 98% of the african American vote and they knew nothing about him except he was black. some shows actually twisted the views of McCain and obama and asked questions to african Americans and they sided with McCain views but were told that was what obama was about. It is sad, but unfortunately true.
Donald Trump to run ?! LOL
is this rumor or real?
he's better off on apprentice than on CSPAN XD
Well, virtually any of them are far more qualified to be President than the Messiah, the trouble is the GOP's inability to successfully articulate a vision...
I'm hoping no one anncounces this early. I for one am sick and tired of seeing two year Presidential campaigns....especially when they are often neglecting the office they are currently elected to.
Presidential campaigns should start no more than six months out from election day, and let them use their off days and vacation days to campaign, and forfeit pay for any other time off.
It's what the rest of us great unwashed do......
From here it looks as if Romney is going to be a candidate.
I wouldn't go that far. I wonder about his record as a private equity CEO. I wonder how many profitable, old line companies Bain bought, plundered and put into bankruptcy. His brother, Scott lives on our street, but I've never met him. He had a 10-ft high Mitt Romney sign in his front yard in 2008. He took it down when McCain got the nomination, and didn't bother putting up a McCain sign. The potential GOP candidates are a pretty weak bunch.
Cofer Black was Romney's military advisor. He headed Detachment 88.
http://www.spinwatch.org/component/cont … ert-us-aid
"Detachment 88 is newly created, just within the past five years. It is nominally under the Indonesian police, but Detachment 88 was essentially created out of whole cloth by US intelligence. It was a project of a longtime CIA and State Department official by the name of Cofer Black, one of the architects of the US invasion of Afghanistan. Detachment 88 was provided with advanced US sniper rifles and pistols and machine guns. Former US Green Berets were brought in to train them."
There is something REALLY creepy about him...can't put my finger on it, but there just is.
For one, he was a shark in the business world...venture capitalist?? So, he has no qualms about ruining people's lives for money, imo.
For another,they took a family trip, and he strapped their dog to the hood of their car!
For another, he was on the View, and he said "My wife is the most important person in the world to me"....now, this sounds fine..but just the way he said it, and he has kids and grandkids....what about them?? It was just off.
AND, when he was gvr in MA, he said he wouldn't take a salary--he had enough money. Big hero, right? Wrong. He just created a new job and gave it to his friend...let HIM take the salary.
There's just something not right about him. It's an intuitive feeling I have....
So creepy is enough to make you unqualified, huh? So was Clinton being accused of rape sufficiently creepy, or is that okay because he's on your side.
Inquiring minds want to know...
Huckabee called for Assange to be assasinated....he won't get far with the "Assange is a hero" crowd.
He wouldn't get far with those wackos anyway!
So? What should we do with enemies of our nation? There should be consequences to those that attack us... he'll Muslims killed a cartoonist for drawing a picture!
I agree.. let us adopt the justice system of the radical Islamic loony fringe lol
So then, you agree with Eric Holder on this?
Can you admit that you think the Obama administration is right on this?
The election is a long way off, but I don't see anyone being mentioned being able to beat Obama next time around....
but a lot can happen in politics in a short period of time...
Just last month Moubarak was planning his re-election party for the Fall
won the straw pole at CPAC...AGAIN. Which means he's "NOT ELECTIBLE" according to the media.
According to common sense. The people who were polled aren't representative of the country's voters.
RON PAUL 2012!!!
Don't hate just cuz you can't handle how awesome he is!!!
And to give a more in depth response to what you wrote, I would like to say that, apparently, 30% of the people who actually drive out to CPAC (highly energetic voters) were ROn Paul supporters.
So they ARE representative of the populace. Just not the lazy population who don't care about logic and reason!
RON PAUL!!! WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
I don't hate Ron Paul. Actually I find him to be a quite likeable fellow as I do you, Evan. And I agree with at least one of his positions--e.g.,wrt Iraq and Afghanistan and some other libertarian principles. I find his understanding of economics and his position against social insurance (SS, Medicare, Medicaid) lacking to put it mildly. I'd actually be happy to see Paul, or Bachman or Palin nominated because that would assure Obama's re-election.
RON PAUL WOULD CRUSH OBAMA WITH HIS VICE GRIP OF LIBERTY AND LOGIC!!!
Maybe if Paul's nominated we can have a friendly little bet.
Evan - How many states did Ron Paul win in the primaries 4 years ago?
Ron Paul is a nut - he has a small devoted following of nuts. Nothing will ever come of libertarianism except hopefully to split the GOP.
let's see... according to CNN.Com, in the primaries, Ron Paul came in 2nd place in 5 states, 3rd in 16, and 4th in pretty much all the rest of the states (he came in fifth once). This was out of 7 Republican Candidates. There were only 31 primary states.
Altogether, this means that, despite being practically boycotted on every major media outlet during his run, and despite being totally snubbed by his own party, he did better than half of the Republican candidates in over half of the primaries.
Sounds pretty electable to me!
Electible IF the media gives him a fair look. Which they wont. That keeps him right where he is. In the middle of the pack. Surrounded on both sides by GOP loosers. We will have four more years of Obama unless the bottom completely falls out economically speaking. All the Obama Administration needs to do is to create the appearance of economic improvement and re-election is a certainty.
why do you think that interest rates have been at 0% for over a year?
Your issue is SS and Medicare. There is NO way that would EVER make it through congress. Ron Paul's stance on that issue is unimportant. Ron Paul would do more good in four years than Reagan did in eight or FDR did in 12. By the way, I think those twenty years were really not all that great at all. Government grew unchecked under both.
Too many of Ron Paul's views put him outside the mainstream of either party. He'll never be nominated and if nominated he wouldn't win, in my opinion.
Ron Paul would let Dow Chemical sell Agent Orange without a warning tag at Home Depot as weed killer. His blind faith in a market without regulation is beyond stupid - it's suicidal. Unfortunately it's society that would be the victim.
Yep. He missed the part of "Wealth of Nations" that said that unregulated businessmen tend to collude to screw the public.
and yet, when I buy a sandwich at the store, it doesn't have rat poison in it...
Donald Trump is a Chump
RON PAUL 2012!!!!
The ONLY candidate who hasn't contradicted himself - he even voted against his own legislation because other politicians tacked on tax increases.
He has NEVER ONCE voted for a tax increase!!
If Oil is $150@bbl or unemployment doesn't improve, the Republicans can anoint almost anyone and go on to win. If things stay relatively quiet, they'll probably look to a lesser known but charismatic candidate.
Remember when Bush Sr. looked unbeatable? Cuomo and Gephardt suddenly decided not to run so a relatively unknown named Clinton got the nod.
None of the best known candidates could beat Obama today.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02 … president/
If things stay this way, the Reps. will look for a plan B.
I agree with this. The candidates most people are talking about right now are likely to be non-factors next year. Those aligned with the Tea Party don't have enough support from moderate conservatives. Those who seem to run every time are not likely to inspire the GOP base enough to gain momentum in the primaries. It's far more likely to be someone few people have heard about right now. That's they way it almost always is in modern presidential races. Obama was unknown just a few years before being elected president. If you had told someone in 1997 that George Bush's son with the history of alcoholism, drug use, and a reputation as a party animal would be the leader of the free world in 2001 they would have laughed in your face. In late 1991, people were asking if the Democrats might finish third in the next presidential race, because George H. Bush and Ross Perot seemed to have a two-way race for the top. Bill Clinton ended up winning by a safe margin.
And speaking of inquiring minds.....
Sex Scandal Might Bring Down John Boehner
By: RogerShuler Tuesday February 8, 2011 10:15 am
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
"Progressives could use some positive political news, and here is the best I’ve heard in some time: John Boehner’s speakership in the U.S. House of Representatives might be short lived.
Boehner has been involved in extramarital affairs with at least two women, according to a new report in the National Enquirer."
http://my.firedoglake.com/rogershuler/2 … n-boehner/
well well...how the pointing finger points at you!!!
Good enough to impeach a president...good enough to oust a speaker!
Apparently we can now scratch Haley Barbour off the list. It seems SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME people have a problem with his admiration of the KKK.
Damned liberal Commies!
No, Doug, we thought we'd make your dreams come true and just let Obama go on being president forever and ever.
I have been fairly clear and consistent in my criticism of Obama when he screwed up - and he has. The continuation of many provisions of the Patriot Act, not investigating and prosecuting Bush & Co for crimes, not fighting for the public option and renewing tax cuts for the richest 2% in this country.
That said, there are, as you have observed, many decisions the administration has made which I support. What you don't get is that it's not about people it's about issues and problems and how to fix them. We are still waiting for conservatives to come up with proposals that don't make big business bigger and government weaker when we need government to resist their abuses.
If Chuck Norris decides to run, there will be no need for an election. He will just be president!
I guess when reality bites hard enough you retreat completely into fantasy.
Chuck Norris is an actor. Life isn't a B movie. (not even a kick-ass one)
Geez, I thought he was a human being AND eligible to run for the office. Now you tell me that Chuck Norris is not real!!!!!!!!!!
Man, have I been duped.
BTW: It's Reality Bytes Mr. Huges
Is that a campaign poster or a movie poster?
Or is it multi-purpose - he will print up a million for a campaign for dog catcher and if he looses, then he'll use them for his next western since it doesn't say anything (like most conservatives)...
Chuck might make a good one!
...Unless he's like Schwarzenneger, with a Democrat wife who makes him cower at her feet....
Plus, we already had that movie. Reagan playing the part, while HW Bush ran things behind the scenes imo. Oooops, then we had Bush acting, while Cheney ran things.
HW and Cheney....long-time friends and operatives of the United States Gvt.
Considering Shining Handsome's constant missteps, his arrogance and his total political tone deafness what Republican wouldn't want to run against the teleprompter, adjunct professor and chief?
If Chuck Norris becomes POTUS will every American get a Bowflex?
No, only the American Republicans! At least I sure hope so! And if so, we should all buy stock in Ebay, as there will be a national flood of Bowflexes offered for resale at cut rate prices for sure, so maybe we should buy FedEx for the shipping angle as well, and then MeChelle Obama will be a happy First Lady, those Bowflexes will go on the cheap to the Dems who didn't get one and end the obesity in America!! Yeah!!
PO'bama, it ain't easy spreading the wealth with so many people watching.
“it would be good…if he could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly.”
Oops! Thanks for the eagle eye, Reality Bytes!!
Total Gym. *doh*
So then would Christie Brinkley be his Veep?
Huckabee has many good personal qualities. He does not have the strength, the gravitas, the persona, to be president. Nice guys finish last and if somehow he gets the nomination, he will be last.
At this time, Romney is the only one that has a real chance, for many reasons. LMC won't vote for him though, he has too much money!
I think you're probably right. Huckabee doesn't have any "big money" backers. But that's another thing I like about him.
But don't you agree that he would have to 'sell out' to get the money he needs for a presidential campaign.
You know Obama did to get the 100 million plus and any other candidate will too. Those donors don't give the big bucks just for the fun of it.
Romney would be a tough candidate for Obama. There's no way Romney can get the nomination from the GOP because they have purged all moderates. He has to win the nomination in a party that's comprised of evangelical christians who don't think Mormons are christian enough and against libertarians who will hate him for being a poll-driven flip-flopping insider. From both factions he will be savaged in the primary for Romneycare which was Obamacare on a state level and the GOP has set themselves to repeal (not reform) the same health care Romney passed.....
His entry in the primary will make for an entertaining show, but the composition of the GOP guarantees an un-electable extremist.
You say that like purging moderate is a bad thing. The Dems run unabashed liberals, so the GOP needs to run unabashed conservatives.
It's hard to have much respect for either party when they think they have to become like their opponents in order to win....
Billy - the object of the game is to get things done - not win seats in government. There will be no unconditional surrender of liberals or conservatives. It's not a fight to the death.
It's about getting things done - and that's always been the result of compromise. The democrats are closer to being moderate than the GOP, because of the purge of RINO's. The GOP has become the 7-year-old in the supermarket throwing a tantrum if they can't have everything they want.
Moderates who are generally disgusted by the word 'liberal' are going to see the lunatics that the tea party and GOP have selected and reject the republican party. I honestly do think there will be a conservative party in the US and I view that as healthy, but it won't be the republican party. The GOP is going to be regarded as a haven for fringe lunatics who can't be trusted with the responsibility of governance.
Would this be the same Democratic party that veered sharply to the left following the election of Obama (who said the GOP had to "sit in back"), and ramrodded their leftist agenda through until their efforts were tabled by the 2010 "shellacking"?
Mhmmm, those Democrats really want to work together, none of that my-way-or-highway from them, right?
I do agree, it would be far better if both parties could learn to work together, but I'm not interested in the GOP becoming like Democrats to get elected any more than you would be over Democrats feigning conservatism to get elected.....
'Veered sharply to the left' ?????
The democrats did not pass cap and trade or card check or immigration reform or repeal DOMA or a long list of progressive legislation because moderate democrats teamed up with the GOP minority.
Things got done before when the moderates of BOTH parties would work together. Now there are no moderates in the GOP and the moderate democrats are a tool of the GOP to foster gridlock.
I repeat my thesis - when moderate independents form a true conservative party, then the GOP will sink into the obscurity that is their due.
I agree Donald Trump screams.
But he doesn't scream desperation on the part of the Republicans.
He would not be "their" candidate he would be "his" candidate.
Trump is out for Trump and Trump alone.
Always has been.
For anyone to win, they need to win the middle. I think the average vote is just right of center in this country and when I say just right, I am talking about 3 hairs worth on the continuum. So whoever is going to run needs to take the middle from Obama. If GOP candidates cater their message to the Tea Party, this is unlikely. If the GOP candidates cater their message to the middle, they run the risk of upsetting the base. In either case, the rancor inside the GOP party of moderate conservative vs. ultra conservative is going to let Obama walk to victory.
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