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The GOP Primary Crash & Burn

scbluesman13 2011/11/21 21:16:47
A very funny (but true) article written by Brad Reed over at AlterNet.org. He chronicles the 5 roller coaster, crash & burn rides of the main GOP political candidates vying for the primary nomination.

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The Great GOP Primary Crash and Burn: 5 Republican Would-Be Saviors Flame Out in Hilarious Ways
The GOP's "anyone but Romney" strategy has backfired.
November 16, 2011 | By Brad Reed


In a normal democracy, a competent opposition party would have no difficulty in defeating Barack Obama next year.

After all, unemployment is still around 9 percent, economic growth is sluggish at best and the Democratic base feels disenchanted with the hope and change they voted into office a mere three years ago. A competent opposition party shouldn’t have to nominate a superlative candidate in this environment; instead it can win by simply nominating someone with decent hair, who can string together words in a language vaguely resembling English and who has no obvious debilitating mental illnesses.

For Republicans, this generic good-hair, able-to-talk, not-overtly-insane candidate is Mitt Romney. But there’s just one problem with this scenario: The Republican base hates Mitt Romney. The reasons for this are pretty obvious since Romney’s work establishing a universal health care system in Massachusetts provided the main blueprint for Obamacare, the healthcare law passed in 2010 that the GOP base feels is the ultimate symbol of an overreaching and tyrannical government. And that’s in addition to Romney’s assorted flip-flops on issues such as abortion and gay rights that have given social conservatives fits over the years. In fact, Multiple Choice Mitt is such a notorious opportunist that his entire political career can be summed up by paraphrasing a classic Snoop Dogg song: “Take a stance when it’s popular, but drop it when it’s not, drop it when it’s not.”

So the Republican base has spent the past year looking for someone, anyone, who can be the anti-Mitt Romney in the GOP primary. The problem is that the GOP has been unable to find even one half-normal human to stand in against him. The result has been a hysterical roller-coaster of a primary season where new candidates rise rapidly as GOP “front runners” for a month before flaming out in spectacular and hilarious ways. In this article we’ll chronicle the assorted saviors that Republican voters have fallen in love with for brief periods of time before quickly recoiling in horror upon realizing they’ve become smitten with a unelectable lunatic.

Failed Savior #1: Donald Trump.

How he rose: Ugh. Remember this? Trump’s major appeal to the GOP base was akin to G.G. Alin’s appeal to teenage boys: They loved him because he would say whatever the hell he wanted no matter how many media squares would get offended. Want to publicly question the validity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate? Trump went there. Want to speculate that Obama was hiding his birth certificate because it listed him as a Muslim? Yeah, that was Trump territory, too. Want to imply that Obama only got accepted into Columbia and Harvard Law due to the dread specter of affirmative action? Trump was your guy.

The result was that Trump depressingly surged to the head of the GOP pack in April, according to a CNN poll. But the Donald’s rapid rise in the polls was only matched by his epic crash less than two weeks later.

How he fell: It became more difficult for Trump to publicly crow about his birther credentials after Obama actually released his long-form birth certificate. Making matters worse, the release of Obama’s birth certificate came just days before Trump attended the White House correspondents’ dinner where he was roasted relentlessly both by the president and by comedian Seth Meyers.

This sort of public humiliation took away a lot of Trump’s mojo since he was no longer viewed as an all-American bad boy with the guts to speak truth to power. Instead he was seen, correctly, as a clown. He announced that he was not going to run for the presidency shortly afterward.

Failed Savior #2: Newt Gingrich

How he rose: The very idea of Newt Gingrich being a legit presidential candidate should be enough to violate at least 23 different laws of quantum mechanics and collapse our universe into a tiny puddle of cosmic gloop. But the GOP field in 2011 is a warped incarnation of Andy Warhol’s vision of the future where every has-been right-wing crank is allowed to nationally humiliate himself for 15 minutes.

At any rate, Newt’s entire appeal, if it can be called that, was that he’s supposed to be a “man of ideas.” It doesn’t matter that most of his ideas involved going to war with Iran or privatizing Medicare -- in the current GOP field anyone who put on shoes without causing themselves critical bodily harm is considered a visionary. So Newt was to be the primary race’s leading intellectual, which is about as useful an honor as being named the world’s most well-hung eunuch.

How he fell: He was Newt. That’s pretty much all there was to it and it was entirely predictable to anyone who knows his history.

Let’s go over the grisly recap: Newt got in trouble during the very first week of his campaign when he sought to flash his “Man of Ideas” credentials by critiquing Paul Ryan’s Satanic Randroid plan to boot seniors off Medicare and force them into the private insurance market. For many conservatives this was like standing up in the middle of a church and shouting out, “Man, this Jesus dude ain’t all that, people.”

Newt had to backtrack pretty quickly after this heresy and he did indeed back away from his statements in the only way he knows how: Through shameless bullshitting. You see Newt can never just say he's sorry and be done with it. No, that’s something that shows weakness and if people start thinking Newt is weak then dark-skinned foreigners all over the world will start pointing and laughing at him and implying that he is lacking in the manhood department. So instead of apologizing, Newt went on the attack against the media by saying it was now out of bounds to accurately quote his criticism of Ryan’s plan.

No, seriously, he actually said this: “Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood, because I have said publicly those words were inaccurate and unfortunate.”

And just as the nation had stopped laughing about this, Gingrich flack Rick Tyler added insult to injury by putting out a statement portraying Newt as a noble paragon in the style of Ulysses and William Wallace who would lead America to its former standard of greatness through the sheer force of his magical ideas.

“A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught,” wrote Tyler of the torrent of mockery directed at his boss. “But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won't be intimidated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.”

Whoooa, slow down there, Homer. I don’t recall the part in the Odyssey where Ulysses decides to divorce Penelope when she’s struck with an illness so he can go shack up with a hot young Siren.

Failed Savior #3: Michele Bachmann

How she rose: Ah, why not? With Trump and Gingrich out of the picture, Bachmann was there to fill the “anyone-but-Romney” void for a brief time. Bachmann had all the credentials the base was looking for: A born-again Christian who supported outlandish conspiracy theories and who called Obama anti-American before it was cool. So over the summer Bachmann got her brief period in the spotlight and regularly came in second place in many national polls.

As I said, why not?

How she fell: There was no real defining moment that marked Bachmann’s slide in the polls, which leads me to believe that the GOP faithful slowly started getting spooked about Bachmann’s electability. To be fair, this is a very legitimate concern since she comes off as a cross between Dana Carvey’s Church Lady character and Charles Manson. You see, many people generally like politicians who talk about their religious faith because it makes them feel as though their leaders identify with them culturally. But if a candidate seems convinced that she’s actually receiving messages from God about whom to appoint to her campaign staff, voters start to get concerned.

While Bachmann has been known to say a lot of loopy things over the years, she first really started to freak out the normals when she attacked Rick Perry because he mandated girls in Texas schools get HPV vaccinations to prevent them from contracting cervical cancer. Although Bachmann could have reasonably attacked this policy as a prime example of Perry’s crony capitalism, she decided to go Full Metal Wingnut and suggest that the vaccine could be responsible for causing mental retardation in children. The medical community was quick to condemn Bachmann’s remarks since they had precisely zero basis in reality.

"There are people out there who, because of this kind of misinformation, aren't going to get their daughter immunized," said Dr. Kenneth Alexander, a pediatric infectious disease expert at the University of Chicago Medical Center, during an interview with Rueters. "As a result, there will be more people who die from cervical cancer.”

To sum up: If you watch enough Michele Bachmann, you can legitimately see her starting a war with the entire Middle East in an attempt to kickstart the Rapture.

Failed Savior #4: Rick Perry

How he rose: For a wee bit it looked as though Rick Perry was the perfect Republican candidate: He was a three-term governor of deep-red Texas, he’d executed lots and lots and lots of people, he wrote a book describing Social Security as a Ponzi scheme, and to top it off, he had good hair. Perry’s entrance into the race in August immediately shook up the field and he surged to the head of national polls, topping Mitt Romney by more than 10 points in late August.

But then something bad happened to Perry: He began to talk.

How he fell: As evidenced by George W. Bush, Republican voters don’t put too much stock in being articulate. At the same time, a candidate should be able to put words together in such a manner that people can at least guess the type of language he’s trying to speak. Sadly, this task has proven to be far too difficult for Perry to handle.

For example: At this point in the campaign season, anyone over the age of five can come up with a stinging critique of Mitt Romney’s serial flip-flops over the years. Hell, just point out that he’s running against Obamacare despite signing a law in Massachusetts that was essentially the same piece of legislation. It's not at all difficult.

But when Perry tried to execute this extremely simple maneuver he... well, I’ll just let the man himself say it:

“I think Americans just sometimes don’t know which Mitt Romney they’re dealing with. Is it the Mitt Romney that was on the side of against the Second Amendment before he was for the Second Amendment? Was it before he was before the social programs from the standpoint of he was for standing up for Roe versus Wade before he was against verse, uh, Roe versus Wade? He was for Race to the Top, he’s, uh, for Obamacare and now he’s against it.”

And there are other problems for Perry as well: When asked what he’d do if terrorists within Pakistan acquired nuclear weapons he said he’d call India to “make sure they know they’re an ally of the United States.” Yeah, I’m sure the first things the Indian government would want in that situation is a friendly pick-me-up phone call. Perry also said that “sharing a border with Mexico” was the primary reason his state has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. And unlike Perry, we’ll never forget the time he couldn’t remember which three federal agencies he’d abolish upon becoming president.

Even in our currently debased political culture that sort of thing just won’t cut it. Americans may not like voting for high-fallutin’ intellectuals much, but we thankfully still have enough sense to support candidates that are marginally smarter than ficus plants.

Savior #5: Herman Cain

How he rose: As a Tea Party favorite who has never held political office, Herman Cain can credibly claim to be a Washington outsider who has never taken part in the dirty profession of governing. And it must be said, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and the National Restaurant Association has a certain goofy charm to him at first. He comes across as a lighthearted guy with a good sense of humor and he has a knack for catchy slogans. Let’s face it, his “9-9-9” tax plan, as absurdly regressive and unworkable as it is, rolls off the tongue much easier than, say, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

How he fell: Well, four women have accused Cain of sexually harassing them. That’s never a good thing. Nor was it good when Cain said he was unaware if the National Restaurant Association had paid out any settlements to two of his accusers despite the fact that they both received settlements of roughly a year’s pay. It was also not good when Cain quickly backtracked and said that he knew there was an agreement between the association and his accusers, but that the agreement was not the same thing as a settlement.

“When I first heard the word ‘settlement,’ I thought legal settlement,” Cain said. “My recollection later is that there was an agreement. So, I made an assumption about the word ‘settlement’ that was legal. I didn’t think there was a legal settlement, but an agreement. Remember, this happened 12 years ago.”

And, uh, OK.

But alleged sexual improprieties aren’t Cain’s only problem. He also apparently never dreamed that he’d be considered a GOP frontrunner and thus has never bothered to read very much about current events. When asked about Obama’s war in Libya recently, Cain replied thusly: “Okay, Libya. President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Gaddafi? Just want to make sure we're talking about the same thing before I say yes, I agree, or no, I didn't agree. I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason. Nope, that's a different one. I've got to go back, and see. Got all this stuff twirling around in my head.”

Watching the video of this answer almost made me feel sorry for Cain until I remembered that he’s not a hungover frat boy getting picked on by a professor at an 8am history class but is, in fact, a grown man running for president of the United States. Holy Mother of God.

Failed Savior #6: Newt Gingrich

How he rose: The very idea of Newt Gingrich being a legit presidential candidate should be enough to violate at least 23 different laws of quantum mech... Wait a minute, didn’t I already write this part? Yes, I did. But I had to write it again because after his initial implosion this past summer Newt is apparently getting a second look and has surged in the polls.

There’s no point in writing anymore about this because you know he’ll screw it up and GOP voters will soon be reduced to begging Alan Keyes to hop in the race. So at this point, I’d like to announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for president of the United States. As president I will repeal Obamacare, cut taxes for job creators and reassert America's military might. And sure, these positions might not gel with positions I once held as recently as this morning, but c’mon Republicans: At least I’m not Mitt Romney.


Brad Reed is a writer living in Boston. His work has previously appeared in the American Prospect Online, and he blogs frequently at Sadly, No!.

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  • ProudProgressive 2011/11/21 21:56:37
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    Excellent article. They did leave out the pregame favorite - Sarah Palin, who was so unpalatable even to the Republicans that she couldn't make the A Team of Psychos.

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  • Lee 2011/11/30 05:30:40
    Lee
    Interesting . . .

    In regard to Mitt Romney though, the Republican base hates Romney for reasons other than those cited.

    They hate him because he's a Mormon.

    The Methodists and Baptists making up much of the Republican base absolutely despise the Mormon religion.

    To them, a vote for Romney is a vote for the angel Moroni.

    .
  • HL 2011/11/22 02:02:27
  • Ben-Jamin Tomlinson 2011/11/22 00:34:53
    Ben-Jamin Tomlinson
    Ron Paul would not be a failed saviour

    But the media does not want to give him a chance, because they know he will unite this nation, and those who own the mainstream media don't want that.
  • explorer1618 2011/11/22 00:33:16
    explorer1618
    I know just have a spelling bee and who wins gets it !
  • Kiosk Kid 2011/11/21 22:33:50
    Kiosk Kid
    You have two front runners Newt Gingrich on the right and Mitt Romney on the left.

    There is always one winner the loosers always crash and burn. Speaker of Obama, Hillary, crashed and burned. Maxism doesn't work!

    "The Socialists, who have ruled Spain since 2004, slumped to 110 seats with 28.73% of the vote, their worst performance since the return of democracy to Spain in 1975.

    The PP won 44.62% of the vote in a turnout of 71% of the electorate."
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/wor...

    Marxism in Spain has produced an over 20 percent unemployment rate.
  • Bilingu... Kiosk Kid 2011/11/22 06:53:22
    Bilingual required sucks
    +2
    What is the unemployment rate here in the USA from Capitalism? Its also crap, one of the reasons are China and India has all our jobs.
  • Kiosk Kid Bilingu... 2011/11/22 16:19:06
    Kiosk Kid
    Currently, our president is a Marxist Liberal. Capital and jobs flee Marxism which is why Obama only created 8000 jobs between Dec 31, 2010 and Aug 31, 2011.

    http://data.bls.gov/pdq/Surve...
    Check Non Farm Payroll Jobs and run the report.

    On the other hand, George Bush had an average 5.2 percent unemployment rate and Bill Clinton had 5.3 percent.

    If Obama gets dumped in 2012 and all of his job killing regulations are deleted Capitalism will produce jobs again. Investors will invest again.
  • Bilingu... Kiosk Kid 2011/11/22 17:48:14
    Bilingual required sucks
    To HELL with Capitalism, Democratic socialism IS the future whether you like it or not.
  • Kiosk Kid Bilingu... 2011/11/22 18:58:40
    Kiosk Kid
    No, it is not. China is a dictatorship but they are moving everyday more towards capitalism. A great example is they publish their proposed regulations almost a year in advance. They get feedback from the markets. They review the feedback and make changes where it makes sense to them.

    Obama produces his big government regulations through executive order whether it is smart or not.

    "REPORTING FROM LONDON — Spain's ruling Socialists were ousted from power in elections Sunday as Europe's debt crisis continued to cause political upheaval across the continent.

    With 98% of the votes counted, the Popular Party had won 186 seats, a majority in the 350-member lower chamber of parliament, assuring that the center-right group will return to power for the first time since 2004.

    The conservatives won roughly 45% of the votes and the Socialists took 29%, according to official election results, the news service reported."

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.c...

    China with their capitalism is on a path to overtake the US in 15 years.
  • Bilingu... Kiosk Kid 2011/11/22 19:54:23
    Bilingual required sucks
    +2
    Yeah their Capitalism with US companies which is helped by their Communism in the first place. US companies move to China because they get to pay.80 cents an hour, because their society is heavily subsidized. If your apartment costs $21 a month its not too hard to figure out that their Communism is fueling our Capitalism. Of course the Chinese are stealing our technology, and we are sending our brightest MITand Ivy League trained minds to go train their engineers. They are going to take over with dumb Americans helping them like that. If I was a Chinese businessman, hell you could come over and f*ck my wife AND sister for a deal like that!
  • Kiosk Kid Bilingu... 2011/11/22 20:25:25 (edited)
    Kiosk Kid
    Investors and Corporations are going to China because they are far more Capitalist then Obama. They don’t have a corporate tax rate of 40 percent like the US and they don’t have costly big government regulations like the US.

    Why should these corporations put up with Marxist Liberals when they don’t have too? Move overseas and tell big government Liberals where to shove their big government regulations and taxes. No Liberals, No Problems, No brainier!

    Small business owners operate primarily in the US. They are not investing and creating jobs either in the US. Marxism doesn’t work!

    Businesses are waiting to see if that Liberal will get dumped in the street in the 2012 election before making financial decisions that will create jobs! Capital and jobs flee Marxism.
  • Bilingu... Kiosk Kid 2011/11/22 20:54:24
    Bilingual required sucks
    +1
    Oh now youre saying they JUST started leaving since Obama was elected? They have been moving there since the 1980's. It doesnt seem like you even read the rest of my post, apparently using American resources to enrich another country is Ok with you......while the Chinese steal our technology.
  • Kiosk Kid Bilingu... 2011/11/23 00:39:13
    Kiosk Kid
    No, I never said; Jobs JUST started leaving since Obama was elected?

    The US has had a forty percent corporate tax rate since 1986 and before that it was higher. It was a concession that Reagan made to Tip O’Neil which enabled Reagan to reduce taxes on the American people.

    Your break down in logic is that corporations are not going overseas to get 80 cent per hour labor. They are going overseas to avoid 40 the forty percent corporate tax rate and especially since Obama, they can avoid his costly big government regulations.

    Small business owners can't just go overseas, so they just aren't investing and creating jobs which is why Obama has only created a total of 8,000 Non Farm Payroll jobs in the last 8 months according to his own Dept. of Labor.
  • Bilingu... Kiosk Kid 2011/11/23 01:21:27
    Bilingual required sucks
    What on earth are you talking about, Bush cut the tax rate, didnt GE pay 0 taxes? A girl I grew up with went to MIT, got a Masters in Engineering, got a job at GE, GE sent her to China to train their engineers, after she did that, then they laid her off, almost 2 years ago she passed on because she had Lupus, Im not saying GE killed her but Im sure the stress didnt help much. Last I heard the corporate tax rate was 15% where did you get 40% from? Fox?
  • Kiosk Kid Bilingu... 2011/11/23 01:33:30 (edited)
    Kiosk Kid
    "In the United States, the top marginal federal corporate rate for taxable income over $18.3 million is 35%. It can be as low as 15% for taxable income under $50,000."

    http://onlinetax.hubpages.com...

    When you add the state income tax, it averages 39.6 percent.

    Canada today has 16 percent and they are lowering it to 15 percent next year.

    Yes, GE will continue to pay zero corporate taxes to the US. Why should they pay the US 39.6 percent when they can pay a foreign country 20 percent?

    Try producing facts not crap! I am an accountant; I have done corporate tax returns. Also, I decided whether a corporation should move jobs overseas to take advantage of other countries corporate tax rates and government regulations.
  • luvguins 2011/11/21 22:25:15
    luvguins
    +6
    How can anyone that has any thinking ability wrap their heads around any of these clowns? I look at people at their appearances and wonder if they came from another planet as aliens.
  • William 2011/11/21 22:21:17
    William
    +2
    LOL. That was good.
  • The Thinking Woman 2011/11/21 22:20:55
    The Thinking Woman
    +5
    This field of republican candidates has been crash and burn from the beginning, but it has given us hours of fun and laughter. laughing at republicans
  • UnusualSuspect 2011/11/21 22:18:28
    UnusualSuspect
    +5
    A good post, blues...

    And after reading it, one has to wonder how any in this political "field of dreamers" could possibly make it to the White House.

    In a CNN poll released today, only 27% of Republicans/conservatives have made up their minds up about a candidate: http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/...

    How many more shoes have to drop from any of these candidates before that percentage falls even lower?
  • Tom Degan 2011/11/21 22:11:09
    Tom Degan
    +6
    And to think, Jon Huntsman is the only one of this bunch who does not have little birdies flying out of his ears - and he's not even registering in the polls with these nitwits. He's the most impressive GOP candidate since Teddy Roosevelt and they don't even want to know about him.

    Unless and until they rehabilitate themselves, George W. Bush will be remembered as the last Republican president. Not that that would be a bad thing.

    http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

    Tom Degan
  • DDogbreath 2011/11/21 22:07:57
    DDogbreath
    No matter how you twist it, it has no comparison to the current "Presidential Crash & Burn" we are now experiencing.

    twist comparison current presidential crash burn experiencing
  • Bilingu... DDogbreath 2011/11/22 06:56:31 (edited)
    Bilingual required sucks
    Your screen name describes you very very well.
  • DDogbreath Bilingu... 2011/11/22 07:05:10
    DDogbreath
    No it barely "scratches the surface".
  • Kaleokualoha 2011/11/21 22:03:53
    Kaleokualoha
    +2
    For me, the big question is why John Huntsman has gotten so little traction. Although he also has the "Mormon problem," he does not have Romney's fair-weather principles.
  • beavith1 2011/11/21 22:02:38
    beavith1
    Brad should re read his stuff. he's got Gingrich at 2 and 6.

    Brad is pretty clearly a democrat, too, so i take his work with a big grain of salt...
  • scblues... beavith1 2011/11/21 22:05:27
    scbluesman13
    +4
    The reason he wrote Gingrich in twice is because he had 2 surges in the polls. One very early on, and then another surge just recently within the last month.
  • beavith1 scblues... 2011/11/21 22:08:52
    beavith1
    the only 'surge' Gingrich had in the beginning was when his staff quit on him because he wanted to go on a cruise rather than campaign. and that 'surge' was the large number of people that were laughing at his campaign style.

    he was pretty much left for dead.
  • StarWar... beavith1 2011/11/22 01:15:56
    StarWarsBob
    +1
    "Failed Savior #6: Newt Gingrich

    How he rose: The very idea of Newt Gingrich being a legit presidential candidate should be enough to violate at least 23 different laws of quantum mech... Wait a minute, didn’t I already write this part? Yes, I did."

    Somebody didn't read #6.
  • beavith1 StarWar... 2011/11/22 15:24:50
    beavith1
    that quantum mechanical part didn't make any sense because he was never in front at any other previous time.

    i suppose if the author was trying to make the Heisenbergian point that Newt was always in first place and never in first place all that time, it would merely be lame.

    in the beginning, Newt was left for dead. this is his only surge, so far.
  • matt 2011/11/21 21:59:52
    matt
    +1
    You must really have a lot of time on your hands to write such a long drivel. Ok it's pretty funny. Does he know that Newt is now on top again?
  • MBSVirginia BN-2 2011/11/21 21:59:50
    MBSVirginia BN-2
    It's a shame that Mitch Daniels or Gary Johnson weren't running. Both of those men could debate BO under the table. Both have successful records and both are true to their standards. Mr. Daniels would be FABULOUS, he just isn't ready personally, and his family has discouraged him for obvious reasons. Maybe 2016
  • Hanna 2011/11/21 21:58:40
    Hanna
    +4
    Excellent article.
  • misterz 2011/11/21 21:57:48
    misterz
    +1
    Interesting.
  • ProudProgressive 2011/11/21 21:56:37
    ProudProgressive
    +9
    Excellent article. They did leave out the pregame favorite - Sarah Palin, who was so unpalatable even to the Republicans that she couldn't make the A Team of Psychos.
  • scblues... ProudPr... 2011/11/21 22:07:23
    scbluesman13
    +5
    Something tells me that AFP/FreedomWorks and other big money conservative PACs had a lot to do with whispering in Palin's ear and telling her to stay out of the race. When political figures (if we can even call Palin that) consider even opening an exploratory committee it seems like the first meetings they set up are with the big money PACs to find out how much they could get in campaign funds.
  • ProudPr... scblues... 2011/11/21 22:10:57
    ProudProgressive
    +5
    LOL they told Palin to stay out but they let Bachmann in???

    laughing
  • Alien Ramone 2011/11/21 21:40:14
    Alien Ramone
    +4
    Maybe it's Ron Paul's turn to be front runner next:


  • scblues... Alien R... 2011/11/21 21:50:53
    scbluesman13
    +8
    Ron Paul definitely has a lot of "crossover" appeal among the US voter base. While I have some issues with his politics he's a lot easier on my mind than any of the other GOP candidates, and I certainly wouldn't consider fleeing the country were he ever elected President.
  • matt Alien R... 2011/11/21 21:56:17
    matt
    +2
    I would like that.
  • ProudPr... Alien R... 2011/11/21 21:58:53
    ProudProgressive
    +6
    Ron Paul is too sane (or at least not crazy in the same way). I've wondered for a long time why he doesn't try to run as an independent. The money that runs the Republican Party will never support him.

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