Wednesday, June 24, 2009

2012 post of the day 

Pew’s got a new poll out today showing Romney’s net favorable rating at +12, compared to just +1 for Sarahcuda. With Sanford and Huntsman now out of the game, Jindal almost certainly biding his time until 2016, and Palin possibly too polarizing to win against The One, we’d all better hope Mitt runs. Because if he doesn’t, an ominous scenario presents itself...


Oh, and yes, John Kerry is an enormous tool. "Is," not "has."


By Blogger smitty1e, at Wed Jun 24, 08:53:00 PM:

Country needs some hard right rudder.
I will admit that Mitt gives good speech.
I need to hear him sound very, very federalist (and mean it) before I support him.  

By Anonymous feeblemind, at Wed Jun 24, 10:25:00 PM:

Please..... let's not start this tiresome debate 6 mos into the Nightmare Presidency. It is way too early.  

By Anonymous koolau, at Wed Jun 24, 10:40:00 PM:

Mit Romney has the economic and business knowledge to lead us out of the fiscal nightmare. He also has experience with leading large organizations and I'm sure his national security positions are one of strength, intimidation and bold strikes at our enemies. Exactly what America needs when our enemies are trying to grow their ability to kill and hurt us.  

By Blogger Christine, at Wed Jun 24, 10:53:00 PM:

Obama became president and our nightmare of a lifetime because mcCain wasn't far right enough for the hard headed. I see from the above comment, that the Obama pain hasn't quite sunk in yet. Will we (those with common sense) end up enduring four additional years?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Jun 25, 09:14:00 AM:

That'll leave a mark. Good point.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Jun 25, 11:10:00 AM:

Thank you for being a useful idiot for the BO/MSM/Soros leftists.

Never forget that the Beltway Repub's were the leaders who made the GOP a minority.

Why help them narrow the field now?
Why not wait and see?

It is much too too early to start eliminating candidates , in either party.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Jun 25, 12:11:00 PM:

Romney was the wrong guy in 2008 -- he would have been beaten like a drum as the ultimate anti-populist plutocrat. But he could be exactly the right guy if we're in a deep economic funk after the reality of Obamanomics hits home. Romney's even worse than Kerry at projecting disdain for the regular guy -- but in desperate times his competency can win out.

Christine repeats the canard that McCain dragged the party to defeat in 2008. Any other Republican -- except for Giuliani -- would have done worse with independents and other key segments -- the data proves this. Had Hillary been the Democrat, she would have won even bigger than Obama.

Link, over  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Jun 25, 01:30:00 PM:

In the upcoming elections a GOP candidate has to find a way to draw a majority of independents in order to win, and even then the big help we get from Obama's poor economic performance will need to be a dominant theme given the disproportionate registration differences. At this stage Romney's popularity is interesting but surely he has a long way to go.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Jun 25, 01:42:00 PM:

"Christine repeats the canard that McCain dragged the party to defeat in 2008."

I think you reacted overly quickly to her reference to McCain. Christine is merely saying McCain wasn't able to drag the party to victory in 2008, in part because the parts of the GOP were in a snit about some of his less than attractive opinions. Her comment is that those Republicans who couldn't bring themselves to get enthusiastic about McCain's candidacy in 2008 are in part responsible for the nightmare we are living through right now. She is not ascribing that fault to McCain, as you seem to think, but is expressly challenging those right-side voters hoping for a more righty candidate to get over it. She said that persisting in a "small tent" philosophy virtually guarantees a similar outcome in 2012.  

By Blogger Christine, at Thu Jun 25, 09:18:00 PM:

Thank you anonymous. You totally understood my point.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Jun 25, 10:30:00 PM:

To Christine from Link,

Sorry for misreading you. Sounds like we're in agreement, actually.  

By Blogger PatD, at Thu Jun 25, 10:47:00 PM:

Romney has Romneycare in his resume. The good news is that it has demonstrated that socialist medicine is a financial disaster. The bad news is that Romneycare has his name on it, even if the Dems mucked it up.

I'm more impressed by Palin's performance in negotiating the gas pipeline with some of the most powerful companies in the world.  

By Blogger Christine, at Fri Jun 26, 06:38:00 AM:

Link, no problem. We can only hope that the amount of "pain" we have to endure does not top the scale. But, it is enough to teach "some" people a lesson.

Sometimes you MUST take the bad with the good. If all republicans wait for the perfect candidate, it may be too late. Major destruction of our countries economy, security & reputation is underway. We have 3-1/2 years left. If we survive those years, we will not have time to quivel over small matters. Get someone, who is not a leftie in the white house!  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jun 26, 08:38:00 AM:

Odds are that the next Republican winner is someone we already know. We won't be in the market for a young unknown.

Palin has potential but won't realize it if she's only "Rush in a dress." I want to compare her to Reagan but can't get there yet in several ways. She may be too hot -- and I don't mean in appearance -- she can't seem to always be looking for a fight. At first, The Palins were a fun new situation comedy but it took a ratings dropping when Sarah did her occasssional CGI-morph into Medusa -- especially when she had Levi alone. Do we really want the Clampetts in the White House? That said, Palin has a once in a generation talent at "connecting." If she can cool down and broaden her appeal, she has potential.

Romney is a souless mentat -- one of the humans in Dune trained to mimic computers. All that's left of Romney's humanity is disdain for us lesser spawn. But Obama won as the anti-Bush -- Romney could win as the anti-Obama.

I wouldn't rule out Giuliani -- but he'll be getting old. I still question his appeal outside of New York but he surprised me in the 2008 campaign. If Rudy runs for New York governor in 2010 it's a tell.

Link, over  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jun 26, 06:13:00 PM:

Obama's television time on ABC was a total and complete failure- he got crushed by a CSI rerun and everything else on TV.

Obama's personal popularity is in decline, his policies are downright unpopular, the Democrat Congress is increasingly seen as the worst thing ever, the economy isn't getting better, what with all the new taxes, and people want unemployment increasing, not unemployment. The Obama economic disaster is shortly going to turn the Congress into the most pro-growth body on the face of the earth- you watch!  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jun 26, 06:15:00 PM:

"...and people want unemployment increasing, not unemployment."

Sorry- I meant to say people want employment to increase, and not unemployment!

We still need leaders to emerge from the GOP. That's the only thing holding us back right now.  

By Blogger James82, at Sun Jun 28, 03:47:00 PM:

No mention of Newt Gingrich? He's the only conservative-principled potential out there.

I like Mitt, and I really like Guiliani, but I was surprised at the negatives he gets from many people I spoke to last year.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Jun 28, 04:18:00 PM:

Newt would be my favorite, but I don't know that he'd have enough broad appeal as a Presidential candidate. That's more a reflection on our collective shallowness than it is on Newt personally. I see him as being the best counter to Obama in the near-term. He should run, if only to frame the issues and ensure the best nominee gets picked. He'd be a great VP pick.

If he could do a mind meld with Sarah, we'd really have something -- this is where I'd hope Sarah would grow in time -- she has a 15-year window.

This is morning line handicapping, but Mitt looks strongest right now.  

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