GOP Mulls 32 Candidates for President in 2016
"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
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That's what an article by Paul Bedard posted yesterday at says. There could be more - stay tuned. Here's the list of 32:

- Sen. Kelly Ayotte, of New Hampshire

- Haley Barbour, former Mississippi governor

- John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations

- Jeb Bush, former Florida governor

– Herman Cain, a radio host

- Ben Carson, author and neurosurgeon

– Chris Christie, New Jersey governor

– Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas

– Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor

- Newt Gingrich, former House speaker

- Nikki Haley, South Carolina governor

- Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor

- Bobby Jindal, Louisiana governor

– John Kasich, Ohio governor

- Rep. Peter King, of New York

- Susana Martinez, New Mexico governor

– Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor

- Sen. Rand Paul, of Kentucky

- Former Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas

– Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor

– Mike Pence, Indiana governor

– Rick Perry, Texas governor

- Sen. Rob Portman, of Ohio

- Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state

– Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida

– Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin

– Brian Sandoval, Nevada governor

- Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator

– Sen. Tim Scott, of South Carolina

- Sen. John Thune, of South Dakota

- Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor

– Former Rep. Allen West, of Florida


Many of these names are very familiar to Courier blog posters/visitors, as they have been mentioned and discussed often on these here pages. I'm on record favoring Jeb Bush for Prez as the one who gives the GOP the best chance of winning. I'd also like to see a woman get the VP nomination. Either Condoleezza Rice or Susana Martinez would be a good choice. They have the least baggage and most appropriate experience.

What say you?

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JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 16:53 PM

I'll take a Palin-Paul (Ron or Rand) ticket.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 18:18 PM

Sorry Sebe...just a little sarcasm. Dat girl and boy dun had a spin at the wheel. On a side note, the Bushes and Clintions have multible spins. And really, what do I JimmyMack know what the GOP has in mind?

I do know this: they need a HEAVY hitter to cage fight with Hillary.

A Condolezza-Cain ticket may pack dynamite!!!

What to do....what to do?????

Sheran commented on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 20:22 PM

I still like Mike Huckabee for Prez! I say Carson for VP and 'Spouse' says Paul Ryan and Mike Huckabee ticket either way would be a winner!

timeontarget commented on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 06:33 AM

The apparent truth (if not kept hidden by the liberal media) about Benghazi and Hillary's total failure to do her job should diminish her stock.

NY Times has egg on face; bipartisan Senate report faults State Dept. for Benghazi

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a bipartisan report Wednesday concluding that the September 2012 tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, was preventable and blaming the agency for security lapses.

The report called the State Department’s failure to take appropriate security measures especially inexcusable given that the CIA annex, located a mile away from the Consulate, “consistently upgraded its security posture” as conditions continued to deteriorate.

The report also confirmed that the raid was conducted by al-Qaida elements, including al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, saying recently-declassified congressional testimony proved the White House was aware the attack was terror-driven from the start.

Newly declassified Benghazi testimony: Pentagon told Obama it was terrorism

“Despite the fact that the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi were recognized as terrorist attacks by the Intelligence Community and by personnel in the Department of State from the beginning, Administration officials were inconsistent and at times misleading in their public statements and failed for days to make clear to the American people that the deaths in Benghazi were the result of a terrorist attack,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, wrote in the report.

The marching orders to blame the attack on a “spontaneous demonstration” came from a White House meeting attended by then-Defense Secretary Leon Penetta, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama, according to Fox chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge.

Herridge discussed the Senate findings with Fox News host Greta van Susteren Wednesday,saying the State Department had for months refused to hand the Senate an August 2012 cable detailing just how far the situation in Benghazi had deteriorated. The cable informed State Department officials that 10 al-Qaida and Islamist training camps were opering in Benghazi.

The president had to have known of the deteriorating situation in Benghazi through intelligence reports, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., told van Susteren on her show Wednesday,confirming that the Aug. 16 cable described at least 10 al-Qaida training camps.

“Not Libya — Benghazi,” Chambliss emphasized.

I think this aired of Fox.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at 15:54 PM

Jimmy: I guess a pairing of Palin-Paul could be called the "Pee-Pee Ticket." Probably not a winner (or even a Weiner). As for whether you know what the GOP has in mind - you "know" as much as I do. I agree that they need to have two who will energize and unite the party. If not, they lose again.

In particular, the VP nominee needs to be able to feed the "raw meat" to the base. Susana Martinez seems to be especially adept at this from what I've seen of her speeches/remarks. She also counter-balances being a woman (assuming HRC heads the Dem ticket) AND she is a "minority." Rice would be less effective in the raw meat/hatchet man department than Martinez. She comes across as too "nice" and too academic. Martinez can get down and dirty.

At the top of the ticket you need some charisma as well as some "gravitas." And not too much baggage hanging out there for the Dems to get ahold of. As far as I can tell, Jeb Bush has none of the personal "flaws" of his brother (43), and his personal/professional life would make for a very tough target. He's also a "favorite" of the lamestream media (as much as any Republican can be their favorite). See:

Sheran: The above linked article discusses The Huckebee Factor (it refers to him as "the arch conservative," so you know they're ready to rip him apart if/when he runs). I have no problem with his or Carson/Ryan's politics, but I think they can expect much the same as Romney got from the press - 24/7 negative coverage whenever possible. The big negative thing they can say about Bush is "Another Bush? Enough Already!" But that's pretty much a lame argument if he's running against ANOTHER CLINTON on the Dem ticket.

TOT: As for Hillary - I agree with the assessment that comes out of even the lamestream media that she doesn't really have a record she can run on, and that her main "qualification" is her eight years in the White House as First Lady. But the urge that possesses many in this country is that now that we've had the "first black President" it's time for the first female one. That's a pretty popular notion on the left, but after the ObamaCare debacle, I don't think it's as strong an argument with moderates, independents, and undecided's. It is the traditional, unshakeable constituency of the Democratic party that will benefit from ObamaCare, which is why they rammed it down our throats in the first place. Everybody else gets screwed - one way or another. I predict that ObamaCare will still be a significant negative factor for the Dems in 2016.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 16:12 PM

@Sheran: either way,,,Carson - Huckabee, or a Huckabee-Carson ticket is a Titantic plunge and sink to the deep and dark bottom of the electoral College with little or no available life boats. A total disaster of doom and gloom.

I think a Limbaugh-O'Rielly ticket would in my Liberal mind fair much better. Bring out some Right Wing heavy hitters. To me they are the current face of the Republican Party as it exists today. Two loudly verbose individuals filled with aggression towards Liberals.

And let us not forget, Hate sells.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at 23:45 PM

Especially on the left.

timeontarget commented on Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 07:31 AM

More so on and from the left than from the right.

And the two party lock on the primary election ballot boxes leave us with gridlock.

Our congress is no longer functional.

sebekm commented on Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 13:31 PM

TOT: I'm not sure it's all Congress' fault. As we saw with ObamaCare, when one party has total control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, they can really screw things up - BIG TIME. All we really need is a president who knows how to LEAD effectively (or at all). This one thinks leadership only involves "a phone and a pen." In my recent blog on Nat Henthoff, I quote him as calling the President "un-American." That's one "liberal icon's" opinion. But now all across the nation we are getting their take on the same "phone/pen" issue. Even in such places as northwest Montana, which last time I checked had a Dem Governor and two Dem Senators, comes a Daily Interlake newspaper editorial which says this:

".... it was disconcerting to hear the president tell his Cabinet last week that he didn’t need to wait for Congress to pass legislation to get the economy moving.

“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” Obama said. “And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”

Well any two-bit dictator can make the same claim, but what separates President Obama from Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro is that the United States has a Constitution that is supposed to protect “we the people” from the unbridled power of a strongman, no matter how well-intentioned.

We don’t expect President Obama has to worry about Hentoff’s declaration that it is time to look into impeachment proceedings against the president, but maybe he should have to worry a little bit more about what average Americans say.

We don’t think anyone in America — Democrat or Republican — wants a dictator, so let’s insist on following the law — and the Constitution — whether it is convenient to partisan agendas or not."

So now even newspaper editors in Big (Blue) Sky country are comparing President Obama to "any two bit dictator" who wields the "unbridled power of a strongman." On the eve of the annual State of the Union Address, it's opinions like these that Mr. Obama should be paying attention to. He's already in the toilet with ObamaCare. He can really kill any positive "legacy" if he pursues his "Phone/Pen Gone Wild" approach.

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