Presidential Election 2012

Jennifer - posted on 06/09/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Who do you think will be the Republican candidate in 2012?

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Pamela - posted on 06/23/2011

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Yeah, it's pretty crazy when the current GOP considers the conservatives of yesteryear "liberals". Why Nixon would be a card carrying commie by today's standards.

Karla - posted on 06/23/2011

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Concerning Huntsman: My second thoughts aren't about the rough start, but rather the inability to get things done in a successful way. Okay, he was able to announce his candidacy (success) but the details (crowd, intended background shot, etc.) failed. I guess if he can find himself an excellent campaign manager he might make it work.
Funny bit of fact - "Planned Parenthood has received federal funding since 1970, when President Richard Nixon signed into law the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act"
Yup, even NIXON couldn't be elected in today's GOP.

Pamela - posted on 06/23/2011

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Huntsman's rough start in campaigning actually does not cause me to dislike him. He strikes me as potentially being a true Republican - in the tradition of an Eisenhower - and that makes him, in my eyes anyway, far more electable than any of these other GOP candidates.

He probably will not win the primaries - not because of a goofy campaign ad, but because he will not appeal to the GOP base. He has already disagreed with the far right's stance on gay marriage - which is one of those major wedge issues used as a litmus test for conservative ideological purity. And I think you are absolutely correct, Karla, when you say that even Reagan could not get elected in today's GOP world. He would be too "liberal" by their standards. Very unfortunate state of affairs in our current political environment.

Karla - posted on 06/23/2011

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Pamela, I watched Rachel Maddow on the Huffington Post link, she's great. Perhaps Huntsman is not the best choice.
Going a little off topic, I wonder if the GOP's efforts to get more votes by adopting any right wing movement has finally put them over the edge? Their current base is so extreme that they may not be able to get a candidate through the primary who can also win the presidency.
There is so much talk in the GOP about how great Ronald Reagan was, but I don't think even Reagan could win in a GOP primary today. Time will tell; perhaps it's just the most vocal on the right being heard today, and the vote will reflect something different.

ME - posted on 06/23/2011

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I typically like Maddow...but, making fun of him for desiring civility and toned down rhetoric is silly. I should think that's what we all want. He seems far less bizarre to me than Bachman et al....

ME - posted on 06/22/2011

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I think if they were serious, they would choose Huntsman, but then, I don't expect them to be serious...

Karla - posted on 06/22/2011

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I Think the GOP's best candidates are Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney. The way the party is leaning right now, I'm not sure either of these guys can win the primary, and the others cannot win over independent voters. What do you think Jennifer?

Pamela - posted on 06/13/2011

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Or Ron Paul. At least he's thoughtful and interesting. I don't agree with him on everything, but at least he makes bloody sense. Unfortunately he probably won't win the primary. But if he did, I think Obama might have something to be worried about. The rest of them, meh.

Pamela - posted on 06/12/2011

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Of the serious contenders, I would rank Mitt Romney (though I don't think he'll win the primary) or Tim Pawlenty. The rest I don't take seriously. Maybe Huntsman but we'll see.

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