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(NPR)   NPR: It's ridiculously, absurdly early to talk about 2016 presidential politics. But hell, let's throw together this article about how there's no clear Republican front-runner yet, anyway   (npr.org) divider line 37
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2013-06-06 09:36:37 AM
Their coverage this morning was ridiculous. Back to back to back stories of the NSA/Verizon story. Pretty sure more important things are happening in the middle east.
 
2013-06-06 09:36:51 AM
Scott Walker / Rand Paul 2016. Book it done. And they lose... Yawn.
 
2013-06-06 09:38:21 AM
Well, it s both true that it is early and there is no clear Republican candidate. I guess you can say the same thing for the Democratic party as well.
 
2013-06-06 09:42:53 AM
Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Eric Cantor, Chris Christie.....
 
2013-06-06 09:43:31 AM
I'm not sure why anyone would care. The reality as of right now is that no Republican candidate who could win the primary could win the general election, and no Republican candidate who could win the general election could win the primary. The dynamics of the GOP will have to drastically change over the next three years if they want to get somebody into the White House in 2017.
 
2013-06-06 09:44:12 AM
Let's throw a wild card in - rapture occurs in 2015. How will this alter the GOP presidential strategy?
 
2013-06-06 09:45:06 AM
Following the trend, I'm going to guess that it will be someone who is viewed as more of a moderate. They'll swing to the right during the campaign, alienating some of their supporters in order to win the nomination. Then they'll tack on a gimmicky VP in order to "balance" the ticket and make it seem more exciting. And then they'll lose.
 
2013-06-06 09:45:27 AM
Well, of course...since the Democrats OBVIOUSLY have things taken care of, disregarding the idea that they have been lambasting the GOP about holding on to old antiquated ideas and then having the gall to try to push Hillary Farking Clinton down the nation's throat again.
 
2013-06-06 09:45:40 AM

Skarekrough: Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Eric Cantor, Chris Christie.....


No yes yes no yes
 
2013-06-06 09:46:24 AM

kid_icarus: Let's throw a wild card in - rapture occurs in 2015. How will this alter the GOP presidential strategy?


Actually, their strategery assumes it will happen.
 
2013-06-06 09:48:21 AM
The 2016 GOP primary season is going to be like five football games at the same time with the lines of scrimmage 5 yards apart and and a go-kart race going on on the same field with land mines and starving hyenas all over the field. It's going to be magnificent.
 
2013-06-06 09:50:52 AM

BunkoSquad: The 2016 GOP primary season is going to be like five football games at the same time with the lines of scrimmage 5 yards apart and and a go-kart race going on on the same field with land mines and starving hyenas all over the field. It's going to be magnificent.


They could just drop everybody in the Korean DMZ and see who can make it out alive.
 
2013-06-06 09:52:22 AM

BunkoSquad: The 2016 GOP primary season is going to be like five football games at the same time with the lines of scrimmage 5 yards apart and and a go-kart race going on on the same field with land mines and starving hyenas all over the field. It's going to be magnificent.




Yeah, they didn't learn a damn thing from 2012. They had their chance to kick the teabaggers out of the party, but, if anything, they're getting even derpier to try to please them, even though I think the Tea Party really pretty much negates any chance they have to win a Presidential election.
 
2013-06-06 09:52:24 AM

rjakobi: Well, of course...since the Democrats OBVIOUSLY have things taken care of, disregarding the idea that they have been lambasting the GOP about holding on to old antiquated ideas and then having the gall to try to push Hillary Farking Clinton down the nation's throat again.


You receive no credit, try again with something less obvious. 0/10.
 
2013-06-06 09:52:40 AM

kid_icarus: Let's throw a wild card in - rapture occurs in 2015. How will this alter the GOP presidential strategy?


Why would they meed to change it? Their voters will still be around.
 
2013-06-06 09:57:32 AM

Ned Stark: kid_icarus: Let's throw a wild card in - rapture occurs in 2015. How will this alter the GOP presidential strategy?

Why would they meed to change it? Their voters will still be around.


Their politicians will most certainly still be around, too. Although they may have a harder time running on a platform that leans heavy on Christianity after that.
 
2013-06-06 09:57:32 AM
The word "vaxxer" is as unnerving as someone calling their Suzuki sportbike a "Gixxer".
 
2013-06-06 09:58:07 AM

tricycleracer: The word "vaxxer" is as unnerving as someone calling their Suzuki sportbike a "Gixxer".


Almost as unnerving as posting into the wrong thread.
 
2013-06-06 09:59:05 AM
We have top men with an interest in leading the narrative.

TOP MEN!
 
2013-06-06 10:00:16 AM

kid_icarus: Ned Stark: kid_icarus: Let's throw a wild card in - rapture occurs in 2015. How will this alter the GOP presidential strategy?

Why would they meed to change it? Their voters will still be around.

Their politicians will most certainly still be around, too. Although they may have a harder time running on a platform that leans heavy on Christianity after that.


Actually, I suspect they'd win in a landslide because all the Godless Commie hippie liberals would have disappeared from the planet while their voters would be stranded here to witness the coming of the Antichrist.
 
2013-06-06 10:04:10 AM
Here is to hope that they or the dems nominate someone worth a darned.   I am getting kinda bored with voting 3rd party because neither of the big 2 can nominate someone good.
 
2013-06-06 10:08:44 AM

Saiga410: Here is to hope that they or the dems nominate someone worth a darned.   I am getting kinda bored with voting 3rd party because neither of the big 2 can nominate someone good.


Do you have any suggestions?
 
2013-06-06 10:11:14 AM
I'm rooting for Rick Santorum to get nominated. I think that'd be just swell.
 
2013-06-06 10:13:57 AM

Ned Stark: kid_icarus: Let's throw a wild card in - rapture occurs in 2015. How will this alter the GOP presidential strategy?

Why would they meed to change it? Their voters will still be around.


But they hated all the right people!
 
2013-06-06 10:14:01 AM
This next Presidential election is the Democrat's to lose.  IE, provided they don't nominate a total dumbass, they will win, almost by default.  As far as I can tell, there's no Reagan or (Bill) Clinton type amoungst the top twenty Republican possibilities, no game changer.

That being said, the Republicans will probably continue to hold on the House for quite awhile.

So, status quo gridlock ahoy for the next decade or so.  Bleah.
 
2013-06-06 10:16:43 AM

Serious Black: Saiga410: Here is to hope that they or the dems nominate someone worth a darned.   I am getting kinda bored with voting 3rd party because neither of the big 2 can nominate someone good.

Do you have any suggestions?


Huntsman but I would expect him to smear feces all over himself in the primary to the point where I go looking at the LP as a none of the above vote.
 
2013-06-06 10:20:44 AM
The clear candidate should be Chris Christie.  The derpfest that is the Republican Party however, would rather see Sarah Palin run for the Presidency before Christie.
 
2013-06-06 10:25:46 AM

Rwa2play: The clear candidate should be Chris Christie.  The derpfest that is the Republican Party however, would rather see Sarah Palin run for the Presidency before Christie.


He probably would be their strongest choice, IMHO.  However, you are right that there would be internal resistance to anybody who hasn't towed the party line 110%.  Irony here is that he is no moderate; on substance, he's as right wing as the rest of them-it's just on style, he's less derptastic.
 
2013-06-06 10:33:45 AM

Saiga410: Serious Black: Saiga410: Here is to hope that they or the dems nominate someone worth a darned.   I am getting kinda bored with voting 3rd party because neither of the big 2 can nominate someone good.

Do you have any suggestions?

Huntsman but I would expect him to smear feces all over himself in the primary to the point where I go looking at the LP as a none of the above vote.


Yeah, I wouldn't expect Huntsman to get any traction. He went all-in on the Ryan budget and it was nowhere near enough to make up for his other "flaws," like working for President Obama in China.

My dream candidate would be Russ Feingold for the Democratic nomination. I don't think that will happen, but anything is possible when we're still three years away from the election.
 
2013-06-06 10:38:31 AM

kid_icarus: Let's throw a wild card in - rapture occurs in 2015. How will this alter the GOP presidential strategy?


If I remember the Left Behind books correctly, it doesn't matter, because the Antichrist will convert the UN into the de facto world government before the new president is sworn in in 2017. The new guy will be an impotent figurehead for a couple months until he tries to revolt against the UN, at which point the UN will destroy a bunch of American cities with magic radiation-free nuclear bombs. Also, a week later everyone will forget that it happened and go about their lives more or less normally, like they did after their children disappeared.
 
2013-06-06 10:47:26 AM

vygramul: I'm rooting for Rick Santorum to get nominated. I think that'd be just swell.


I think if the RNC got behind Santoirum for the nomination, they could really grease the skids.
 
2013-06-06 10:52:04 AM

kid_icarus: Let's throw a wild card in - rapture occurs in 2015. How will this alter the GOP presidential strategy?


"So to recap our rapture coverage: Surprisingly only one GOP politician has been designated for rapture, but even Jesus himself was unable to get Chris Christy off the ground.  All will continue to seek the 2016 nomination."
 
2013-06-06 11:28:00 AM

lilbjorn: vygramul: I'm rooting for Rick Santorum to get nominated. I think that'd be just swell.

I think if the RNC got behind Santoirum for the nomination, they could really grease the skids.


Grease the skids with Santorum?  Tell me you didn't post this on purpose.
 
2013-06-06 11:46:46 AM

kid_icarus: Let's throw a wild card in - rapture occurs in 2015. How will this alter the GOP presidential strategy?


That's completely ludicrous.

Everyone knows that there are no elections in Hell.
 
2013-06-06 12:14:27 PM

hugram: Well, it s both true that it is early and there is no clear Republican candidate. I guess you can say the same thing for the Democratic party as well.


You can also say the same thing for the last two elections.  There was no clear Republican front-runner in 2008 or 2012---everyone just settled on the guy nobody really wanted after all the others fizzled out.

Not that this is unique to Republicans:  the same thing happened to the Democrats in 2004.
 
2013-06-06 12:31:07 PM

NateGrey: Their coverage this morning was ridiculous. Back to back to back stories of the NSA/Verizon story. Pretty sure more important things are happening in the middle east.


Is this the media version of, "Why are you wasting your time giving me a ticket when there's murderers and rapists running loose?"
 
2013-06-06 04:13:29 PM

Xcott: hugram: Well, it s both true that it is early and there is no clear Republican candidate. I guess you can say the same thing for the Democratic party as well.

You can also say the same thing for the last two elections.  There was no clear Republican front-runner in 2008 or 2012---everyone just settled on the guy nobody really wanted after all the others fizzled out.

Not that this is unique to Republicans:  the same thing happened to the Democrats in 2004.


This phenomenon isn't neccessarily a bad thing; it worked for the Democrats in 1992.  Basically, very early on in that election cycle, all the promiment Democrats thought Bush Sr. was going to be unbeatable, so the top five possibilities or so all didn't run.  This gave the chance for Clinton to come out of nowhere and grab the nomination and the Presidency.
 
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