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(Yahoo)   How weak is the GOP's bench for the next presidential election? Let's put it this way: Someone just seriously asked the question "why isn't Rick Santorum the GOP front runner for 2016?"   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 106
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2013-08-08 09:49:15 AM
1) he's an evangelical
2) he's not far enough right on economic policy
 
2013-08-08 09:53:04 AM
He's not the front runner because who wants to stand behind a running Santorum?
 
2013-08-08 09:55:44 AM
Three. F*cking. Years.

Let's at least wait until midterm elections in 2014 before we start with this bullshiat again.
 
2013-08-08 10:02:42 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Three. F*cking. Years.

Let's at least wait until midterm elections in 2014 before we start with this bullshiat again.


can't threaten to put our GOP lawmakers in the House up against a wall behind the chemical shed for deliberately causing more damage to the country than the 9/11 terrorists ever did or the NSA will get me.....making fun of Santorum is the next best thing.
 
2013-08-08 10:07:24 AM
www.fullpunch.com
 
2013-08-08 10:11:39 AM
Morans.  Seriously, Pick..... I dunno.  Someone randomly.   Lamar Alexander.  Because why not.

But for farks sake, not Santorum.
 
2013-08-08 10:22:27 AM
When Christie comes to sit on the bench, everyone else is going to fly.
 
2013-08-08 10:30:51 AM
Santorum--completely insane.
Paul--completely insane.
Christie--mostly completely insane.
Cruz--oh SO insane!
Rubio--more lost than insane.
Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Did I miss anyone?
 
2013-08-08 10:35:27 AM
I have a friend, staunch Republican, who thinks that RAND PAUL is the answer and that they need to go farther Right.  You see...Mitt Romney is a moderate and John McCain was almost a community.  The answer isn't Chris Christie, it's for FARTHER right!
 
2013-08-08 10:37:01 AM

ManateeGag: community


communist.

more caffeine please.
 
2013-08-08 10:41:01 AM

ginandbacon: Christie--mostly completely insane.


On that list, he's a damn Rhodes scholar.

IF he makes it through the primaries, IF he does so without bearing hard-right, IF he relies more on his common ground with the rest of America than he does the GOP's, IF he gives up the fight against marriage equality, and IF the Democrats nominate someone silly (like, I dunno, Bloomberg or Mark Warner - not that I think either is likely), I might have to seriously consider voting Christie.

However, the grain of salt one needs to read that sentence outweighs the entire Christie family. So if you have your bookie on the phone, you may want to reconsider a large wager.

// I'm also not enthused about Hillary or Biden, though I'd probably end up pulling the lever for them if they ran against Santorum, Rubio or Cruz
 
2013-08-08 10:41:50 AM

ginandbacon: Santorum--completely insane.
Paul--completely insane.
Christie--mostly completely insane.
Cruz--oh SO insane!
Rubio--more lost than insane.
Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Did I miss anyone?


Bachmann - completely, utterly, so over the top batshiat insane.
 
2013-08-08 10:43:10 AM

Demetrius: ginandbacon: Santorum--completely insane.
Paul--completely insane.
Christie--mostly completely insane.
Cruz--oh SO insane!
Rubio--more lost than insane.
Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Did I miss anyone?

Bachmann - completely, utterly, so over the top batshiat insane.


Oh, and...

Palin - insane is embarrassed by the comparison.
 
2013-08-08 10:44:13 AM
I whole heartedly support nominating Rick Santorum.

ginandbacon: Christie--mostly completely insane.


I appreciate Christie in a weird sort of way. Yeah, he's an asshole, but he's a boisterous Northeasterner asshole and I can identify with that. And watching him biatchslap around RAND PAUL is hilarious.
 
2013-08-08 10:47:07 AM
Given his obsession over gay sex, You'd think he'd prefer to come from behind.
 
2013-08-08 10:51:09 AM

Demetrius: Demetrius: ginandbacon: Santorum--completely insane.
Paul--completely insane.
Christie--mostly completely insane.
Cruz--oh SO insane!
Rubio--more lost than insane.
Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Did I miss anyone?

Bachmann - completely, utterly, so over the top batshiat insane.

Oh, and...

Palin - insane is embarrassed by the comparison.


I'm pretty sure that neither Bachmann nor Palin is considered a serious candidate for 2016.
 
2013-08-08 10:51:56 AM

Dr Dreidel: ginandbacon: Christie--mostly completely insane.

On that list, he's a damn Rhodes scholar.

IF he makes it through the primaries, IF he does so without bearing hard-right, IF he relies more on his common ground with the rest of America than he does the GOP's, IF he gives up the fight against marriage equality, and IF the Democrats nominate someone silly (like, I dunno, Bloomberg or Mark Warner - not that I think either is likely), I might have to seriously consider voting Christie.

However, the grain of salt one needs to read that sentence outweighs the entire Christie family. So if you have your bookie on the phone, you may want to reconsider a large wager.

// I'm also not enthused about Hillary or Biden, though I'd probably end up pulling the lever for them if they ran against Santorum, Rubio or Cruz


Haven't you Hard? marty O'Malley is gonna run...which admittedly would result in the first presidential campaign with a house band (O'malley's March is his trad-Irish band), but otherwise? epic fail...
 
2013-08-08 10:53:10 AM

ginandbacon: Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.


Jindal always stuck me as sane willing to play crazy.
 
2013-08-08 11:01:29 AM

vartian: ginandbacon: Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Jindal always stuck me as sane willing to play crazy.


Oh no. He's crazy.
 
2013-08-08 11:24:53 AM

Magorn: Haven't you Hard? marty O'Malley is gonna run...


CARCETTI 2016
 
2013-08-08 11:29:36 AM

Magorn: Haven't you Hard? marty O'Malley is gonna run...which admittedly would result in the first presidential campaign with a house band (O'malley's March is his trad-Irish band), but otherwise? epic fail...


That preacher guy with the radio show that came up with "Chick Fil A Appreciation Day" is a bass player in a band, too.  Mike Huckabee... that's it.

And as for subby: That was my exact, immediate response.  "Who the f*ck thinks that he SHOULD be a front-runner?  He's a DOA has-been!"
 
2013-08-08 11:38:32 AM

Voiceofreason01: 1) he's an evangelical
2) he's not far enough right on economic policy


Plus he can't win his home state. The GOP here hate hate HATE him!
 
2013-08-08 11:38:46 AM

Aarontology: I whole heartedly support nominating Rick Santorum.

ginandbacon: Christie--mostly completely insane.

I appreciate Christie in a weird sort of way. Yeah, he's an asshole, but he's a boisterous Northeasterner asshole and I can identify with that. And watching him biatchslap around RAND PAUL is hilarious.


And it's been far too long since a President has gotten stuck in a White House bathtub. Not that that's a reason to vote for him, but if he does get elected, it's something to look forward to.
 
2013-08-08 11:44:14 AM

Dr Dreidel: Magorn: Haven't you Hard? marty O'Malley is gonna run...

CARCETTI 2016


More or less....David Simon knew B-more politics VERY well
 
2013-08-08 11:48:55 AM

Dr Dreidel: IF he makes it through the primaries


he'll never make it through the primaries unless he goes hard right.
 
2013-08-08 11:54:04 AM

ManateeGag: Dr Dreidel: IF he makes it through the primaries

he'll never make it through the primaries unless he goes hard right.


I still can't get over how much the pa republicans hate santorum. I dunno what he said to get them so pissed off but not a single one has endorsed him.
 
2013-08-08 11:55:08 AM

Magorn: Dr Dreidel: Magorn: Haven't you Hard? marty O'Malley is gonna run...

CARCETTI 2016

More or less....David Simon knew B-more politics VERY well


Carcetti is actually based on O'Malley (JIC you didn't already know) - young, firey white guy running for mayor of Baltimore against some pretty long odds. I never finished Season 5, but Carcetti from the first 4 seasons (apart from the infidelity) is pretty much O'Malley.
 
2013-08-08 12:16:54 PM
hahahahaha ::deep breath:: hahaha

/sheds tear for GOP


ginandbacon: Santorum--completely insane.
Paul--completely insane.
Christie--mostly completely insane.
Cruz--oh SO insane!
Rubio--more lost than insane.
Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Did I miss anyone?


I don't think Christie is insane so much as that he can't seem to keep his trap shut. There's nothing in his brain that cautions him, "maybe I shouldn't say this, exactly." That makes him a good agitator, even governor*, but will make him a terrible candidate for POTUS. He doesn't seem to be a typical 'yes' man and I appreciate that in politicians.

*even if you don't like Christie as governor, there are worse governors
 
2013-08-08 12:27:37 PM
Okay, folks, we are seriously talking about President of the United States of America, the world's most powerful politician and necessary participant in all major world events, and there is sincere talk of Rick Santorum being the next one.  His home state of PA voted him out of the Senate, and didn't support him in '12 either, and he wants the keys to the arsenal?  He referred to a program to get more people into college as snobby.  He homeschooled his f*cking kids!

But never mind his aspirations: how is he even in contention for the job?  The GOP can't find five guys (and yes I mean guys, and really I mean white guys because, seriously, this is the GOP) in this whole country with the education, career success, speaking acumen, and skeleton-light closet to vie for this position?

I suppose at this point that only the crazy ones would want to expose the totality of their life to POTUS-candidate scrutiny.  Mitt Romney was a freaking choir boy and he got eviscerated.
 
2013-08-08 01:07:25 PM
Part of the issue, is that the leadership doesn't want a strong President. They want a controllable President. They want someone who will appeal to a demographic, who can say their lines, who will parrot them back, and rubber stamp anything put before them without much thought. This is the issue. It's not that the field lacks qualified folks, it's that the leadership won't back anyone that they aren't 100% sure that they can control.

It's essentially the model for Presidents since Reagan. And when George Bush got some backbone, he was out. Instead, they've tried numerous times to get folks who are simply versions of Quayle, not for appeal to the Religious Right, but because they want someone who won't rock the boat by actually Presidenting. This was their issue with Clinton. This is their issue with Obama. A strong executive is anathema to the party, and that's why they derailed McCain in 2000. He might have actually been his own man, and that the leadership cannot stand. This is an issue that the party is going to have to resolve, or they can pretty much kiss away getting the Presidency back, or having anything other than obstructionism as a party plank.
 
2013-08-08 01:11:15 PM
I'm lead to believe that the reason Santorum isn't more involved is that he is too busy checking out YMCA shower rooms.
 
2013-08-08 01:14:19 PM

hubiestubert: Part of the issue, is that the leadership doesn't want a strong President. They want a controllable President. They want someone who will appeal to a demographic, who can say their lines, who will parrot them back, and rubber stamp anything put before them without much thought. This is the issue. It's not that the field lacks qualified folks, it's that the leadership won't back anyone that they aren't 100% sure that they can control.


Which is pretty much the model that South Carolina's state government follows.  Our governor's office is so weak, constitutionally so, that she doesn't get to pick her own cabinet.  The Senate President Pro-Tempore is the most powerful person in the state, which came to a hilarious head recently when our new Lt. Gov got canned for being corrupt, sending Glenn McConnell from the highest perch in the state all the way down to Nikki Haley's Assistant Crack Whore.

If that's the model they seek for the US in general, lemme tell ya: it ain't working down here!
 
2013-08-08 01:14:41 PM
My GOP nominee preferences for 2016:

Rand Paul (i am closest to in shared values/ positions)
Marco Rubio
Chris Christie (our best shot to win)

I'd get excited if any of those three are chosen.  I'd have grave reservations about anyone else.  Christie is the moderate/ compromise/ safe choice.  Rubio has rock solid conservative credentials, will definitely be able to pull a larger % than Romney did and will lock up florida for us.  Paul would be the best person to run our country.
 
2013-08-08 01:18:50 PM

ginandbacon: Santorum--completely insane.
Paul--completely insane.
Christie--mostly completely insane.
Cruz--oh SO insane!
Rubio--more lost than insane.
Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Did I miss anyone?


weknowmemes.com
 
2013-08-08 01:22:36 PM
Oh that Santorum. Always running behind.
 
2013-08-08 01:22:55 PM

Aarontology: I whole heartedly support nominating Rick Santorum.

ginandbacon: Christie--mostly completely insane.

I appreciate Christie in a weird sort of way. Yeah, he's an asshole, but he's a boisterous Northeasterner asshole and I can identify with that. And watching him biatchslap around RAND PAUL is hilarious.


The main bright spot is that unlike the other crazies listed, he can be reasoned with to do the sane thing. Plus his derp tolerance bar is set much higher than the others.

Working with everyone to fix damage after Sandy helped too.
 
2013-08-08 01:23:27 PM

ginandbacon: Santorum--completely insane.
Paul--completely insane.
Christie--mostly completely insane.
Cruz--oh SO insane!
Rubio--more lost than insane.
Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Did I miss anyone?


John Thune.  Look for that bastid to show up on the list.
 
2013-08-08 01:27:52 PM

ginandbacon: Santorum--completely insane.
Paul--completely insane.
Christie--mostly completely insane.
Cruz--oh SO insane!
Rubio--more lost than insane.
Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Did I miss anyone?


Perry -- completely stupid
 
2013-08-08 01:27:59 PM
I'm really starting to envy countries with parliamentary systems.
 
2013-08-08 01:28:52 PM
Much stronger than the parade of unelectable jokes they had in 2012.
 
2013-08-08 01:32:34 PM

ImpendingCynic: I'm really starting to envy countries with parliamentary systems.


I really like the idea of not waiting 3 years when you quickly get buyer's remorse.

And the fact that you can have lots of parties be viable.

Only downside is that there's no good way to obstruct a stupid idea with a bare majority.
 
2013-08-08 01:33:58 PM

ginandbacon: Santorum--completely insane.
Paul--completely insane.
Christie--mostly completely insane.
Cruz--oh SO insane!
Rubio--more lost than insane.
Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Did I miss anyone?


There's always one or two governors (or businessmen, or other prominent individuals) who don't come out of the woodwork until election year... but don't wrack your brain trying to figure out who they will be.  Also, are we still assuming John Huntsman is persona non grata as far as the GOP is concerned?
 
2013-08-08 01:38:21 PM

factoryconnection: hubiestubert: Part of the issue, is that the leadership doesn't want a strong President. They want a controllable President. They want someone who will appeal to a demographic, who can say their lines, who will parrot them back, and rubber stamp anything put before them without much thought. This is the issue. It's not that the field lacks qualified folks, it's that the leadership won't back anyone that they aren't 100% sure that they can control.

Which is pretty much the model that South Carolina's state government follows.  Our governor's office is so weak, constitutionally so, that she doesn't get to pick her own cabinet.  The Senate President Pro-Tempore is the most powerful person in the state, which came to a hilarious head recently when our new Lt. Gov got canned for being corrupt, sending Glenn McConnell from the highest perch in the state all the way down to Nikki Haley's Assistant Crack Whore.

If that's the model they seek for the US in general, lemme tell ya: it ain't working down here!


Actually, now that you come to mention it, it's a model many Southern (now red) states seem to follow.  The TX governor is the same way, he can't even pardon prsioners without an approval fromt he parole board.  The VA governor can't even run for re-election, (though they can serve non-consecutive terms) and his Lt governor is elected on a seperate ticket.    Interesting...
 
2013-08-08 01:39:48 PM
Did the Daily Show write that article?
 
2013-08-08 01:41:47 PM

SlothB77: My GOP nominee preferences for 2016:

Rand Paul (i am closest to in shared values/ positions)
Marco Rubio
Chris Christie (our best shot to win)

I'd get excited if any of those three are chosen.  I'd have grave reservations about anyone else.  Christie is the moderate/ compromise/ safe choice.  Rubio has rock solid conservative credentials, will definitely be able to pull a larger % than Romney did and will lock up florida for us.  Paul would be the best person to run our country.


Seriously the eye-doctor who had to make up his own certification authority to "board certify" him and can;t seem to find any non-racists to employ  is your best pick for Commander-in-Chief?
 
2013-08-08 01:43:37 PM

johnnieconnie: I don't think Christie is insane so much as that he can't seem to keep his trap shut. There's nothing in his brain that cautions him, "maybe I shouldn't say this, exactly." That makes him a good agitator, even governor*, but will make him a terrible candidate for POTUS. He doesn't seem to be a typical 'yes' man and I appreciate that in politicians.

*even if you don't like Christie as governor, there are worse governors


I can respect a person who speaks his mind without any real fear of the consequences, but that same trait will get him into hot water in presidential politics.  And there are things I like about Christie even though I don't agree with him on a few issues.  He seems more moderate-leaning than the Teahadist bloc making up a big chunk of the GOP these days.
 
2013-08-08 01:45:41 PM

Demetrius: Demetrius: ginandbacon: Santorum--completely insane.
Paul--completely insane.
Christie--mostly completely insane.
Cruz--oh SO insane!
Rubio--more lost than insane.
Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Did I miss anyone?

Bachmann - completely, utterly, so over the top batshiat insane.

Oh, and...

Palin - insane is embarrassed by the comparison.


Don't forget Scut Walker! He would REALLY like to run.
 
2013-08-08 01:53:42 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Three. F*cking. Years.

Let's at least wait until midterm elections in 2014 before we start with this bullshiat again.


Sorry, but NO.  The country has been farked over by these farking bastards of the farking "modern" republican party.  Since I'm an optimist, and can say with a fair amount of beer confidence that it may be a generation before you see another republican in the White House, I demand penance from these farks for the damage they've wrought and expect to see their farked up sideshow at the earliest possible date for all the comedic value it can provide.
 
2013-08-08 01:57:09 PM

KarmicDisaster: Demetrius: Demetrius: ginandbacon: Santorum--completely insane.
Paul--completely insane.
Christie--mostly completely insane.
Cruz--oh SO insane!
Rubio--more lost than insane.
Jindal--not completely insane but hardly sane.

Did I miss anyone?

Bachmann - completely, utterly, so over the top batshiat insane.

Oh, and...

Palin - insane is embarrassed by the comparison.

Don't forget Scut Walker! He would REALLY like to run.


That would be more embrassing than a Perry campaign, to say nothing of the incredibly awkward moment when the Koch brothers would have to sit down with him and say "Scotty, thanks for the power plants and all, but , we feel there's been some sort of miscommunication,  we like you, but we don't LIKE like you if you know what we mean.."
 
2013-08-08 01:58:05 PM

BunkoSquad: He's not the front runner because who wants to stand behind a running Santorum?


Well played Sir
 
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