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Question: In your honest opinion, which presidential campaigns were actually just jokes?
Herman Cain   -61 (21.5%)
Rick Perry   -18 (6.3%)
Ron Paul   -15 (5.3%)
Rick Santorum   -19 (6.7%)
Newt Gingrich   -31 (10.9%)
Michelle Bachmann   -27 (9.5%)
Mitt Romney   -7 (2.5%)
Gary Johnson   -26 (9.2%)
Tim Pawlenty   -14 (4.9%)
Stephen Colbert   -66 (23.2%)
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« on: April 11, 2012, 11:17:19 pm »
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I mean ala Stephen Colbert, literally just running for President for the laughs.

Actually, Colbert really had a point to make. I guess Cain is a more pure example of a joke campaign.
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 11:24:11 pm »
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Cain & Colbert, others are just stupid.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012, 12:02:07 am »
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Mainly Cain (who used a Pokemon quote in his concession speech, for goodness sake), and Colbert (duh), but I think Gingrich was a joke up until he became the "not-Romney" candidate. Once Santorum became the new not-Romney, he's slid into being a joke again.

But I think the biggest joke of all was Thaddeus McCotter. I have no idea why he ran, and I have no idea why he thought he had a chance.
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012, 03:03:24 am »
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Colbert was intentionally a joke, and sometimes Cain seemed to be one too.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2012, 04:28:04 am »
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Obama's campaign in 2008 was a joke... didn't hurt him.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2012, 04:46:49 am »
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Obama's campaign in 2008 was a joke... didn't hurt him.

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What does this even mean?
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2012, 07:08:16 am »
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If we take joke campaign to mean a campaign with no serious intentions of becoming President, then Cain, Colbert, Bachmann, Pawlenty (if they had really wanted to win, they would have stayed in past/till Iowa), and Gingrich (joke when he is not the not-Romney). Perry tried to run a serious campaign, but failed, and Paul/Johnson are really treating this as a speaking tour for their ideas.
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2012, 09:42:02 am »
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Herman, Newt, Rick.

All ran because they literally had nothing else to do this year. Newt and Rick, completely bewildering themselves at how fast the ABMs were dropping and were evidently shocked when it was their time to surge.
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2012, 10:42:56 am »
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Obama's campaign in 2008 was a joke... didn't hurt him.

The most effective fundraiser of modern campaigns who was the first candidate in history who was able to deny public funding was a joke?
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2012, 10:50:03 am »
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Obama's campaign in 2008 was a joke... didn't hurt him.

The most effective fundraiser of modern campaigns who was the first candidate in history who was able to deny public funding was a joke?

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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2012, 11:58:08 am »
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Mitt Romney. Is there anyone here who thought he had a chance against Obama?
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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2012, 12:51:48 pm »
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I think that Pawlenty, Romney and Perry were the only ones truly running to be President. The rest were running to make a point or to raise their profile/make $.
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« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2012, 02:39:40 pm »
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Cain & Colbert, others are just stupid.
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« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2012, 02:47:54 pm »
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I think that Pawlenty, Romney and Perry were the only ones truly running to be President. The rest were running to make a point or to raise their profile/make $.


I think that Johnson was trying to be President before Ron Paul got in, but it was always a long shot campaign. I would say Huntsman was serious, but he was probably running for 2016.

I'd say the ones that weren't serious were Santorum, Cain, and Newt. (Paul can be included I guess, since he's not running for President really either.)
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« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2012, 02:51:25 pm »
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Cain.  I'm still undecided over whether his campaign was legitimate or not.  I wouldn't be surprised if the real reason why he dropped out is because he thought he might actually win.
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« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2012, 02:53:29 pm »
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Herman, Newt, Rick.

All ran because they literally had nothing else to do this year. Newt and Rick, completely bewildering themselves at how fast the ABMs were dropping and were evidently shocked when it was their time to surge.
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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2012, 03:28:41 pm »
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Romney's.

Especially after he loses to Obama and later says that he knew he didn't stand a chance and was doing it just to be a good Republican (just like his 1994 race against Kennedy).
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« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2012, 10:54:58 pm »
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Stephen Colbert and Hermain Cain were the only contenders who didn't (IMHO) take their own campaigns seriously.

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« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2012, 11:05:24 pm »
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Cain and Colbert. Bonus option: McCotter.
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2012, 12:01:29 am »
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Cain and Colbert. Bonus option: McCotter.
I think McCotter actually thought he had a chance.  A bit delusional maybe, but his campaign wasn't a complete joke as was Cain's.  I don't think Colbert is even a member of the GOP so I can't even consider his a campaign.  It was just part of his show.

It would look like Rombot 3000's campaign was a joke with some of the dumb things he's said, but I think that's just faulty programming.  Rombot 3001 will hope to fix that.
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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2012, 12:13:15 am »
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Herman You Want A Job Don't You? Cain,

obviously the biggest joke.
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« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2012, 06:48:20 am »
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I don't think anyone has ever run a joke campaign that wasn't explicitly identifiable as such (like Colbert's). Some may not have run with the intention of winning, but I don't think the McCotters of the word think "Right, I'm going to run for POTUS just for laughs".
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« Reply #22 on: April 15, 2012, 12:56:05 pm »
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Cain and probably Gingrich before his December surge.
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