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« on: November 21, 2008, 10:02:33 pm »
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http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/11/the_friday_line_ten_republican.html

Thankfully, he was smart enough to leave Palin and Huckabee off the list. 

1.  Bobby Jindal
2.  John Thune
3.  Mitt Romney
4.  Mitch Daniels
5.  Bob McDonnell (running for Gov. in VA)
6.  Mark Sanford
7.  Eric Cantor
8.  Jon Huntsman
9.  Haley Barbour
10.  Steve Poizner (running for Gov. in CA) 

I don't know why Gingrich didn't make it.
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2008, 10:05:29 pm »
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I see no reason to watch Jon Huntsman.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2008, 10:11:18 pm »

Pence should be on this list.

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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2008, 10:13:37 pm »
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I see no reason to watch Jon Huntsman.

He governs one of the most financially sound states in the country.  Plus, he isn't a bad looking guy.  I just can't get over how bad his speeches are, though.  
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2008, 10:15:18 pm »
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Out of those, I dig Sanford, Poizner, Cantor, and Romney in a primary. I'd be ecstatic if Sanford ran.
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2008, 10:16:33 pm »
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Pence should be on this list.



Yup, I forgot to include him with Gingrich.  I'm a huge Pence fan and I think he's more likely than Cantor (who has his eyes set on being Speaker one day, IMO).  My guess for Cilizza ranking him so high is that he was seriously considered for McCain's runningmate.  
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2008, 11:39:05 pm »

Out of those, I dig Sanford, Poizner, Cantor, and Romney in a primary. I'd be ecstatic if Sanford ran.

Weren't you pretty down on Romney during this last primary season?  I just searched through your old posts, and there are a bunch of quotes like this:

why on earth would the GOP nominate Romney? I have yet to see a poll with him leading. he's losing states the GOP has carried for years.

Romney flip flops way too much and is far too fake for me. I am at a loss if I have to chose between either Huckabee or Romney.

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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2008, 11:44:19 pm »
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I see no reason to watch Jon Huntsman.

He governs one of the most financially sound states in the country.  Plus, he isn't a bad looking guy.  I just can't get over how bad his speeches are, though. 
Exactly. I remember watching him at the RNC, and he just is not a good speaker.
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2008, 11:56:49 pm »
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An ok list, but Haley Barbour as #2?  I'm going to have to "lol" at that my good sir.  Haley wouldn't crack my top 20.

He's been a solid governor and whatnot, but I don't see his niche in a Republican primary and his biography is just awful - lobbyist for the Tobacco industry?  That's about as evil and god-awful as a biography as one can have in politics without killing a hooker!
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2008, 12:09:19 am »

An ok list, but Haley Barbour as #2?  I'm going to have to "lol" at that my good sir.  Haley wouldn't crack my top 20.

He's #9, not #2.

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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2008, 12:12:46 am »
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An ok list, but Haley Barbour as #2?  I'm going to have to "lol" at that my good sir.  Haley wouldn't crack my top 20.

He's #9, not #2.



Oops, well, still.

I'm sooooo not watching Haley Barbour.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2008, 12:24:09 am »
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Out of those, I dig Sanford, Poizner, Cantor, and Romney in a primary. I'd be ecstatic if Sanford ran.

Weren't you pretty down on Romney during this last primary season?  I just searched through your old posts, and there are a bunch of quotes like this:

why on earth would the GOP nominate Romney? I have yet to see a poll with him leading. he's losing states the GOP has carried for years.

Romney flip flops way too much and is far too fake for me. I am at a loss if I have to chose between either Huckabee or Romney.



I am, but if it was between all those on the list, he would be #4. He still seems like a used car salesman to me, but right now we need someone who knows something about economics, and I know Romney does, despite my personal reservations towards him.
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2008, 12:25:15 am »
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Poizner?

He's a generic California Republican who only won because of his opponent. Nothing will come of him.
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2008, 12:40:05 am »
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He's actually got a pretty good shot at governor because of all of the groundwork he's laid down in advance.  He'll need the Democrats to not nominate someone like Newsom, but that's not an unreasonable wish.

In order to win the GOP primary here, you have to have the California establishment support you.  Whitman would have a good chance at that, but because of all of the work Poizner has already done, he could easily score that slot.

I think he's an important guy to watch, actually. 

I'm debating about changing my registration to vote for Campbell (who has the same last name as me and who deserves it more than Poizner or Whitman or probably most of the Dems).
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1.  Bobby Jindal  - State is falling apart
2.  John Thune - would make a better VP
3.  Mitt Romney -  fair enough.. don't know if he could appeal to real conservatives and working class folks.
4.  Mitch Daniels  - good
5.  Bob McDonnell (running for Gov. in VA)  - maybe
6.  Mark Sanford - This guy couldn't give a speech if his life depended on it
7.  Eric Cantor -  No congressman has become president in recent times.

8.  Jon Huntsman - Maybe
9.  Haley Barbour -  LOL  the Klan would be his biggest fundrisers
10.  Steve Poizner (running for Gov. in CA) ??
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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2008, 01:26:32 am »
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Barbour might be good but let's try to avoid him. I don't think anyone could scream "Stereotypical Republican" more than Haley.
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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2008, 01:30:18 am »
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Barbour might be good but let's try to avoid him. I don't think anyone could scream "Stereotypical Republican" more than Haley.

I agree...but who knows...by 2012 America may be yearning for a "Stereotypical Republican". Although, I must say, Mitch Daniels impresses me.
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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2008, 01:32:03 am »
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Barbour might be good but let's try to avoid him. I don't think anyone could scream "Stereotypical Republican" more than Haley.

Exactly. I think he is Bush + 1.  Southern lobbyist?

I actually think he'd be a better president than many other potentials, but he's be a horrible candidate because of his biography.

He might be an ok VP if the top ot the ticket was a bit too off-base.
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« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2008, 01:32:30 am »
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Barbour might be good but let's try to avoid him. I don't think anyone could scream "Stereotypical Republican" more than Haley.

I agree...but who knows...by 2012 America may be yearning for a "Stereotypical Republican". Although, I must say, Mitch Daniels impresses me.

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« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2008, 01:36:09 am »
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Barbour might be good but let's try to avoid him. I don't think anyone could scream "Stereotypical Republican" more than Haley.

 You couldn't be more honest.

I actually like the way he talks... kinda like me LOL.
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« Reply #20 on: November 22, 2008, 01:41:26 am »
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Barbour might be good but let's try to avoid him. I don't think anyone could scream "Stereotypical Republican" more than Haley.

He's a tobacco lobbyist. Even he said he didn't want himself anywhere near a national ticket because of that.

But I do like the way he talks. Reminds me of the good ole boys back home.
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« Reply #21 on: November 22, 2008, 01:58:52 am »
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There is little doubt that Haley could win tobacco country, haha.

I have no idea why Chris thinks he's a guy to watch.  He's a successful, well-connected governor, but that doesn't mean the guy is fit to win a GOP primary or a national, general election.
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« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2008, 02:09:41 pm »
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I pretty much agree with him about Jindal, Thune, and Romney. I'm surprised Tim Pawlenty didn't find his way on to the list.
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« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2008, 02:32:01 pm »
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There is little doubt that Haley could win tobacco country, haha.

I have no idea why Chris thinks he's a guy to watch.  He's a successful, well-connected governor, but that doesn't mean the guy is fit to win a GOP primary or a national, general election.

Probably because he is so well-connected that should he decide to run, he would automatically "matter".  Then, should the rest of the field be weak or other candidates trip up, he would have a clear shot at the nomination.
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« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2008, 05:34:31 pm »
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OMG, not even Pawlenty, whereas he's the guy from MidWest and not with a posh past.

And nobody refers to Crist. I don't believe in him at all, but he may be more "to be watched" than Barbour or Poizner (LOL).
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