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« on: October 10, 2008, 07:25:49 am »

Will it be Mitt Romney, Sen. John Thune, Mike Huckabee, Charlie Crist, or Mark Sanford.  Will it be somebody under the radar like rick perry or a young guy like Gov. Jindal
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2008, 07:44:32 am »


I think Huckabee's shine would wear off by 2012, especially now that he is a tv show host.  Mitt Romney probably won't rise much from where he is now.  Jindal has potential, but he would need to have some sort of major national impact in the next year or two to establish himself as a serious contender.  Sanford is just too vanilla and he'll get lost in the crowd.  If groomed properly, Palin could have potential, but I doubt that she'd make a run.  Crist might make a run depending on how well his first term goes in Florida.  Barbour also has potential.

But then again, 2012 will be a very different time than right now, so it could easily be someone we've never considered. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2008, 07:49:24 am »

Does anyone think maybe Tom Ridge would consider a run for the Presidency. or Colin Powell and if so What party would he run in.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2008, 07:51:58 am »

John McCain - for his second term in office, of course.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2008, 07:56:45 am »

Does anyone think maybe Tom Ridge would consider a run for the Presidency. or Colin Powell and if so What party would he run in.

How old is Colin Powell now?  Too old to run is the answer, but I'd like to know exactly.

Tom Ridge?  ha

Anyway, in realistic terms, if Obama wins, a lot depends on how successful or unsuccessful his Presidency is.  That will answer whether we get the strong candidates or the not-so-strong ones.
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2008, 07:59:16 am »

If McCain runs for re-election, then him. Else it will be Palin.
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2008, 08:01:55 am »

If you want to get into real "fantasy" predictions, let's go with Petraeus.  After a few years of butting heads with an Obama administration while successfully stablizing two nations, Petraeus retires from service and is instantly drafted by the GOP to be their candidate.  Since he is already a national hero, he wouldn't have any problem competitng in the name recognition game against an incumbant President.
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2008, 08:20:47 am »

John McCain - for his second term in office, of course.  Roll Eyes

My guess is Palin versus Clintion, i.e the Barracuda vs. the Bitch.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2008, 08:32:33 am »

Let's see what this year and the coming years produce before we get into definites, guys.

Four years ago, almost no one here would have predicted that a State Senator from Illinois would be the frontrunner for the Presidency in 2008 especially after the GOP made major gains in several areas (locally, in Congress, etc.).

To quote a great mind, "be patient."
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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2008, 10:58:35 am »

Four years ago, almost no one here would have predicted that a State Senator from Illinois would be the frontrunner for the Presidency in 2008 especially after the GOP made major gains in several areas (locally, in Congress, etc.).

By this point in time, Barack Obama had given his convention speech and was widely seen as a future star of the Democratic Party. 2008 looked too soon for him, but he was definitely known as an individual, and not just a state senator.

There are a lot of parallels between '04 and '08, actually. If this election is the wipeout for the Republicans that it looks to be, immediately afterward people will be looking for the rare individuals who shone in the election itself instead of starting completely from scratch. That could have been Sarah Palin, but I think she's tarnished her brand with her interviews. Mike Huckabee, yes.
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« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2008, 11:08:52 am »

Wait until after the next mid-terms to see which elements of the Republican establishment are left, where the Party has lost/gained ground, and who's been responsibile for any type of good news for the Party.

If we're still involved in active wars then perhaps a General? President Petraeus?

How old is Colin Powell now?  Too old to run is the answer, but I'd like to know exactly.

He's one year younger than McCain, though he certainly has aged more gracefully.
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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2008, 11:11:27 am »

Romney or Palin, maybe Charlie Crist or Bobby Jindahl.
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« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2008, 11:12:51 am »

IF its a landslide this time around (and not just in the presidential race), there will be a lot of soul-searching in the Republican Party. By the time they are an electoral force again they could look very different. 2012 will probably be too soon. But who knows.
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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2008, 11:18:07 am »

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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2008, 11:27:55 am »

IF its a landslide this time around (and not just in the presidential race), there will be a lot of soul-searching in the Republican Party. By the time they are an electoral force again they could look very different. 2012 will probably be too soon. But who knows.

I think both parties are in danger of splitting. I'm sure there are manuevers that can be pulled to prevent it, but I would not eliminate it as a possibility.

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« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2008, 01:18:06 pm »

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« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2008, 01:44:43 pm »

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« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2008, 01:58:32 pm »

Romney and Palin will be the first frontrunners, and I think we can all agree that both would be able to raise Bush 2000-type money for their runs, and someone like Palin (who draws crowds of 60,000 as the VP nominee) could unite the party and have a unique appeal in places like Iowa.
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« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2008, 01:59:40 pm »

Romney and Palin will be the first frontrunners, and I think we can all agree that both would be able to raise Bush 2000-type money for their runs, and someone like Palin (who draws crowds of 60,000 as the VP nominee) could unite the party and have a unique appeal in places like Iowa.


lolz, Palin.. she is pathetic!
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« Reply #19 on: October 10, 2008, 04:18:09 pm »


By this point in time, Barack Obama had given his convention speech and was widely seen as a future star of the Democratic Party. 2008 looked too soon for him, but he was definitely known as an individual, and not just a state senator.

He wasn't that well known. Either way, he was still just a State Senator/first term U.S. Senator. No one saw this coming this soon.
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« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2008, 04:20:24 pm »


By this point in time, Barack Obama had given his convention speech and was widely seen as a future star of the Democratic Party. 2008 looked too soon for him, but he was definitely known as an individual, and not just a state senator.

He wasn't that well known. Either way, he was still just a State Senator/first term U.S. Senator. No one saw this coming this soon.


He still isn't.
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« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2008, 04:20:58 pm »


By this point in time, Barack Obama had given his convention speech and was widely seen as a future star of the Democratic Party. 2008 looked too soon for him, but he was definitely known as an individual, and not just a state senator.

He wasn't that well known. Either way, he was still just a State Senator/first term U.S. Senator. No one saw this coming this soon.


He still isn't.

He isn't that well known now? Uh...J.J....come on...
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« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2008, 04:26:34 pm »


By this point in time, Barack Obama had given his convention speech and was widely seen as a future star of the Democratic Party. 2008 looked too soon for him, but he was definitely known as an individual, and not just a state senator.

He wasn't that well known. Either way, he was still just a State Senator/first term U.S. Senator. No one saw this coming this soon.

I'm just saying, if there's an equivalent on the Republican side, it's someone who has already made a stir at a national level. Obama had given the keynote address for the Democrats. He was at Bobby Jindal level, not Andy Dinniman level.
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« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2008, 04:29:29 pm »


By this point in time, Barack Obama had given his convention speech and was widely seen as a future star of the Democratic Party. 2008 looked too soon for him, but he was definitely known as an individual, and not just a state senator.

He wasn't that well known. Either way, he was still just a State Senator/first term U.S. Senator. No one saw this coming this soon.

I'm just saying, if there's an equivalent on the Republican side, it's someone who has already made a stir at a national level. Obama had given the keynote address for the Democrats. He was at Bobby Jindal level, not Andy Dinniman level.

Whatever the case, he wasn't that well known, the GOP just won comfortable majorities in both chambers of Congress, Bush was re-elected...people were talking about a GOP majority that would last for years. Four years later, the frontrunner for the Presidency will likely end up being our most liberal President (if elected), the Dems will have a comfortable hold on Congress, etc.

The point: Things change.
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« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2008, 04:31:37 pm »

If McCain runs for re-election, then him. Else it will be Palin.
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