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  •  The thing is... (19+ / 0-)

    ...even if they do figure it out, it was too late for them six months ago.

    Obviously Mitt Romney doesn't have any good answers to these questions or he would have given them already. It's a sign that he's probably not quite as electable a candidate as most people have assumed, at least up until now. And as a supporter of President Obama, I just hope Republicans don't figure that out until they're stuck with him.

    The only one who would actually be better in a general election than Romney is Jon Huntsman—and if he places second or better in NH today, you'll see the conservatives start unloading on him too, particularly for his association with the Obama administration, his moments of occasional sanity on climate change, and his support for civil unions.

    Other than that, the alternatives to Romney aren't any better than him. They've been stuck with him—or someone worse—ever since Mitch Daniels decided not to run.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 08:10:20 AM PST

    •  Even if Huntsman were to limp ... (6+ / 0-)

      ... through to March, after Super Tuesday on March 6th he'd be toast ~ that includes Georgia, Virginia, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and the Southern Republican Party is not angling for a moderate this year.

      After the number of moderate Republicans who will have quit the party here in Ohio, I'd be surprised if Huntsman could do well in Ohio either.

      And of course Massachusetts is on of Mitt Romney's 10 home states.

      So what would be his aim on Super Tuesday: Idaho and North Dakota?

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      by BruceMcF on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:23:52 AM PST

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      •  Yeah, that's the thing. (4+ / 0-)
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        Even with more attention on Huntsman, I don't see the conservatives supporting him; in fact, I could see it rallying conservatives to Romney's side, if Huntsman is the only viable alternative.

        Which is great, because what I've seen of Huntsman leads me to believe that he'd actually be their best candidate for the general. He's got a charm and charisma that a lot of the other candidates lack, and he's also got that "hey, I'm not quite as crazy" thing going on that could win moderates.

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        by JamesGG on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:28:34 AM PST

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        •  Huntsman will make ... (3+ / 0-)
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          ... some Republican nominee a good running mate some day. Since he's not running for the nomination this year, but he's running for political benefit rather than for a Fox show and a book deal, he's not going to go for broke.

          Gingrich, though, even given short odds that votes he shakes out of Mitt Romney will end up landing elsewhere, he'll still go on the attack. He has to recover his brand equity, and going out in a blaze of glory does that better than limping away to skulk in a dark corner.

          Perry is in a similar position, since being beaten as a national laughingstock is even worse than being beaten because of your palette load of bad baggage.

          So Santorum will hang in there and hope against hope that Gingrich and Perry going on the attack will shake free votes that fall his way, and meanwhile Romney attacking Gingrich will have the same effect.

          Still 80% or better shot it'll be Romney, but the fight aint over until its fought.

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          by BruceMcF on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:37:46 AM PST

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      •  I suspect Huntsman's aim is (2+ / 0-)
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        on 2016.  

        •  The the record of those who ... (0+ / 0-)

          ... run again four years after losing their first run is fairly bad ~ only LBJ, and he was running as an incumbent. Other than that, in the modern era you have to look in the losers column for more examples.

          Eight years later ~ Nixon, Reagan (1980 was four years after 1976, but '76 was eight years after first running and losing in '68), WH Bush ... that's almost a Republican tradition.

          But, as I note above, he'd make some Republican nominee a great VP someday.

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          by BruceMcF on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 11:33:39 AM PST

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