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  •  No it isn't. (2+ / 0-)
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    It is too early to think about 2016
    The Republicans are thinking about it.  I somehow got on the RNC's email list, and just today I got a "straw poll" from them, asking "Who would you like to see as the Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential election?".

    Here's the list, in alphabetical order:
    Kelly Ayotte
    Haley Barbour
    John Bolton
    Jeb Bush
    Herman Cain
    Ben Carson
    Chris Christie
    Ted Cruz
    Mitch Daniels
    Newt Gingrich
    Nikki Haley
    Mike Huckabee
    Bobby Jindal
    John Casich
    Peter King
    Susana Martinez
    Sarah Palin
    Rand Paul
    Ron Paul
    Tim Pawlenty
    Mike Pence
    Rick Perry
    Rob Portman
    Condoleezza Rice
    Marco Rubio
    Paul Ryan
    Brian Sandoval
    Rick Santorum
    Tim Scott
    John Thune
    Scott Walker
    Allen West

    Any thoughts?  They told me to pick three.  I'm sorta thinking of Ron Paul, Rice, and Santorum.  Heh.

    "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

    by Calamity Jean on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 07:06:06 PM PST

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    •  Kind of a celebrity list (1+ / 0-)
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      Straw polls are designed to inform the party about their base more than they are a means of picking a nominee.  I can't speak to their primary voters, but I think their are a few names on that list, who could run regardless of the midterm result.

      Condoleezza Rice doesn't have the chops for politics, and would not survive a primary.  Still, she would be hard to run against.

      Chris Christie has to survive his scandal, but his temper wouldn't survive an 18 month microscope.

      Haley Barbour doesn't expand the Republican tent one bit, but he has decent instincts and experience.

      Rand Paul has the ambition and name recognition.  He could win a primary, but I doubt his habit of drifting off message will help him in the general election.

      Marco Rubio has a solid story, but is weak on accomplishments.  He does expand the GOP brand, though.

      Jeb Bush could be the best option for them, especially if Hilary wins.  The Bush fatigue thing would be out the window with a Clinton on the ticket.

      Paul Ryan is also a solid candidate, but he has never faced a statewide election, let alone a national election.  He was a VP choice, but he received very little scrutiny.

    •  Even a longer list doesn't help much, does it? (0+ / 0-)

      32 names, and it still doesn't look too great. Newt again? That seems unlikely. I like the idea of Condoleezza Rice running, but that just seems impossible.

      There is a good number of less well known names in that list, maybe the GOP should go with one of those, hoping they won't look bad.

      It would be hilarious if they picked Allen West. He's like the guy who invented the clown car, or something.

      •  Well, I'm looking for suggestions on the (1+ / 0-)
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        least electable in that bunch.  Or any other; they did give me a write-in option.  

        "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

        by Calamity Jean on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:37:58 AM PST

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