Skip to main content

The GOP primary campaign may be history, but we're not quite ready to let it go yet. So we decided it would be fun to relive the best moments, and by the time we had compiled the list, we realized it would make for one hella fun bracket competition.

So we whittled the list of top moments down to 32 (it was hard!). That means 16 first-round contests, 8 second round, 4 in the quarterfinals, 2 semi-final matches, and then the championship round. You pick the winners each round until, 29 votes later, we have an ultime winner! We'll roll out a match every weekday until we crown a victor at the end of May.

So without further ado, here's the inaugural match:


Once upon a time, Republicans worshipped at the altar of "the troops," as long as they could be used as debate props or useful foil to deflect criticism of their endless war efforts. But that was before the gays infiltrated the ranks, undermining the delicate sensibilities and hateful morality of the Right. Of course, they were always there, but it was more freedom-y to keep their mouths shut.

So it wasn't surprising to see audience members boo this brave servicemember, Stephen Hill. But it was more than the booing. For starters, none of the presidential candidates on the stage condemned this blatant show of disrespect. And just as outrageous, none of them even bothered to thank Stephen for his service to the nation, denying him the most basic respect and courtesy routinely given to our men and women in uniform. To them, he was less than American, less than human.


Who says all Republicans hate nature and want to exploit it to extinction? If nothing else, Michigan trees would appear safe in a Romney Administration.

It's been so difficult for Mittens to connect with voters who don't own professional sports teams, yet he had to pull through in Michigan lest he surrender the entire nomination to his second-rate opponent, Rick Santorum. So how could he connect with Michiganders, when he'd seemingly done everything possible to avoid their state as an adult? He couldn't boast a mansion in the state, or joke about the jobs his father shipped out of it.

Michigan trees book
So what was left? Trees. Their supposedly perfect symmetry really appealed to his programming, and he spent his entire week in Michigan bizarrely blabbing on and on about them.
"I love this state,. The trees are the right height."
“This feels good, being back in Michigan. You know, the trees are the right height."
“I love being in Michigan. Everything seems right here. You know, I come back to Michigan; the trees are the right height."
"What a thrill it is to come back to Michigan, particularly in the winter, where the skies are cloudy all day, trees are just at the right height."
On the plus side, Romney's Michigan tree fetish wasn't hateful or dangerous or divisive. On the other hand, it's fucking weird, and stark evidence that the Romneybot just isn't wired properly.


The winner is:

82%3053 votes
17%667 votes

| 3721 votes | Vote | Results

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site