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It is still two years away, but we can always speculate. The Washington Post has this article from Chris Cillizza of the Fix: Chris Christie has problems, but he’s still atop the 2016 GOP field for now.

And the top ten? In reverse order, we have
10. Rick Santorum
9. Rick Perry
8. John Kasich
7. Marco Rubio
6. Bobby Jindal
5. Jeb Bush
4. Ted Cruz
3. Scott Walker
2. Rand Paul
1. Chris Christie

Is it time for another Bush family member to be president? If I were in the monied class, I would be pushing for Jeb as the least bad choice. A Bush/Kasich ticket could work. Maybe Paul Ryan should be on the list. I don't see anyone else that stands a chance, how about you?

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  •  All losers, all the time... n/t (6+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 11:43:12 AM PST

  •  It is too early to think about 2016 (4+ / 0-)

    We have a tough battle coming up in a few months.  Without knowing the result of the midterms, there is no way you can gauge the primary landscape for 2016 (on either side).

    •  Not sure it will change that much (0+ / 0-)

      Unless the Dems lose the Senate, I think we are in for more of the same in the second half.

      But maybe the GOP will focus on legislatures and governors, and more or less concede the presidency. It seems to work for them.

    •  No it isn't. (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, AICoder
      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

      [ Parent ]

      •  Kind of a celebrity list (1+ / 0-)
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        AICoder

        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

          [ Parent ]

  •  I think there might be a problem (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, ZappoDave

    with the #1 choice.

  •  Think Kasich is too high.. (2+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, Pluto

    Passed Medicaid Expansion, around his Lege,

    Also, May not get to re-election.  If Ohio loses the appeal of the John Kasich Re-election guarantee act, there Will be a Tea-Partier on the November ballot..

    And that would take votes from him, due to the Above.  

  •  Since 1988, the GOOPERs have had an (4+ / 0-)

    African American show up at the debates to make it look they are the party of 'inclusion'. Alan Keyes filled that role for awhile. Herman Cain took over the act last election.

    I suspect that Ben Carson will get the coveted slot in 2016.

  •  Jeb is their only chance (4+ / 0-)
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    RandomNonviolence, AICoder, Pluto, annieli

    at a sane candidate that won't lose by a dozen states.

    Rand Paul? He opposes the Civil Right's Act of 1965, imagine that ad.

    Ricky Santurum or Ricky Perry? Those two are more likely to gay marry than get the nomination. Ricky and Ricky ... i like it :-)

    Rubio? He's not popular with Hispanics ... so figure. Plus he's mighty .... parched.

    Jindal - Let's forget all his minus's - Does anyone think the Republican Party is ready for a person of color? Thought so.

    Ted Cruz?  Frightening huh? No way he gets it, insiders can't stand the guy either.

    Scott Walker -- does anyone else appear sleazier than this guy? Mr 5 O'Clock shadow?

    Chris Christie -- Really. I think we can safely strike him from the list.

    No Women on the list of course. What woman would run? Kay Hutchison? Nope ... Palin? ROFL ... is there a woman they could run? Marsha Blackburn? Barbara Bush? lol
    Bachman? nope ... nadda ..

    Jeb is the only one posing even the slightest threat - and he won't run unless he thinks he can really win and really. Does Jeb Bush want to sync up with this Party? Today? Nope .. I think not.

    •  Does the GOP just go for everything else? (0+ / 0-)

      Are they just going to focus on governorships, and state legislatures, and the house and senate? They seem to do a lot of that, with some significant success.

      If they want to have a viable presidential candidate, it doesn't seem too early to me to start looking for one.

  •  Plenty of time (0+ / 0-)

    and plenty of R Governors to sift through.  Even after the NJ Gov massive fail

    Portman could come back.  Huntsman is not batshit crazy.  

    It is a party in disarray, especially with their tradition of queing up.  

    Rebublicans fall in line, Dems fall in love.

    Maybe there is a washed up movie actor former Governor?  Ahnold?

  •  Clinton, O'Malley, Schweitzer, no clowns yet... (1+ / 0-)
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    Cuomo, Biden, Jerry Brown....nope, no clowns in our car.

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 01:31:13 PM PST

  •  There will be three tickets out of the IA caucuses (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Pluto

    in Jan. 2016. A December Iowa Poll found the top three among registered Republicans to be:
     • Paul Ryan
     • Mike Huckabee, and
     • Rick Santorum
    Rick Perry was fourth

    Fewer than half of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
    In December, 30% of Iowa Republicans said they don't like Christie. That is not likely to have improved. Likability is an important factor for winning the IA caucuses with its emphasis on lots of close-up contact with potential caucus-goers. Christie fails the likability test. Santorum won in 2012 by attending town halls and small groups all over the state and being perceived as a likable guy (even if his policies stink). The movie, Caucus, showed how the process worked.
    •  It will be the same as it always is (0+ / 0-)

      …for them. After the first round, when they expose themselves -- the party will go nuts waiting for their savior to take all that pain away:

      The Fred Thompson Effect:  Donald Trump, someone, anyone ELSE to come along and rescue them from themselves. An aging movie star, an old country western singer, a wrestling champion, or founder of a roadside restaurant chain. Someone who can run on fame instead of the shameful GOP platform.

  •  Herman Cain, anyone? (0+ / 0-)

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 01:55:41 PM PST

  •  It's inconceivable to me that ANY of the ones (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Calamity Jean

    listed stand a chance. But I am not a Republican, nor will I vote for a Republican in the forseeable future. As in "it will be a cold day in hell".

  •  How about an all women's ticket of (0+ / 0-)

    Marsha Blackburn and Mary Fallin. Both are somewhat charismatic(in that Republican Stepford Wife sort of way), and they both have just the right amount of right wing nuttiness!

  •  I think they all have possibilities (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    …on one condition:

    There can be NO televised Republican debates.

    For them, that's the kiss of death. And, they know that.

  •  I'm still betting on Jim DeMint entering (0+ / 0-)

    His commitment to the AEI is as long-lasting as Tim Tebow's commitment to a sportscasting career.

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