Kristol: Anyone want to jump in now?

posted at 11:46 am on December 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Throughout this Republican primary process, Bill Kristol at the Weekly Standard has offered a consistent vision.  He wants someone else.  In the latest edition of TWS, Kristol makes one more call for an all-in, calling it “A Time for Choosing,” and not just for voters but for Republican leaders (emphasis mine):

And it is a moment, as you prepare to cast your vote, for others to reflect on whether they don’t owe it to their country to step forward. As this is no time for voters to choose fecklessly, it is no time for leaders to duck responsibility. Those who have stood aside—and who now may have concluded, as they may not have when they announced their original decision, that the current field is lacking—will surely hear the words of Thomas Paine echoing down the centuries: “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Now is not a time for leaders to engage in clever calculations of the odds of success, or to succumb to concerns about how they will look if they enter the fray and fall short. Now is a time to come to the aid of our country.

Clearly, every election is “a time for choosing.” For the last several cycles, we are told that this is the most consequential election in our lifetimes, which is almost by definition true, since it’s the only variable at that particular moment in selecting leadership.  With the economy stalled and the question of American leadership in the new century very much at stake, though, this election does appear much more consequential than 2004, and perhaps more than 2008, although the financial-sector collapse just before that election in retrospect makes the choice seem more consequential — and not in a good way, considering the outcome.

For those who stood aside, is there time to jump back into the race?  Possibly, although the access to key primaries in this cycle have already closed.  We’re hearing about pushing for a “brokered convention” once again, waiting until September to choose a nominee, which would put Republicans at a significant disadvantage to Barack Obama and the Democrats.  Furthermore, a brokered convention would favor candidates with closer ties to the “establishment” of the party, not to the grassroots of movement conservatives.  The term “brokering” is a big, huge hint in that direction; we wouldn’t know who the “brokers” are specifically, but I can pretty much assure you that it won’t be your local Tea Party organizer.  Anti-establishment conservatives should be praying for anything but a brokered convention, and recall that the primary process was one way to keep the party from choosing its nominees in the proverbial smoke-filled back rooms.

Speaking of anti-establishment conservatives, it’s become pretty popular for this year’s crop of candidates to style themselves as such.  Jonah Goldberg deconstructs that notion in today’s LA Times:

For the last few years, the rank and file of the GOP and the conservative movement have become deeply disenchanted with what they see as the rubber-spined, foot-dragging quislings drinking from a trough of chablis at some Georgetown party. The term “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) has become an epithet of ideological enforcement, spit out in much the same way Mao cursed “running dog capitalists.”

In 2010, the tea parties and the conservative base (not always synonymous terms) tried to cull as many RINOs from the herd as they could in the primaries. They were extremely successful, with only a few stumbles.

Things are messier this time around. And to some extent this is to be expected. Presidential primaries rely on much larger pools of voters than primaries in midterms. Moreover, rather than a single tea party candidate challenging a worn-out incumbent, the field has had lots of candidates seeking the tea party or “true conservative” mantle.

Each of them has tried to play the populist card, not just against the liberal media establishment but also against the so-called conservative establishment. “I believe it is a deliberate attempt to damage me because I am not, quote unquote, the establishment choice,” explained Herman Cain when asked about his troubles.

Herman Cain may have been the only true anti-establishment candidate in the field this year, or at least significant enough to be included in the debates.  Michele Bachmann might also qualify; even though she has served in Washington for more than five years, the GOP has mainly blocked her from any leadership positions, and the same could be said for Ron Paul despite his long years in Washington.  But that’s not true of almost everyone else, not even Rick Santorum, who served in some leadership roles while in Congress.  Yesterday I described Newt Gingrich as an establishment Republican, which drew a lot of criticism, but Gingrich was Speaker of the House for several years, and has remained in the Beltway for decades as a Republican leader and a think-tank icon.  Even Mitt Romney, who served a single term as governor of Massachusetts, has fewer “establishment” credentials than Gingrich does.  If a Speaker of the House is not party “establishment,” then the term is meaningless.

Even if a candidate were to jump in at this late date, it would have to be one who could reliably raise money fast, organize effectively, have good name recognition, be well prepared on policy, and survive the kind of intense vetting that has derailed Cain, Rick Perry, Bachmann, and has deflated Gingrich’s bubble.  That’s a recipe for an establishment candidate, not an outsider.  We should stop fantasizing about white knights riding to the rescue and focus on the choices we have in front of us now.


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Help us Sarah-wan, you’re our only hope.

scrubjay on December 27, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Even if a candidate were to jump in at this late date, it would have to be one who could reliably raise money fast, organize effectively, have good name recognition, be well prepared on policy, and survive the kind of intense vetting that has derailed Cain, Rick Perry, Bachmann, and has deflated Gingrich’s bubble. That’s a recipe for an establishment candidate, not an outsider. We should stop fantasizing about white knights riding to the rescue and focus on the choices we have in front of us now.

Seriously… you know who you just described… right? I feel a 2000+ post Palin thread coming on!

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on December 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Palin!

sgcinco on December 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Anybody out there???

OmahaConservative on December 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Even if a candidate were to jump in at this late date, it would have to be one who could reliably raise money fast, organize effectively, have good name recognition, be well prepared on policy, and survive the kind of intense vetting that has derailed Cain, Rick Perry, Bachmann, and has deflated Gingrich’s bubble.

I know someone who fits that description.

BobMbx on December 27, 2011 at 11:51 AM

That’s a recipe for an establishment candidate

Funny… I never thought of Palin as establishment.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on December 27, 2011 at 11:51 AM

It’s too late for anyone to jump in.

DanStark on December 27, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Looks like a Palin reunion on HA today!

BobMbx on December 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Hahahah!! AWESOME choice for the picture!!!! Lmao!! Well done, well done!

KMC1 on December 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM

The nomination, and the presidency, is still Palin’s, if she wants it.

Rebar on December 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM

There goes Kristol the neocon babbling again. The guy should have been utterly discredited after the last ten years.

haner on December 27, 2011 at 11:53 AM

If someone jumped on now, how would they navigate around ballot deadlines, etc? Would a write in campaign fix those problems?

Kataklysmic on December 27, 2011 at 11:53 AM

“Even if a candidate were to jump in at this late date, it would have to be one who could reliably raise money fast, organize effectively, have good name recognition, be well prepared on policy, and survive the kind of intense vetting that has derailed Cain, Rick Perry, Bachmann, and has deflated Gingrich’s bubble.”

There is no “conservative” alive who would meet the above criteria. In fact the only person who could pull it off would be Jeb Bush-and he’s a dyed in the wool establishment Republican.

Mr.Mark on December 27, 2011 at 11:53 AM

and focus on the choices we have in front of us now.

but my eyes, and ears, are hurting.

WashJeff on December 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM

I can’t wait until Iowa votes. Hopefully the race will be a bit clearer.

gophergirl on December 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM

CUDA!

idesign on December 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Thread sporting a gaga meat-suit.

Axe on December 27, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on December 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

GREAT!

We could use one.

listens2glenn on December 27, 2011 at 11:55 AM

It is too late. It would be impossible to establish a campaign strong enough to defeat the One in such a short period of time. Sarah Palin WILL NOT RUN so stop fruitlessly pining for her. If she ran, she would lose in a ultra-landslide. More than half of the GOP electorate doesn’t want her to run.

andy85719 on December 27, 2011 at 11:55 AM

CUDA!

idesign on December 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Wouldn’t have a chance in a brokered convention.

a capella on December 27, 2011 at 11:57 AM

“an” ultra-landslide

andy85719 on December 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Methinks Kristol is making one last pitch to establishment RINOs Christe and Daniels. No sale.

tommyboy on December 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Help us Sarah-wan, you’re our only hope.

scrubjay on December 27, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Thread winner! 1st thing I thought when I saw the pic.

Marcola on December 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

I can’t wait until Iowa votes. Hopefully the race will be a bit clearer.

gophergirl on December 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM

I’m going to go to Council Bluffs and check out the caucus goers to get a feel of whats up…

OmahaConservative on December 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Even if a candidate were to jump in at this late date, it would have to be one who could reliably raise money fast, organize effectively, have good name recognition, be well prepared on policy, and survive the kind of intense vetting that has derailed Cain, Rick Perry, Bachmann, and has deflated Gingrich’s bubble.

Gee, now who might fit that bill?

NoLeftTurn on December 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

The nomination, and the presidency, is still Palin’s, if she wants it.

Rebar on December 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM

She doesn’t want it, and I don’t blame her. Who wants to get shot at from both sides?

CurtZHP on December 27, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Kristol, time to give up the ghost buddy

cmsinaz on December 27, 2011 at 11:59 AM

This is all happening because Ryan didn’t run. (Spare me the he voted for TARP!!!!, if the choice is nothing and granting Obama complete control with a filibuster proof majority as the banks collapse or TARP, I’ll go with the latter, see FDR.)

Ryan was the most vocal opponent of Obama on substance, from the Healthcare Summit and his speech on the floor the night it passed to taxes and entitlement/budget reform he’s offered the clearest vision in opposition to Obama. Even his foreign policy speech in defense of American Exceptionalism offered a stark contrast.

When he decided not to step up I thought we were in trouble. You only have to see people like Bachmann say how her credentials stem from voting for Ryan’s plan or Newt being hammered for criticizing Ryan to see that had he realized that this was his moment to lead we would have followed. Palin had already endorsed his roadmap, she almost certainly would have endorsed his candidacy and help him fundraise.

I know people who aren’t very political who’ve told me that they’d give money and donate time if Ryan ran for president. If he announced you’d see staff from all different campaigns flock to him, same with donors. The field is weak because one of the intellectual movers and shakers of the party over the last two years, or at least one of his followers, isn’t running.

cpaulus on December 27, 2011 at 11:59 AM

“The term “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) has become an epithet of ideological enforcement, spit out in much the same way Mao cursed ‘running dog capitalists.’”Jonah Goldberg

NO, chump. It’s not that there’s an “anti-establishment Establishment.”
It’s that there are finally too many Americans to ignore, who have had enough of Leftist-coddling Republicans, particularly in light of the ongoing Gingrich smear job.

No more “shiny penny” distractions, Goldberg…and share that with Coulter, et al and all your new-found Old Skool Republican afficionados. Now, BUZZ OFF.

Czar of Defenestration on December 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM

and focus on the choices we have in front of us now.

but my eyes, and ears, are hurting.

WashJeff on December 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM

I empathize, big time.

listens2glenn on December 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM

More than half of the GOP electorate doesn’t want her to run.

andy85719 on December 27, 2011 at 11:55 AM

As it stands, about 70% of the electorate doesn’t want any of the current candidates, either.

BobMbx on December 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Ugh, so National Review has turned into Reason.com – smug ——bag editors who refuse to sully their views with humdrum political realities. Except NR is staffed with RINOs instead of Libertarians.

There is no “other candidate” who “could” jump in. Not one human being on Earth could win 50%+1 in the Republican primary except the declared candidates (and maybe not even them).

Nobody has money. Nobody could get money in the remaining timeframe. And even if they could, no one has an organization. Newt, still polling at the front, is supposedly dead meat next to Romney’s five year billion dollar “Romney ‘??” machine, but someone sitting on their couch right now drinking spiked cocoa is supposed to beat him?

At the very most – and I do mean the very most, including perhaps three people on Earth – the person could confirm a brokered election.

HitNRun on December 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM

The term “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) has become an epithet of ideological enforcement, spit out in much the same way Mao cursed “running dog capitalists.”

Yes. Conservatives trying to filter out progressives are like Mao.

Great, Jonah.

Axe on December 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Ryan, Sarah, Marco, Pence? Anybody, Anybody?

lisa fox on December 27, 2011 at 12:03 PM

We need Sarah Palin in this race. Palin has the strongest grass-roots support of any possible candidate; only she could jump in late and climb immediately to the top. The money and manpower available to Palin has yet to be tapped by any candidate – her supporters remain steadfastly dissatisfied with the current field and are ready to launch a hard-core campaign at a second’s notice. Sarah Palin’s supporters, by and large, believe that a late-entry is a very real possibility and so far, most have refused to support any other candidate.

Pork-Chop on December 27, 2011 at 12:03 PM

scrubjay on December 27, 2011 at 11:49 AM

I wish, but it seems too late for anyone to get in now. I can’t believe we’re stuck with these people. Six months ago, people were swearing off Romney and looking at Gingrich as a joke. Yet here we are. Because Republicans would rather have big government crony capitalists than Palin. I guess she saw that.

Dongemaharu on December 27, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Who wants to get shot at from both sides?

CurtZHP on December 27, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Reagan? Nobody in the RNC wanted Reagan either. That was before November 1980. Afterwards, they couldn’t get enough of Reagan. Why? They read the election results.

BobMbx on December 27, 2011 at 12:04 PM

As an under 30 yr old who is educated and is looking for someone with not only record, but charisma along with the tenacity that it will take to take on the establishment of the GOP and the needed smackdown of the DNC with Obama at the head, I have no clue how any of our candidates win that battle.

I’ve always supported someone like Palin and if someone like her showed her/himself, I would treat that person in the same vein.

In politics, you need people that will be boots on the ground, in snow, rain and other not fun weather situations. Along with people that will stuff envelopes and do other local campaign efforts.

Who is this candidate at the Presidential level? I’m still waiting for him or herself to show herself and it would be nice if we all had some reality.

Palin isn’t in so the reality is that unless something totally uncharacteristic happens, someone else will be the nominee. I think that it’s safe and realistic to say, that any of our candidates will go down in a blaze of glory of defeat.

Midwestprincesse on December 27, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Yea, I’m thinking Palin. Won’t happen though. I just don’t think she can get the infrastructure in place fast enough to battle a $1 Billion Obama campaign sunami.

WisRich on December 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM

No history of Presidential politics will ever be written that will not include a whole section about Tim Pawlenty, and the most poorly timed exit in history.

Seriously, other than selling his soul to Mittens, what’s stopping Pawlenty from changing his mind?

MNHawk on December 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM

HitNRun on December 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM

My mistake – Kristol, of course, hails from the Weekly Standard.

HitNRun on December 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Czar of Defenestration on December 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Felt a similar poke :)

Missed it. Must have been typing.

Axe on December 27, 2011 at 12:06 PM

If someone jumped on now, how would they navigate around ballot deadlines, etc? Would a write in campaign fix those problems?

Kataklysmic on December 27, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Placeholder? Not all states allow write-ins.

And right now, I’d welcome a 3rd Party. If there ever were the time for one, now would be it. We need a candidate that will not tackle Obama but will also be ballsy enough to stand up to the GOP.

The GOP is bad, very bad, on messaging and we need a candidate that will be able to transcend the recent gaffes of the GOP.

Midwestprincesse on December 27, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Ed, the current field is awful.

The one with name recognition who could raise a ton of dough is not an establishment candidate – it’s Sarah Palin.

That said, I don’t see it happening.
We’re stuck with a crap sandwich this go-around.

DRayRaven on December 27, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I’m going to go to Council Bluffs and check out the caucus goers to get a feel of whats up…

OmahaConservative on December 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Oooh sounds interesting.

I was thinking about driving down and volunteering for Perry’s strike force but it just didn’t work out.

gophergirl on December 27, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Had some lib’s over on Christmas. They were dumping on Sarah. So, if that’s who they fear, then that’s who we should nominate.

☑ ABØ 2012

Lucky Pierre on December 27, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Look North…very far North, there you will the person you seek.

NY Conservative on December 27, 2011 at 12:07 PM

there you will find the person you seek.

duhhhme

NY Conservative on December 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM

If Kristol wants someone else let Kristol run

gerrym51 on December 27, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Palin should have gotten in back in the beginning.

Pawlenty should have STAYED in, by now he would have made it to the front.

Basically we have Romney and a bunch of nincompoops who failed to be the NOT Romney.

wildcat72 on December 27, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Anybody but Romney.

Valiant on December 27, 2011 at 12:09 PM

The term “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) has become an epithet of ideological enforcement, spit out in much the same way Mao cursed “running dog capitalists.”

There is one major difference. Moa used his term to deride people that did not want to increase government control and more specifically His Control of the government.

We use the the term RINO for people like Romney who defend government intrusion in Health Care and Gingritch who lambasts the Ryan plan. We use it for people like Carl Rove who manuever within one hour of Christine O’Donnells primary win over Castle to set up a narrative to destroy her.

If we win and place true conservatives in power the extent of government control is reduced and we obtain the freedom we desire. Freedom from regulation, taxation and government debt. By backing the establishment and finding moderates all we get is a promise not to increase government power any more for the time being. That is no longer acceptable.

Individualist on December 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Seriously, other than selling his soul to Mittens, what’s stopping Pawlenty from changing his mind?

MNHawk on December 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM

The fact that he made it up on the first place, and that the decision was the first firm one he made in his entire campaign without moping for a week semi-publicly.

Running for President is a tautology. You’re good at it by being good at it. You want it by wanting it. Nobody gives it to you – you have to take it. Look at Newt, Cain, and Bachmann. They asked for no quarter from anyone and kept plugging away and consequently got a shot at the brass ring. If any of them had Pawlenty’s background, they would be running away with this.

HitNRun on December 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

we be doomed!

SDarchitect on December 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM

You can’t turn those four horsemen around…

golfmann on December 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Anybody but Romney.

Valiant on December 27, 2011 at 12:09 PM

So you are for Obama then?

Gunlock Bill on December 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Even if a candidate were to jump in at this late date, it would have to be one who could reliably raise money fast, organize effectively, have good name recognition, be well prepared on policy, and survive the kind of intense vetting that has derailed Cain, Rick Perry, Bachmann, and has deflated Gingrich’s bubble.

I know someone who fits that description.

BobMbx on December 27, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Laura Ingraham.

Female, Conservative, Pricipled, knows the law, has a faith-based view of culture/society, realistice understanding of International political situation, is a great debater.

Lawrence on December 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Palin should have gotten in back in the beginning.

wildcat72 on December 27, 2011 at 12:09 PM

If she had gotten in early, the proper vetting of the other candidates would not have happend.

WisRich on December 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Palin should have gotten in back in the beginning.

Pawlenty should have STAYED in, by now he would have made it to the front.

Basically we have Romney and a bunch of nincompoops who failed to be the NOT Romney.

wildcat72 on December 27, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Palin, in my eyes, was going to get in. Something stopped her. It wasn’t tenacity. I don’t know if it’s personal (family-related) or if it was the GOP machine. That’s part of the reason why I was such an adamant Palin supporter. I was eager to go and campaign for her.

Pawlenty still would be dull. We might as well have Mitch.

Agreed on your last point.

Midwestprincesse on December 27, 2011 at 12:14 PM

The term “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) has become an epithet of ideological enforcement, spit out in much the same way Mao cursed “running dog capitalists.”

¡Ay, caramba! Ok, let’s change the name. How about RATS. Republicans Are … Terminally… Stu.. Well, I’ll work out the details later.

Dongemaharu on December 27, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Had some lib’s over on Christmas. They were dumping on Sarah. So, if that’s who they fear, then that’s who we should nominate.

☑ ABØ 2012

Lucky Pierre on December 27, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Liberals will never get over the abject terror they felt during her speech at the 2008 convention. After almost two years of no one criticizing their Marxist savior, she walked up to that microphone and hit him with a sledgehammer. Her line about someone returning the styrofoam columns to the prop rental place still haunts their dreams.

Kataklysmic on December 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Oooh sounds interesting.

I was thinking about driving down and volunteering for Perry’s strike force but it just didn’t work out.

gophergirl on December 27, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I am so underwhelmed by any of them right now I haven’t even considered volunteering. I suppose/hope after its clear who the candidate will be I may gain some enthusiasm…

OmahaConservative on December 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

The nomination, and the presidency, is still Palin’s, if she wants it.

Rebar on December 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Lay it out for me, just how that could happen. I do wish, and hope it could happen by the way. but lay it out for me please.

44Magnum on December 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Laura Ingraham.

Female, Conservative, Pricipled, knows the law, has a faith-based view of culture/society, realistice understanding of International political situation, is a great debater.

Lawrence on December 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Except that Laura has always been a hardcore Romney supporter.

Midwestprincesse on December 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

And it is a moment, as you prepare to cast your vote, for others to reflect on whether they don’t owe it to their country to step forward. As this is no time for voters to choose fecklessly, it is no time for leaders to duck responsibility

How does he suggest this unknown wouldbe candidate get on the ballots, like say in Virginia?

Dr Evil on December 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM

i wish we were running the best conservative, but we arent. no matter who in the current crop wins, there isnt a true conservative in the group that can beat Obama. we have some Rino’s that can beat him, and some conservatives that cant.

we didnt run a true conservative that can beat Obama. (Ryan, Palin). This was a good year to run the bold color…we will be stuck with a pastel. (h/t R. Reagan)

i think we will have to settle for half a victory and pray. a lot.

I hope Pat Buchanan is wrong, but i think he might be the most prescient and intelligent commenter on the future of this country right now.

Coolidge_Conservative on December 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM

There have been two different groups running adds and Palin has had atleast three interviews to distance herself from them and has not. I have no way of knowing what she is up to but she has not closed the door.

KBird on December 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Sorry Ed, I’m with Kristol. I hate this field. What we should have had was Christie, Palin, Ryan, Rubio, West and Jindal. That could have been amazing. Instead we got the second stringers and its just impossible to make a choice that doesn’t feel like a disappointment. At least for me.

My own personal choice is to draft Paul Ryan for 2012 but it isn’t going to happen. We will be stuck with Romney or Gingrich and if we manage to win who knows if they will do what needs to be done to shrink the government. Their history says no.

magicbeans on December 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Palin has said from the beginning that she will run an unconventional campaign.

Jocundus on December 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

We should stop fantasizing about white knights riding to the rescue and focus on the choices we have in front of us now.

You’ve been fantasizing about white knights? ok…

the_nile on December 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Midwestprincesse on December 27, 2011 at 12:14 PM

something stopped palin from getting in?? yeah, the fact she was trying to pitch a reality show for her husband! she was never interested in running, good god you ‘nistas are in for years and years of heartache. she will never run for office again.

chasdal on December 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

and focus on the choices we have in front of us now.

but my eyes, and ears, are hurting.

WashJeff on December 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM

I empathize, big time.

listens2glenn on December 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM

You survived Christmas, you can survive anything :)

Axe on December 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

BTW, what is going on with the Tea Party which has been mostly silent since the 2010 elections?

I hope the Tea Party (or parties) gather together again to at
least help elect more conservatives to the senate/house in 2012.
Or, do they feel defeated since some of the candidates turned
out to be rinos in conserv clothing?

On topic, I am very curious to see who Palin stumps for. It
might be the game changer. She can get the voters riled up to
go out and vote. Since the candidates do not exude much
enthusiasm it will take an outsider and noone could do it better
than Palin. Perhaps she can get the voters to realize that
defeating Obama is the No. 1 goal, regardless of whom the
repub presidential candidate is.

Amjean on December 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

“When you have no good choices for a candidate, then sometimes it is best to choose a candidate who will take no actions.”

Paid for by Lawn Gnome for president.

NotCoach on December 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

It’s either Palin or we lose

ConservativePartyNow on December 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

something stopped palin from getting in?? yeah, the fact she was trying to pitch a reality show for her husband! she was never interested in running, good god you ‘nistas are in for years and years of heartache. she will never run for office again.

chasdal on December 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

If you think so, wouldn’t it sell better if she jumps in now?

the_nile on December 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

OT;dear leader wants to increase debt another 1.2 trillion…and so it begins

cmsinaz on December 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Lay it out for me, just how that could happen. I do wish, and hope it could happen by the way. but lay it out for me please.

44Magnum on December 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Look at the current field. Who is happy with them?

If she jumped in, the tea party and GOP conservatives would latch onto her like a drowning man a life preserver. People would be lining up to sign her ballot forms, send her money, an enormous enthusiastic organization would spontaneously arise under her.

Rebar on December 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Debt ceiling….dang it

cmsinaz on December 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

It has been a spectacularly weak field.

Mitt Romney’s the best of the lot. I have no idea where he stands on the issues, although he’s to Obama’s right. And he can be trusted to be a competent manager.

Rick Perry has yet to demonstrate that he knows enough about the country outside of his home state to be President. I see no indication that he would be able to come up with a good cabinet.

Michelle Bachmann has no history of accomplishment. And she’s a shameless liar.

Newt Gingrich has ego problems. He’s been an effective critic, but a poor leader.

Rick Santorum comes across as unnecessarily hostile. His critics have a point when they suggest that he may be a theocrat.

John Huntsman ran an atrocious campaign.

Ron Paul is Ron Paul.

At this point, I would not mind if someone else tried to come in as a last minute candidate. With Romney’s ceiling, the latecomer could still win. And a long-running primary would help the eventual winner (even if it’s still Romney) have a national network in place for election day.

SO if one of the following changes their mind, I’d be all for it.

Marco Rubio. Paul Ryan. Chris Christie. John Thune. Bobby Jindal. Mitch Daniels. Jeb Bush.

Mister Mets on December 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM

On topic, I am very curious to see who Palin stumps for. It
might be the game changer. She can get the voters riled up to
go out and vote. Since the candidates do not exude much
enthusiasm it will take an outsider and noone could do it better
than Palin. Perhaps she can get the voters to realize that
defeating Obama is the No. 1 goal, regardless of whom the
repub presidential candidate is.

Amjean on December 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I don’t think Sarah will stump for anyone. No one in this field of candidates is worth the jet fuel. Or the electricity it would take to write a Facebook post, for that matter.

DRayRaven on December 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Pleeease Jump in, Bobby Jindal!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Damn.. I miss me some Palin.

rgrovr on December 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

something stopped palin from getting in?? yeah, the fact she was trying to pitch a reality show for her husband! she was never interested in running, good god you ‘nistas are in for years and years of heartache. she will never run for office again.

chasdal on December 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

I say she “choked”….because all the complications were too
much and her whole extended family received death threats.
Also, she might not have wanted Willow to get caught up in
the Hollywood/limelight/15 minutes of fame that Bristol got
caught up in.

I am still angry that she waited until, what was it, October?,
before she announced she was not running. Running or not is her
personal decision, however, waiting for so long to announce that decision was not right.

She was NOT promoting a reality show for her husband. That is
bunk.

Palin will probably not have to run for office again. She is
beyond that. More than likely she will be appointed to an office
in the presidency. Something like head of Energy. She certainly has the credentials.

Amjean on December 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Based on a strict voting record, I would vote for Congressman Forbes of Virginia. Too bad he is mostly unknown. Run Forbes, Run!

bbordwell on December 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

P A L I N. It’s time for conservatives to right the GOP ship, no pun intended.

Meat Fighter on December 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Watch. They’re going to foist Huntsman upon us…..

Key West Reader on December 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Debt ceiling….dang it

cmsinaz on December 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Lolz, I knew what you meant in your first post…

OmahaConservative on December 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I disagree with the oft-repeated meme that the field sucks.

Perry doesn’t suck.

Isn’t it amazing that the other candidates have major flaws with regards to their authenticity and records but Perry doesn’t.

Perry is the only Not-Romney that many are using a superficial excuse to reject. “He can’t debate.” For real? Despite his good to great performances in the last few debates? Despite the fact that there will be three or less debates in the general and that will be it?

Vote Perry 2012. You will never regret you did.

TheRightMan on December 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I like Palin, but I don’t think she’s electable. I think she would immediately rise to the top if she entered, but would, like Perry and Cain, fail to impress the primary electorate with her grasp of details. Her vision is spot on. I don’t think vision is enough. We need someone who can wander into the weeds, win on the facts, and present a vision. If not for Newt’s LAX-sized collection of baggage, he could be the guy. Right now, I’d say the only non-candidate who could jump in late, rally a large swath of the party and gather money in a hurry is . . . Jeb.

diplomatsteve on December 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM

this is just sad, i read the names of who some of you wish would jump in and i see this is 2nd string QB syndrome. none of those guys are any better than the ones running and a few are much worse! but because they arent in the game you dont see the flaws and they look so good standing on the sidelines holding a clipboard.

chasdal on December 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Paid for by Lawn Gnome for president.

NotCoach on December 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I did not pay for that.

BobMbx on December 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM

On topic, I am very curious to see who Palin stumps for. It
might be the game changer. She can get the voters riled up to
go out and vote. Since the candidates do not exude much
enthusiasm it will take an outsider and noone could do it better
than Palin. Perhaps she can get the voters to realize that
defeating Obama is the No. 1 goal, regardless of whom the
repub presidential candidate is.

Amjean on December 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I don’t think Sarah will stump for anyone. No one in this field of candidates is worth the jet fuel. Or the electricity it would take to write a Facebook post, for that matter.

DRayRaven on December 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM
I agree with you that the candidates aren’t worthy, however, it
is certainly very worthy to defeat Obama. And I think Palin can
convey that to the voters and get out the vote. Getting out the
vote is what is required to defeat him.

Amjean on December 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM

I’m a newbie. First post.
Palin!

tj4osu on December 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Key West Reader on December 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Man, I sure hope not…

OmahaConservative on December 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Rebar on December 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Totally agree, but its already too late to get on a couple states ballots for their primaries. Tell me… how does she end around that snag? Hope for brokered convention and toss her name in then? I’d about sh*t myself if she did, cause I’d be McLovin it.

Would that work though?

I so want to vote FOR someone WORTHY of my vote this time, and not just vote AGAINST Obama.

Sarah fills that bill for me.

Always has.

44Magnum on December 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM

DRayRaven on December 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM

They’re all better than Obama and we need to make damn sure one of them beats that sucka.

mike_NC9 on December 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM

O/T: Clerk knocks would be armed robber out cold. Makes him clean up his own blood while they wait for the cops. Priceless!

mike_NC9 on December 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Jeb.

diplomatsteve on December 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM

No Bush will win another Presidential election for atleast another 3 cycles.

portlandon on December 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Palin will probably not have to run for office again. She is
beyond that. More than likely she will be appointed to an office
in the presidency. Something like head of Energy. She certainly has the credentials.

Amjean on December 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

If Palin wants to be a celebrity, she should stop pretending to be a politician. I really do not understand why anyone is still fascinated or enamored with her. There was a time when I was fairly enthusiastic myself about her, but she has since shown she is more interested in celebrity then in being a leader. She should not be appointed to anything nor taken seriously as a politician ever again.

NotCoach on December 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM

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