Skip to comments.Carville: Handicapping the GOP for 2016
Posted on 04/29/2014 8:11:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Anyone who loves politics and horse racing is out to try and handicap anything this week. My favorite Saturday, outside any Saturday that Louisiana State University plays football, is the Kentucky Derby. It might not be very fashionable these days to be a horse degenerate, but thats what I am. Thinking about the up and coming presidential election, I will use some horse racing analogies to talk about 2016.
On the Democratic side, there has never been a more non-incumbent prohibitive favorite than Hillary Clinton. Seems to me the best horse analogy would be Secretariat running in the Belmont Stakes in 1973, who went off a 1-10 favorite and won by 31 lengths. Not much interest there, but theres a lot of interest on the Republican side.
The truth of the matter is that most good handicappers dont look at the field and put their mark by the horses they think can win. Best practice says you go throughout the field and throw out the horses that cannot win. In doing this, smart handicappers will look at each horse to see if its capable of going the distance, they will see if the horses degree and pedigree lends itself to being able to win the Derby.
A candidate that can win the Republican nomination, at least since 1944 with the possible, and I mean possible, exception of 1964, with the nomination of Barry Goldwater has always been easy to predict at this point in the cycle: it was the one who had the capacity to raise the most money and who had the ability to draw across wide sections of the Republican Party to grab support.
The Republicans never nominate against (again, with the possible exception of 1964) the mainstream of their party.
Given this, I think we can throw out Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Which leaves us former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. I am torn as to where to put my own governor, Bobby Jindal; I tend to throw him out of the running because most nominees for president have had national stature at this point, which it seems hes is missing, but I might include him in a small play to hit a jackpot.
As for Gov. Huckabee, he is built more like what handicappers call a rabbit he could jump out to a quick lead, but isnt likely to hold on for the whole race. Sen. Rubio ... well, lets say he was declared ineligible because his jockey didnt have the correct papers. In terms of Gov. Bush, we dont even know if he will be running, and the April 20 New York Times story about his financial dealings post-governorship have caused quite a stir among the commentariat. Gov. Walker can mold himself more in the mainstream, but I am completely uncertain as to his ability to run on a track in a race of this magnitude and duration.
Gov. Perry has a big advantage, in that he has been around the track once and he knows what the track is like. The only problem for him is that it is the same track he essentially finished last on.
Gov. Perry can raise a bucket load of money without even trying and Gov. Perry, unlike Walker, has got a compelling economic story to tell. And I think hes more electable. So I think if I went to the window right now, I would bet the exacta on Bush, Perry.
Carville: Handicapping the GOP for 2016
Rove, handicapping the GOP for 2016.
It’s all about the punctuation.
What a dig on Jindals stature
I feel certain that the GOP will manage to destroy any advantage they have as they always do! Seems that they are more inclined to go after the Tea Party than Obama or the Democrats.
FNS, a onetime credible source for news and informed opinion has become a forum for vile leftists. Having an abortionist like James Carville is just another example of how they've lost their mission. Bob Beckel, Juan Williams, Geraldo Rivera and Shepherd Smith are all traitors and should not be given a medium to express their extreme marxist views.
Fox could go a long way by hiring genuine Patriots like Mark Levin, Jim Robinson and Allen West while firing all of those previously listed as well as the liberal Bill O'Reilly.
Both Goldwater AND Reagan were outside the mainstream of the GOP.
Jeb or Krispy Kreme can both certainly do that.
You mean like:
“Let’s eat, Grandma”
“Let’s eat Grandma.”
“FNS, a onetime credible source for news and informed opinion has become a forum for vile leftists.”
I use to watch FNC, but after a few doses of CarVILE, fatso Beckel, and their other Commies, I pretty much quit watching.
Having Free Republic online all day is all the US news that I want.
America is in very deep trouble, and I have not yet heard anyone say how it can be fixed.
By the way, my mistake was a typo of FNS when I knew it was FNC. The one person on the channel admired by many here and elsewhere is Greta van Susteren. Personally, I can't fathom how any channel, much less Fox News, would give an hour to cult member, one who believes in the heresy of L. Ron Hubbard, another leftist.
Hard to understand anyone gives a rip what he thinks.
His wife is a kook...BTW.
And again in 2020. [chortle]
“Greta van Susteren.”
Yes, I have seen her a few times but I do not know her time slot, and have not charted the others. I am 12 hours from EST.
The historic Jesus was not nearly the sainted figure (He) has been made out to be. In addition to being a lover of young boys and men, he was given to uncontrollable bursts of temper and hatred. It is historic fact and yet man still clings to the ideal, so deep and insidious is the biologic implanting.
As far as I'm concerned, van Susteren needs to be fired along with Carville, Williams, Beckel, Rivera, Smith and the rest of the God-denying commies. Yes, admittedly she has some acting skills much like other Scientologists such as Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley.
How does Dianetics compare with my choice to follow the Church of the Subgenius.
I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. -- Exodus 20:2-4
But BoB is cool. BoB doesn’t stress us out. BoB believes in God and Jesus, BoB just doesn’t believe in man.
More so than FDR in ‘36?