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Where is the GOP heir apparent? Itís an odd election cycle when the Dems have one & Repubs donít
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | August 17, 2014 | David M. Shribman

Posted on 08/17/2014 2:33:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The party of the next guy has no next guy.

For more than two generations, the Republican presidential nominating process has had an immutable internal logic to it: The next guy in line gets the nomination. That’s how every Republican president of the post-Eisenhower era has won his party’s nomination and how just about every GOP presidential nominee since Thomas E. Dewey (1944 and 1948) got to the top of the ticket. It’s certainly how Barack Obama’s two opponents, Sen. John McCain and former Gov. Mitt Romney, were nominated.

But just as the Republican Party is going through one of its periodic struggles for identity — earlier such battles were fought in 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1980 and 1992 — the party finds itself without a “next guy.”

The only political figure with possible claims to the title is Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 vice presidential nominee. But he is more interested in becoming chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and realizing his dream, perhaps as difficult to attain as winning a presidential nomination, of rewriting the federal tax code....

(Excerpt) Read more at post-gazette.com ...


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: gop; paulryan; randpaul; tedcruz
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He never even mentioned her, even with his "the VP nominee is next" and "the GOP nominates governors" claptrap. Does she really scare them that much? Or is she beneath notice to such as him?
1 posted on 08/17/2014 2:33:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOP has given up. They aren’t even trying anymore.


2 posted on 08/17/2014 2:34:31 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Everybody waiting on Jeb?


3 posted on 08/17/2014 2:36:12 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The way I see it, the GOP doesn’t want to win. They’re happy just “reaching out across the aisle” to their communist buddies.


4 posted on 08/17/2014 2:37:57 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It's my home!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Where is the GOP heir apparent?

The GOP is still waiting for the MSM to tell them who it should be.

5 posted on 08/17/2014 2:39:46 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m happy to have no single choice of the GOP-elite; that’s the challenge that conservatives have dealt with so poorly since Reagan left office. I hope Republican voters (mostly conservatives) will have a real choice for once, rather than a forced choice that is manipulated by those who are happy to lose gracefully. Whether we end up choosing a highly qualified former governor of Alaska, or an energetic US Senator who seems to be the spokesman for the rule of law, I’ll be happy with the best person for the job if we finally choose that person.


6 posted on 08/17/2014 2:43:10 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She scares them that much.

The Lapdog Syndrome of Gail Collins and the Declining New York Times

She "covers" the current Alaska Senate race and much like PPP and their polling, is unable to discuss Alaska without channeling her severe Palin derangement.  She begins though by attacking Joe Miller for a recent campaign flier his campaign sent out:

One of the Republican contenders, Joe Miller, is so far to the right that he’s practically in Canada. Miller, who’s obsessed with immigration and “amnesty,” recently sent out a mailer covered with pictures of scary-looking, tattooed Hispanic men. “Begich wants them to vote. And if 20 million illegals vote, you can kiss the 2nd amendment goodbye,” it read.

Besides being racist and incredibly offensive, the flier appeared to be arguing that criminals are sneaking across our southern border bent on making firearms illegal.

Considering that liberals often suggest that Canada has superior health care to the United States, maybe Collins meant this as a compliment?

Yet, can you imagine a progressive lapdog at the New York Times hurling the charge of racism at a conservative?  Completely unheard of.  (Sarcasm).  Of course, Collins doesn’t mention Miller’s response to the flier which points out the president’s (and liberals’) desire to grant amnesty to millions of illegals and how it can also threaten our Second Amendment rights:

“If you end up granting amnesty to those who don’t value gun rights, who have not been raised in an environment where the Second Amendment is cherished — is considered to be a God-given right — the reality is over a generation or two, the likelihood is very strong that the Second Amendment will not be here,” Miller explained. “We have violent thugs coming across our border and doing violent things."

A flier depicting dangerous thugs is not racist.  It is what it is.  The next thing you know, liberal lapdogs like Collins will be suggesting that "Wanted" signs at the Mexican border depicting similarly tattooed thugs are racist, too.

I’m thrilled personally that we are getting a new generation of conservatives who roll their eyes at the charge of racism.  It’s overused and has lost its effectiveness thanks to the group-think lap-doggery happening at places like the New York Times or from the usual race mongers like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton.  I am only sorry that it makes a mockery of the true racism that has occurred in the nation’s past.

Collins goes on:

The two normal Republicans in the race — Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and former Attorney General Dan Sullivan — are pretty much sticking to running against federal spending. “I’m not going to Washington with a gunny sack to bring home federal money,” Treadwell announced during the debate. “I’m going with a crowbar to pry loose our liberties.”

Yet — you’ve already guessed this, right? — Alaska gets more federal money per person than any other state. And there’s virtually no discussion of eliminating anything its residents — who pay no state income tax or sales tax — get now.

"Normal" Republicans is of course code word for less conservative or less likely to fight where our Constitution is concerned.

And I am tired of journalists like Collins leaving out the fact that much of Alaska’s land is occupied by the federal government.  The large swaths of land owned by the feds, and other federal services all somehow play into the amount of funding that is allocated to the state.  The way journalists portray it though leads one to believe that Alaskans are basically welfare recipients of the federal government.  Of course, journalists at the New York Times are virtually incapable of providing their readers with all the information.

Collins continues:

 But there’s more! Including a big referendum on taxing oil companies, with Sarah Palin urging her fans to tax the rich.

Palin has been a wing nut for so long that we’ve forgotten that she made her name in Alaska as an actual reformer. Her great achievement as governor was a law that taxed oil companies at rates between 25 percent and 75 percent, depending on their profits

And just as everything else mentioned in her article, the problem isn’t what she says as much as what she leaves out.

Of course among the Palin deranged, this isn’t news.  Yet, whenever ACES is discussed in the lamestream media, you get the impression that it was legislation designed by socialists to "tax the rich."  However, the media always leaves out the fact that Alaska’s Constitution names the citizens of the state as the beneficiaries and owners of the state’s resources.  Never will you hear the lapdog media explain the truth in that Governor Palin and conservatives who created and supported ACES did so with the guidance of the Constitution, not by a desire to create socialism.  Of course, Collins would also be the same type to trash capitalism without explaining to her mindless readers that there’s a genuine difference between true free market capitalism and the crony capitalism that ACES tackled (now known as "crapitalism" which guides the establishment of Washington D.C.).

And of course she couldn’t resist a personal shot:

[S]he abandoned the state midterm for the glories of reality television and Fox News commentary.

[...]

And Palin’s 18-minute monologue in support of her signature reform — broadcast on her SarahPalin channel — has the overall effect of being trapped in an airplane with a seatmate who has inhaled helium.

At least we know that Collins apparently knows firsthand how someone who inhales helium behaves and that she admits to watching the video, yet as a self-proclaimed smarty pants, she admits she didn’t understand it as she omits so much of the law’s constitutional basis that Governor Palin clearly explained.

Further, she omits the fact that Mark Begich is cowardly slinking to the sidelines as a matter of political convenience as he faces re-election and won’t take a position on the matter.

This shot at Governor Palin demonstrates the much-needed critical thinking needed in our media.  Collins also ignores Governor Palin’s fight for ethics, her taking on corrupt members of her own party, her overhauling education, balancing budgets, or serving as an energy expert for the AOGCC.  Collins doesn’t emphasize the need for more out of public servants currently serving which is why she ignores Begich’s silence on SB-21.  Rather, she exists to make excuses for liberals and politicians who occupy public office and do nothing while there which is proving disastrous to the American people.

On the flipside, Governor Palin fulfilled all of her campaign promises in a small amount of time before being forced to resign due to a group of extremists in 2009 and their accompanying frivolous ethics charges.  She went home to spare her people and to live by the laws she created. This is what the founders ultimately intended.  She understands that it’s a service and not a career.

Further, without a title, she’s taking a stand right now in Alaska without having to receive the taxpayer-funded paycheck that Begich is collecting as he remains silent.

Of course this is just another example of why the media has hit an all new low.  They no longer exist to report facts or to protect the American people.  They hurl charges of racism, omit facts, and downright slander those who threaten the go-along-to-get-along mentality in D.C.

It also explains why the New York Times continues to decline and why perhaps other more successful media outlets like FOX News and up-and-coming alternative outlets like the Sarah Palin Channel remain on the receiving end of their ire.



7 posted on 08/17/2014 2:43:16 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It’s certainly how Barack Obama’s two opponents, Sen. John McCain and former Gov. Mitt Romney, were nominated. [...] the party finds itself without a “next guy.”

Thank God.

8 posted on 08/17/2014 2:43:38 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
The GOP has given up. They aren’t even trying anymore.

Seems so.

9 posted on 08/17/2014 2:43:43 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOP-e is serving up big RINOs that are soundly rejected by the TEA party voting block. Big government RINOs like Christie, Jeb Bush, Romney, Paul Ryan and Peter King. They are giving us big pro-amnesty choices, lake Rubio, that conservatives reject.

OTOH, the GOP-e rejects conservatives like Palin, Cruz and Lee. Rand Paul and Scott Walker may be too conservative for the GOP-e.

The only compromise that I see between conservatives and the GOP-e is Governor Rick Perry.


10 posted on 08/17/2014 2:49:15 PM PDT by kidd
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To: ClearCase_guy; FlingWingFlyer

~~~The GOP has given up. They aren’t even trying anymore~~~

I have a pet theory, (yes I know), that they know the economic collapse is coming and are just gonna let it happen under a Democrat.

Not that it’s going to matter much because I don’t think the country will recover from it. Other than being 2nd-world and 3rd-world in some areas (I submit Detroit, south Chicago, for example are already there).


11 posted on 08/17/2014 2:50:56 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's stratergery.

Any visible heir apparent would be under a microscope for the next two years.

By not "discovering" an heir apparent until the last minute, the press and the democrats (but I repeat myself) efforts to tar him or her are vastly diluted, both in terms of resources and in time to find the right hot button to push.

They were able to find, of all things, that Mitt transporting a beloved pet dog with diarrhea in a pet carrier on the roof of the car resonated with the low information voters.

Curiously the fact that obama admitted eating dog meat (and liking it) while living in an area where the custom is to put the dog in a sack and beat it to death to tenderized the meat, was so under reported as to be invisible to the LIVs...

12 posted on 08/17/2014 2:56:27 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

One of my personal disappointments of the 2012 elections is that I didn’t realize there was the “Mutts for Mitt: Better in the Crate than on a Plate” bumperstcker until the the third week in November.


13 posted on 08/17/2014 3:00:09 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOP heir apparent is like a Muslim bride, you are not allowed to look before the goats are handed over and then it’s too late.


14 posted on 08/17/2014 3:00:35 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Boomshakalaka!)
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To: tanknetter

My regret is that I didn’t know of that until right now. *sigh*


15 posted on 08/17/2014 3:04:54 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Yes, and every bit as lovely, I’m sure...


16 posted on 08/17/2014 3:05:35 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

They are already on Perry’s case. The liberal establishment in Austin that took out Tom Delay is on his case. Given that they also went out after the moderate Kay Bailey Hutchison, maybe people will realize how totally political this indictment is.


17 posted on 08/17/2014 3:14:37 PM PDT by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Any time a conservative SPEAKS UP,
a surrogate of Romney attacks them.

The fact remains that the entire GOP
oscillates between helping Obama and al Qaeda
and hiding, and for 12 years
permitting and encouraging Mr. RomneyCARE
to attack conservatives such as the Speaker,
Gov. Palin, Sen. Thompson, Mr. Cain and Sen. Cruz.


18 posted on 08/17/2014 3:15:26 PM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Eh, I don’t know if it’s a slight, I didn’t read the article yet. Palin isn’t holding office now and hasn’t really given any indication she’s going to run, for President or anything else.

But I’ve been thinking the same thing, that the parties’ (where DOES that apostrophe go?) positions are reversed. Because he’s right, we almost always have a “next guy” and they almost never do.


19 posted on 08/17/2014 3:16:02 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The elites of both parties are working for the new world order.


20 posted on 08/17/2014 3:18:31 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: jocon307
What office has Jeb Bush held recently?
21 posted on 08/17/2014 3:19:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Diogenesis

I “wasted” a large amount of time raising a little over $40,000 for Fred Thompson, but that won’t stop me if either Ted Cruz or Sarah Palin runs.


22 posted on 08/17/2014 3:21:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

~~~What office has Jeb Bush held recently?~~~

La Raza Public Relations Officer?


23 posted on 08/17/2014 3:24:50 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s GREAT that the GOP has no “heir apparent”!

Now, rather than sow RINO, we can nominate a CONSERVATIVE like Ted Cruz!


24 posted on 08/17/2014 3:27:07 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: F15Eagle

If so, he’s the most successful one in their history. Does he hold a similar office at LULAC and Republicans for Hillary?


25 posted on 08/17/2014 3:30:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Pollster1

I think it’s great that. We don’t have one. Bring on the primaries an sell your selves to us. We will know who we like


26 posted on 08/17/2014 3:34:25 PM PDT by reefdiver (The fool says there is no God. And the bigger fools sees direct evidence and rages against it.)
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To: F15Eagle

Ho hum...

The Dems are SO angry that the GOP has not formed a circular firing squad BEFORE the 2014 election! And self-destructed! But, hey, who cares about them?

There is plenty of time to select a strong conservative candidate before 2016: Cruz, Walker, Palin, Jindal and Perry are on my list.

The questions we have now are:

How do we patriots get our choices known BEFORE the GOPe brings the stone tablets of “approved” names down to us?

How we keep RINOS like Christie, Bush, Paul and Romney OFF of that “approved” list?

I think it’s time for the “new” Tea Party to schedule a “new” March on Washington on a Saturday and Subday before the 2014 election. I think a weekend date is prefered, since patriots generally need to work.

And let’s invite “Rolling Thunder”.

And let’s fly our “Gadsen” flags.

And let’s dare the puppet media to ignore 1,000,000 patriots marching to RESTORE AMERICA!


27 posted on 08/17/2014 3:38:57 PM PDT by pfony1 (Add just 6 GOP Senators and we "bury" Harry)
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To: G Larry

I like your tagline and your choice of nominee.


28 posted on 08/17/2014 3:45:15 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Or, it could be that she teased the GOP base for half a year last time, then backed off.


29 posted on 08/17/2014 3:46:28 PM PDT by Eric Pode of Croydon
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To: Eric Pode of Croydon

Oh please, tell us more about your theory, we’re all ears.


30 posted on 08/17/2014 3:48:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Nex-guy-in-line is Santorum; but the party bosses surely believe in Jebbie but will settle for Christie or Romney. No one else need apply.


31 posted on 08/17/2014 3:53:18 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Didn’t you hear? Mitt’s going to run again. :-)


32 posted on 08/17/2014 3:56:24 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: kidd

“The only compromise that I see between conservatives and the GOP-e is Governor Rick Perry.”

Oh, I really hope not.

No.

Just no.

No on Perry.


33 posted on 08/17/2014 3:56:51 PM PDT by conservaKate ( I grow weary of the goobers in the Republican party. (thanks Chris))
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To: ClearCase_guy

They are the “Washington Generals”, and they are perfectly happy with that.


34 posted on 08/17/2014 3:57:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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FReepers, Let's go!
Everyone needs to donate!

All contributions are for the current quarter expenses.



FReepathon day 47.

Two percent a day keeps the 404 away.

35 posted on 08/17/2014 4:01:28 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Clinton/Castro is their 2016 ticket (as I am being told), they will be very sorry. Hillary will never be president.


36 posted on 08/17/2014 4:03:13 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

Again, Ted Cruz was the North American debating champion in two categories and has at least a dozen supreme court arguments under his belt, many of them successful, neither of which either one of those mediocrities has on their resumes. This should be real interesting.


37 posted on 08/17/2014 4:09:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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Again, Ted Cruz was the North American debating champion

back when it meant something!

38 posted on 08/17/2014 4:10:46 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Yep...today the way to win a debate contest is to simply call your opponent a racist.


39 posted on 08/17/2014 4:11:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I disagree. The Republican leadership has decreed that either Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush will be the *only* choices offered to delegates at the convention. And they are likely going to make a rule that *forces* delegates to choose between those two, whether they want to or not.

This is such an offensive action, that there might be a full scale delegate boycott and walk out, punctuated with very loud booing. Because the bottom line is that the rank and file will *never* vote for *either* Mitt Romney *or* Jeb Bush.

Oddly enough, this is why this midterm election is so important. Assuming the projections before absentee ballots are cast is that Republicans will have a bunch of pick ups in the senate and the house, it will be up to the Tea Party to *boycott* voting for the worst RINO offenders, like Mitch McConnell.

Yes, it is worth it to give a seat to a powerless freshman Democrat, if that seat is taken away from a scoundrel like McConnell. Precisely because he does us more harm than any freshman Democrat could. Especially if the Republicans still have the majority in the senate.

And only this, throwing McConnell into “the pit”, will be enough to rattle the leadership when the next convention is held.


40 posted on 08/17/2014 4:15:37 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: GeronL; montag813

Ted Cruz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Cruz


41 posted on 08/17/2014 4:18:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: fatima

Wait, it’s 2016, why tell the Enemy who Herman Cain is, or any other candidate, Like Perry....?

OK, don’t announce your candidates early, wait till the American people draft someone, or several someone’s, and then the Dems will be attacking the grass Roots Americans as well as the replacement workers from the GOP to DC.

I’m for delaying and making the attack dogs stay on a leash.


42 posted on 08/17/2014 4:45:12 PM PDT by 4Speed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We don’t need a freakin’ “heir apparent”. What we need is a conservative with cajones. That would be IMO, Ted Cruz and farther back Rand Paul.


43 posted on 08/17/2014 5:25:16 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: JSDude1

You need to use the keyword “Rand Paul” here and be quickly disabused of any notion that he’s a conservative.


44 posted on 08/17/2014 5:29:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 4Speed

The Jeb against The Hill.


45 posted on 08/17/2014 5:31:23 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: kidd; All
The only compromise that I see between conservatives and the GOP-e is Governor Rick Perry.

I don't know ... compromise is how we got here. People like me, willing to vote for leftist Republicans just to keep the Democrat out of office, compromised right into 2012, where voting Republican was voting for nationalized health care, gay marriage, environmentalism, etc., but at least it was a Republican, right? Wrong. More compromise is just going to make it worse.

The "brand" Republican is diet decaf Coke to the Democrat's full-octane Pepsi. That's what it's like, being in a restaurant and having those two choices. Republicans want the same flavor government, but "healthier" without the buzz or the sugar.

I'm an American in that restaurant. I'm like a tens of millions of Americans sick of Diet Decaf Coke and Pepsi. All I really want is plain tea. A little buzz and a lot healthier. Less is more.

Perry will just be a "new improved" diet decaf Coke for the GOP. That's the brand he represents, whether the GOP admits it or not.

We need a second party. Republican and Democrat are merely different "brands" of the same product put forth by a party that goes by two names.

46 posted on 08/17/2014 5:48:37 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: RobbyS
They are already on Perry’s case.

this is going to blow up in the Dems face.

Perry is going to be the nominee and the next President.

47 posted on 08/17/2014 5:49:53 PM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: ¬ďWoe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: fatima

JEB! will be the GOP candidate and our next president. The fix is in.


48 posted on 08/17/2014 6:03:33 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: Dr. Thorne

None of them will be the next president. IT will be another marxist or no election at all. That is how they work.


49 posted on 08/17/2014 6:20:32 PM PDT by Deathtomarxists (It walks up stairs all over in pairs it makes a whispering sound, its obama's stinky slinky)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah?


50 posted on 08/17/2014 6:26:34 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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