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Republican senators turning against their own in 2016
The Hill ^ | May 6, 2014 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 05/06/2014 5:01:09 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Fearful of a third successive Democratic triumph, concerned Senate Republicans are turning against 2016 presidential bids by upstart hopefuls within their own ranks.

In forceful comments to The Hill, GOP senators made it plain that they would much prefer their party nominate a current or former governor over Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Marco Rubio (Fla.) or Rand Paul (Ky.).

Those senators have created a buzz among conservative activists, but their colleagues in the upper chamber are eager to support a nominee from outside Washington with a record of attracting independents and centrist Democrats.

They worry that Washington has become so toxic that it could poison the chances of any nominee from Congress in 2016.

“I’m not saying people like Rand Paul and Rubio and Cruz — and there are probably 10 other senators who think they could be president — shouldn’t be president. I’m just saying I want to elect somebody, and everybody is so anti-Washington now that it might be better to have somebody that’s outside of Washington,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), one of the upper chamber’s most senior Republicans.

Grassley said his views could change after the midterm elections, but he also noted that Congress’s approval rating now stands at 13 percent.

“But I wonder if it’s even 13 because I went around Iowa to 14 counties during Easter and I didn’t find one person who approved of Congress,” he said.

Worry that the party might be heading toward nominating a lawmaker with scant chance of winning the general election comes as the hopes of Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.), who had been seen as a strong candidate, are at least temporarily eclipsed by scandal.

And history suggests bids from the Senate face structural problems. Only 16 senators have gone on to become commander in chief, including President Obama, who defeated Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008. So, it’s not surprising that officials in both parties have long preferred governors to sitting members of Congress. Yet, the emphasis is greater this time around on the GOP side.

Part of the reason is that the political stocks of Paul and Cruz, who have made enemies quickly in the GOP establishment, have risen as Christie’s has sunk.

Republicans say the bottom line is their pick for 2016 has to beat Hillary Clinton, who left the Senate to become Obama’s secretary of State.

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) said Cruz became a hero among conservatives for making a stand against ObamaCare during last year’s government shutdown but that this might hurt him among swing voters in a general election.

“I’ve always said about Ted or whomever: Can you broaden the base? Can you appeal to that Republican or Democrat out there who says, ‘I want a president who can govern, who can start fixing the problems?’

“Whether it’s Ted or Marco or whoever, they have to be able to close the deal. They have to be able to make the case that, ‘I can do it — I can literally lead this government,’ ” he said.

Republican strategists say lawmakers are uncomfortable with the prospect of nominating a standard-bearer in 2016 whom Democrats can attack as having little practical experience running a large enterprise.

“Senators make uniquely dreadful candidates,” said Rich Galen, who served as a senior adviser to former Sen. Fred Thompson’s (R-Tenn.) 2008 presidential campaign.

“Senators spend their entire day debating if a semicolon should be a comma. Governors have to run very complex organizations, and they know how to do it,” he said.

Galen said of the three Republican senators angling for the White House, Cruz would have the toughest time broadening the party’s base.

“What you don’t need in the White House is somebody who is so horribly dogmatic,” he said.

If Paul decides to run for president in 2016, he is likely to spark strong opposition from the national security and big-business wings of the party.

Republican senators say McCain, a respected voice in the GOP conference, privately advocated against former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) during the 2012 GOP primary, arguing at the time that he was unelectable.

More than two years out from Election Day 2016, fellow senators say Paul, Cruz and Rubio are not likely to give them their best chance to recapture the White House.

“I don’t think you have to be a governor, but they have an executive position, and it’s easier to make the transition,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said.

“If you talk about the top tier, you’re talking about Christie, Bush, Walker and the governor of Louisiana,” he added in reference to the New Jersey governor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) expressed concern that sitting senators would have to defend their voting records on a myriad of controversial issues, a liability governors don’t have.

“Traditionally, it has been better to nominate a governor,” he said. “It’s easier to tag a sitting senator with votes they’ve already taken. It’s not so easy to do that with a governor.”

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said governors historically have made strong candidates.

“I kind of look at the way history has played out. Governors have the executive experience that’s necessary,” he said. “They have the experience to move the ball forward.”

The last time a Republican senator won election directly to the White House was in 1920, when Warren Harding of Ohio captured the nomination.

Heller said voters often prefer governors because they are seen as more pragmatic: “If you have to lead [a state], you’re less partisan.”

Ford O’Connell, who worked on McCain’s 2008 campaign, said a governor can run against Washington as well as his party’s own establishment, an attractive possibility when the GOP’s brand fairs poorly with important electoral blocs, such as Hispanics.

“They recognize the key to winning is demonstrating to voters the value of governing competence over governing ideologically,” he said of Senate Republicans’ preference for nominating a governor who can “run on their own brand versus the party’s brand.”

He argued that the spate of attacks on Christie shows Democratic strategists are much more concerned about him than Paul, Cruz or Rubio.

Ron Kaufman, who served as a senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, said GOP senators aren’t eschewing their colleagues because of personal animosity but simply because “people in Washington realize Washington’s image is so tarnished and broken.”

The last three senators the GOP nominated for president, McCain, former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and former Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), all lost by more than 190 electoral votes and by an average of 282 electoral votes. Richard Nixon served as a senator from California but was subsequently elected vice president under Dwight Eisenhower.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016; 2016election; cluelesssenlosers; conservatism; gope; teaparty; uniparty
Ha! The most deliberative body needs to stick its head out the window and get a clear look at the public mood; it isn't Obama-lite.
1 posted on 05/06/2014 5:01:09 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; RKBA Democrat; xzins; who knows what evil?; TADSLOS; Norm Lenhart; GeronL; ...

Uniparty Ping!


2 posted on 05/06/2014 5:02:58 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The RINO are already at work for their DemoRat overlords.


3 posted on 05/06/2014 5:06:23 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The GOP-E isn't going to win any democrat votes, but they can lose conservative votes by running a liberal.

/johnny

4 posted on 05/06/2014 5:07:08 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This article relies on the premise that Cruz isn’t anti-Washington enough.


5 posted on 05/06/2014 5:13:22 AM PDT by Freeping Since 2001
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Must be getting closer to POTUS election than I thought. The McCain/Romney/Dole RINO faction is already starting their "Get in line or we will be destroyed" speeches.
6 posted on 05/06/2014 5:16:35 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Oh Heck lets just run Mitt again. :-)


7 posted on 05/06/2014 5:16:37 AM 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: Cincinatus' Wife

I no longer support Rand Paul at all. It would be like running Mitch McConnell for the presidency.

Marco Rubio made a mistake on amnesty. He withdrew his support for the comprehensive, compromise amnesty bill. I’m willing to give him another chance. My concern with Rubio is his relative youth and inexperience.

Ted Cruz is by far my favorite. He’s right on every issue important to me. Again, however, my concern with Cruz is his relative youth and inexperience. That was no issue with the democrats supporting Obama, so I will support Cruz to the hilt. However, being honest, I will admit that one of the issues for me with Obama (relatively minor compared to his communist belief system) was his inexperience.

I will support Jeff Sessions of Alabama for the presidency for the same reason I support Cruz. He is not inexperienced. He is not running.

Of all the governors, Governor Perry of Texas is by far my favorite, he is right on God, Life, Self Defense, and small government. He has some amnesty ideas I don’t share.

Next would be Scott Walker of Wisconsin(?). He is wrong on amnesty.


8 posted on 05/06/2014 5:17:14 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All

misleading headline as the criminal liberal media starts a campaign to pick the GOP rep in 2016...the quotes say that prefer a Washington outsider who can govern- not that they hate Cruz or Rubio....there’s nothing wrong with that opinion...


9 posted on 05/06/2014 5:19:32 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: xzins
...Ted Cruz is by far my favorite. He’s right on every issue important to me. Again, however, my concern with Cruz is his relative youth and inexperience. That was no issue with the democrats supporting Obama, so I will support Cruz to the hilt. However, being honest, I will admit that one of the issues for me with Obama (relatively minor compared to his communist belief system) was his inexperience.

Experience won't help if you don't have good instincts and bedrock beliefs.

10 posted on 05/06/2014 5:22:17 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The usual GOP-E suspects.


11 posted on 05/06/2014 5:25:56 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
His experience is just different. For some reason, we now insist that they be a governor or experienced Congressman.

It wasn't always that way...

12 posted on 05/06/2014 5:34:03 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I’m just saying I want to elect somebody, and everybody is so anti-Washington now that it might be better to have somebody that’s outside of Washington,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), one of the upper chamber’s most senior Republicans.

Mike Pence and Scott Walker.

“If you talk about the top tier, you’re talking about Christie, Bush, Walker and the governor of Louisiana,”

Christie and Bush are losers. Walker I'd support. Jindal isn't my first choice, but I'd vote for him over Christie and Bush.

13 posted on 05/06/2014 5:34:49 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
They worry that Washington has become so toxic that it could poison the chances of any nominee from Congress in 2016.

The Democrats are probably going to nominate Hillary Clinton, the consumate Washington insider. So how could nominating someone from the Senate hurt the GOP by comparison?

14 posted on 05/06/2014 5:35:28 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Fearful of a third successive Democratic triumph, concerned Senate Republicans are turning against 2016 presidential bids by upstart hopefuls within their own ranks.

In forceful comments to The Hill, GOP senators made it plain that they would much prefer their party nominate a current or former governor over Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Marco Rubio (Fla.) or Rand Paul (Ky.). Those senators have created a buzz among conservative activists, but their colleagues in the upper chamber are eager to support a nominee from outside Washington with a record of attracting independents and centrist Democrats.


15 posted on 05/06/2014 5:43:08 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Fearful of a third successive Democratic triumph...

Take a good hard look around America. These last 6 years and what you see around you from just down the street out to the Ukraine are the result what the liberals and democrats call a "triumph." Yeah. Ready for a real change? Me too.

16 posted on 05/06/2014 5:48:40 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why do they (the RINOs quoted in the article) keep mentioning Rubio? Are they trying to rebuild his credibility with the base so he can be their “consolation” prize as the Veep candidate for Jeb?

Personally, I like the thought of a Scott Walker/Ted Cruz ticket.


17 posted on 05/06/2014 5:58:59 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: Darren McCarty

I still think the GOP needs to run a woman; especially if Hillary gets the nod from the DNC.

My favorites are Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina and Suzannah Martinez, Governor of New Mexico.


18 posted on 05/06/2014 6:01:50 AM PDT by catman67
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They are seeking the next designated loser


19 posted on 05/06/2014 6:02:19 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: xzins

Amnesty is a deal killer


20 posted on 05/06/2014 6:03:43 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: catman67
My favorites are Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina and Suzannah Martinez, Governor of New Mexico.

Nikki Haley's rabid anti-union position would kill any chance the GOP had of taking Michigan, Ohio, and probably Pennsylvania as well. There are still a lot of union and former union people there.

21 posted on 05/06/2014 6:04:43 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

GOPe can’t stand conservatism.

What’s new?


22 posted on 05/06/2014 6:14:14 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a Child Rapist and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: GeronL
Amnesty is a deal killer

My deal killer issues are: God, life, self-defense, small government.

My serious concern issues are: amnesty, national defense, foreign policy.

On anything having to do with immigration, I want before any discussion of anything else a single-focused bill that:

1. totally controls border with double fence, patrols, and hi tech sensors.

2. totally controls the coasts to the extent that the Coast Guard is able to do so with high tech intercept of small craft.

3. total control of our entire visa program.

Once that's done, we'll sit down and talk. Not before that's done.

However, I will not reject a candidate who is right on God, Life, self-defense, and small government but wrong on amnesty in favor of a candidate who is wrong on any one of those and right on amnesty.

23 posted on 05/06/2014 6:14:27 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) said Cruz became a hero among conservatives for making a stand against ObamaCare during last year’s government shutdown but that this might hurt him among swing voters in a general election.

“I’ve always said about Ted or whomever: Can you broaden the base? Can you appeal to that Republican or Democrat out there who says, ‘I want a president who can govern, who can start fixing the problems?’

“Whether it’s Ted or Marco or whoever, they have to be able to close the deal. They have to be able to make the case that, ‘I can do it — I can literally lead this government,’ ” he said.

Good Grief, Nebraska.


24 posted on 05/06/2014 6:19:53 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the TRUTH; speak without fear." (Glenn Beck))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“their colleagues in the upper chamber are eager to support a nominee from outside Washington with a record of attracting independents and centrist Democrats.”

Uh, like, maybe, Mitt Romney? He was from outside Washington, attracted independents, and came as close to attracting “centrist” Democrats (assuming there is such a thing) as anyone.

How did that work out?

Or maybe they’re thinking of Jebbie Bush or Doughnut Boy Cristie.

Yeah, that’s the ticket [for 8 years of the Hildebeast].


25 posted on 05/06/2014 6:31:40 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

““What you don’t need in the White House is somebody who is so horribly dogmatic,” [Galen] said.”

So Mr. Political Consultant Expert tells us someone like Obummer, a hardcore ideologue who is horribly dogmatic, cannot win. Leading one to infer that a squish, like Romney or McCain, can win?

Brilliant.


26 posted on 05/06/2014 6:37:00 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
everybody is so anti-Washington now that it might be better to have somebody that’s outside of Washington,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley

Scott Walker would be good to him?- How about Florida governor Rick Scott?

Florida would be nice to have in the electoral bag.

27 posted on 05/06/2014 6:39:41 AM PDT by bill1952 (taxes don't hurt the rich, they keep YOU from becoming rich.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Its just too easy to see the liberal experiment failing almost everyone, especially their own. Nobama has done such a great job of screwing things up, I agree that regardless of who the GOP runs, a dem will not get a 3rd Term.

Just think a moment on what hitlery could run on, more wild liberal ideas? Nobama did so well, she will complete the destruction of America? Nobama failed to finish, she can?

I say if they stupidly run hitlery, even “Mama’s Boy” Jeb would beat her like a rented mule.


28 posted on 05/06/2014 6:39:46 AM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: DoodleDawg

Pennsylvania is a lost cause no matter what republican runs.


29 posted on 05/06/2014 6:41:28 AM PDT by bill1952 (taxes don't hurt the rich, they keep YOU from becoming rich.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The article quotes John McCain on who is electable? Bwhahahahahaha

Sounds like the Establishment RINOS are picking their loser already.


30 posted on 05/06/2014 6:46:27 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: God luvs America

I agree.


31 posted on 05/06/2014 6:54:39 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Galen said of the three Republican senators angling for the White House, Cruz would have the toughest time broadening the party’s base.

There are 90 million non-voters available in this country...could Cruz appeal to them?

32 posted on 05/06/2014 6:57:41 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Oh Heck lets just run Mitt again. :-)

Ann Coulter(sp) wants too.

33 posted on 05/06/2014 7:34:17 AM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Dole, Romney, McCain or some combination thereof. What could possibly go wrong?

Seriously, I know not whom the Republicans will nominate as their Presidential Candidate in 2016. But I suspect the Dems will nominate Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri.

34 posted on 05/06/2014 7:42:32 AM PDT by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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Is there a RINO list? (a serious list, no joke pictures)

a list with pictures accompanied by a office/job and short bio...

ie McCain’s picture followed by US senator (time in office and next election date) followed by a brief bio of RINO acts. Mccain supports amnesty, homosexual based marriage, likes Obama...


35 posted on 05/06/2014 7:48:13 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: JRandomFreeper

the faux attack on Christi is just to fool the rubes.

Christi has no chance outside the efete elitist NYC types zones.


36 posted on 05/06/2014 7:51:56 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Any individuals advocating a “moderate” (liberal) or at least a “status quo” Republican can just go pound sand. They have tried it their way three times now, insisting EACH TIME that only a moderate or status quo Republican can win.

And EACH TIME they have lost. Their record STINKS. And so does their credibility.

They care more about maintaining their position in power in the party more than winning. They are willing to support Democrats before they will support conservatives.

SO TO HELL WITH THEM. Their time is over. If not this election, then the next one, the process of purging them from the party leadership, and even the party itself, if they keep up their rotten ways, will eventually roll them over.

And they and all their big business multinational cronies will be out in the cold, as conservatives beat the Democrats up one side and down the other, no longer betrayed by RINO liberals.

And all the liberal schemes will fall, one after another.

This is because conservatives want America to succeed, not those who hate America or just want to profiteer from America.


37 posted on 05/06/2014 8:47:28 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: KC_Lion
THANKS for the ping -- a belated thanks for all of them, and thanks in advance for many more to come, God willing!

Cannot finish reading without targeting here this exemplary Einstein-insanity mindset:

Republicans say the bottom line is their pick for 2016 has to beat Hillary Clinton ...

Such Republicans are strategizing out of fear of losing. Such Republicans are forming Republican expectations based solely on Democrat threats. Such Republicans are laying themselves wide open to wholesale manipulation by Democrats.

Such Republican colleagues in the upper chamber ... eager to support a nominee from outside Washington with a record of attracting independents and centrist Democrats a) mistake said indies and "centrist Democrats" as leaning in the opposite direction and b) count on them to vote "against" the Democrat.

Americans want a candidate who has a destination, a mission, something they can vote FOR. Both Democrat and Republican parties in 2012 had presidential candidates whom many party-loyal Republicans and Democrats, voted "for" solely and grudgingly as a means to vote against the other party.

2016 is time. Time for a 2nd Party, the party whose destination is to dismantle government tyranny, 2nd Amendment Party, as the Second Amendment unites scads of Americans both left and right on the bottom line.

38 posted on 05/06/2014 10:02:36 AM 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: Cincinatus' Wife
“I’ve always said about Ted or whomever: Can you broaden the base? Can you appeal to that Republican or Democrat out there who says, ‘I want a president who can govern, who can start fixing the problems?’ "

Hey Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) -- to win on the ground in real votes as far as the candidate able to "start fixing the problems", you have to appeal to the nearly two in three AMERICANS out there who say, "I want a president who will start dismantling all this government crap that is killing freedom."

Government is a force. It has been seized by a minority and is being used over a majority. The majority wants to vote FOR politicians who will stop volunteering taxpayers' money to pay for junk most Americans hate. THAT is the "problem fix" that most Americans want; the ones who want continued government charity and oversight of health care and education are a minority that happens to dominate to an insane degree the national media.

39 posted on 05/06/2014 10:16:17 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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Ron Kaufman, who served as a senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, said GOP senators aren’t eschewing their colleagues because of personal animosity but simply because “people in Washington realize Washington’s image is so tarnished and broken.”

Gosh ... why? How did it get that way?

These guy are all in la-la land.

40 posted on 05/06/2014 10:21:45 AM 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: donozark
Seriously, I know not whom the Republicans will nominate as their Presidential Candidate in 2016. But I suspect the Dems will nominate Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri.

I recall 2007, when the clarion call was "Anybody but Hillary! The nominee has to be one to beat Hillary!" And the Dems nominated from out of nowhere this dweeb Barack Obama.

41 posted on 05/06/2014 10:28:51 AM 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: DoodleDawg
Nikki Haley's rabid anti-union position would kill any chance

Then Scott Walker would do even worse, right?

42 posted on 05/06/2014 12:00:48 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: txrangerette
‘I want a president who can govern, who can start fixing the problems?’

Maybe the Senator really wants a king, just a different flavor?

43 posted on 05/06/2014 12:02:53 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: itsahoot
Then Scott Walker would do even worse, right?

He hasn't been as vocal about it and has limited his efforts against public sector unions. Haley has attacked private sector unions.

44 posted on 05/06/2014 1:08:19 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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