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10 GOP Endorsements That Still Matter in 2012ís Presidential Election
Daily Beast ^ | Dec 8, 2011 | John Avalon

Posted on 12/08/2011 1:37:59 PM PST by presidio9

Did Dan Quayle’s endorsement help Mitt Romney’s campaign?

Probably not. But just because that bland, punch-line-ready pairing seemed like a sad response to plummeting poll numbers doesn’t mean endorsements don’t matter.

Caucuses and primaries can come down to a few hundred votes, and the right endorsement at the right time can make a pivotal difference, providing a local boost, balancing negative perceptions, or rallying the base.

The fault lines in this GOP primary—now between Newt Gingrich and Romney, with Ron Paul rounding out the winner’s circle—follow the divisions between establishment and insurgent conservatives that have defined the GOP for decades.

To date, Romney has rounded up the most endorsements by far: three governors, including Chris Christie, six senators, and 40 members of Congress. But even support from the smart money can’t buy you love, as Mitt’s poll numbers have fallen in states like Florida just days after receiving supposedly influential local endorsements.

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The 10: (commentary deleted)

1. Sarah Palin 2. Jeb Bush 3. Terry Branstad 4. Marco Rubio 5. Jim DeMint 6. John McCain 7. Nikki Haley 8. Rudy Giuliani 9. Herman Cain 10. Rick Scott

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Contrary to whay people are saying here on FR, some of these people definitely jump in with an endorsement. The most likely are people who want or could benefit from a cabinet position. If Gingrich wins Iowa and SC, and does well in NH, look for Palin & Cain to get behind him soon after. Neither will endorse Romney before he gets the nomination. Giuliani will get behind whichever candidate becomes a forgone conclusion.
1 posted on 12/08/2011 1:38:03 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Same results as your WAG, http://8ball.tridelphia.net/


2 posted on 12/08/2011 1:41:22 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters)
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To: presidio9

If you listen to Sarah’s interview last night with Eric Bolling, it appears she’s not going to endorse anyone anytime now or later. She was pretty fired up against them in general


3 posted on 12/08/2011 1:44:57 PM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: presidio9

Looking at the ten names, they just automatically fell into three categories that made me think of the old Clint Eastwood film - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.


4 posted on 12/08/2011 1:45:10 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: org.whodat

Just so you know, your link does not include whatever childish question I’m assuming you asked the Magic 8-Ball.


5 posted on 12/08/2011 1:45:10 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

Your truth has wisdom!


6 posted on 12/08/2011 1:46:01 PM PST by Jukeman (Texas Guy born and bred and proud of it.)
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To: Bigtigermike

About a week ago, she was hinting to Hannity that she was supporting Santorum.


7 posted on 12/08/2011 1:51:06 PM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: bassmaner

I think Gov. Palin is supporting a brokered convention with a Romney holding so few delegates that it’s the others fighting for his support, rather than the other way around. Last week it was Santorum, now she’s saying nice things about Ron Paul’s domestic positions. How does Alaska pick delegates? Is there a chance she’ll be there as an unpledged delegate from AK?


8 posted on 12/08/2011 2:01:26 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: bassmaner

She pumped Santorum up just like she pumped up Newt once and now she’s dumping on Mitt and Newt.


9 posted on 12/08/2011 2:08:24 PM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: presidio9

None of those endorsements would matter.

The only endorsement that could possibly move the needle would be RUSH. He could probably coalesce all of the anti-romney, no paul vote.

But he ain’t gonna so hopefully the electorate is smart enough to pick a conservative on their own.


10 posted on 12/08/2011 2:10:17 PM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: presidio9
So you are confirming that you are to dumb to use a magic 8 ball and therefore are winging it.
11 posted on 12/08/2011 3:29:00 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters)
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To: presidio9

John McCain and Rudy Giuliani? Give me a break. I didn’t like Rudy Giuliani when Rick Perry was telling us he was the best man to be President, and I don’t like him now and McCain needs to retire.


12 posted on 12/08/2011 3:39:52 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: presidio9

John McCain? Maybe to know who NOT to vote for...


13 posted on 12/08/2011 3:45:17 PM PST by SoJoCo
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To: wilco200

Endorsement from Terry Brandstad, governor of Iowa, is definitely important. He has a good network of republicans that really help the caucus meetings.


14 posted on 12/08/2011 4:00:24 PM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: cornfedcowboy

You are correct about Branstad.


15 posted on 12/08/2011 8:41:27 PM PST by MplsSteve (Amy Klobuchar is no moderate. She's Al Franken with a nicer smile.)
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To: presidio9

If they endorse:

1. Right to Life
2. NRA
3. Farm Bureau


16 posted on 12/08/2011 8:51:06 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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To: Bigtigermike; All
it appears she’s (Sarah Palin) not going to endorse anyone anytime now or later. She was pretty fired up against them in general
I love Sarah, but then, why in the hell didn't she run? It's easy to sit on the sidelines and be critical of the people out there every day fighting every demon from hell and the mainstream media. And Jim DeMint can shut his f**king mouth too as far as I'm concerned. He didn't have the balls to run
17 posted on 12/08/2011 9:16:16 PM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: presidio9
Rudy is a deal maker, he'll get behind either whomever makes him a good offer, or (if no one makes him any kind of offer, or any good one), then he'll endorse whomever he thinks is going to win.

Good offer being a cabinet position, v.p. slot, or something high up. He would make a good homeland sec, but to me, thats pretty much it.

18 posted on 12/08/2011 11:20:13 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: presidio9
I'd also make the argument, that a Tom Tancredo endorsement would be very very big for any candidate.

And, unless he already endorsed someone, I would think Scott Walker would be up there too, also, what about Dr. Dobson ?

19 posted on 12/08/2011 11:25:31 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: org.whodat
So you are confirming that you are to dumb to use a magic 8 ball and therefore are winging it.

I'm confirming that you are quite obviously too dumb to be posting here. I had a real magic 8 ball when I was 8 or 9 years old. It held my interest for about 15 minutes.

Perhaps the children's toy was unable to tell you this, but Herman Cain is no longer in the race. Time for you to pick a new candidate. If and when Cain picks one himself, it will very likely be Newt Gingrich. I didn't hear that from a toy. Run along, little troll.

20 posted on 12/09/2011 11:52:51 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Bigtigermike
Sarah Palin needs a bit more seasoning before anyone outside of her hard 10% base will take her seriously. She needs a cabinet position, or some time in the Senate to get there. You might not think so, be she does. It's the only reason she's not running right now. She can't be stupid, and endorse the wrong guy. And she won't be endorsing Romney. That would cut into her base. But if and when it becomes clear that Gingrich has a shot, she will throw her weight behind him in return for that spot in the admistration. It may lead to a bad taste in your mouth, but all politics is about comprimise.

If Gingrich gets elected without her, there is no upside to putting a cult-like figure in a spot where he is going to have to disagree with her occasionally and very possibly fire her eventually. She is smart enough to know that too.

21 posted on 12/09/2011 11:59:27 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: wilco200

Rush and people like him can’t risk actually picking against any one candidate who can win. If they did, they would sound like hypocrites defending them against Obama for six months. Between the lines, he has made his distaste for Romney clear enough.


22 posted on 12/10/2011 12:02:07 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks presidio9.
  1. Sarah Palin
  2. Jeb Bush
  3. Terry Branstad
  4. Marco Rubio
  5. Jim DeMint
  6. John McCain
  7. Nikki Haley
  8. Rudy Giuliani
  9. Herman Cain
  10. Rick Scott
Mitt's got his downline campaign loaded up -- after all, he's done nothing but run for President for six or seven years now, maybe longer. He's enjoyed watching (and maybe causing) the sudden crashes of other candidates after they'd been flying high, and only Newt is hard-nosed enough to not care what anyone knows about him or thinks about him or spreads rumors about him. I just don't want to see a bunch of whining this summer about how some nefarious, nebulous "them" in the Pubbie hierarchy engineered the Romney victory. If Romney gets the nomination, it will be because people voted for him more than they voted for others.

After sixteen years of FDR/Truman -- the same length of time Hannibal spent wrecking Italy, btw -- we got Eisenhower for eight years and the Warren Court.

Then we got hawkish taxcutter JFK (not often recounted that way around here), followed by LBJ, whose only talent was wheeling and dealing to score meaningless victories, such as his victory with the Tonkin Gulf Resolution.

In 1964 Goldwater was beaten badly, four years later Nixon -- who'd infamously retired from politics in 1962 -- won a narrow victory over LBJ's bitchy stevedore HHH. The margin of Nixon's victory was about as narrow as the margin of his defeat had been in 1960. As Erlichman once said, Nixon had wanted one thing, the Presidency, all his adult life, and when he finally had it in his hands, he dropped it on the floor and it broke. And around here, there's nonstop bitching about Nixon (and of course Ford) for various reasons real and bogus.

Then there was the narrow victory of Carter and four disastrous years. Carter also blamed his two predecessors as he ignored the very problems he'd (allegedly) inherited while creating more. There are still idiots I know who want him to have a second term. I look forward to the day I get to urinate on his grave, although I'd settle for his being blown to bits by jihadists over his (incompetent) involvement in the Camp David Accords.

From 1981 to 1989 we had Reagan, who had gabby David Stockman in his administration, got a JFK-like set of tax cuts, lost those tax cuts in the next Congress, and pulled us out of Lebanon with our tails between our legs after the jihadist bombings; but on the bright side remilitarized us, rebuilt the armed services, and pushed the USSR into receivership while simultaneously pushing Gorby to agree to nuclear disarmament with verification and shared missile defense. The federal deficits rose enormously under Reagan, but the economy took off; the bull market continued until the daytrader / tech bubble finally broke late in Slick's second term.

Next up was the elder Bush, who presided over the final breakup of the USSR, but like the good (transplanted) Texan that he was, and like Reagan before him, screwed Israel. This is another reason I vomit when I see "and yet Jews vote Democrat in every election" in half the topics on FR.

Thanks to everyone her who didn't think the elder Bush was quite good enough and/or thought Ross Perot was a great idea, and helped usher in eight years of Clinton. I look forward to urinating on the graves of both Clintons, I hope I can make just the one trip.

Have a great Sunday, all.


23 posted on 12/11/2011 7:18:48 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I would add that in 1976 Ford was the “establishment” GOP candidate, and Ronald Reagan was “his own worst enemy,” “didn’t appeal to independants,” “too radical,” and, of course, “couldn’t win.”


24 posted on 12/15/2011 4:26:18 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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