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Primary 2012: By the Pricking of my Thumbs

SpeakerSpeaker Registered User regular
edited May 2011 in Debate and/or Discourse
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  • SpeakerSpeaker Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Predictions:

    Mitt Romney - Speaker, WWmain00, Hachface, lonelyahava, Yougottawanna, rndmhero, Jakorian, Space Coyote,
    Mike Huckabee - Dojango, CommunistCow, Gosling, Zython, Styrofoam Sammich, Burtletoy
    Sarah Palin - Lord Yod, enlightenedbum, Thanatos, Pi-r8, DoctorArch, Octoparrot
    Marc Rubio - Holyyakker
    Haley Barbour - Optimus Zed, sterling3763
    Chris Christie - Brian Krakow, Bacardi,
    Santorum - Quid
    Alan Keyes - Coinage
    John Boehner - MyDcmbr
    Ron Paul - gtrmp, Tastyfish
    Mitch Daniels - iTunesIsEvil
    Rick Perry - AngelHedgie
    Donald Trump - Override367, Jokerman
    Newt Gingrich - Rockrnger
    Tim Pawlenty - Cervetus, Captain Ultra
    Michelle Bachman - Taramoor

    Being walkers with the dawn and morning,
    Walkers with the sun and morning, we are not afraid of night,
    Nor days of gloom, nor darkness -
    Being walkers with the sun and morning.
  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Primary 2012: The national A/B test

  • devCharlesdevCharles Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    So Donald Trump only knows things like Ball and Good.
    Spoiler:

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  • SpeakerSpeaker Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    The time for talking is over.

    Being walkers with the dawn and morning,
    Walkers with the sun and morning, we are not afraid of night,
    Nor days of gloom, nor darkness -
    Being walkers with the sun and morning.
  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Can I get the bonus prediction that Trump will not run through the next scheduled run of Celebrity Apprentice and Bristol Palin will be one of the contestants on that run?

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    Loose: about to slip, to release (Ex: "That knot is loose." "Loose arrows.")
  • TastyfishTastyfish Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Put me down for Ron Paul.

    I reckon he's got enough crazy to get the crazy people, a large internet following to provide stuff for lazy journalists to dig up whilst being enough towards the saner side to balance out the crazy once everyone else has torn each apart. Some sort of McCain 2.0. Trump will try to copy Palin I think, and move himself more towards being a media celebrity.

    Plus I think the real front runners (Romney and Huckabee) will wait this one out to get the crazy out of the system, and they try properly next time. I'm probably wrong though.

  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Trump is supposedly either going to announce or renounce his candidacy on the season finale of that "You're Fired" show. Because that seems like a respectable venue for that sort of an announcement.

    I'd also like to change my prediction, because Haley Barbour is basically fucked at this point. I'm gonna put one down on the Trumpmeister, with an option to Romney if he drops out early.

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  • SpeakerSpeaker Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    You can't change your prediction. That defeats the point.

    Hand Banana would never change his prediction.

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    Walkers with the sun and morning, we are not afraid of night,
    Nor days of gloom, nor darkness -
    Being walkers with the sun and morning.
  • JokermanJokerman Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Hand Banana's default position is rape....

    And declaring bankruptcy.

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  • override367override367 Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm predicting Donald Trump, because why not

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  • JokermanJokerman Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm going to wager on trump too because after 2008, i realized the GOP will run just about anybody.

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  • Apothe0sisApothe0sis Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    The politics of failure have failed!

    (I'm voting for Kodos).

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  • DrakeonDrakeon Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Tastyfish wrote: »
    Put me down for Ron Paul.

    I reckon he's got enough crazy to get the crazy people, a large internet following to provide stuff for lazy journalists to dig up whilst being enough towards the saner side to balance out the crazy once everyone else has torn each apart. Some sort of McCain 2.0. Trump will try to copy Palin I think, and move himself more towards being a media celebrity.

    Plus I think the real front runners (Romney and Huckabee) will wait this one out to get the crazy out of the system, and they try properly next time. I'm probably wrong though.

    Romney will be too old in 2016, not sure about Huckabee, but he will be so far removed from an actual elected term by then that I doubt hed wait again.

    More importantly, what makes any of you think the Republicans will be less crazy by 2016? I mean, I'd hope they were, but if 2008-2011 has taught me anything, it's that republicans love to double down on crazy.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/trump-bill-ayers-wrote-obamas-book-video.php?ref=fpb
    "Look, he was born 'Barry Soetero.' Somewhere along the line, he changed his name," said Trump -- referring to the surname of Obama's mother's second husband, Lolo Soetoro, whom she married four years after Obama was born. "I heard he had terrible marks, and he ends up in Harvard. He wrote a book that was better than Ernest Hemingway, but the second book was written by an average person."

    "You suspect Bill Ayers?" said Hannity.

    "I said, Bill Ayers wrote the book," Trump replied.

    Trump also added during the discussion: "He was best friends with Bill Ayers. Bill Ayers was a super-genius. And a lot of people have said he wrote the book. Well recently, as you know last week, Bill Ayers came out and said he did write the book."

    "Barack Obama wouldn't be president -- and, you know, I wrote many best sellers, and also, number one bestsellers including The Art of the Deal. So I know something about writing. And I want to tell you, the guy that wrote the first book didn't write the second book [The Audacity of Hope]. Obama made a big mistake when he wrote the second book. Because the second book was not Ernest Hemingway, it was about 37 classes below. So, the first book is Ernest Hemingway-plus. The second book was written by somebody that was much more average."
    I like how writing a best seller means that he knows how to write well. I can't wait for the course on writing by Snooki.

  • ClevingerClevinger Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Didn't know Trump was such a big fan of Ayers.

  • ForarForar #432 Already prepping for Toronto Fan Expo!Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm not sure what I'm more excited for; the Republican primary, or Colbert's Super PAC's pending commercials.

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  • big lbig l Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I am really rooting for a Ru Paul/Ron Paul ticket but as is my money is on T-Paw. Romney is unpopular with the base, Barbour is a Southern caricature, Palin and Trump are obviously practical jokes being played on America for the purpose of getting publicity for their respective media empires. Daniels isn't running, Rubio will be a contenda in 2016 but not yet, and Huckabee hasn't lost weight. If Huck had gone on a diet again I could see him getting the nom but the fact that he hasn't dieted I think shows he'd rather stay on Fox News. Process of elimination leaves T-Paw.

  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Bridge says no.

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    Loose: about to slip, to release (Ex: "That knot is loose." "Loose arrows.")
  • big lbig l Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Bridge says no.

    Which is more of a disqualifier? Bridge, Romneycare, Huck being fat, everything about Palin/Trump, Barbour being Boss Hogg? Every Republican candidate has at least one reason why not them - I think T-Paw's is the weakest disqualifier. Bridge was a week's newscycle and it was years ago. The American Society of Civil Engineers comes out with that report every single year that gives our infrastructure a D+ or whatever and nobody seems to worry much. I hope bridge becomes an issue because I have a boner for infrastructure improvements and would love to see Dems coming out in favor of them but I just don't see it resonating that much, especially among Republican primary voters.

  • ElJeffeElJeffe Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited April 2011
    As much as I would love to see Palin or Trump or Paul take the primary, ain't no fuckin way.

    If the Pubs were smart, they would go with something like a Huck/Romney mash up. Huck's got the folksy demeanor and the social issue cred, and Romney has the shark-like business acumen to give the ticket some economic chops.

    I'mma go with Romney, though. This election will be all about the economy, and there aren't many candidates up there that combine strong economic understanding with not being a complete nutter.

    The GOP really needs a McCain. Someone who is insider-y enough to convey experience while maintaining that air of I'm-My-Own-Person (even if it's completely full of shit). The people clamor for a Palin or a Trump, but they don't really want a Palin or a Trump. They want a McCain that can talk like a Palin. And the closest they've got is a Romney, who can look presidential and yet show his hip, edgy side by inquiring as to who let the dogs out.

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  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Yeah, I think it'll be some combination of Huck/Rommey in a conservative reprise of the Kerry/Edwards milquetoast-off in 2004.

    Everyone is else either unknown, compromised or hated by the republican establishment (or some combination.) I don't think McCain would win the primary again even if he decided to run; too old, not particularly loved by the corporate/fundraising side, and pretty limited as a speechmaker/campaigner.

    If I were going to bet a longshot I'd bet Rick Perry. Relatively charismatic, can somewhat credibly run under the "outsider" mantle, and would probably capture the tea party side of the republican electorate if matched against huck/rommey.

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  • Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA
    edited April 2011
    ElJeffe wrote: »
    As much as I would love to see Palin or Trump or Paul take the primary, ain't no fuckin way.

    If the Pubs were smart, they would go with something like a Huck/Romney mash up. Huck's got the folksy demeanor and the social issue cred, and Romney has the shark-like business acumen to give the ticket some economic chops.

    I'mma go with Romney, though. This election will be all about the economy, and there aren't many candidates up there that combine strong economic understanding with not being a complete nutter.

    The GOP really needs a McCain. Someone who is insider-y enough to convey experience while maintaining that air of I'm-My-Own-Person (even if it's completely full of shit). The people clamor for a Palin or a Trump, but they don't really want a Palin or a Trump. They want a McCain that can talk like a Palin. And the closest they've got is a Romney, who can look presidential and yet show his hip, edgy side by inquiring as to who let the dogs out.

    I think it'll definitely be between the two of them, but I can't foresee the crazies allowing anybody saner than Huckabee, economy or no. I figure it'll be Huckabee, and he'll pick Romney as VP to shore up the independents.

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  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm thinking either Huckabee or Romney.

    Probably Huckabee, as he polls somewhat well against Obama and can survive a primary. Romney's war chest is impressive though, and he certainly can drag moderates away from Obama.

    But me down for Huckleberry and I'll see how I feel in the morning.

    I'm honestly surprised that many people think Palin is going to get it. I doubt she'll even run.

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  • ZythonZython Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Put me down for Huckabee. He's got that balance of crazy and not-so-crazy to pass the GOP primary test.

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  • Saint MadnessSaint Madness Registered User
    edited April 2011
    Zython wrote: »
    Put me down for Huckabee. He's got that balance of crazy and not-so-crazy to pass the GOP primary test.

    This depresses me.

  • rockrngerrockrnger Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Put me down for Newt.

    Throw back to a better time. Check.
    Old white guy. Check.
    Angry. Check.

    He is what would happen if you made the Republican Party into a man.

  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Huckabee/Romney has a lot of pinko in it.

    I just don't see anything like that making it out of a Tea Party dominated primary.

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  • Saint MadnessSaint Madness Registered User
    edited April 2011
    rockrnger wrote: »
    Put me down for Newt.

    Throw back to a better time. Check.
    Old white guy. Check.
    Angry. Check.

    He is what would happen if you made the Republican Party into a man.

    Wouldn't his rampant adultery and ethics violations come back to bite him?

  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic I've Done Worse Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Wouldn't his rampant adultery and ethics violations come back to bite him?
    Oh no, what he was really lusting after was Liberty, so it's all okay now.

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  • rockrngerrockrnger Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    rockrnger wrote: »
    Put me down for Newt.

    Throw back to a better time. Check.
    Old white guy. Check.
    Angry. Check.

    He is what would happen if you made the Republican Party into a man.

    Wouldn't his rampant adultery and ethics violations come back to bite him?

    He made a mistake.
    Why won't you leave his personal life alone.
    You only bring it up because your socialist policies have failed.
    Families are off limits.

  • seabassseabass Doctor MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    rockrnger wrote: »
    rockrnger wrote: »
    Put me down for Newt.

    Throw back to a better time. Check.
    Old white guy. Check.
    Angry. Check.

    He is what would happen if you made the Republican Party into a man.

    Wouldn't his rampant adultery and ethics violations come back to bite him?

    He made a mistake.
    Why won't you leave his personal life alone.
    You only bring it up because your socialist policies have failed.
    Families are off limits.

    What about his history with prescription drug abuse?

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  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    Huckabee/Romney has a lot of pinko in it.

    I just don't see anything like that making it out of a Tea Party dominated primary.

    The tea party likes huckabee okay, don't they?

    Also, we're due for the more rational end of the party to reassert itself.

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  • iTunesIsEviliTunesIsEvil Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    seabass wrote: »
    rockrnger wrote: »
    rockrnger wrote: »
    Put me down for Newt.

    Throw back to a better time. Check.
    Old white guy. Check.
    Angry. Check.

    He is what would happen if you made the Republican Party into a man.

    Wouldn't his rampant adultery and ethics violations come back to bite him?

    He made a mistake.
    Why won't you leave his personal life alone.
    You only bring it up because your socialist policies have failed.

    Families are off limits.

    What about his history with prescription drug abuse?
    Please refer to lines 1 through 3.

  • sterling3763sterling3763 Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Haley Barbour is my dream candidate in the way that Palin or Trump is for others.

    My actual prediction? Pawlenty. He's decent at fundraising, he's been hiring the right staff and he's in full pander mode to the Tea Party. Yeah, he supported cap and trade and a bridge collapsed on his watch, but Fox and most conservative blogs are already carrying water for him on these issues.

    Mostly because he's taking crazy stands. He's said we shouldn't raise the debt sealing. That we should defund the DADT repeal. He thought last week's budget deal was insufficient before the CBO and others started poking holes in it. He will unequivocally state that BHO was born in the US and that birtherism shouldn't be an issue, but he'll make jokes about it at Tea Party rallies.

    Basically, he's swung hard right for the primaries and will then pivot to his "sam's club republican "-shtick/"I'm just an average joe" approach during the general. "I was a blue state governor. You can trust me."

    The dude's positioning himself to be everyone's second choice, the consensus candidate once we rule out the more obvious frontrunners (Romney [because of healthcare], Palin [because she can't win], Huckabee and Trump [because they won't run]).

  • Saint MadnessSaint Madness Registered User
    edited April 2011
    Wouldn't his rampant adultery and ethics violations come back to bite him?
    Oh no, what he was really lusting after was Liberty, so it's all okay now.

    You might be joking.

    But he actually said that.

  • MyDcmbrMyDcmbr Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I am sticking with Boehner.

    I figure he is either going to run for Pres, or lose Speaker of the House due to the Tea Party.

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  • ZythonZython Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Zython wrote: »
    Put me down for Huckabee. He's got that balance of crazy and not-so-crazy to pass the GOP primary test.

    This depresses me.

    Is something wrong with my analysis, or are you depressed as that's what the GOP's come to?

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  • Saint MadnessSaint Madness Registered User
    edited April 2011
    Zython wrote: »
    Zython wrote: »
    Put me down for Huckabee. He's got that balance of crazy and not-so-crazy to pass the GOP primary test.

    This depresses me.

    Is something wrong with my analysis, or are you depressed as that's what the GOP's come to?

    The 2nd one, your analysis is probably right.

  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Parental Unit RemulakRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm sort of livid about something today. I came in to church this morning and the Buffalo Gap Round Up was laying inside our sanctuary, freely available for anybody to take. We are endorsing this piece of absolute and utter garbage now with our advertising dollars.

    Here's an excerpt from the front page! I hope you enjoy it exactly as much as I did! (not at all)
    Obama Must Go!

    Since taking office the Obama administration has done more to destroy this country than any evil empire, including Nazi Germany, Japan, Russia and all the insane Islamic forces combined. Perhaps all he has done is not by evil design, however the results are the same.

    Prior to being inaugurated on January 20, 2009 as the 44th president of the United States he began a crusade of convincing the world that we were facing a disastrous financial meltdown. He repeatedly attacked and viciously undermined all the Bush administration's attempts to respond to the economic slowdown that the country was facing during the campaign.

    He refused to recognize that both houses of congress were controlled by his party and neglected to assign any responsibility to either Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House or to Harry Reid, majority leader of the senate who were fighting slongside him in undermining President Bush. Together with a willing and powerful liberal media he was successful in manipulating the public opinion against the Republican Party and President Bush in particular. His campaign engaged in every low political trick ever conceived by any party -- including election tampering by his former partners in ACORN, Race Baiting, union unrest, gay issues, religious bias and societal differences just to mention a few.

    Making things worse, the Republican party party nominated -- for the second failed time -- an old war hero that although being honorable was not very popular even within his own party. Together with an armada of energized black voters, fervent union members, joyous gays and determined liberals, Obama and a willingly obsessed Democratic congress swept into office with an outstanding majority of the votes.

    Upon assuming office, we immediately saw our economic situation begin to deteriorate at an alarming rate. Obama sold the idea to his congress that a stimulus program of over seven hundred billion dollars was needed to keep unemployment from climbing above 8.5%. The stimulus program didn't work and the public still doesn't know where the money went. Then Obama and his congress went on to pass a health care law that by all accounts will destroy the finest health care system in the world and bankrupt the country in the process. Do I need to mention the buyout of the automobile industries that will never return all the money that was given them or the special concessions given to his union buddies?

    Two years of unrestrained domination of both this country's executive and legislative branches left us with a more than 14 TRILLION dollar debt, a government controlled health care system, a severely crippled energy program for having stopped all drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and refusing to allow drilling where known sources exist, a porous and volatile border with drug cartels indiscriminately killing innocent citizens while the US Attorney General is suing the state of Arizona for trying to protect its citizens, an expensive "Alternate (GREEN) Energy" policy that is totally ineffective, a foreign policy of apologizing to every country in the world for us being such a bad country and in so doing showing a weakness that many perceive as an invitation to do us harm. Obama has even stated that; "We will not use nuclear weapons on any country unless they use them first." That's like telling a criminal that you have a big gun but won't use it unless he shoots you first.

    Today we have a president that has, after several weeks delay, led us into another military engagement, this time in Libya. He has stated several times that the mission was for the purpose of protecting the citizens of Libya from the Crazed (sic) tyrant, Moammar Gadhafi. Obama has said that Gadhafi must go from power, however he made it clear that this operation was not to remove Gadhafi from power. Either there is a second operation to remove Gadhafi or there is a new strategic tactic yet to be revealed. The most troubling statement Obama has made is that he is planning to turn over command and control of the Libyan operation to some other country but he cannot say which country that might be.

    (next section really is in all caps, I'm not doing this for emphasis)

    THIS ACTION HAS BECOME THE LAST STRAW IN THE LONG LINE OF STUPID, IMMATURE, AND IDIOTIC THINGS THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE.

    Our country cannot withstand another twenty months of this Community Organizer destroying all that makes this country so great. It is now time for us to demand that he resign his office or face impeachment for being unfit to serve as President.

    This thing was in our church. Time for me to start looking for another job.

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  • Saint MadnessSaint Madness Registered User
    edited April 2011
    Obama has even stated that; "We will not use nuclear weapons on any country unless they use them first." That's like telling a criminal that you have a big gun but won't use it unless he shoots you first.

    Ow, my brain.

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