This thread is to talk about the upcoming 2012 (Republican) Presidential primary and things which will affect the Presidential election next November. Yes, that's 18 months away. We're obsessives.
Mitt Romney - Speaker, WWmain00, Hachface, lonelyahava, Yougottawanna, rndmhero, Jakorian, Space Coyote, ElJeffe, PantsB, Captain Carrot
Mike Huckabee - Dojango, CommunistCow, Gosling, Zython, Styrofoam Sammich, Burtletoy
Sarah Palin - Lord Yod, enlightenedbum, Thanatos, Pi-r8, DoctorArch, Octoparrot, TheBlackWind
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, Hedgethorn, Absalon
Michelle Bachman - Taramoor
Herman Cain - devCharles, SageinaRage, Tubular Luggage
Stephen Colbert - Bagginses
Your leader at the moment is Mitt "Mittens" Romney.
We remember him from the previous primary. He has a serious problem in the primary in that he supported an individual mandate for health care and signed such a thing into law in Massachusetts back when that was the orthodox Republican position. Sadly for him, Barack Obama now supports such a position, and is using it to "death hug
" him out of the race.
Also being "death hugged" is Jon Huntsman
, the former Governor of Utah and Obama's Ambassador to China until he recently resigned to pursue the Presidency. His positions have undergone a magic and radical shift to the right to accommodate the GOP. Used to be a climate change believe, not so much anymore. Thought the stimulus bill should have been something like 2/3 infrastructure when it was passed, now thinks it should be only tax cuts. Etc. Expect the Village to fall in love with him sometime in the next month.
Your probable key challenger to Romney's lead at the moment is Tim Pawlenty
. He's the former Governor of Minnesota and pretty boring. He seems to think he's telling bold truths and not just spouting off the GOP party line.
Other people participating:
Is a fucking loon. Congresswoman from Minnesota.
Is a joke. Google his name (not at work!) to see why. Dumbest Senator of the last 20 years, from Pennsylvania.
Is a black Republican. Good luck with that. Former KC Fed chair, CEO of Godfather's Pizza.
RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL. Congressman from Texas.
Ron Paulier. Former Governor of New Mexico.
Ugh. Former Speaker of the House from the DC cocktail circuit (by way of Georgia).
Not yet participating:
The elephant in the room. Former half-term Governor of Alaska, VP nominee. Dumb as a stone, has a persecution complex. Is a confusing combination of terrifying and awesome (Obama wins Texas against her, at the moment).
We'll get to him in a second.
Governor of Texas, supposedly dumber than the last Governor of Texas we elected to the White House.
Not participating at all:
Mike Huckabee! Terrifyingly charismatic douche, former Governor of Arkansas.
Mitch Daniels! Bush OMB Director, current Governor of Indiana.
Donald Trump! Self-promoter.
A variety of other people, but those are the three that were most frequently talked about.
So the big issue of the day is that the Democrats won a special election in NY-26 last night. The major issue was Paul Ryan's budget, which eliminates Medicare and replaces it with a voucher program for seniors (granted, called Medicare so it's totally unfair to say he wants to destroy Medicare). Which... is not a popular idea. Especially among seniors. Who are the Republican base. NY-26 delivered 74% of the vote to the Republican in 2010, 55% to the Republican in 2008, and was won by George Bush twice and John McCain. It even voted for Carl Paladino last year. The GOP and Crossroads (GPS) poured a ton of money into the district to try to save it, but failed.
Expect to see a LOT from Democrats on this issue. If Pelosi has her way, you can expect to see it literally every day until the election. So that'll be fun.