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  •  I'm eager to put your view to the test. (5+ / 0-)

    Bush will have Romney's problem: he can't get through the primaries without being crazy, and then he's got a solid record of crazy. You can't square that circle.  

    Oh, and my working assumption is that the country will be better and happier in 2016 than it was in 2012, which is why I voted for Obama.  The only reason GWB won in 2000 is that people believed things would be rosy forever more, and that it no longer mattered who the President was.  Nobody thinks that way anymore.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:19:37 AM PST

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    •  You can easily go broke overestimating (1+ / 0-)
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      the capacity for the American electorate to "think"....hope you're right, concerrned that I may be....I envision my 2017 sigline to be "Prescience sucks!"

      [clever idiom with snarky twist that elicits smirk and thoughtfulness]

      by PBJ Diddy on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:24:28 AM PST

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    •  Jeb will NOT have as much of Romney's problem (3+ / 0-)
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      Jeb will NOT have as much of Romney's problem, because (to elaborate on some of PBJ Diddy’s points):

      1.    Jeb’s Florida record is much more conservative than Romney’s Massachusetts record, so Jeb would have less to prove to many Republican primary voters.

      2.    Thus, Jeb will be able to get a lot more mileage out of dog whistling in place of creating “a solid [primary] record of crazy”.

      3.    Some Republican primary voters will have learned from Romney’s loss that they should accept dog whistles from their candidate for President, and perhaps be satisfied with putting a more full-blooded tea partier as a Vice Presidential candidate on a successful ticket.

      4.    Jeb and Rove will have learned from Romney’s “solid [primary] record of crazy” the importance of (a) not only clearing the field of other sane candidates, but (b) also sabotaging the crazies’ attempts to unite behind a single insane candidate (mainly by boosting a second insane candidate in each key primary).

      Of course any Republican in 2016 will have to overcome the likelihood that Hillary would have a better chance than Obama to attract older white swing voters, but Jeb is likely to be a smoother campaigner than Romney or McCain.

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