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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) speaks at a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Exeter, New Hampshire January 8, 2012.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Make way, Mitt. The 2016ers are in the house!
The Republican governors gathering for their annual meeting in Las Vegas might be pretending that 2016 isn't on their mind ...
Here in Las Vegas, the whispers of the 2016 campaign — fanned by a contingent of reporters always in search of the next race — were dismissed by some governors who were more eager to talk about policy than politics.

Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, who briefly explored a presidential bid in 1999, bristled when asked about the possibility of running. He told reporters: “You ever read Scripture? I’m worried about today. I’m not even worried about tomorrow.”

... but you can be damn sure that it is. Look no further than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who suddenly found the time in his schedule to attend a purely political gathering just two weeks after Hurricane Sandy battered his state:
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey held court with admirers as he took his first out-of-state trip since Hurricane Sandy eviscerated his state last month. He brushed aside questions from reporters, but his presence here underscored his eagerness to move beyond any bitterness among Republicans over his effusive praise of Mr. Obama in the days before the election
Also at the meeting: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (who made a splash in announcing Wisconsin would not set up an Obamacare exchange), Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (who defended the idea that the GOP shouldn't change), and Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (who took aim at Mitt Romney's gift comments). These guys aren't the only 2016 prospects—potentials candidates like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum weren't there. But take two or three of the governors, a couple of candidates from the second list, and then throw in one or two joke candidates like the second coming of Herman Cain and you can already start smelling the popcorn.

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  •  Yep! A whole new crop... (15+ / 0-)

    ...of crap for the Republican primary.

    Losers all.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:04:29 PM PST

    •  Great, now I already have visions (7+ / 0-)

      of these clowns lined up behind podiums for the next installment of GOP presidential debates.  Is it too early for popcorn?

      Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

      by winsock on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:25:25 PM PST

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      •  It's never too early for popcorn! n/t (5+ / 0-)

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:30:04 PM PST

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      •  Kasich is dreaming (5+ / 0-)

        if he thinks he has a chance at holding onto the governor's office in 2014, let alone running for the presidency. Ohio is lost to him. He has angered too many people with his bully tactics and bluster, his absolute inability to negotiate or even listen to opinions other than his, his tendency to talk past people, his bankrupting of local governments and public schools (while increasing state spending dramatically) leading to huge Kasich tax increases in the form of levies, his now-repealed by a 60-40 vote) on labor, his hated-across-the-idelogical spectrum idea of privatizing the turnpike (as well as prisons), his stealing the state liquor franchise to reward his cronies, his support for corrupt for-profit charter schools, and his encouragement of the voter suppression, ludicrous redistricting and full-scale attacks on women coming out of the legislature, the latter amped up to 11 this very week. Kasich doesn't just HAVE baggage — he IS baggage. He's gone in 2014.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

        by anastasia p on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:11:21 PM PST

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        •  I can probably think of more (1+ / 0-)
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          JeffW

          bad things about Kasich if you give me a few minutes. Or join the KasichWatch group which I hope to get more active once the election ends. (No, it's not over for me yet. I'm on the provisionals team in Ohio's biggest county).

          Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

          by anastasia p on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:16:58 PM PST

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    •  or start smelling the stench....... (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Christie is the only one of them (13+ / 0-)

    that didn't make me snicker, although he'd probably have a hard time getting past hugging Obama.  The rest are just as big a joke as McCain would be.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:04:32 PM PST

  •  What happens in Vegas, etc.... (1+ / 0-)
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    3goldens

    One can always hope, no?

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:04:32 PM PST

  •  Walker is the scariest (8+ / 0-)

    There is no conscience there.

  •  Scott Walker? 2016? (9+ / 0-)

    He'd better worry about 2014 first. Or maybe even 2013. Turns out he's kept one of his arrested flunkies from testifying against him by keeping her on the party's dole even after he found out that she was under investigation.

    Walker campaign, GOP hired county aide charged in John Doe probe

  •  I wonder how long it'll take Christie to start (1+ / 0-)
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    vidanto

    slamming Obama?

    •  not until he is re-elected (1+ / 0-)
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      ConfusedSkyes

      2016 is more about Obama than anything else. If the economy is back any democrat will win. Why go back to  the GOP after it took 8 years to undo the damage.
      Then again if things are still tough  the republicans may get their last shot at the presidency if they nominate someone sane.

      •  I don't think so. It seems to me (0+ / 0-)

        that there was a surplus when Bush got elected.  The economy was great.

        It's always the Democrats who get to clean up the mess after the republicans, and like Obama said, then they want the keys to the car back.


        The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

        by nupstateny on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:39:53 PM PST

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        •  W. inherited a recession from the (0+ / 0-)

          bursting of the tech bubble.  But of course he did exactly the wrong thing by blowing the surplus he also inherited on a tax cut that benefited, for the most part, the wealthy.  Every time fate handed him a decision, he made the wrong one.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:20:48 PM PST

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  •  This is the time they need to get their act (3+ / 0-)

    together.

    2016 will be wide open without an incumbent President.  Given the economy's continued refusal to light up, add in the present administration's seeming disinterest in how many people are able to make a living, and it could be a very good year to be a Republican.

    But not a 2010-2012 style Republican.

    This is a time to steal a page from the President's playbook and study a few former President's.  And that can get strange, because...

    Where Obama spent a fair amount of time channeling Ronald Reagan (approach to campaigns, charisma, etc -- not policy), Republicans really need to steal a book from President Clinton's playbook.  They need to embrace Democratic ideas when they are popular with the electorate and make sense for the country.  Then they need to pretend that's what they were about all along.  "Gosh, we sure are glad Democrats are finally ready to do the right thing.  We've been right here waiting for this day all along."

    Of course, it would help to have a candidate, but that part can wait a couple of years.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:09:49 PM PST

  •  depends who makes the biggest splash (1+ / 0-)
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    Also at the meeting: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (who made a splash in announcing Wisconsin would not set up an Obamacare exchange)
    New Jersey's portly political leader smelled a setup Friday when asked about America's favorite junk food.
    Gov. Chris Christie said he wasn't about to take the bait: a question dealing with that quintessential junk food, Twinkies.
    So when asked Friday at a news conference about Twinkies-maker Hostess shutting down, the target of many a fat joke begged off.
    The governor quipped: "I know it! You people are the worst! This is a setup! I am not answering questions on Twinkies, no, no, no, no, no, no. It's bad that I even said the word 'Twinkie' from behind this microphone."
    Christie has tried for years to lose weight and often jokes about his caloric struggles. He once likened his weight loss efforts to "throwing a couple deck chairs off of the Titanic."
    But Friday he said he wouldn't provide more fodder to comedians.
    "You know," he said, "I'm on 'Saturday Night Live' enough."

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:10:18 PM PST

  •  you can put (0+ / 0-)

    lipstick on that palin but it will take more makeup than that to make someone from the party of 1 per center's into a candidate acceptable to the 99 per center's, we were born at night but not last night.

  •  Where is Perry? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Zack from the SFV

    Maybe he doesn't need the Republican nomination to run for President of Texas....

  •  I love really stupid writing (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, ConfusedSkyes, 3goldens

    posing as journalism.  Same article:

    First , the officious clip:

    Here in Las Vegas, the whispers of the 2016 campaign — fanned by a contingent of reporters always in search of the next race . . . .
    followed by the "look, I'm just like the other reporters I just made fun of clip:
    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey held court with admirers as he took his first out-of-state trip since Hurricane Sandy eviscerated his state last month. . . . his presence here underscored his eagerness to move beyond any bitterness among Republicans over his effusive praise of Mr. Obama in the days before the election
    He was attending the Governor's Association meeting.  He is a governor.  If the GOP base remains the same -- which it will -- Christie as a snowball's chance in hell for getting past a primary.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:17:11 PM PST

    •  Why do you say that? Mitt Romney did it. (1+ / 0-)
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      3goldens

      All you need is the establishment and a few billionaires.

      •  Christie is more credible (1+ / 0-)
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        nupstateny

        than Romney.  When he states something, he stands by it.  He blasted the racists when he appointed a Muslim judge.  He is not a social issues neanderthal.  Romney got the nod because Huntsman was too sane and the rest were utter clowns.  Republicans can accept pathological liars.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:40:50 PM PST

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        •  I don't think we can expect the GOP (2+ / 0-)
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          vidanto, JanL

          to refight the last two elections. They're going to crack down on the crazies. It would be a mistake on our part to assume they wont make changes.

          •  politely disagree (1+ / 0-)
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            They need to find someone in their party who isn't crazy first before they can crack down on the crazies.  Remember Mitt Romney, the moderate (some even said liberal) non-crazy governor from Massachusetts?  The whole party is full of crazies.  

            "Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me--and I welcome their hatred." Franklin D. Roosevelt

            by djbender on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:03:52 PM PST

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          •  Who is going to crack down on the crazies? Who? (0+ / 0-)

            Fox News is going to become a crazy-free zone?  Conservatives will stop listening to Limbaugh and Hannity? The GOP will disown "the conservative entertainment complex" and the right-wing religious fanatics?  No fricking way.

            The GOP has not yet lost badly enough to change that much.  They still have the House and a lot of power in various states.  

            Save that prediction for sometime after an election year in which the Dems win both houses of congress, run the GOP out of the statehouses, and win the presidential election in as much of a rout as Nixon over McGovern.

            Please help to fight hunger with a donation to Feeding America.

            by MJB on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 10:40:14 PM PST

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      •  Christie's sin is crossing party lines. (2+ / 0-)
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        Zack from the SFV, Boise Grad

        Romney's sin was ideological flexibility.

        They can forgive flip-flops, sure, as long as, in the words of Kathryn Jean Lopez, a candidate is "loyal to the conservative movement."

        But look at Jon Huntsman.  He was an orthodox conservative, but working for Obama gave him the Kenyan Kooties.

        THAT is what they can't forgive, and that's what Christie has done.

        Art is the handmaid of human good.

        by joe from Lowell on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:41:01 PM PST

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        •  They'll move on from Obama, for sure. (1+ / 0-)
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          Egalitare

          This always happens. They wont refight the last two elections because we know how that turned out. We shouldn't expect them to stick with the same formula. That would be a mistake on our part.

          •  You're right (0+ / 0-)

            unless the Democrats nominate another Kenyan Socialist Marxist Communist.  

            Formula will be the same.  They will lie, lie, then lie some more.  

            "Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me--and I welcome their hatred." Franklin D. Roosevelt

            by djbender on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:06:22 PM PST

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  •  Jeb Bush - is he the one, this time around (4+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell, PatriciaVa, vidanto, cany

    He is the one I think is the most credible of the bunch, I hope for his sake Hillary runs!

  •  That look on Mitt's face (3+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell, dalearden1942, fou

    makes me think Christie should not drop the soap.

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:19:34 PM PST

  •  That's a decent looking bench. For now. (5+ / 0-)

    As for our side, unless Clinton runs its pretty slim pickins.

    O'Malley has got to make a national name for himself some sort of way. Cuomo might be a favorite of the New York media and Wall Street, but methinks he's gonna have a rough time of it in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

    As for Biden, I dunno. He's done this quite a few times and never seemed to be able to generate any passion and committment out there. Might be time for younger faces to post up against a youngish GOP squad.

    Who else we got out there?

    •  'm pretty sure Biden's thrown in the towel. (0+ / 0-)

      I always got the sense that he accepted the Vice-Presidency partially out of resignation that he would never be a President. I think Mr. Biden could do it, and do it well - but he's, for whatever reason, not got that spark that enflames passions for him.

      Plus, he's well past the 'freshness date', the notion that a politician usually only has about ...14? 17? years past the date they first achieve a national office to make it into the White House. The idea being that the longer someone stays in the national eye, the more defined they become, which means that they are easier to target with negative ads. It's not an ironclad rule, but it tends to be a pretty effective one.

      Not to mention, he'd be... what, 73 when 2016 rolls around? That's cutting it a bit close for my comfort honestly, a President Biden would be passing median life expectancy before he could go for a second term. (IIRC, it's 77.)

      Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

      by ConfusedSkyes on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:39:56 PM PST

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      •  Who else we got out there? Pretty slim pickins (0+ / 0-)

        in my view.

        •  Honestly, I think O'Malley, Patrick, Schweitzer (5+ / 0-)

          are all strong contenders, and I don't really feel like we have 'slim pickings' when it comes to our 2016 line-up. It's early yet.

          In 2004, no one knew who Barack Obama was if you weren't a political junkie.

          Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

          by ConfusedSkyes on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:53:17 PM PST

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          •  Scheitzer is certainly a character. (1+ / 0-)
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            RNmakingsense

            Patrick? meh.

            O'Malley I like a lot. Like him on TV. Gotta see him on the stump though. Stump speech is everything for a presidential campaigner.

            Obama was something quite different. His stump was pretty much self evident from the day he announced for Senate. We're not gonna get an Obama this go round.

            Unless we get Clinton of course, who would be a giant among men.

            •  I'm in the camp that's not really enthused about (1+ / 0-)
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              cany

              Clinton, for various reasons, although I supported her over Obama initially, and if she did take the nomination, I'd have no qualms voting for her.

              Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

              by ConfusedSkyes on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:15:45 PM PST

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          •  The GOP wouldn't know what to do with Schweitzer (0+ / 0-)

            They'd have a gameplan ready for another evil big city socialist arugula-commie that's too dark or too estrogen-filled to resonate with real America, and then here comes a western populist who looks like Teddy without the walrus mustache, vetos bills with a branding iron, and yet was in discussions with a Canadian province over the possibility of using their single-payer structure in Montana.

            I really don't know how they'd go after him. (Which is not to say he's the best choice, just that I don't know how they'd attack.)

            Probably, they'd use the fact that he speaks Arabic to set up some sort of double agent CT.

            •  Kerry and Obama are the exceptions, not the rule. (0+ / 0-)

              Southern Democrats have dominated the party at a presidential level for a while.

              Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

              by ConfusedSkyes on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:03:26 PM PST

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            •  Schweitzer is a terrific speaker (1+ / 0-)
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              happynz

              folksy and hilarious. He spoke at our state Democratic dinner this past summer and I thought he was great even though I am urban to the core.

              Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

              by anastasia p on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:20:42 PM PST

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          •  Gillibrand (1+ / 0-)
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            ConfusedSkyes

            I really like how outspoken she has been on key progressive issues, especially the attacks on women.

            Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

            by anastasia p on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:19:35 PM PST

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            •  I've heard really good things about her (0+ / 0-)

              But I don't personally know much about her, so I keep forgetting how to spell her name. I usually just remember there's a 'Brand' in there. >_>

              Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

              by ConfusedSkyes on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 07:52:14 PM PST

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        •  Hillary. She just has WAY too much support. (0+ / 0-)
      •  I think he has to pose as a contender (1+ / 0-)
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        MadEye

        to show his virility and strength as 2nd in command. I think he'll step aside.

    •  Deval Patrick, the Governor of Massachusetts? (4+ / 0-)
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      PatriciaVa, vidanto, askew, Monitor78

      He rocked the house with his DNC speech, and he has done a bang-up job in Boston.

      OTOH, the history of nominees from Massachusetts is...checkered.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:43:06 PM PST

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      •  Yeah. The next Mass. politician that gets elected (0+ / 0-)

        president is probably gonna have to be a Kennedy. Everyone else is pretty much cursed.

      •  The list - with (some) odds (3+ / 0-)
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        vidanto, joe from Lowell, JanL

        No Odds yet:
        ===
        Deval Patrick
        Cory Booker
        Julian Castro
        John Hickenlooper
        Mickey Dale "Mike" Beebe
        Kirsten Gillibrand
        Christine Gregoire
        Kamala Harris
        Jack Markell
        Jay Nixon
        Antonio Villaraigosa

        w/ODDS:
        =
        =
        Hillary Clinton          13/2
        Mark Warner              8/1
        Tim Kaine                10/1
        Kathleen Sebelius     12/1
        Evan Bayh               12/1
        Martin O’Malley        12/1
        Andrew Cuomo         15/1
        Joe Biden                18/1
        Elizabeth Warren      20/1
        Dennis Kucinich        20/1
        Kay Hagan               20/1
        Jim Webb                25/1
        Brian Schweitzer      25/1
        Sherrod Brown         30/1
        Rahm Emmanuel      30/1
        Claire McCaskill        30/1
        Kirsten Gillibrand      35/1
        Bob Casey, Jr.          35/1
        Janet Napolitano       40/1
        Ken Salazar              50/1
        Amy Klobuchar          50/1
        John Tester               50/1
        Harold Ford, Jr.         100/1
        Bill Ritter                  100/1
        Al Sharpton               150/1
        Jack Reed                  150/1
        Al Gore                      200/1
        Al Franken                 200/1
        Michelle Obama          500/1

        •  I feel bad for Jack Reed. (0+ / 0-)

          Evan Bayh - haven't heard that name for a while.  That guy scares the crap out of me unlike anyone else in politics, Democrat or Republican.  Dead-eyed sociopath, reminds me of the President in the movie The Dead Zone.

          Art is the handmaid of human good.

          by joe from Lowell on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:43:06 PM PST

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    •  I think A Biden will run in 2016,but not Joe (1+ / 0-)
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      Tailspinterry

      "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

      by LaurenMonica on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:59:04 PM PST

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    •  Brian Schweitzer? Sherrod Brown? (0+ / 0-)

      Kirsten Gillibrand?

      All qualified, but no one knows who they are. Besides Obama there aren't too many young, famous Dems.

      16, Progressive, Indian-American, Phillies Phan. Obama/Om/Chase Utley

      by vidanto on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:06:28 PM PST

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      •  You don't start out "famous" (0+ / 0-)

        You become famous when you campaign. Any of those people would become famous overnight if they threw their hats in the ring. I detest the idea that we need someone "famous." Fame is empty. Should we run a Real Housewife or a Kardashian?

        Sherrod Brown isn't that young, but he's pretty well known. I don't get the sense the presidency is in his sites, although I guess you never know.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

        by anastasia p on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:22:44 PM PST

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    •  I also cannot see Cuomo making headway... (0+ / 0-)

      ...in any early state, and given how he has been a "boat anchor" on Democratic attempts to gain control of the NY State Senate, what helps him as a National Candidate among the nominating activists of the Democratic Party aside from fond memories of his father?

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:34:03 PM PST

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  •  Hi, Romney! (6+ / 0-)

    You were a horrible governor and at every turn you continue to show us the absolute narcissistic asshole you truly are. Fuck you and the fucking dressage horse you paid someone to ride in on.

    Strange but not a stranger.

    by jnww on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:22:21 PM PST

  •  Why is everyone overlooking Sandoval? (0+ / 0-)

    Seems to me he's one of the most potent Republicans out there.

  •  Barring a scandal I think the repubs will (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    vidanto

    Nominate Rubio. Makes sense on their part.

    •  I would think Sandoval would be far more potent (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      fou

      than Rubio.

      Quite frankly, I've seen enough of Rubio so far to believe he's not as good a politician on hustings as people like to think he is. A tough Republican candidate in the primary would dismantle him.

    •  Rubio is toast just as soon as... (0+ / 0-)

      ...the WH starts moving aggressively toward having a rational policy with regard to Cuba.

      And that will happen long before 2016.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:37:14 PM PST

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    •  I think it's slightly crazy (0+ / 0-)

      to claim that ANY particular person is such a shoo-in at this point. We don't even know what the terrain of the GOP will look like after the 2014 elections.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:25:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I have some subtle criticism here: PISS on the (1+ / 0-)
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    Republican governors and their denial of Obamacare.

    "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

    by Wildthumb on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:49:55 PM PST

  •  I see Ayotte hanging around McCain and Graham (0+ / 0-)

    I think she is going to make a run. I think Rubio will make a run as well. Same with Ryan and Walker and Christie. I think Jeb will back Rubio and try to be the power behind the throne.

    With all those candidates, and proportional delegates in the Republican primary, that could go to the convention. Not sure who would win Iowa but Ayotte would be the heavy favorite in New Hampshire, and Rubio the same in Florida. Christie would be favored to carry the Northeast.

    •  Ayotte is not even going to win reelection in NH. (0+ / 0-)

      Rubio is also in the same Class of 2010 vulnerables in 2016. I do not think the DEMS are going to let him run opposed in Florida, believe me......Also these 2010 Governors have to win reelection in 2014 and many of them will be swept away.......only Christie looks pretty safe for 2013 thanks to Sandy........and that is IF the cleanup continues on pace.......As for my vaginal ultrasound, it isn't going to happen and Huckabee and Santorum are washouts.......only Martinez seems interesting and she has to win relection too, but her favorables are very high in her state. Look out for her.

    •  yes,she's hangin' out with Graham and McCain (0+ / 0-)

      but she is a big yawn.However, there are only 4 female Repub senators so they are all thinking..."could I be the one?"

  •  Following GOP tradition to pick the last 2nd in (0+ / 0-)

    the last primary, Its safe to assume that Rick Santorum will be the nominee if he runs again.

    As long Rush Limbaugh remains the Leader of GOP I just dont see a moderate republican winning the nomination as moderate without pandering to the TBaggers.

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:58:03 PM PST

  •  Christie (3+ / 0-)
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    will have to lose a good deal of weight.  And I don't mean that as a cheap shot.  He's just plain unhealthy.  He should talk to Huckabee.  And Bill Clinton, for that matter.  Politics aside, the schedule for someone running for president is very demanding.  

    "Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me--and I welcome their hatred." Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by djbender on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:58:15 PM PST

  •  How about this (0+ / 0-)

    We start campaign season now, so whoever their candidate is can just concede BEFORE the election. Would save us a lot of hassle.

    16, Progressive, Indian-American, Phillies Phan. Obama/Om/Chase Utley

    by vidanto on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:02:32 PM PST

  •  FORMER Arkansas Gov. (0+ / 0-)

    and FOX NEWS Mouthpiece Mike Huckabee

    "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

    by gritsngumbo on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:18:56 PM PST

  •  Rick Perry (0+ / 0-)

    In addition to thinking about running again for governor, he's also "keeping his options open" about running for president in 2016.

    Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.- Molly Ivins

    by loblolly on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:53:39 PM PST

    •  And he will trip over himself again (0+ / 0-)

      just like he did this time, when he wrecked his OWN chances, without help from anyone. Oops!

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:28:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  None of these people will beat Hillary (1+ / 0-)
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  •  why not celebrate our own (0+ / 0-)

    I am amazed at the amount of energy we expend talking about these people. Why aren't we talking about great democratic governors. Here in Washington we are saying goodbye to a great governor---Christine Gregoire--who lead our state wonderfully through difficult times. I would wager that the name Kasich or Scott or Cristy has appeared in these wonderful pages thousands of times more than Gregoire....We need to celebrate Democratic policies...

  •  There is no Washington State governor there. (0+ / 0-)

    They can go ahead and spend all they want to change that.  Good for the economy.

  •  if I lived in Jersey's evacuation zone (0+ / 0-)

    I would be mighty PISSED OFF at Christie for politicking when I still had no place to live.

    and there will STILL be a war within the gop no matter how many of the 'semi sane' members go out and try to reclaim the party.  

    Repubs would do better to settle their internal disputs before starting their various runs to be the titular head of a fractured party.  The best thing the gop can do, for themselves and our nation, is to help democrats stop gerrymandering.   the GOP will NEVER get rid of the insane members as long as they sit in safe gerrymandered seats.

    "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

    by KnotIookin on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:15:54 PM PST

  •  What about Elizabeth Warren? (3+ / 0-)
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  •  Can Christie find a doctor (0+ / 0-)

    who would clear him for the rigors of a presidential campaign? He can't walk ten feet to a microphone without getting out of breath.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 06:47:43 PM PST

  •  Here's what Christie said.... (0+ / 0-)

    Christie:   "I've got a message for all you other 2016 wannabe's in the GOP.  There's only room for one of us in here..."

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