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Why the Republicans can't find a candidate

Discussion in 'Politics and Current Affairs' started by cipher6, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. cipher6

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    The Republicans can't find a candidate because they're all far right nut-jobs. Sarah Palin? Sheesh!

    The Democrats are Center-Right but these guys call them left-wing...
     
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    What a wonderfully articulated, original and meaningful comment. You sound like a democratic version of Rush Limbaugh or Glen Beck.
     
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    I think John Thune (South Dakota senator) would be a good candidate, but he doesn't have the name recognition.
     
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    That actually made me laugh out loud. :D

    Here's a very famous Sarah Palin clip. Republicans HAVE to do better than this if they want to unseat Barak Obama.

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    I'm not going to defend Sarah Palin, I find her to be a very weak candidate. But showing a clip where someone looks like an idiot, or says something idiotic, doesn't exactly fully discredit the candidate. Just look at all the ridiculous shit Obama has said, yet he's the president at the moment.
     
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    I wasn't defending Obama. Sarah Palin did do a lot of damage to the credibility of the Republicans (outside the USA).

    Dubyah appeared stupid but actually wasn't. He was misunderestimated. ;) When he got over his public speaking issues, he actually joined in with the Bush is Stupid thing which completely took the sting out of it. I remember him saying "Hey! I'm feeling chipper today...I survived the Whitehouse Reshuffle!" It was very funny and it showed that he wasn't going to be intimidated by the nay-sayers.

    It's a shame Obama hasn't managed to deliver too well on his campaign promises. Obamacare is well short of what is required, because of big business interests in the insurance industry (and Republican party), meaning that its benefits will be very limited.

    But when has any politician delivered on a promise?
     
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    Did anyone read the article? I think whats more interesting is the point about lack of enterprenuers and start up capital, that hurting us (and the GOP)




    And I think the last line sums it up:


     
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    I read it

    excellent line, very much applies to Western Europe as well
     
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    I cannot find the article but in the last year I read that Americans generate more wealth per capita then any other nation.....if true that would invalidate most of that article. Enough anyways to take the scare factor out of it.

    Either way, Obama sucks :D
     
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    but if you factor in borrowing ....
     
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    How does high worker productivity invalidate the whole article?
     
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    I think the weakness among GOP candidates for the 2012 presidential nomination speaks to a large problem in local, state and national politics.

    When people even hear the word politics or think about politicians, a lot of Americans (rightly or wrongly) think about corruption, lies, campaign promises, etc. What we are seeing right now is a lack of talented people entering the political field. People are also staying in politics for a long time and can lose touch with the voters and citizens they have been elected to represent.

    There are smart politicians out there, savvy ones, marketable ones, great speakers, great consensus builders. The problem is there seems to be no candidate out there, for either party at the national level, that can combine more than two of those traits. Politics could use a watershed moment to start attracting talented people back to the profession.
     
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    I think its more the product than the salesman. I really think Spengler nails it with this line:
     

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