‘none of the above’

Politico: A presidential primary favorite is emerging among the ranks of congressional Republicans: none of the above.

The dissatisfaction with the likely GOP field — long whispered among party activists, operatives and elected officials — is growing more audible in the House and Senate.

Interviews on both sides of the Capitol have revealed widespread concern about the lackluster quality of the current crop of candidates and little consensus on who Republican senators and House members would like to see in the race.

…There were politicians who are putting off decisions (Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels), politicians who’ve said they won’t run (former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie), individuals who aren’t even politicians (Gen. David Petraeus)…

The float of Petraeus, currently commander of the war in Afghanistan and rumored to be the next CIA chief, highlights the GOP’s quandary. He has repeatedly said he won’t be a candidate … but that hasn’t lessened the ardor among some of his Republican admirers. It’s an indication of the view among some party stalwarts that they’ll need someone better than a conventional pol to beat an incumbent president expected to raise a historic sum of money.

…“We think we can beat the president, but we have to have somebody to beat him with,” said West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. “And I think there’s no clear front-runner, and there’s some frustration out there, not that we haven’t nailed it down but that it’s sort of all over the board.”

…Shrugged Arkansas Sen. John Boozman: “Republicans have always been for who’s next in line, and there’s nobody in line.”

Full article here

I usually avoid linking Politico articles, but I enjoyed this one 😉

8 Responses to “‘none of the above’”

  1. April 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Any one of the muppets above could get more votes than the current slate of Republicans running for President.

  2. 2 dotster
    April 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Indy Star had an interesting editorial yesterday, titled “Daniels (IN. Gov.) must run so it isn’t the Goofy Old Party”. He goes down their potential candidate list, noting their pathetic credentials and says, “Let’s pause here to make something clear. I am not suggesting that Daniels should be the next president of the United States. And I’m not saying President Obama is unworthy of a 2nd term. What I am saying is this: Daniels needs to step up and protect his party and his country from this ridiculously inadequate slate of candidates.”

    • 3 majii
      April 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Why is he asking for courage where there is none? The whole crop of GOP puppets share some very prominent characteristics: They each will pander to the group that they think can help them win, not thinking about platforms that will help the country, not overly concerned with foreign policy, and they’re wrapping themselves in the flag and the Bible while revering neither.

  3. 4 Shirley
    April 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Ummmm, I have to smile from ear to ear, when I read the above article, and I hope It stays that way, because that’s a good thing.

  4. 6 Ladyhawke
    April 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I had heard that many of the potential GOP presidential candidates were delaying throwing their hats in the ring because they wanted to see how the budget fight would turn out. Well, according to the media the Republican Party won the budget stalemate. So I guess that means that the GOP presidential campaigns will start springing up like rabbits. Not!

    I have a feeling we are in for more delays. I bet the next milestone for entering the race will be the results of raising the debt ceiling debate. We could be into 2012 before any GOP candidate has enough courage to get in the game.

    What I love about this timidity of waiting for x, y, or z to happen before getting involved is that I don’t think it’s a good quality for president. Who would want any of these clowns running the country when they are so timid about standing out from the crowd.

    They accuse President Obama of not leading. But President Obama sets the standard for leadership. None of these GOP candidates can hold a candle to him. They all just look like amateurs.

  5. 7 Ladyhawke
    April 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    South Carolina GOP confirms five clowns for first 2012 debate

    Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Gingrich, Buddy Roemer, and Rick Santorum are your official candidates for president

    Five candidates have been confirmed for the first presidential debate of the 2012 election. On May 5, Newt Gingrich, Buddy Roemer, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Santorum will meet in South Carolina. This is the preliminary list of losers, so there is still time for more clowns to RSVP.

    Politico and NBC postponed their planned first debate of the campaign because of the poor quality of candidates, but the South Carolina GOP is just going to allow Rick Santorum to be on national television in the year 2011.




  6. 8 Carolyn
    April 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Will they bring Bob Dole out of retirement???

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