The Republican 2012 Lineup

By Matt Knipple

            Now that the 2008 Presidential Election is over, it is time for us Republicans to look at who is going to unseat President Obama in 2012 (actually, I think this is very unlikely barring a massive meltdown by the new President).  Republicans have been frantically looking as to who will be our new “savior” and put the Republicans back on the map and give the country some sort of checks and balances since everything is run by the Democrats now (tear).  I have no first hand knowledge of who the Republicans will pick, but here are some candidates that I think will come to mind (whether I agree with them or not).

            The first candidate that I know for a fact has been tossed around in the mix is the one and only, Sarah Palin.  In my opinion, this would be one of the worst choices of all time to run for President.  She clearly already showed that she was probably the worst choice as a choice for Vice President.  She actually, to me, makes George W. Bush seem like he’s on a level of Steven Hawking.  To her credit, she does have an energetic personality and hypes up some people like others cannot.  She also has a pretty solid base that could possibly give her a push in the primaries to be picked (not me). 

Here is a video of the discussion of Sarah Palin throwing in her hat for 2012: 

            The second candidate that I also see as a long shot is Jeb Bush.  Yes, we could have another Bush in office!  He, as Palin, seems to have a base in the right that is very loyal to him and very excited about him.  Here is an older article about the possibility of Jeb running in either 2012 or 2016.  To be honest, I do not know much about the man and how he did as Governor of Florida, but I do not see him winning a Presidential election because of his last name alone.  He could be the second coming of Christ and would not stand a shot because of what W has done. 

            A third, more of a sleeper type candidate, would be the current Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist.  Crist is another guy I do not know a ton about but have heard enough about him to make some sort of impression.  He seems more like a moderate-Conservative, like myself, and could be a good, new, fresh candidate for the Republicans to try to use and get some of the Independent and Democratic vote.  He is not the stereotypical Republican, like Hannity or Limbaugh, but more of a “Maverick” in being more moderate. 

Here is a video for Crist for 2012:

            The most promising candidate for 2012 for the Republicans is Mitt Romney.  People have said the fight for the 2008 Republican nomination is akin to the 1976 fight between Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.  The aging, older Gerald Ford fended off Ronald Reagan, who became the face of the Republicans during his presidencies, just like the aging, older John McCain fended off Mitt Romney.  Ford went on to lose to Jimmy Carter just like John McCain went on to lose to Barack Obama.  Mitt Romney is rich and can get a lot of money raised just as Obama did and is very intelligent.  He might be guaranteed to be the nominee in 2012 if he so chooses. 

            Here is a final video made by somebody that includes many more people that he thinks can win the presidency for the Republicans in 2012:

            I’m not sure any of these people, like I said earlier, could dethrone Obama unless he completely screws up or for some reason does not run for President in 2012 but I thought I’d just go over some prospective candidates.



Filed under American Electorate, McCain, Obama, Palin, Party Conventions, Republican

3 responses to “The Republican 2012 Lineup

  1. Sarah Popp

    If Obama does a terrible job as President, then the Republicans will have a chance in 2012. If Sarah Palin runs, hopefully she will know more than she does right now. Maybe down the road, when she has more experience and if she has more knowledge of foreign policy and Supreme Court cases, she would stand a chance. I don’t think it is likely, but I guess it is possible. I agree that Jeb Bush does not have a chance, because the country is not going to elect another Bush. We have seen how badly that has worked out. I am not sure about Mitt Romney. I think that in order for a Republican to win, they would need to be more moderate than he is.

  2. Lance_Thibert

    Sarah Palin is already busy pissing off most of the Republican power brokers, so unless se runs an outside campaign without much money, then she doesn’t seem to have much of a chance.

    Gingrich has too much baggage and a slimy personal life that would get him killed in the republican primaries.

    With the Bush name tarnished in even republican circles, it’s doubtful that Jeb would even want to try.

    Charlie Crist is a good candidate, but…he is orange.

    Rick Santorum lost his last senate race by the biggest margin for an incumbent in 30 years. He isn’t going anywhere, except maybe the dictionary…(look it up, but don’t say I didnt warn you.)

    Bobby Jindal looks to be a first class candidate for 2012 or 2016, he’s young so he can afford to wait, and not go up against Obama’s massive fundraising machine.

    Mitt Romney is also looking at frontrunner status, he’s got money, name recognition, and the “I told you so” factor on his side.

    Huckabee will make another run, he will also lose in the same way, no money.

    Steele will probably make RNC chair instead of president, as electorally he is weak.

  3. Tony Robinson

    Interesting thoughts, Matt, and thanks for the honest assessment of weak and strong candidates in your party.

    I agree with the general assessment here, and in response to Stephen Noriega’s recent post on Palin that Palin would be an absolute disaster for the party. Stephen has good comments on that point, and I added some of my own there too.

    As for the others mentioned here, most of them seem such long-shots to be a real contender against Obama. No one named Bush will be back in four years. period. Crist is orange, as Thibert so aptly put it, and just looks overall rather unnatural. This is Tongue in cheek, of course, but I think there might be something to the orange problem after all. But maybe in the Obama era we’re finally past issues of skin tone?

    The point about McCain-Romney being a repeat of Ford-Reagan in 1976 is interesting, with Romney playing the part of Reagan–winning the party’s heart, losing its nomination, and coming back to lead the party. But there’s one big difference–while Reagan did in fact win the heart of his party and became seen as the man with the true spirit and message of the GOP in his soul, Romney never did that at all. The GOP never warmed to Romney, he never became seen as the true believing, prophetic Republican in the wilderness, as Reagan did. Romney is a cold fish, out of touch with the “soul” of the voter, to put it metaphysically, and he won’t win in 2012.

    Huckabee is a formidable candidate and a very likable guy—but America is becoming less socially conservative and less obsessed with God and religion, so how can he represent the new America in 2012?

    Of all the people on the scene right now, I’d say the GOP’s best bet is Jindal. The GOP’s Obama, as someone in class said. They guy is smart, charismatic, represents the “new” America, looks young on TV, etc., etc.

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