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2012 GOP Candidate Pool Officially Unexciting

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Posted on Apr 21, 2011
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An ever-authoritative New York Times/CBS News poll has discovered, shockingly, that Republican voters are not very tuned in to, or excited about, the potential lineup of contenders for the 2012 White House grand prize—and those they are aware of tend to be of the TV-friendly persuasion.  —KA

The New York Times:

Only those possible contenders who regularly appear on television — or have made bids before — are well known enough to elicit significant views from their fellow Republicans. And of that group, only one, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, is viewed favorably by more than half of the Republican electorate.

The poll would seem to reflect the late start to the Republican primary season, with many of the major likely candidates seeking to hoard their money and avoid making any missteps that they might have to live with later, when voters go to polls or caucus rooms.

While it may not be unusual for voters’ attention to be focused elsewhere at this stage of a campaign, the survey at the very least provides a reality check for a race that has received frenetic coverage at times on cable news and the Internet even though nearly 60 percent of Republicans cannot point to a single candidate about whom they are enthusiastic, according to the Times/CBS poll.

A host of potential Republican candidates have a lot of work ahead — and money to spend — to make themselves better known to their party faithful and other Americans.

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By Blackspeare, April 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

Not to worry.  By November 2012, the USA will be embroiled in a substantial inflationary period such that no matter whom the GOP selects as it’s nominee Obama will lose.  It’s always the economy and though the inflationary spiral will not be Obama’s fault, the sitting president always gets the blame.

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By berniem, April 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment

The slate of possible candidates for the republican nomination for POTUS clearly demonstrates the paucity of talent and intellect in the ranks of the conservative/reactionary population. Perhaps if those dear ignorant, intolerant, and bigoted crackers from our confederate backwaters as well as their fellow travellers corrupting the body politic in the Mid- and Southwest would pray a bit harder they may resurrect the Sainted Ronnie from his tomb for another go at destroying the nation! The saddest thing of all is that we are left with nothing but Obama, “The Trojan Horse”, to give the store away to the Bros. Koch and friends! Don’t expect the dems. to mount a primary challenge to the current “Liar-In-Chief” as they are equally corrupt and dependent upon the gullibilty of progressives. The only counter to our present state of maddness is to take it to the street as so brilliantly demonstrated by those “backward” Arabs in the ME!

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By Miko, April 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment
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Ugh.  Huckabee is the worst of the Republicans.  If
he’s their nominee and the Democrats make the mistake
of sticking with Obama, then I suggest that anyone
who’s still dead-set on voting just vomit on their
ballots and then vote for the vomit.  I mean, yeah, we
don’t really want to be ruled by vomit, but the lesser
of three evils, the perfect is the enemy of the good,
and all those other clichés, right?

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