Handicapping the Gigantic GOP Field



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  1. seema david says:

    I am of the opinion Rick Perry looks strong. Yes, as you said it all depends now on which one of these ‘serious’ candidates – Perry included – avoids gaffes and runs a good campaign.
    I wont vote for Bernie, as he is full of BS. Hillary is arrogant.
    All in all, it is going to be a wrestling match in the political arena for next 15 months.

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  2. Stash says:

    Most people support TRUMP unlike the other jerk-off Republican “LOSERS” who are tripping over each other to denigrate Mr Trump. We want straight talk and not a plethora of verbal diarrhea that we hear from the other Republican losers. We also want to feel proud that we live in America, and want someone like Trump, who can bring back our country to one which can instill pride in all of us. We are the best in the world, and we want to keep it that way!

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    Fed up! Reply:

    Stash,
    Whole hardly agree with your comment.
    My greats fear is the Rinos and RNC are going to shove down the throats of us Patriotic Conservatives a Jebby socialist Bush/Rubio nomination. Jebby and Hildabeast are two peas in a pod.

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    Jack Trotchie Reply:

    Then we can also brag about how much money we have, all the while ignoring anyone not rich!

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    Michael Cougar Reply:

    If you want “straight talk” it’s not Trump you’re looking for, unless you want unconscious “idiot-speak.” He doesn’t know how to hold his mouth and projects as a complete idiot to anyone with 1/2 a brain. He certainly is not presidential material. Yes, he can certainly bluster and insult, and stir up people’s emotions with outdated points of view, but he’s also he’s shy on real intelligence and statesmanship.

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  3. 11th Gen American says:

    Whatever candidate Republicans choose, it must not be a candidate who supports a path to citizenship for the 30-50 million illegals in this country!

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  4. Kelley says:

    Trump’s negatives?

    There is no option for a “no” vote in primaries and caucuses. Whoever gets the most votes wins the most delegates. At present, Trump is practically running the table.

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    Fed up! Reply:

    Trump/Cruz 2016!

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    Rick Reply:

    Trump is a loudmouth fool. Close examination of Cruz’ voting record rules him out a born again traitor of this nation.
    Why no mention about Rubio’s non-eligibility as not being a natural-born citizen according to the U.S. Constitution, thereby disqualifying him altogether? Like RINO Jeb, Rubio believes that because of the fraud that Nobama gained the Oval Office that he, too, can do the same as long as the issue never comes up in a debate. The NWO is behind Jeb and his fellow traveler Marco. Jeb’s background is riddled with dozens of High Crime scandals that were all covered up by the lamestream media.
    We have a Constitution. Why not follow what it mandates? Only one candidate does — Rand Paul.

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  5. WiseOldOwl says:

    None of these Republican Neanderthals can even acknowledge the existence of global warming. They are all losers!

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    Fed up! Reply:

    Owl,
    You are not wise!!!
    Global Warming is a myth! Take your medicine. Your brain is very foggy from global no warming.

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    Rick Reply:

    The issue is below the radar ever since 32,000 atmospheric scientists signed on, proving the allegation that man’s activities were the cause of the “warming” as being a complete HOAX. There is nothing man can do to cause global warming. It is a non-issue — except in Al Gore’s convoluted “brain.”

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  6. Marty says:

    This election looks more and more like 1980 when everyone including the Republican establishment, media, and the Bush Family were against Reagan. But the people determined who THEY wanted and Reagan carried the day. The same situation appears to be emerging today, and I hope Mr. Hutchinson doesn’t ignore the fact that until this country goes completely socialistic, the people have the last say.

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  7. Denise says:

    Perry looks strong? The Donald is right when he says Perry should be required to take an IQ test – not just memorize answers to policy questions.

    The Donald is a good show… but he is another “know-nothing”. He was asked recently about why he was for a single-payer healthcare system just a few years ago. Of course he’s against that now, so the reporter asked what his plan would be to replace Obamacare.

    “Obamacare is terrible” is all he could say, and had no answer for what he would replace it with. “We’ll have something great to replace it”. Obviously he has never given any thought to healthcare policy – or any other policy. He is just putting on a show.

    It is all very entertaining and I am looking forward to the debates (although they are not “debates” in the true sense of the word). They will be a stream of one-liners with little time for real talk about policy.

    That will benefit Trump, but eventually the adults will have to figure out how to crush him. And then he will get all pissy and will run as a third party candidate.

    It’s all very entertaining – and I’m sure Hillary is very amused by the Republican comedy hour.

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    Fed up! Reply:

    Yea, Trump the billionaire is stupid!
    Sit down and take a long swig of your Kook-aid!
    Go troll a liberal site with your own kind.

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    Paul Pellikka Reply:

    If you can get past your juvenile name-calling and glib meaningless knee-jerk reactions against anyone who says something that is not part of your Fox-formed mentality, you might see some of the intelligence in others’ comments, including Denise’s. Another parade of clowns by the GOP will–for the third straight election–push America right into the Democrats’ corner, and this time into the waiting claws of Hillary. Surely both parties can do better!

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    Libertarian in CA Reply:

    For the record: Trump inherited most of his money. From what I’ve heard you’d have more money than Trump if you started with the same pile he did and put it in the S&P. Given what he makes from celebrity status I’d guess he’s a very poor business man of ‘real’ investments.

    A lot of what Trump says makes sense, with the basics – then he gets pressed for details and you realize he has no clue how anything functions in the real world.

    We need a small government candidate who backs rule of law and individual responsibility over government intervention.

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    Rick Reply:

    There is only ONE candidate that qualifies as a “small government candidate who backs rule of law and individual responsibility.” That is — Rand Paul. There is no other candidate on the scene today that stands for strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
    When Pres. G.W. ‘Dubya” Bush was reminded of the Constitution on an issue, his reply was, “That thing is just an effing piece of paper.” Talk about contempt for the rule of law! He had none!

  8. John says:

    All I can say to either Republicans or Democrats: God help the United States. No one thus far could remotely be considered a world leader.

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  9. Rich Lefcourt says:

    Those who want handouts will turn out for the Dem. Those fearful of the future will turn out for the Rep. To win, the Rep has to appeal to fear by seeming strong and tough. This is why Romney lost. This is why Trump is doing so well.

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  10. Momma Cakes says:

    Personally, I like the “tell it like it is” attitude of Trump. After all, he is a very successful businessman who knows how to cull the inept, and the Government is nothing more than a mega-business that needs a strong mind at the tiller. I pray he can stop the flow of illegals crossing our borders, support our veterans & military, and take care of our seniors (we have been robbed of so much)!! Just wish he would style his hair differently.

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  11. CHRISTOPHER says:

    Latent in Trump’s rhetoric is the theme “America First”. If he becomes explicit and uses this as a campaign slogan he will attract humongous support. What most voters appear to want is a ‘bring America home’ to its original values and accountability and to promote the interests of Americans, not foreign affiliates. We should get out of the Middle East and bring our troops home. We should never deploy large forces in these degraded region, and we should support surrogates to do the ground work. America First! Try this theme out on people you know and listen to their response.

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  12. curtis says:

    I’m sure the low-information Obama voters will vote for Hillary. I just hope very few make it to the voting booth. I like Trump. He’s not a politician and has a good sense for business, and we are in a mess. Who talks deals better than the Donald?

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  13. Martin Hutchinson says:

    I am glad to see such a lively discussion. Thanks to all for commenting.

    I too like Perry and think he’s the best qualified candidate. But, so far, he is not catching on in the polls, and 2012 suggests he doesn’t quite fit with GOP primary voters. As for Trump, he was born not just on third base, but within feet of the plate. He inherited a large NY real estate fortune with extensive connections into the Democratic power network, and his companies have gone bust five times, I believe. He’s a genius self-publicist, but that and his other activities don’t suggest he would be an adequate president. I’m fairly flexible on who gets the nomination, but I think the country has been run appallingly for the last 14 years, so would I like someone who avoids past mistakes.

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  14. Paul Pellikka says:

    Make an intelligent choice as the horse race that is now American politics progresses, but please vote with your brain. Not your genitals, not your skin, not your gut, not even with your heart.
    No more Clintons!
    No more Bushes!
    We CAN do better.
    We MUST do better.

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  15. PJ says:

    It’s funny that low-information Trump supporters tout Trump’s rather dishonest lowest-common-denominator pandering as ‘straight talk’. In fact, Trump has flip-flopped and been in the past a Democrat, Clinton supporter and even criticized Romney for being too tough on immigration(!). Trump’s campaign is nothing but vanity self-promotion. The plain fact is that Trump is high in the polls because of his high-profile comments about immigration, and the base opposes amnesty and this support is ‘sending a message’ to oppose amnesty, like the defeat of Cantor was. But in fact, Trump is ‘flavor of the month’ and won’t get a single delegate, same as Bachmann and Cain got in 2012 despite being, for a time, higher in the polls in 2011 than Trump is now.

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  16. PJ says:

    To Martin’s point, Trump has done very well for himself even when those who are in with him don’t. Multiple bankruptcies of his companies yet he’s worth billions? How’d that happen? I don’t think that record of grabbing the lifevest while others drown suggests he’s a good person to lead a party let alone a country.
    The issues he raises on the other hand have to be addressed, but there are others in the field who are better able to advance solutions. Trump’s an insider’s insider, the real candidate to shake up the establishment GOP would be Cruz.

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  17. Ralph says:

    Next President must be savvy about out military. Iran will turn our world upside down. They will attack us soon – they have a nuclear weapon. Those clowns we have now don’t know how to keep us safe. Allen B. West and others know what do. How did you like about our past wars, with people only political expertise (like Bill Clinton, draft dodger). If you liked Bill’s 8 years, you will like Hillary’s handle of attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

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  18. Larry says:

    We need a shaker like Don T., to do the much needed shaking. He doesn’t do the political correctness garbage, he lets the asinine press have it, no holds barred. He has his own, personal funding so he’s not going to be bought off. You said, “polls – suggest- he’s not serious. People are so fed up with the current government, they are saying screw the polls, we’re for Don ! I’m hearing this all over! Americans are desperate. We want the weak-kneed, selfish administration out. We want term limits. We want a government we can work with and be proud of again. God Bless you and your readers, from a retired telecom., tech, and current volunteer firefighter. Thank you.

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  19. WSD Editors WSD Editors says:

    Readers, stay tuned for another article focusing just on Donald Trump. Our Senior Correspondent, Tim Maverick, is giving his take in time for the debates.

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  20. allen l. hardester says:

    Can anyone really claim to be a world leader who has not stood on the stage? Being President is not a training ground nor is the Office all that powerful as compared to the Federal Reserve.

    Being able to communicate with Congress is the one skill many have but few really know how to use.

    I am for Hillary, and you get Bill for free.

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  21. Jawaid manzoor says:

    Big name is advantage as can be a handicap to speak of Jeb/Bush family – at least for some. But there is the Latin vote with now the doors opened to Cuba. Yet, there is more to a record. It is also not entirely the political quantity, and with most tried out, people look for something out of the ordinary. A smiling face, and rich enough to be less financially motivated; this seems order of the day. Donald seems a wild, but the Trump card, who may be more than just a spoiler… This is economic time and new ideas…

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  22. Richard J Manfredi says:

    Just a word on the presidential candidates: Bush, Walker, Carson, Rubio, Huckabee, Paul, Trump, Cruz, Perry ,Christie, Santorum, Fiorina, Kasich, Jindal, Graham.
    Lindsey Graham, professional Brutus. Paul and Bush 3.0 have to overcome their family name. Bush fell flat on his face on the Iraq war question. Walker pretty good.
    Carson, will we get another Romney high school campaign? Rubio, in the Rubio party. Huckabee, surely you jest. After his last primary campaign he should go home. Perry, has his foot healed? No medications, or alcohol, and two dollars worth of 3×5 cue cards, some study, and drills and maybe okay (personally I like him and Paul). Trump, if not coached will self destruct. Cruz, I’m good with him. Florina, paid thirty million not to stay at
    hewlett-packer, no. Kasich? Jindal, I’m really good with him. Santorum, any ideas?
    The best for last. The New Jersey loud mouth Chris Christie, head of the Repukelican governor’s conference. N.Y. state ran Robert Astorino, Westchester county exec, against Andrew Cuomo. Astorino was by far the best
    G.O.P. and Conservative party candidate since Herb London. The loudmouth and the repukes did not spend one cent on his campaign. I forgive them. I don’t forgive that loud mouth running him down. Cuomo could have been beaten. N.Y. state will be better off when Mike Long – N.Y.state conservative party chair, and Edward Cox (pres. Nixon’s son in law) retire; they are incompetent. Almost any rebuke is better than a dumb-o-crat.

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