At least 17 Republicans have began, either privately or subtlety, to make moves towards gearing up a presidential run for 2016. They are:
- Florida Senator Marco Rubio
- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
- Wisconsin Representative and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan
- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul
- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
- Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
- Texas Governor Rick Perry
- Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann
- Indiana Governor Mike Pence
- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
- New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte
- New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
- South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
- South Dakota Senator John Thune
- Ohio Senator Rob Portman
- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
This all might seem premature — and a possible big-time distraction for a party that lost the presidency and Senate and House seats this time around. But top Republican officials are encouraging the never-ending presidential campaign in hopes of creating influential national voices beyond Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. “On every conference call, the message is the same,” one top official said. “We’re going to push out our new generation of leadership. We’re not going to sit back and let the extreme voices define what it means to be a conservative.”
Republicans are still haunted by the post-election chaos of 2008, when, with John McCain diminished by defeat and few clear future leaders with national juice on the scene, Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin filled the void — and dominated news coverage. This time feels different: Unlike 2008, when Republicans chalked up their defeat to a bad GOP ticket in a terrible post-Bush environment for the party, many of the most influential voices are calling for substantial rethinking of the conservative approach to politics. They are reckoning with demographic trends that favor Democrats — as well as with exit polling suggesting the assumption this is a center-right country might be wrong, or was at least wrong on Nov. 6, when a center-left electorate showed up.
If even half that list runs it would be the deepest, most policy-oriented primary we could hope for.
Here comes your Morning Dump for Tuesday. Such an awkward day of the week, but we soldier through it; though, under my plan, Tuesday is the new Monday.
- It is about time someone noticed how screwed my generation is (no, screwed…not screwed up…)! The Euro Crisis is not rich vs. poor, people vs. banks, it’s young vs. old. The Baby Boomers are dead set on living and retiring on the backs of Gen X and Gen Y, forcing our generations into bankruptcy and insolvency. See, not just a problem in this country. Even “the great European countries” suffer too.
- Putin Cracks Down on Pussy. The Russian band Pussy Riot, who walked into a public square and insulted the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Two years in jail for all three members of the band. Putin hates music…what’ a fascist. Also, TATU was a much better Russian band. Just sayin‘.
- Virginia’s “photo ID” law has been cleared by the DOJ. I say “photo ID” because you can show certain non-photo forms of ID, but now, you can’t vote without an ID by signing an affidavit anymore. More states taking necessary steps to protect our fundamental rights.
- Mission to Mars!! NASA announced yesterday an unmanned mission in 2016 to drill into the red planet’s surface. Again: why are we not funding this enough??
- Money makes the world go ’round…Challenger Mitt Romney now has more money in the bank than President Obama. For the President, running a campaign is like running this U.S. Government, as his campaign spent more than it took in. That’s why we are in this mess, just sayin’.
- Quick poll: Romney made a good pick. A Monmouth poll has Paul Ryan at 31/27 fav/unfav (compared to 30/35 for VP Biden). He’s even with women and young voters, and positive at 36/31 among seniors. 56% say good pick. Score one for Romney.
Interesting Tidbit of the Day
- A new poll by PPP to be released this morning (and teased on Twitter) says 44% of Wisconsin Republicans would consider voting for an openly gay candidate, 39% say no. But Wisconsin GOP is 93% behind Tommy Thompson over Tammy Baldwin.
“Achin’ for Akin” Watch
- He has until 5pm today to withdraw without needing to take it to court.
- Quick PPP poll last night has him up 1 on Claire McCaskill, same as last time.
- SurveyUSA poll had only 35% say Akin should say in the race.
- Akin Campaign has picked up an 8/22-27 media buy.
This is a subject near and dear to my heart (and by near to my heart, I mean my stomach). I don’t think I need to recap the Chick-Fil-A controversy to anyone because Facebook did a good enough job on that…by definition, Facebook became the peanut gallery of public opinions by anyone and everyone (yay First Amendment rights!)
So earlier this week, my always-known-to-say-something-stupid Governor, Rick Perry (Idiot-Texas) felt the need for his opinion to be known. And what did he have to say?
“When conservatives are offended by a corporate policy, we simply choose not to give them our business,” explained Perry, according to the AP. He continued that when it comes to liberals, they “try to keep everyone else from giving them business.”
Let’s go over that one, Governor Goodhair. As I recall, the GLBT community and its allies merely engaged in a boycott. That involved them not buying the product (aka, not giving CFA their business). I fail to recall anything on the news regarding GLBT activists and allies blocking entrances to CFA restaurants or hijacking CFA trucks full of chicken patties (on a side note, if someone wanted to hijack one and leave it in front of my house, well, by all means, please do!). So Governor, in your famous words: “oops!”
Guess what I’ll be doing in 2014? Not giving Governor Perry my business, because I am offended by his everything. Mostly embarrassing my state by being Governor.
In your words: Adios mofo