Desperately Seeking An Electable Republican Presidential Candiate

In the news today an article about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s “coattails”.  First Chris Christie, now Scott Walker. Republicans are desperately seeking an electable (emphasis on electable) candidate for President. Where oh where can he (or she) be?

  1. Nickolas

    I’m still shopping around for that candidate.

    If more GOP Governors do what Christie and Walker are doing it will be hard not to pick from among them. Kasich is taking an even harder line in Ohio. Unfortunately, the timing may be unfavorable since it seems almost all are newly elected.

    That seems to leave Mitch Daniels, who apparently started down that path first, standing alone. I could add Haley Barbour but I don’t think he is electable.

    Maybe the new crop of GOP governors will get together and throw their support behind Daniels. Who these governors decide to support early on, if anyone, will have more influence than usual.

  2. Jim Chase
    Nickolas: That seems to leave Mitch Daniels, who apparently started down that path first, standing alone. I could add Haley Barbour but I don’t think he is electable.

    Maybe the new crop of GOP governors will get together and throw their support behind Daniels. Who these governors decide to support early on, if anyone, will have more influence than usual. · Feb 22 at 1:27pm

    Does Daniels’ apparent lack of interest in battling labor right now reduce the chances of gaining the necessary backing? 

    I’m still shopping.

  3. Lucy Pevensie
    Nickolas: I’m still shopping around for that candidate.

    If more GOP Governors do what Christie and Walker are doing it will be hard not to pick from among them. Kasich is taking an even harder line in Ohio. Unfortunately, the timing may be unfavorable since it seems almost all are newly elected.

    That seems to leave Mitch Daniels, who apparently started down that path first, standing alone. I could add Haley Barbour but I don’t think he is electable.

    And Bobby Jindal.  He’s really young, but he’s got a long and impressive career behind him already. Peter Robinson mentioned him in a recent post, and said it’s time to get over one weak speech and look at him seriously. 

    Overall, the perfect candidates aren’t seasoned enough, and the seasoned candidates aren’t perfect. Somehow I think we need to pick from the more experienced ones and try to live with the imperfections.

  4. Palaeologus
    Jim Chase

    Does Daniels’ apparent lack of interest in battling labor right now reduce the chances of gaining the necessary backing? 

    That piece was so depressing. I really don’t understand it at all.

  5. Jim Chase
    Palaeologus

    Jim Chase

    Does Daniels’ apparent lack of interest in battling labor right now reduce the chances of gaining the necessary backing? 

    That piece was so depressing. I really don’t understand it at all. · Feb 22 at 2:08pm

    All I can figure is that he’s positioning himself somehow as a pragmatist (like his truce on social issues comments).  I get that maybe he wants the voters to have a say on this right to work initiative, but I’m not convinced this approach of bridging the divide will work for him with primary voters.  He’s got a good track record in Indiana, to be sure, but he might be missing the wave on this one.

  6. Nickolas
    Jim Chase

    Nickolas: That seems to leave Mitch Daniels, who apparently started down that path first, standing alone. I could add Haley Barbour but I don’t think he is electable.

    Maybe the new crop of GOP governors will get together and throw their support behind Daniels. Who these governors decide to support early on, if anyone, will have more influence than usual.

    Does Daniels’ apparent lack of interest in battling labor right now reduce the chances of gaining the necessary backing? 

    I’m still shopping.

    I’m still shopping, too. I’m not sold on anyone and I don;t have to buy for quite awhile.

    About the situation in Indiana, as I posted here… apparently the proposed bill affects private sector unions, which could explain Daniels’ reluctance to support it.

  7. Stuart Creque

     Electability is best judged by results, not pre-judged by guessing.  Remember that in 2006, John McCain was eminently “electable” and Barack Obama was most certainly not.

  8. Stuart Creque
    Nickolas

    About the situation in Indiana, as I posted here… apparently the proposed bill affects private sector unions, which could explain Daniels’ reluctance to support it. · Feb 22 at 3:04pm

    It’s one thing to fail to support the bill.  Heck, he can even veto it if he thinks it’s a bad law.

    But when he excuses the actions of Indiana Democrat legislators in running away, that’s beyond the pale.

    DANIELS: First of all, just to affirm, the activities of today are perfectly legitimate part of the process. Even the smallest minority – and that’s what we’ve heard from the last couple days -  has every right to express the strength of its views and I salute those who do. Just to be equally plain, I’m not sending the state police after anybody. I’m not going to divert a single trooper from their job of protecting the Indiana public. I trust that people’s consciences will bring them back to work and I choose to believe that our friends in the minority will, having made their point, will come back and do their duty and the jobs they are paid to do.

  9. Nickolas
    Stuart Creque:

    It’s one thing to fail to support the bill.  Heck, he can even veto it if he thinks it’s a bad law.

    But when he excuses the actions of Indiana Democrat legislators in running away, that’s beyond the pale.

    DANIELS: First of all, just to affirm, the activities of today are perfectly legitimate part of the process. 

    Not showing up to prevent others from casting a vote you don’t like is a “perfectly legitimate part of the process” Mitch? Does it say that in the state’s Constitution?

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