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March 28, 2011

MONDAY'S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP.... Today's installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said over the weekend that the likely GOP presidential field may not be good enough to capture voters' excitement. "I think you might see a whole new cast of Republican candidates out within the next couple of months," he said. DeMint wasn't specific about this "new cast," but suggested New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) as a possibility.

* Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) of Iowa said "only two or three" of the candidates in the prospective Republican presidential field are actually qualified to be president. He wouldn't say which ones.

* Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), a week after launching his presidential exploratory committee, is now unveiling his fundraising team.

* As Virginia Democrats wait to see if Tim Kaine will run for the Senate, Rep. Bobby Scott (D) is talking about running, too, setting up a difficult, costly, and potentially divisive primary.

* Nearly six months after narrowly losing his reelection bid, former Rep. Dan Maffei (D) of New York is "strongly considering" a comeback in 2012. He presumably would seek a rematch against Republican Ann Marie Buerkle.

* Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, perhaps best known as the leading Republican advocate of marijuana legalization, will apparently launch a presidential campaign next month.

* In case it seemed the freak-show qualities of the GOP field couldn't get worse, also note that disgraced former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, kicked off the bench for refusing to acknowledge federal law, is also interested in launching a presidential exploratory committee. (thanks to H.S. for the tip)

* Remember Ian Murphy, the guy who pretended to be a Koch brother while pulling a prank on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R)? It appears Murphy now wants to be a Green Party congressional candidate in New York's 26th congressional district.

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With Roy Moore getting in, that just proves the R's are attracting all the crazies.

Demint's comments prove it.

Posted by: Roger on March 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM | PERMALINK

The Republican presidential campaign is more of a yard sale. They're unloading their garbage. If the GOP thought for a second that they had even the slightest chance to unseat Obama we wouldn't be seeing this freak show unfold. They ain't wasting anyone serious in 2012...ahem, Jeb Bush. So the crazies get to come out and play. Bachmann, Barbour, Gingrich, Huckabee, Palin, Pawlenty....does really believe that any of those fools are nothing more than filler? As far as Christie goes, I can't say it any more tastefully, a greasy fat pig like that will never be elected President.

Posted by: SaintZak on March 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

Looks like Tim Kaine is announcing this Friday: YOUTUBE: DNC Chair Tim Kaine for US Senate in Virginia 2012.

Bobby Scott can and should beat him.

Posted by: @vagovernor on March 28, 2011 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

In case it seemed the freak-show qualities of the GOP field couldn't get worse, also note that disgraced former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, kicked off the bench for refusing to acknowledge federal law, is also interested in launching a presidential exploratory committee.

AKA, a "How Much Money Can I Part From Fools for My Retirement" committee.

Posted by: dr. bloor on March 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

I wouldn't dismiss Christie in a race against Obama. Low information voters may well be seduced by his apparent no-nonsense manner, only to regret their choice within three months when they see the real man in action.

A lot depends upon whether voters learn a lesson from last November's election. Right now, there's a lot of backlash and recognition of just how radical republicans have become. Will voters remember that 20 months from now? I doubt it.

Posted by: beep52 on March 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK

"Sauce for the goose" or "Clowns for the car" or "Pills for the patients" or ....?

Posted by: Trollop on March 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM | PERMALINK

I think a lot of unscrupulous people have discovered that a handsome income can be made or oneself and family members through the running for office process, with a little help from Fox and Friends.

Posted by: thebewilderness on March 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

@ thebewilderness: You've nailed it. However, I would surely pay to see debates between Gary Johnson and Roy Moore, Barbour and Bachmann, Gingrich and Palin. Or any combination thereof.

Posted by: stinger on March 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Is Bobby Scott a real democrat or just another DLC/DINO/repuke-lite like Kaine?

If Scott is an actual democrat, f*ck Kaine!

Posted by: SadOldVet on March 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

Christie? Maybe I don't get out much, but I seriously don't understand the attraction.

Is he really such a hottie?

Posted by: g on March 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

Christie? Maybe I don't get out much, but I seriously don't understand the attraction.

Is he really such a hottie?

Posted by: g

i'm sure he'd do great in new hampshire — campaigning from sunny florida

Posted by: mudwall jackson on March 28, 2011 at 2:02 PM | PERMALINK

I would have thought Murphy would run as a Republican...he's proven to be excellent at deception.

Posted by: T2 on March 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

The GOP is gonna need to trade in its clown car for a clown SUV. A 2012 GMC Jester.

Posted by: Death Panel Truck on March 28, 2011 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

Let me get this straight: Grassley says some of the GOP candidates aren't qualified for the presidency, but he won't say which. In other words: Electing somebody unqualified for the presidency is no big deal, or at least not as big a deal as hurting the feelings of somebody in my party.

Can somebody remind me why people think Republicans are the more patriotic party?

Posted by: beejeez on March 28, 2011 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

Has anyone seen any birth certificates from the GOP field yet?

Grassley says one or two are qualified, but I need proof. Why are they hiding????

Posted by: biggerbox on March 28, 2011 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

@Sadoldvet

Bobby Scott is more progressive than Kaine. He's bi-racial African American and Filipino. Would be interesting to see a race between Bobby Scott and the racist George Allen. Also realize that the African American was significant in 2008 and should be in 2012 -- perhaps then Scott would the stronger candidate?

Posted by: HokieAnnie on March 28, 2011 at 9:58 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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