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Party leaders and 2012 contenders will help give voice to the GOP as it looks to define itself. From left, Louisiana Go. Bobby Jindal, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The Fix is still getting acquainted with our new arrival -- Charlie Cillizza! -- but we couldn't let a Friday pass without giving our readers a new Line.

Friday Line

Given the focus on the Conservative Political Action Committee gathering this weekend -- rightly interpreted as the first major event of the 2012 GOP nomination fight -- we thought now would be the right time to revisit our list of the 10 Republicans to watch as the party seeks to redefine itself in the wake of the disastrous elections of 2006 and 2008.

This should not be taken purely as a handicapping of the 2012 field since some of the people on the list aren't even politicians. Rather, it's an attempt to rank the major voices in the GOP in terms of their ability to influence the direction of the party over the next two to four years.

The number one ranking is for the person with the most power over that direction. Agree or disagree? The comments section awaits.

10. Rush Limbaugh: The conservative talk radio host has seen his profile descend a bit from the heights of last month when he was in a daily back and forth with the Obama administration. But, that doesn't mean Limbaugh is any less influential. Notice in all of the stories about Bobby Jindal's Republican response on Tuesday night, Limbaugh is quoted speaking out in favor of the Louisiana governor. People within the party -- at the professional and grassroots level -- listen to and care about what Limbaugh thinks about any given issue or event. That's why he stays on the Line this month. (Previous ranking: 8)

9. Newt Gingrich: The former Speaker of the House remains one of the people Republicans fear/admire most. Why? Because, regardless of what you think of Gingrich, it's hard to deny that he is a voice of innovation and ideas within the political realm. It's not clear what Gingrich wants for his political future although sharp observers we talk to believe that the Georgia Republican knows he can't run for president in 2012 but wants to be influential in the debate leading up to that election. It's hard to imagine he won't be. (Previous ranking: N/A)

8. Eric Cantor: The Virginia Republican proved during the stimulus debate that he was ready to fulfill the potential that many party strategists have long believed he possesses. While Cantor (and his office) were slightly unsteady, his strong defense of conservative principles and likable demeanor distinguished him in the debate. President Obama also did Cantor a favor earlier this week after the Fiscal Responsibility Summit -- insisting from the podium that he would find a way to work with the House Minority Whip sometime soon. (Previous ranking: 9)

7. Bobby Jindal: Was Jindal's response to the Obama congressional address earlier this week a stem winder of the sort that will catapult him into a mega-star in the national political firmament a la Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic National Convention? Definitely not. Was it an unmitigated disaster that either badly diminishes or disqualifies him in 2012? Definitely not. (Can you remember one minority party response to a State of the Union? Neither can we.) To our mind, Jindal's biggest problem isn't that he sounds like Kenneth from "30 Rock" but that if he runs for reelection as governor of Louisiana in 2011 (as he has pledged to do), he will struggle to lavish the kind of attention on Iowa and New Hampshire that voters in those states have come to expect and covet. (Previous ranking: 4)

6. Tim Pawlenty: T-Paw is the tortoise of the 2012 race -- carefully picking his spots to speak out on the national stage, always wary of overexposure or a misstep. There are strengths and weaknesses to that strategy. On the positive side, Pawlenty avoids looking desperate or craven with three years before the election, and he has some time outside of the national spotlight to hone his message. On the negative, he seems resistant to putting together the sort of political structure -- advisers who have been through this process before, a political action committee that allows him to donate to would-be supporters in places like Iowa and New Hampshire -- that other candidates (Romney, Palin) are already building. (Previous ranking: 6)

5. Mark Sanford: Of all the Republicans looking seriously at 2012, Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, is the one who has leaned the furthest forward. He has been everywhere of late -- op-ed pages, television, state party gatherings -- as a strident voice in opposition to the economic stimulus bill. Having watched Sanford all the way back to his years in Congress in the late 1990s, we can testify that while he can come across slightly didactic when discussing issues, he is also a VERY gifted communicator on television. His advisers know that fact very well so expect to see him on the national Sunday shows frequently in the coming months. (Previous ranking: 5)

4. Haley Barbour: The Mississippi governor is staying under the radar at the moment but, privately, he is working any number of angles to ensure the party heads in his preferred direction. One example: he was one of handful of governors (and the only one NOT considering a run for president in 2012) to sign a letter urging Republican members of Congress to vote against the economic stimulus plan pushed by President Obama. (Previous ranking: 2)

3. Michael Steele: Steele's victory in the Republican National Committee Chairman's race last month ensured a top five ranking for the Maryland GOPer. While Steele has a tendency to choose hot rhetoric (his pledge to "knock over" those in his way) over a cohesive vision for the party, he is still one of Republicans' most effective -- and active -- communicators on television.

2. Mitt Romney: Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, has the highest work rate of any modern politician we have observed closely. During his run for president last year, Romney's schedule would often be packed with six events a day, a stunning level of activity. He's keeping up that breakneck pace so far in 2009 -- using his Free and Strong America PAC to seed donations to up and coming politicians while penning editorials and providing counsel to congressional Republicans on economic issues. Another major advantage for Romney: much -- though not all -- of his political team has stayed in touch and intact , meaning that if and when he flicks the switch they will be ready to go from, well, day one. (Previous ranking: 3)

1. Sarah Palin: Even in absence, the governor of Alaska is big news. Her absence from the National Governors Association meeting and CPAC over the last week created quite a stir. Why isn't she coming? Should she be? To our mind, Palin is doing the exact right thing. She doesn't need any more publicity for a while. The best thing she can do is spend most of her time in Alaska -- governing well there while also working to broaden her knowledge on national and international issues. The conservative base of the party isn't going to forget her. (Previous ranking: 1)

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King of Zouk wrote: "As time goes on, it is clear that the three stooges - Barry, harry and nan have no clue what they are doing."

You are mistaken, they know exactly what they are doing. Please remember they are Globalist Socialists bent on delivering our Nation to the New World Order, aka World government. In order to do this they must first disassemble our free Constitutional Republic one Liberty at a time and morph it into a Socialist/Communist state. They are having great success in selling this notion to 'We, The Sheeple" because the vast majority of us (myself included) are relatively poor by US standards; tax credits, rebates, screwing the "rich" to finance our excesses sound pretty nice to us poor folks. And this IS a Democracy, right?

WRONG! It is absolutely no such thing and was NEVER intended to be! Our Founders were very careful to make this distinction: ours is a Constitutional democratic Republic. It is a "government of laws, not of men". Our Constitution was very carefully crafted to protect us from "Democracy", which is after all just another word for "mob rule".

If you are reading this please spread this information around. Every time I hear anyone (especially a US politician or Judge) refer to our Nation as a "Democracy" I almost lose my lunch. Please, right now, make this distinction in your mind. Study up on it a bit: read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and study the Federalist Papers and other writings of our Founding Fathers.

Try to understand this grand treasure those wise, brave and determined men secured FOR US, that so many have fought and died to protect and defend FOR US. And please, for God's sake and for the sake of our citizens both living and as yet unborn, and to honor those heroes who sacrificed themselves on the fields of battle....

Please join fellow citizen Patriots in an all-out effort to do what every politician takes a Solemn Oath to do (but seldom does): to defend the Constitution. It alone can protect us from the tyranny of "democracy".

Posted by: wdlockaby | March 4, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

First, Grover Norquist should definitely be on this list. I think Pawlenty is too highly rated, and Gingrich and Limbaugh are severely underrated.

Secondly ... do not underestimate Mark Sanford. The assumption that it will be Romney vs. Palin is a pretty big stretch. Mitt Romney is still not charismatic. He still has a history of flip-flopping on social issues. He's still Mormon. Is that going to play any better down South in 2012 than it did in 2008?

I think it'll be Sanford vs. Gingrich. I don't buy the claim that Newt knows he can't run. I think an Obama-Gingrich election would be a heavyweight title fight. The crafty Chicagoan vs. the brainy Professor. Yankees-Red Sox. Texas-Oklahoma. Who wouldn't pay money to see that?

Posted by: Route1 | March 3, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Fair assesment. Basically it will come down to Palin vs Romney. Palin can muster the majority of the rank and file with just a wink. Romney can slay the also rans and knows how to work the establishment (even though they would rather a wishy washy like Pawlenty).

In the end it will be a great battle for the RNC. Grassroots who hold the purse and votes vs. the establishment who knows how to move a candidate and has the keys to the nomination.

Stay tuned.

Posted by: klyphton | March 3, 2009 4:40 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to ALL the liberal democrats on putting Obama in the white house. I sure hope you all enjoy paying all the taxes you are going to incur. Good going. A community organizer does not a president make. Watch the DOW. And again, Thanks

Posted by: sprayadhesive | March 2, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

leapin - question for you, which of the two scenarios below would be more likely to be hazardous for driving?

A. Building cars capable of higher speeds
B. Eliminating speed limits and removing police officers from the streets to enforce the rules of the road

A and B combined are a deadly combination for sure, but A alone will not lead to a massive crisis. Fannie and Freddie allowing for more subprime loans wasn;t the problem, banks pressing loans they should have known people couldn't afford (THEY understood the markets far better than the people they loaned the money to, unless people are alleging massive fraud on the part of consumers), trusting instead in an endless housing bubble to enable the to afford it one day in the future on paper so that they could bundle and sell the loan to drive up stock in the bank. That is where the problem lies. Tax benefits and subprime loans begins a cycle of higher home values due to increased demand, but that in turn becomes a pyramid scheme spearheaded by the banks where rising prices appear to rise indefinitely as investors jump on the bandwagon, driving up more prices and drawing in more investors, when in fact there was no real underlying demand for housing, just investment property. The banks should have seen what was going on, but they cared more about their stock value than the long term state of the market.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 2, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Watching Limbaugh rave at CPAC was like watching old films of Hitler raving. And watching Republicans at CPAC speaking in lockstep about socialism was so like what the Third Reich that I shivered and changed channels. Shudder.

Posted by: oldwoman | March 2, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

To the posters who list Ron Paul, I gotta admire your persistence.

To the posters who list Arnold, he isnt eligible to be President and won't be.

And to the poster who wrote "What's really missing from this list is thinkers. The GOP doesn't need new faces as much as it needs new ideas, or at any rate ideas that appeal to a broad coalition." I honestly can't imagine why any thinking person would identify with today's GOP leadership.

These are folks who had us borrow $6 trillion while they gave tax cuts to the rich -- we're borrowing to pay for that. Folks who made a buffoon (James Inhofe) chair of the Senate Environment Committee -- and still refuse to acknowledge that climate warnings have come from the National Academy of Sciences, not just the left. Today's GOP is intellectually bankrupt. Thinking people look elsewhere.

Posted by: davidscott1 | March 2, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

All this moral posturing and incrimination has led to the sort of nemesis we saw with the "highest ethical standards" devolving into Daschle, Geithner, Killefer, Lynch, Richardson, Solis, etc. (and silence about Blago, Burris, Murtha, Rangel, etc.). Does anyone remember that, decades ago, a flip-the-channel collective response met Jimmy Carter every time he put on the cardigan sweater and began to lecture America about what was wrong with it rather than trying to uplift Americans' spirits to meet new challenges?

Posted by: leapin | March 2, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

THINGS ARE REALLY BAD. WE CAN BE THANKFUL THAT WE GOT A LOOK AT THESE GUYS. MR. STEELE SAID MR. LINBOUGH IS AN ENTERTAINER. HE WAS SPEAKING ON THE D.L. HUGLEY SHOW TELLING HOW HE WAS GOING TO ENERGIZE THE HIP-HOP GENERATION; THOSE SAME GUYS THEY PUT IN JAIL RATHER THAN EDUCATE THEM AND PERHAPS INTEREST IN JOINING THE MILITARY SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN DEPRIVED OF JOBS.

I THINK THAT MARKETING IS INTERESTING. MARKETING LET A CAMEL TELL US THAT SMOKING WAS COOL, NOT DANGEROUS. MR. CANTOR WAS THEIR LEGAL PERSON. THOSE CIGARETTES CAUSED A BIG JUMP IN OUR HEALTH CARE COST BECAUSE SMOKING CAUSED CHRONIC CARE WHICH IS LONG TERM AND EXPENSIVE. NOT ONLY THAT BUT IT IS THE ONLY LEGAL ADDICTIVE DRUG.

I JUST WANT TO KEEP SHINING A LIGHT ON THESE FOLKS. I WANT TO KNOW WHY JOY THE PLUMBER COULDN'T PAY HIS TAXES, HAS HE NOW BECOME JOE THE CAMEL?

DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WHEN BLACKS WANTED THE RIGHT TO VOTE, MOST PEOPLE DIDN'T BELIEVE THEY COULDN'T VOTE; THEY NEVER SAW THE OTHER AMERICA. LYNDON JOHNSON TOLD MARTIN LUTHER KING TO PUT THE YOUNG PEOPLE, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THE FRONT OF THE LINE AND HE COULD GET THE VOTING RIGHTS BILL PASSED.
T.V. SHOWED DOGS, FIRE HOSES AND COW PRODS USED TO DISCOURAGE THESE AMERICANS FROM VOTING. THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT WAS PASSED. THOSE DEMOCRATS THAT HAD OBSTRUCTED THE PASSING OF THE BILL BECAME REPUBLICANS AND ARE STILL OBSTRUCTIONIST. THEY ARE STILL IN THE BUSINESS OF DENYING SOME AMERICANS OF THEIR RIGHTS.

LETS BE WISE. LETS NOT WAIT UNTIL OUR CHILDREN STARVE AND OUR SENIORS WHO HAVE WORKED ALL THEIR LIVES BE SUDDENLY TOSSED INTO POVERTY BEFORE YOU SEE THEIR GAME PLAN.
OUR CHILDREN ARE ALREADY UNDEREDUCATED, UNINSURED AND NOW HOMELESS BUT THE GOP KEEP TALKING ABOUT MAKING A DEBT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN. WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL IT MAKE IF MANY WILL NOT LIVE TO PAY THE DEBT.
THEY NEED TO EAT TODAY.
GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Posted by: sm98yth | March 2, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The GOP circular firing squad is in full swing, with RNC Chair Mike Steele going after de facto GOP leader Rush "I want Obama to fail" Limpballs and his mob of sniveling far-rightwingnuts.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 2, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Run Sarah run. Sara please run.

If this is the best the Republican Party has to offer, they're in as much trouble as I think they are. Although Romney may be moderate enough to appeal to a broad swath of voters -- IF he can get past the conservative Republican primary gauntlet.

Palin is now Dan Quayle. Damaged goods. I don't see how she recovers, especially since much of the damage was self-inflicted by a woman who had no business holding high office.

Posted by: davidscott1 | March 2, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

nodebris -

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DE7DB153EF933A0575AC0A96F958260

This seems to pre-date the Bush years. Why all the misconceptions on the housing issue?

Posted by: leapin | March 2, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Where is my favorite, Rev. Huckabee?

Posted by: rrice1 | March 2, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Ten Republicans to Watch? Watch them do what?.. Probably crap like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r35ni7WF0dA

Typical Republican doing what Republicans do, when they think nobody is watching.

Posted by: hiberniantears | March 2, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

No wonder why they call this the fix! No Ron Paul!

Posted by: joe49 | March 2, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Hay Chris, where's Ron Paul on the list? No wonder why the Washington Post can't make any money, becuase they are not true news organizations and just controllers of b.s.

Posted by: joe49 | March 2, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

King of Kook has a point about the market. He has keenly noted how the Democrats, although out of power, were able to inflate the housing market under the Republicans' very noses, without them even noticing the perfidious bubble inflating dangerously before them like Rush's waist line. Rumor tells that Pelosi painted it red white and blue, so the Republicans just saluted it without any question. Fiendish, crafty Democrats! Poor, honest, put-upon Republicans! Of course, the Democrats timed the bubble that they created to pop right as they took power, because that way it made it look as if they were responsible for the bubble that they took great pains to hide that they were creating. Don't worry, it all makes sense if you look at things straight, like the King of Fools.

Posted by: nodebris | March 1, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

flashback: the war is lost. The surge is a failure. The general is a liar. There is no plan.

Flashforward: the war is going badly. We need a surge. Shhhhhh. There is no plan.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 1, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

"worst two months in the history of the Dow. The sign of things to come. Followed by voting with your wallet and "anyone but a lib" winning at the polls. You were given a chance and showed how completely loony you are"

Not that facts matter to you, but the current spiral was caused by Republican economics, lest you forget. No economist has been predicting anything other than it continuing for the next few months; the full effect of moves the government is making now won't be felt for a while.

Posted by: SeanC1 | March 1, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Yup, here's to hoping the people will vote with their wallets in two years, after we pull ourselves out of the Bush Depression.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 1, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

worst two months in the history of the Dow. The sign of things to come. Followed by voting with your wallet and "anyone but a lib" winning at the polls. You were given a chance and showed how completely loony you are.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 1, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Sign of the Political Wilderness: When even the governor of UTAH is chastising the Republican Party for being out of touch.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 1, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The same Rush who thought that the line about Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness came from the Preamble to the Constitution? Yes, great source of truth there.

Any price? Naaah. See, Olympia Snowe, Susan COllins, and Arlen Specter all answer to liberal constituencies. They all will fall in line in the end, and have on all major points thusfar. And if they don't we'll make them go out and actually defend a filibuster, rather than hide behind it.

Enjoy your time whining in the majority. After CPAC this week, it's clear you'll be there for a while.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 1, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

mr purple lips thin skinned is so afraid of the truth, they must immediately confront the accuracy in media outlet called Rush.

I suspect his lips are that color because of the thin skin and blue blood.

Worst feb. Since 1929. Lib rule. Barry, harry and nan are imbeciles.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 1, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Beyond doubt the next Confedrate President will come from one that list, but it seems like pretty slim pickings otherwise.

Posted by: DonJasper | March 1, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Enough with news of the GOP, the Republicans this that. What do the Republicans think??

What about the majority of your readers? What about the majority of the country? What about the majority of the elected officials?? Seriously how uninteresting can you get?

Posted by: Vaughan1 | March 1, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

According to Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Limbaugh is the "intellectual force" of the GOP.

A sad but true laugh line if I ever heard one.

Posted by: csfoster2000 | March 1, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

the political wilderness:

characterized by the begging on bended knee to any single Repub every time another 400 billion needs spending. you might think that harry reid is running the Senate, but no, it is one of the enemy who can state any price for their sell out.

As time goes on, it is clear that the three stooges - Barry, harry and nan have no clue what they are doing.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 1, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"mean time dont worry about about us republicans we are just waitin for somebody to do somthing really stupid or very unconstitutional whichever comes first"

Sounds to me like you guys already pulled that off, which is why you have been exiled to the political wilderness...

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 1, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I know this is about strategies and "futures" (as they used to say in the stock market) but..Let's not care, Cillizza!

Who in the mainstream press of old heaped attention on Howard Dean in the year 2000?

As to Limbaugh.. tonight they re-ran the film, Blazing Saddles and this line stuck out when describing the speech pattern of Gabby, the incoherent town idiot as.."Authentic Western Gibberish."
Let's call Limbaugh's speech "Authentic Reactionary 50's Gibberish." It really does harken back to Father Coughlin of the thirties too, for those who read history. Same poison, same harm.

Posted by: hrayovac | March 1, 2009 3:58 AM | Report abuse

It's way too early to think about the 2012 election, although by then any Republican nominee will probably get elected no matter who he/she is. With the Democrap Socialists in charge, and a president Barack Obama who'll have screwed up the US economy with his Marxist ideas by then, any GOP candidate will get elected. The only ones who'll still support Obama by then will be the racist blacks--who would support a brother no matter what he does--the Communist American unions, the far-left liberal Democrap Socialist hardlinners, the homosexual community, the welfare scamers (who'll have gotten lots of freebees by Obamas gang by then), and all the rest of the special interests looking to keep the gravy-train going. By 2012 the American working people will have come to the realization that Obama's and the Democrap Socialist's "solutions" will do to the USA what guys like Joe Stalin, Adolph Hitler, and Fidel Castro did to their countries.

Posted by: armpeg | February 27, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

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Are you on crack? Need to look at your party for facist and communist tendicies. It was the 6 years of the GOP and Bush that got into this mess. There was no deficient spending prior to Bush. The two wars and tax cuts for the rich depleted the surplus that was created under the Clinton year's. Obama won the election base on a change in affordable health care.new energy ideas,creating better education system for all children and creating jobs that will be that be not shipped oversea. The only ideas the GOP are coming up with tax cuts,spending and drill baby drill. The GOP have become the party of the mean sprited and they become ensalved by a right wing faction thats have became regonial. Willam F Buckley turning over is grave knowing that Palin was the VP nominee for the GOP in 2008. If the GOP has any chance of being elect in 2012 they better change their ways and be more inclusive because the minorities are going to be majority in many parts of this coutry.

Posted by: valjeanharden | March 1, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

you want change ? stop sending criminials to resorts aka prison with slaps on the wrist fire that electric chair up,set terms on senators and congressmen who have entirely too much power they get in there and never leave . The illegal immigrant problem is a huuuuge dead weight on taxpayers trust me i live i texas and these poeple breed like rabbits ....that would be a good start in the mean time dont worry about about us republicans we are just waitin for somebody to do somthing really stupid or very unconstitutional whichever comes first

Posted by: jszcoffey | February 28, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I take your view seriously because you were the first I recall who said that if Obama became a "movement" rather than remain only a candidate he would beat Hillary.

So, if you say that Palin is the GOPer to watch, I bet you're on to something. I don't think she was at all the "trailer trash" "moron" that so many of my fellow Democrats thought.

She has real talent. The issue is whether she wants the Presidency badly enough to learn the issues cold and come up with convincing answers to the big unsolved problems. If she does, then she will be a threat to Democrats.

Posted by: midiexpress2x2 | February 28, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

It seems the messiahs economic acumen is only matched by his bowling prowess.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 28, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

A FEDERALLY-ENABLED AMERICAN GENOCIDE CONTINUES TO DESTROY ENTIRE FAMILIES NATIONWIDE.

***

TEAM OBAMA: WHAT DO YOUR BUSH HOLD-OVERS KNOW ABOUT THIS?

The ONGOING Bush/Cheney- initiated American social genocide via the "extrajudicial punishment network" :

• Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

• Terroristic community gang stalking;

• Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."

SATURDAY IS DAY 4O OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 28, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

After viewing this list, I feel like eating some cold, slightly moldy, leftover pizza.....ugh!

Posted by: dickhealy | February 28, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

HA Ha ha ha ha ha............are you serious? Ha ha.......................................

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 28, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"recessions come and go. It takes liberal meddling to turn one into a depression."

You, a 6.2% annualized loss in GDP on Dubya's watch all must be the result of liberal meddling. Because G-d knows it couldn't be the total failure of conservative philosophy that got us where we are.

Still waiting for an example of an earmark in the stimulus bill....

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 28, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney chances were destroyed as well as Eric Cantors when it was reported this past week that Romney is a billionare with several houses and Cantors wife has taken several thousands of dollars from the stimulus fund when he voted against it.
Steele might have had a chance but it was reported that he had tax problems. The Republicans need to wait atleast until 2020 and rehabilitate themselves politicaly.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 28, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Chris once again i honesty think that NONE of these Republican picks have ANY chance against President Obama in 2012. I think you need to switch them to a possible chance in 2016 and see which Democrats they may run against. The Republicans have completly been digging themselves in a BIG hole by going against our popular President who is trying to work with them. This reminds me when Pesident Clinton was running for re-election and the only answer the Republicans had go up against Clinton was Bob Dole. Clinton beat Dole came election time. Let's face the reality truth now, President Obama will be re-elected in 2012 period. Justice Roberts, Jindal, Hannity, Palin,limbaugh and many more, are REALLY hurting themselves and making the Republicans look bad.
The only saving grace today was that finally, John McCain agreed with the President about the troop withdrawal. Republicans need to recruit BETTER people like Colin Powal and Susan Collins if they ever want to come back. I think Chris you need to look at the 2016 or 2020 Presidential election.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 28, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

recessions come and go. It takes liberal meddling to turn one into a depression. What a bunch of bumbling fools we have elected.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 28, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Mrs. Phalin is the only one who stands out outside the Beltway echo chamber.

The problem is while she excites the base (mainly Yahoos in the Deep South States, Alaska, and Idaho), she is a joke outside of it. Nominating Mrs. Phalin in 2012 would officially turn the GOP into a regional extremist party like the '48 Dixiecrats.
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Winners
BHO
Sergeant Lincoln Osiris
Mrs. Wm. J. Clinton (now seemingly a BHO fan but not yet on the Judith Warner, red-zone level)
Fake President Matthew Santos (for creating the template for the BHO agenda)
Sens. Collins and Snowe (for ignoring extremist bullying and overt threats from GOP leadership)
Due Process and the Rule of Law

Losers
Perennial loser WashPo's Kathleen Parker (for disingenuously defending the racist NY Post cartoon depicting BHO as a chimp even after Murdoch apologized for it-- twice)
Jindal (nuff said)
Michelle (You be da man) Bachman

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 28, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

IF THIS IS THE BEST THEY HAVE WE WELCOME THEM, STEELE IS A BLANTANT UNCLE TOM OF THE OLE SCHOOL, JINDALS FAMILY IS FAR MORE RACIST THEN ANY GRAND DRAGONE OF THE KLU KLUX KLAN, THE REST COME FROM CLOSET DIXIE DEMOCRATE FAMILY THAT USE CROOK AND CHEAT TO GIVE AWAY AMERICA BY USING THE TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS, (THE WORKING PEOPLE URINATED ON BY THE RICH) AND OF COURSE LET'S NOT FORGETT SARAH, WHO DON'T KNOW WHERE ALASKA ENDS AND RUSSIA BEGIN. ANYWAY WELCOME WE LOOK FORWARD TO AIRING YOUR DIRTY ACTIONS IN 2012. GOD BLESS AMERICA, CAUSE WE SHOLE GOT A BUNCH A FOOLS

Posted by: 1953jno | February 28, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

If Bobby "Jihad" Jindal is one of the GOP's up and coming stars, they are in a world of hurt. Seems like the governor would best fit in a comedy show on TV. His speech the other night shows how well the GOP operatives prepare their stars for their TV appearances. Same thing happened to Sarah Palin, remember?

Posted by: MRICHIBAN | February 28, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

As usual Zouk, you weren't listening. All but 35k - 50k by 8/31/10 and the residual force to leave by the end of 2011. I suspect that if there were a guard at the embassy, you'd accuse Obama of betraying the American peepul.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 27, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

When I'm president. I will pull out all our troops from Iraq.

All but 50,000 I meant.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 27, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Jindal is a liar

Posted by: johanna3 | February 27, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Opp80 - Palin's at #1, not the bottom of the list. This is a countdown, kinda like Letterman.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 27, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if all the liberals posting here are aware that Obama's popularity is dropping like a rock."

You should read today's Gallup:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/116224/Obama-Approval-Rating-Increases.aspx

67% Approval. Up 8 pts from the last poll.

Zouk, still waiting on a single example of an earmark in the stimulus bill...

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 27, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

the excuses. The finger pointing. The spin. The lies. The redefinitions. The cover ups. The corruption.

The beginning of the jimmy carter slide. A result of affirmative action. Never trust a lib.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 27, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Plz Laura Bush...give us much smarter people a break. Mrs. Bush claiming that the Bush's had to borrow furniture for her dinner guest. What about the furniture you took from the White House?

A millionaire claiming they had to borrow something...wtf.

Republicans are so full of it...

Can you tell us when ex Pres. when will he pay the American people back the money he took before leaving office?

Posted by: opp88 | February 27, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

BACKMAN....BARACK OBAMA IS DA MAN..IS DA MAN..YOU BETTER RECOGNIZE AND ASK SOMEBODY...BEEEOTCH!

Posted by: opp88 | February 27, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

IF THESE FOLKS HAD ANY SUBSTANCE TO ADD TO OUR ECONOMY PROBLEMS. THEY MIGHT BE A THREAT FOR OBAMA IN 2012.

WHY IS PALIN AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS LIST. SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO NEARLY MADE IT TO THE FINISH LINE IN 2008.

ACCORDING TO MCSHAME...SARAH 'HOP SCOTCH MOM' PALIN WAS THE MOST QUALIFIED TO RUN WITH HIM IN 2008. UNTIL HER 2 INTERVIEWS.

HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHA!

LAUGHING WITH YOU... NOT AT YOU!

Posted by: opp88 | February 27, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Hoo boy, there are some odd posts here. I like the cheery lady (Normajean?) who assures us that the President's popularity is "dropping like a rock." And this on a day when Gallup has his favorable rating at 67%! Also hilarious is her premature prediction of a "big" conservative/GOP comeback in '10 and'12...what planet is she living on?

Posted by: taylorb1 | February 27, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to you and Mrs. Fix on Charlie's birth!

If this is the GOP top ten, though--I will not be changing parties again anytime soon. I left the GOP in the early nineties when it became apparent they were already completely out of touch with the real world--and they haven't improved since.

To brainfart007, your defense of Bob Corker is admirable, but as a native Tennessean myself, I can say this: He may be good at explaining himself to the media and the country at large, but he has yet to explain to the people of Tennessee why he continually votes on ideological lines, rather than with an eye to what would actually be good for us. So far, he's just picked up where Bill Frist left off. He represents the same wealthy white elite--not people who actually work for a living and are suffering as the economy worsens and jobs are lost.

Posted by: ktartiste | February 27, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if all the liberals posting here are aware that Obama's popularity is dropping like a rock. He has done more harm in one month that anyone would have thought possible. The tea party protests are just getting warmed up, and the press is starting to come around and show some of the dissent. People are not stupid, they will not believe Obama's lies forever. Enjoy your little spectacle for now, because the liberals are going down in 2010 AND 2012.

Posted by: NormaJeane | February 27, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

WOW, isn’t that PALIN a GREAT LADY!!!!!

Elect Palin - Rumsfeld 2012!!

Posted by: bleeda | February 27, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse


The right-wing NUTBALLFEST otherwise known as CPAC is HILARIOUS!

What a bunch of raving fanatics and lunatics.

They are so screwed. They have zero ideas, zero vision, zero ideals beyond hate and hysteria. Nothing!

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 27, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

This list of angry, repellent, deranged neanderthals is the best the republican party can come up with?

These are people who should be 'watched', all right -- to keep them from hurting themselves or others.

Posted by: drindl | February 27, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, by leaving out Governor Huckabee, you have consciously or sub, pointed out that Huckabee is the greatest influence going, as he is drawing on both sides of the fence conservatives who are for the populous, the We of the people. Thanks.

Posted by: RGeorgeDunn | February 27, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

armpeg-- you are a very sick individual, unfortunately quite characteristic of the dumbing down and mental illness of the R base. Your party will keep losing as long as it is catering to the sorry likes of you.

You should really seek help.

Posted by: drindl | February 27, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

One wonders if you could make more money with a stupid reality show..featuring this cast of miscreants... go ahead Cillizza, try out TV...you have a family to support!

Posted by: newbeeboy | February 27, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse


When the GOP addresses constitutional and human rights issues -- the Ron Paul/Libertarian angle, you might say -- it will again become relevant to the political discussion:

***

TEAM OBAMA: WHAT DO YOUR BUSH HOLD-OVERS KNOW ABOUT THIS?

The ONGOING Bush/Cheney- initiated American social genocide via silent, covert radiation weapons assaults, terroristic community gang stalking, and "programs of personal financial destruction."

FRIDAY IS DAY 39 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 27, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

It's way too early to think about the 2012 election, although by then any Republican nominee will probably get elected no matter who he/she is. With the Democrap Socialists in charge, and a president Barack Obama who'll have screwed up the US economy with his Marxist ideas by then, any GOP candidate will get elected. The only ones who'll still support Obama by then will be the racist blacks--who would support a brother no matter what he does--the Communist American unions, the far-left liberal Democrap Socialist hardlinners, the homosexual community, the welfare scamers (who'll have gotten lots of freebees by Obamas gang by then), and all the rest of the special interests looking to keep the gravy-train going. By 2012 the American working people will have come to the realization that Obama's and the Democrap Socialist's "solutions" will do to the USA what guys like Joe Stalin, Adolph Hitler, and Fidel Castro did to their countries.

Posted by: armpeg | February 27, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

If Jindal is all they've got to counter Obama, well, that's just pitiful. I wish people would interview Palin all the time because she's so looney. Her rigid, anti-intellectual, happy to be a no-nothing will be her undoing. People don't want tired jingoism, whiney anti-feminist stands. We want/need people who can speak with clarity and offer up intelligent solutions. Crist is a reasonable man and because of that he's despised by the core of the GOP. I have gruding respect for Gingrich...because he often speaks with intellectual honesty, admitting that republicans have no good ideas right now except that annoying, knee-jerk rant about tax cuts. The dems are annoying, too...Dodd, Barney Frank, Pelosi, Reid...bloviators all of the first order. But at least they believe government can/should be a force for good in society...and god knows, we've had enough of the cult of the mediocre -- starting with odl Ronnie Reagan (wonder if he ever ate ketchup as a vegetable??] Romney also has potential -- not that I would vote for him, but he's not scary and I think he learned alot in the last campaign and will be more natural, less stiff and doctrinaire in his next run. Lots of moderates probably would give him a look-see. But Obama is going to be one of the greats -- just think of what he is having to contend with -- and he is tackling the big issues with big ideas. We must stand with him.

Posted by: farnor | February 27, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

ddawd writes
"The problem is that you are looking at centrist Republicans. The thing is that centrist for the country is fringe for the Republican party. Collins is considered a turncoat by most of the Republican leaders."

I think that was his point. Senators Collins, Snowe & Specter did far more to improve the stimulus package than anyone on the Fix's list. Yet none of those individuals have any 'power' within the party. Its frankly ridiculous that a radio host has influence within the party while the Senators who are actually influencing policy don't.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 27, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

It is remarkable how Ron Paul is not on this list. Just virtue of the amount of money he will raise this go-around if he does indeed run by default will make him a frontrunner. Plus during all the debates leading up to 2012 he'll be able to say about the economy, "I told you so."

Posted by: sentinel18 | February 27, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Charlie.

I like that.

Posted by: dognabbit | February 27, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"Whew. Getting a little desperate, are we? Can't you find a good argument? That's the best you got?"

That's his argument. Anonymous internet character says its true, thus, it must be true.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 27, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"It is ironic that the Republican who can most influence the nation, Susan Collins, Sen. - ME,
has no influence in her party.

I am more of a fan of her senior senator, but it is very clear who the go-to R on the floor of the Senate will be on domestic issues. I suspect that Lugar will be the go-to R on FP and McC and Graham on Defense.

On entitlements, Gregg will join the list of go-to Rs, and perhaps Grassley and Voinovich."

The problem is that you are looking at centrist Republicans. The thing is that centrist for the country is fringe for the Republican party. Collins is considered a turncoat by most of the Republican leaders. Even Steele seemed to entertain the idea of cutting off RNC funds to the Senators who voted for the stimulus. Unless there is a fundamental shift in the Republican groupthink, the centrist Republicans will remain fringe in the party.
And there doesn't seem to be any indication that the groupthink is shift other than the fact that they seem to be ok with some non-whites at the forefront.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 27, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I think you're way off with Sarah Palin at #1, Chris. Yes, the press can't get enough of her, but that alone doesn't give her the ability to be the leading voice, as you put it, in terms of ability to influence the direction of the party over the next two to four years.

The direction of the party will not be set by her while she's in Alaska. Newt, Rush, Steele and others will have a MUCH more influential role at steering the direction of the party. Sarah's role will be limited to whether she lines up with that direction in 2012.

Do you really expect her to come out with a strong policy position that influences how the Republicans in Congress vote on a particular issue, or how Steele communicates his ideals for the party?

Again, I think you violated your own rule and shifted the rankings to handicapping the 2012 race.

Congrats on the newborn.

- Ken

Posted by: Politicania | February 27, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

why would actual marines applaud for a surrendercrat? A payraise of course, but not a commie.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 27, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

You mean the top 10 lemmings the other lemmings will follow off the cliff.

Oh wait - they already have!

Posted by: solsticebelle | February 27, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

1. Palin
Slumping price of Oil/endless scandals/inept "governance" will put a democrat or libertarian in the governors mansion in Juneau.
2. Romney
Heretic. The American Taliban is the only force to rival #10 in GOP power.
3. Michael Steele
See affirmative action remarks for #7. This looks as blatant as a ploy as Palin was, and boy did McCain get votes!
4. Haley Barbour
Who? Nothing says national model for prosperity like Mississippi. And he does love him some Council of Conservative Citizens (just forget what the SPLC says about them and the Klan, foolish negroes)
5. Mark Sanford
Called #10 an "idiot", thats it for him.
6. Tim Pawlenty
The people of Minnesota loves a republican party that puts personal pride over full senatorial representation.
7. Bobby Jindal
Best poster child for anti affirmative action since Sarah Palin. GOP loves tokens, people want a woman, put one forward regardless of qualifications or ability, people elected a person of color, GOP can fill that brand too.

Is there a big block of hidden Indian americans in the GOP or is Bobby the only one? I didn't see any brown in the crowd at the convention last summer. Nothing says inclusivity like meritless promotion of a token.
8. Eric Castor
How much $ did his wife's bank get from the bailout again?
9. Newt Gingrich
See my comments below.
10. Rush Limbaugh
Between grovelling congressman, and Demint's rapid intorduction of an anti fairness doctrine bill, anyone with eyes can see that Rush is the only leader of the republican party.

Posted by: feckless | February 27, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"NO APPLAUSE AT ALL WHEN POTUS WAS INTRO'ED... STONY SILENCE.

RUDE? WERE THEY OBEYING AN ORDER?"

They were standing at ATTENTION. That is military protocol when a commander enters the room, they did the exact same thing when Bush entered the room. From a stagecraft perspective, Obama should have come into the room, recieved a formal introduction from somebody else, then spoken because they would then have applauded after the intro as he came up to speak, but for whatever reason they chose not to do it that way.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 27, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

You know, Gingrich was an ideas man like fifteen years ago, but I can't really think of anything that he has done or suggested recently. Most Republicans believe that they need new, fresh ideas. Very few of them have ventured a guess as to what those ideas would be. Eventually it just comes back to the same ideas, but perhaps in a more attractive packaging.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 27, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

KoZ, you still haven't shown us a single earmark on the stimulus bill. Please, enlighten us. Show us one earmark on that bill.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 27, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

fool_of_zouk wrote: "it seems libs are redefining words again."

Is that really an argument that a fan of "enhanced interrogation" wants to put out there?

Whew. Getting a little desperate, are we? Can't you find a good argument? That's the best you got?

Posted by: nodebris | February 27, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin 2012!

Posted by: hsp918 | February 27, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"Because, regardless of what you think of Gingrich, it's hard to deny that he is a voice of innovation and ideas within the political realm."

"innovative"

How can ideas that were disproven 10 years ago be innovative?

Okay maybe to a republican party who believes that Obama is a socialist/communist "cut taxes and deregulate" seems like an inspiring innovation thats yet to be REALLY tried (ha!) by our government.

I'm sure if you wrote about Clinton's legacy and promise you would mention the impeachment.

How can you write about Gingrich without mentioning that he was forced to resign from the speakership under an ethics cloud? Or atleast that Gingrich served his wife with divorce papers while she was in the hospital with cancer so that he could run off with one of his very young political aids?

Posted by: feckless | February 27, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on the birth of lil' Charlie. My best to you and Mrs. Fix!

Posted by: frying_pan77 | February 27, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

it seems libs are redefining words again. Less down is up? Earmarks don't exist. Spending is saving. Secrets are transparent. Tax cheats are honest. My old dictionary seems to be out of date. It still says the word "is" is fairly concrete, not negotiable.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 27, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I think we should keep an open mind to the Republican candidates. After all Obama’s “progressive” policies date back to the 1930’s and although some think those policies were successful the intervention of WWII really clouds that picture. Outside of the eastern corridor, where peoples judgments are clouded by their government job security, people question Obama’s policies as their jobs become less and less secure.

Posted by: leapin | February 27, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

NO APPLAUSE AT ALL WHEN POTUS WAS INTRO'ED... STONY SILENCE.

RUDE? WERE THEY OBEYING AN ORDER?

BUT WHEN POTUS SAID THAT 'OUR COMBAT MISSION WILL END IN 2010,' AND THAT ALL TROOPS WILL COME HOME BY 2011...

...EVEN THE CAMP LEJUENE JUGHEADS BROKE OUT IN SUSTAINED, IF MODEST, APPLAUSE.

OBAMA APPEARS TO HAVE ENTERED THE LION'S DEN AND HAS DISARMED SOME OF HIS MOST POWERFUL CRITICS.

THAT IN ITSELF WAS A PROFILE IN COURAGE... WHATEVER ONE THINKS OF HIS RESIDUAL FORCE LEVELS.

WHEN HE COMPLIMENTED THE MARINES ON VOLUNTEERING THEIR SERVICE, AND PROMISED ASSISTANCE TO VETS AND THEIR FAMILIES, A PAY RAISE AND A NEW G.I. BILL, HE EVEN GOT SOME REAL LOVE.

OBAMA KNOWS HOW TO CO-OPT AND DISARM. THANKFULLY.

BECAUSE HE APPEARS TO HAVE SERIOUS ENEMIES WITHIN.

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 27, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"Check your sources. At the moment (12:15 eastern) the Dow is trending up, as are the s&p 500 & nasdaq. They opened down, but have been steadily rising ever since. As usual, you can't even get the most basic facts correct."

It's like Drudge Wednesday, the day after Obama's speech: when the Dow was down, the headline: "Was it something Obama said?" When ist was up, the headline "Dow Rallies" Then when it turned down again, it reverted to the original headline.

No need to look for true causation or anything, bare assertion repeated over and over again will make it true (that revised downward GDP from CY08Q4 to -6.3% had absolutely nothing to do with it, it HAS to be Obama...). They still cannot comprehend the magnitude of the failure of Movement Conservatism.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 27, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

yims, you sould about as independent as Joe the Plumber. Even repeating discredited Freeper talking points (not to mention conservative talking points from 30 years ago, did you seriously say "silent majority?" Judging by the recent polls, not only is it silent, it's nonexistent).

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 27, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Rush for drug czar:

"When I'm finished consuming all the drugs there won't be any left for your kids!"

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | February 27, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind watching them, as long as I can turn down the sound.

Posted by: nodebris | February 27, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Newt's health care plan:

When you get sick, we divorce you!

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | February 27, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and hope Baby Fix is doing well, Chris!

Have a great weekend!

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 27, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is speaking again. The Dow is dropping again."

Check your sources. At the moment (12:15 eastern) the Dow is trending up, as are the s&p 500 & nasdaq. They opened down, but have been steadily rising ever since. As usual, you can't even get the most basic facts correct.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 27, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

It is ironic that the Republican who can most influence the nation, Susan Collins, Sen. - ME,
has no influence in her party.

I am more of a fan of her senior senator, but it is very clear who the go-to R on the floor of the Senate will be on domestic issues. I suspect that Lugar will be the go-to R on FP and McC and Graham on Defense.

On entitlements, Gregg will join the list of go-to Rs, and perhaps Grassley and Voinovich.

No one I have named is on Chris' list.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 27, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I too will be watching them, as any patriotic American watches traitors in our midst, prepared to do what needs be done.

Seriously, is this the best they have?

I mean Mr. Rogers, Mr. Dodgers, and Sara Jane I Don't Know from Alaska?

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 27, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

This is great, I will be watching.

I'm a young, mid-20's minority voter who registered as an independent. I voted for Obama mainly because the McCain campaign just couldn't get it together at the end. I don't have anything against Obama and hope he succeeds in keeping our country safe, getting us out of war, and improving our economic situation--even though I disagree with several of his social policy positions.

But having kept a close eye on Sarah Palin since she's returned to Alaska, and some of these others, anyone has to admit they do have a sound record of accomplishment. She basically is doing what she said she would do--focus on Alaska. She's actually not been "out and about" that much on the national public eye and is doing a number of good things in Alaska. It's just that the media goes crazy everytime she does something so it seems like she's " in the public eye". People try to call everything good she does "photo opps" and hunt down some scandalous detail ("troopergate" was the best they could do...they politicized this while notice how the root of the problem--a man who was abusing his own son--was completely ignored)to smear her. I'm not particularly a "PALIN 2012!!" type, but to be fair, she's doing a pretty good job and is pretty much delivering.

Several years ago, I went to a talk by Bobby Jindal when he was Assistant Secretary for DHHS--he came across as very smart and even if his speech this week wasn't that great, it doesn't erase anything about his record, competency, and intelligence.

I've never been Republican before, but the Republican principles are emerging quite well from all that's happened since the election, fiscal responsibility, common sense, and social conservatism...all great values.

Myself and some other middle-of-the-road young people at this point feel more able to relate to this group than the liberal group. I know there must be a silent majority and we'll see as 2012 comes around.

Posted by: yims | February 27, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

DOUBLE TROUBLE? OMINIOUS SIGNS...

Chris:

Apparently, Big Brother intercepts posts (unconstitutional prior restraint) saying that the post is "being held for blog owner."

Then, when I remove the commentary that is deemed objectionable, they let the revised post go through -- sometimes, twice.

Please forward the following link to Washington Post legal counsel; I believe the Post should consider a lawsuit to protect the free speech rights of media outlets and their ability to communicate with ALL of their readers:

http://blog.aclu.org/2009/01/26/internet-filters-voluntary-ok-not-government-mandate/#comments

The articles on the ongoing "extrajudicial punishment vigilante network" that, under Bush, was given Justice Department approval to covertly "use" silent radiation weapons (TORTURE that continues), can be found at:

http://my.NowPublic.com/scrivener

(If link is corrupted, please contact admins at www.nowpublic.com, "forums")

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 27, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Governor Pawlenty, MPR has posted a press release by Minneapolis Mayor RT Ryback - a likely Dem candidate in the 2010 MN Gubernatorial race. Mayor Ryback aggressively responds to the governor's characterizations of the mayor's record:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2009/02/rybak_enters_bu.shtml

Gov Pawlenty is playing coy about whether he'll run for reelection in 2010. This week he's implied that if he runs in 2010, he would serve a full term rather than immediately jumping in the 2012 Presidential race.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 27, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama is speaking again. The Dow is dropping again.

Did anyone ever notice the bobble head in chief? He never looks straight ahead or looks you in the eye- the sign of a liar. His head just bobs back and forth, left to right. Call it TelePrompTer neck.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 27, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The 1st one diagnosed with "Mountain Dew Mouth" gets the nomination!

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | February 27, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

In a Boston Globe editorial today, it was suggested that "... when one of the Republicans' smartest rising stars can't articulate the party line without sounding like Mr. Rogers, then the party line is the problem."

Well hold on one cotton-pickin' minute, folks. With all due disrespect for the GOP party line, others before Jindal have attempted to articulate all that ill-conceived mess without coming off as some sort of half-assed Barney-Fife-Howdy-Doody-Kenneth-the-Page-Mr.-Rogers grinning mutant moron ... what you saw is what you would likely get from a President Jindal.

To dismiss the impact of Jindal's breathtakingly inadequate rebuttal performance as inconsequential because nobody can "... remember one minority party response to a State of the Union" completely misses the point -- Bobby Jindal's 'rebuttal' WILL BE remembered. How on earth can we possibly forget?

In my estimation, the rising star of Bobby Jindal has now completed his brief and ill-fated bid for consideration as a presidential nominee in 2012 (or ever). Bad news for Bobby, but good news for Sarah Palin and fans of fancy pageant walkin' everywhere. Really, who are these people?

Michael P. Williams
The Woodlands, Texas

Posted by: mpwilliams | February 27, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Grover Norquist. FAR AND AWAY the most influencial Republican in America -- and maybe the most dangerous man in America. Most state governments are unable to balance their budgets because Republican State Legislators all signed Norquist's no tax pledge, and are scared to death to get on his wrong side. Norquist is even scarier because too few voters know who he is, and even the Fix lets him slide under the radar.

Posted by: cybridge | February 27, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Seems like the lineup is now set for the cast of next season's "10 BIGGEST LOSERS"!!!!!

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | February 27, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Hold it. The fusion center authorities have control of the ACLU computers now? The duplicate posting issue is one that a lot of us have picked up on. [Liked your commentary in direct response to the line, though.] Be that as it may, with hundreds of comments here per day, go for it!

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 27, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The Repubs should nominate Sarah Palin and Joe the plumber for 2012. We shouldn't have to worry about them for several election cycles anyway but that would move them even further down the road!

Posted by: dimnldy | February 27, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I do remember one response to the State of the Union speech, that of Jim Webb several years ago. I immediately that woah and wondered about him as a possible VP. The details fade, but he took on Bush directly and forcefully.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 27, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

One Republican not mentioned is John Ensign from Nevada. He looks presidential and is reasonably articulate. He will have the support of the NRA and doesn't alienate the more moderate Republicans. Plus he is popular in a purple state.

Steele will need to modify his views on work and jobs. His recent interview with George Stephanopolous demonstrated a lack of compassion for middle class America and the average worker.

As much as I dislike Rush Limbaugh and marvel at those who follow him as if he is the Pied Piper, I must admit that he does have control of the Republican talking points. That is my greatest fear. He truly is a blowhard.

Posted by: dvdpiano | February 27, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Chis:

Best to you, the missus and "ccJr."

What happened to Huntsman? You were so high on him a short while back.

As for Palin "governing well" up in Alaska, yes, that would be a positive change.

To provide some perspective on your list, consider what eight years of GOP rule under Bush-Cheney visited upon America. Until this crew embraces traditional democratic, libertarian values and a renewed respect for constitutional, civil and human rights, the Republican party will languish.

Consider what eight years of Bush-Cheney autocratic rule visited upon America:

***

NOTE: THE REST OF THE INTENDED POST, ALONG WITH THE PERSONAL MESSAGE ABOVE, ELICITED ANOTHER 'HELD FOR BLOG OWNER' MESSAGE... EVEN THOUGH WA-PO DOES NOT 'HOLD' POSTS UNLESS FOUL LANGUAGE IS DETECTED.

I ATTEMPTED TO POST THE FULL MESSAGE ON THE 'FREE SPEECH' THREAD AT blog.aclu.org -- and after a L-O-N-G pause, I got a full-screen message that said,

"Duplicate comment detected. It looks as though you've already said that!"

Very clever, apparent fusion center authoritarians -- but the post was NOT the same as any previous post, and it is doubtful that ACLU software would reject a comment on the basis described in the message I received.

THIS APPEARS TO BE BLATANT, SELECTIVELY APPLIED CENSORSHIP. ONLY A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT CAN CURE THIS CONSTITUTIONAL ILL -- THAT IS CONTINUING UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

Please see my running account on the free speech thread of http://blog.aclu.org, under the item, "Internet Filters."

http://blog.aclu.org/2009/01/26/internet-filters-voluntary-ok-not-government-mandate/#comments

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 27, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Chis:

Best to you, the missus and "ccJr."

What happened to Huntsman? You were so high on him a short while back.

As for Palin "governing well" up in Alaska, yes, that would be a positive change.

To provide some perspective on your list, consider what eight years of GOP rule under Bush-Cheney visited upon America. Until this crew embraces traditional democratic, libertarian values and a renewed respect for constitutional, civil and human rights, the Republican party will languish.

Consider what eight years of Bush-Cheney autocratic rule visited upon America:

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NOTE: THE REST OF THE INTENDED POST, ALONG WITH THE PERSONAL MESSAGE ABOVE, ELICITED ANOTHER 'HELD FOR BLOG OWNER' MESSAGE... EVEN THOUGH WA-PO DOES NOT 'HOLD' POSTS UNLESS FOUL LANGUAGE IS DETECTED.

I ATTEMPTED TO POST THE FULL MESSAGE ON THE 'FREE SPEECH' THREAD AT blog.aclu.org -- and after a L-O-N-G pause, I got a full-screen message that said,

"Duplicate comment detected. It looks as though you've already said that!"

Very clever, apparent fusion center authoritarians -- but the post was NOT the same as any previous post, and it is doubtful that ACLU software would reject a comment on the basis described in the message I received.

THIS APPEARS TO BE BLATANT, SELECTIVELY APPLIED CENSORSHIP. ONLY A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT CAN CURE THIS CONSTITUTIONAL ILL -- THAT IS CONTINUING UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

Please see my running account on the free speech thread of http://blog.aclu.org, under the item, "Internet Filters."

http://blog.aclu.org/2009/01/26/internet-filters-voluntary-ok-not-government-mandate/#comments

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 27, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Forget those Republican's. It is a better than even bet that they wont have a country to govern in 2010, much less 2012. We are on the edge of a precipice the likes which has never been seen before in history. This IS the big one, a depression that is far worse that the crash of 1929 and *everything* we are doing right now will make it worse. I model these things. Take a look at GDP and debt, just to take one trend line. Throughout history, whenever debt is greater than 50% of GDP we experience a "recession". Once before, in our history, we had a debt level of 100% of GDP. It is, today, nearly 200% of GDP. From 2000 to 2008, personal and government debt grew from 48% (meaning we were in a minor recession when Bush took office) to 190% of GDP. Since the first of this year, we have added 20% to that! Worse, our foreign policy for the past eight years, continuing right up to today, has been based on a global economy, where politicians trade jobs, factories, and technology for acquiescence or support - literally buying friends. As of 2003, the trend lines show that we had "outsourced" or displaced, by foreign "guest workers", and in the process discouraged an entire generation of our best college students from majoring in mathematics, engineering or the sciences, we have squandered so much of our basic technical knowledge, that we lack the very means to invent our way out of any calamity ... and THIS IS a calamity. Worse, banks and financial institutions are inner-connected to such a degree that the collapse of one major institution will lead to other banks and financial institutions collapsing like dominos. It is problematic whether one of two major German banks, or a the last major private British bank, or one of our banks, will start this, but one will. The conservative governments' (and Obama is a financial conservative) refusal to take over these banks leaves them completely exposed. The fools in Washington and Berlin and London and Hong Kong actually think they will have time, that existing mechanisms, will enable them to detect a major failure in time and prevent it's spread. They do not and the result will be, likely in late March, a complete economic collapse that has a better than even chance of destroying this country. My bet is that Geithner is so incompetent that he doesn't even see this coming and, even if we manage to dodge that bullet, there will be another one and another that we will not avoid. Now, this is a world wide mess, so governments across the globe are going to fail. Nearly every government in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, will collapse into anarchy, as will Russia, Germany, Britain, France, China... Out of this mess, you will see wars and dictators and demigods, starvation, disease, and death on a level never experienced before in human history.
- Mike Brooks 02/27/2009

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 27, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

kaycwagner: If you're looking for some laughs, let's make Michael Steele Sarah's running mate. Dumb and Dumber.

Posted by: mysammy | February 27, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

What a collection of clowns, losers, hacks, and feebs. The Dems are probably pi$$ing themselves as they e-mail this list around.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 27, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

To shrink2:

I left so many things off the list of Reganisms that didn't fly. How 'bout "Just Say No"?

Delusions are so much more fun than reality. I work with a guy who doesn't want to raise taxes on the rich because he's going to win the lottery some day and higher taxes would take all the fun out of being rich.

Posted by: arty2 | February 27, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Chris,I am an avid Fix fan! All the best to the Fix threesome. By the way,how is Grandma's Diaper Cake holding up?

Posted by: Drummelle | February 27, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

YOU GO, SARAH!!!

Can't contain my joy that Sarah is numero uno on the list!
After burning her image into the hearts and minds of so many 'Mericans, after allowing her shapely figure to be used on truck mud flap silhouettes everywhere, and after demonstrating to the nation, nay the entire world, that abstinence really works, she's just got to make it to the head of the ticket.

The party of 'shun' would benefit sooo much from her foreign policy experience --'let's just abolish those unneeded departamentos like State and Health and Human Services' and, you betcha we can be mavericky with our mavericky energy...well, you just gotta hope she's the one to run.

God bless you Sarah AND your severely dysfunctioinal family and party.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | February 27, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

My insight into the future of the Republican Party is questionable given my own political leanings, but I can't help but think Mitt Romney will emerge as statesman-like by comparison with the lightweights on this list. He should keep up his grassroots work, but let these others have the dance floor of this Titanic.

Posted by: optimyst | February 27, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

arty2, don't forget Reagan's "Star Wars" fantasy. Ahhhh those were the days, when demented Republicans ruled the roost.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 27, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

You forgot the brightest star in the GOP firmament: Ronald Reagan. Just get a little of his DNA and have him cloned.

Gosh, I can still remember him bragging how he was gonna make liberal a dirty word. And how 'bout his victorious invasion of Grenada? Oh yeah.

Oh, and that oft repeated pledge to never negotiate with terrorists. (To be fair, selling weapons to the gov't of Iran was more capitulation than negotiation.)

Who could ever forget how he compared the Contras to our very own founding fathers? Who can remember the contras at all?

Yes, we need Ronny back. There's room for a fifth on Mt Rushmore.

Posted by: arty2 | February 27, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

If these are their best and brightest, God help them. The GOP is in bad shape.

Posted by: kevin_m_clay@yahoo.com | February 27, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

The Good: Mike Huckabee is nowhere on this list.

The Bad: Sarah Palin heads it.


I'm sorry, I like Sarah Palin fine enough, but if she's going to be the direction of the party, well then 2012 will be a write-off because she is anything but Presidential.

Now, there is one name that should easily be in the Top Ten that is absent: Paul Ryan, congressman from Wisconsin. He's, like Cantor, of the whole I-guess-you-would-say Romney fiscal wing of the party, which is excellent, and like Cantor he is young, only he's more surgical and technical in his hawkishness over financial matters and government waste. And, like Mitt, he has a very Reaganesque head of hair, it should be noted. Even more Reaganesque. How Paul Ryan was left absent from this list when people in the stands like Rush and Newt make it in and Sarah Palin heads it up (which is another, I'm sure, media ploy to somehow get her nominated in '12 so Obama has another lame opponent like McCain to repeatedly lap effortlessly to victory again) is disturbing given that Paul Ryan is delivering the keynote at CPAC.

Now, I'm an admitted Romney supporter, but I won't be closed-minded about what other candidates in our party may have to offer. However, I will not pretend and act like letting some Culturalist who plays the identity check-off game should be running our party despite their questionable intelligence and lack of knowledge about the one thing that trumps everything else, even war--the economy--because Obe's surfing out there on the left with Nancy & Harry and they're trying to redefine and relocate the heart of Americanism, which has always been opportunity and the free market--the model the rest of the world is adopting.

If the Republicans are going to upset Obama in 2012 and win, it will be because the nominated someone who knows the economy and respects it, and cherishes the American model of less government interference--be it over-regulation or safety-net coddling of failures (we need failures in order to learn and improve, after all).

Posted by: iBR0CK | February 27, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I don't know whether to laugh or cry, if this group is the best the GOP has to offer rigor mortis has already begun. I'm definitely for Palin, the country needs a good laugh.

Posted by: kaycwagner | February 27, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

bsimon1: You are right. Ron Paul is more of an elder statesman, although apparently still in very good health. Mark Sanford (#5) is possibly the "heir" to Ron Paul, having demonstrated the willingness to vote in line with constitutional principle when it went against the grain of party politics:
http://www.npr.org/watchingwashington/2009/02/its_the_grand_old_party_vs_the.html

Posted by: thirty3na3rd | February 27, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

What's really missing from this list is thinkers. The GOP doesn't need new faces as much as it needs new ideas, or at any rate ideas that appeal to a broad coalition. Ronald Reagan brought hawks and fiscal conservatives together, Bush the Younger set them at odds. The party needs someone who can unite those different parts of the coalition.

Posted by: drrico | February 27, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Only thing you got right Chris is that Palin needs more practice getting paid to stay home.

The world, let alone this country will not forget the Bush/Cheney era and it will be 16 years before Republicans more akin to Ron Paul will matter at the national level.

After all, who is going to give the $400 million dollars to Michael Steele, the money Rove says the RNC needs to mount any real challenge? Right wing nut internet trolls live in their moms' basements, lashing out at libs during talk show station breaks.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 27, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I agree wholehearted with fitzonetj.
Ron Paul should be on the list. Although not the eloquent and gifted speaker that President Obama is, Dr. Paul is nonetheless articulate, less beholden to his party's operatives and has been 100% accurate in warning us about the economic collapse long before anyone else in Washington - perhaps in a delusional state of denial - saw it coming.
He further has, arguably, the most dedicated supporters of any segment of the GOP, libertarian conservatives - "classic" conservatives who strictly adhere to the Constitution and the principles of limited federal government in defernce to the states' residual sovereignty.
It's unthinkable that Ron Paul is not on this list, especially with the economy now stuggling precisely as the Austrian school of economics he understands so well had predicted.

Posted by: thirty3na3rd | February 27, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Well, your top ten list is certainly unimpressive. Same ole, same old republican politics that brought our country to it's knees. To even include people like Limbaugh, Palin and Steele etc shows the American people how desperate this party is. Ginther, ridiculous, Romney, getting rid of some of his homes as saw how owning all that real estate did not fly for Mccain, and all who put their
party over the survial of our country.
The republican party is self destructing and could not happen to any politicians more deserving.

Posted by: kathlenec | February 27, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I suppose you could say that Palin is pulling a JD Sallinger, making herself more intriguing by her absence. Still not sure if she deserves the top spot. As we found with Jindal, there's more than being popular (or more accurately: symbolic) to being a real player. One has to have something valuable to contribute. Unless she can find her own Rove to give her a political makeover she may never be more than an interesting "what if" footnote in future races.

Posted by: kwdayboise | February 27, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Chris, you always have good analysis and opinion, and while it might be fun to speculate on who GOP might rally behind 2012 is a lifetime away.

If the Democrats remain cohesive around our new Prez, and he succeeds, or at least appears to succeed at turning around our economy, along with the other big ticket items on his agenda, then I don't think it will matter who the GOP throws into the ring. So if this is true in 2012 they will throw the candidate who is least likely to win into the ring, kind of like a gladiator with no armor into the colliseum with a pride of lions, to sacrifice the next four years of leadership in order to focus on taking back control of congress and stymy whatever Obama wants to do for that term.

If the Democrats do what they have a history of doing, splinter and bicker, and if our new Prez doesn't succeed, or appear to succeed in the next 4 years then I think the GOP could throw a turtle into the race and it could win, but it will not be a centrist or moderate turtle, it will be a very conservative turtle.

The memory of the American people is short and manageable, and the GOP is really good at managing it.

They have already started the, "say it enough times and it becomes true campaign", over the economy and the challenges we face today, (just ask how many conservatives still think that Iraq was responsible for 9/11), which can only be beaten by a wildly successful run by Obama, and if he continues to slough off the critisism of his, "how we got here", reminders and keeps reminding us how we got here.

Now I am going to print your list and watch them all, just for fun.

Best to you, your wife and Charlie C.

Posted by: RickLord | February 27, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

"Ron Paul should be on the list, especially if the GOP wants to get back in the game."

Ron Paul is 73 years old. The people that supported Ron Paul for President are not the people that have control over the GOP's ideology or political priorities. If Ron Paul & his supporters want Ron Paul's ideas to become more widespread, they will need to find an heir who will take up the torch.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 27, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

By the time Obama gets through with this country in his 4 years there will be nothing to watch. Goodbye U.S.A. hello USSRA. Obama will get your job too Chris.

Posted by: poptoy1949 | February 27, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

"The number one ranking is for the person with the most power over that direction. Agree or disagree?"

I disagree primarily with putting Palin at the top. She may be a front-runner for 2012 due to her popularity among evangelicals, but she has next to zero control over the direction of the party in Congress. She doesn't have influence over the governors either & nobody's going to her for opinions on economic policy, for instance. Agreed, you can't leave her off the list, but it is overstating her 'power' enormously to rank her at the top.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 27, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Chris,
Congratulations on the birth of Charlie! My wife and I recently welcomed our daughter (and first child) ourselves. Hope you're loving every minute with the baby.
best, DB

Posted by: dbitt | February 27, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk
After the reality of lib economics realized, george p bush could win. Vote with your wallet. You will have an empty one soon. The cause and effect is so clear, even libs will see, although perhaps not the sycophant press.
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People already have an empty wallet due to the incompetent policies of G.W. Bush. Who brought us to this recession, Bush. In your imaginary world, the liberals are always at fault. But in the real world, its your party that only believed in tax cuts to stimulate the economy.

Posted by: learss791 | February 27, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

thanks for including Eric Cantor on your "welcome to the fringe" list with Rush and Palin. that whiny neo-con gives Virginia conservatives a bad rep.

Posted by: millionea7 | February 27, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I still remember the day, back in 1992, that Rush Limbaugh became a Republican: the morning after he returned from an overnight stay in . . . wait for it . . . the Lincoln Bedroom. Before then, he was just a guy who gave out conservative talking points on the radio.

Posted by: mattintx | February 27, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

You forgot that all important elder statesman, you know, that no-ex-president left behind "George Washington Bush", as he calls himself now. There's a lot for him to do in the Dallas area so that he can get himself known, in the elementary schools, where apparantly the kids didn't recognise him.

The rest of your list are mostly has-beens as well: the Newt, come-on. What about Ms. Rice? I hear she's peddling her memoirs to Bertelsmann.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown1 | February 27, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I say Bob Corker deserves to be watched. He's hated by unions, but alot of what he has done so far has made sense. He's thoughtful, and can coherently explain why he votes the way he does, and it appears to be based on reasons besides who donated to his campaign. He's fiscally conservative but voted for increased S-Chip funding. And he's NOT a religious zealot.

Posted by: brainfart007 | February 27, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I will cut the deficit, I will spend more then ever.

I will end the war, I will leave troops there.

I will have a clean cabinet, Tax evasion is not a crime.

I am a leader, nancy runs things.

I will close gitmo, someday.

I am transparent, except for the unpleasant stuff.

I will get a dog, once he is vetted.

Who am I?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 27, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

If "pundits" like you would quit writing about them, Rush and Sarah would disappear faster than the Clinton surplus was depleted by budget conscious Republicans! But then, you wouldn't have much to write about because the other 8 are decidedly boring. You might have to get a real job.

Posted by: 33rdStreet | February 27, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Dear Fix

Enough of this stupid politics stuff, We want to see a picture of Baby Fix Charlie! His fans demand it!

Rush McAllister

Posted by: rushmcallister | February 27, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul should be on the list, especially if the GOP wants to get back in the game. The people listed do not have new ideas and after the watching the first six years of Bush's reign, when the GOP was in control of both houses and they spent money like it was going out of style they have little credibibility with anyone with a brain when it comes to being fiscally conservative. Ron Paul was the only GOP candidate this past election to really energize the youth vote. He was the only one who demonstarted he could raise a large amount of funds from grassroots supporters. He was the only one with a track record of votes to match his rhetoric. His downfall is that he is not a good politician because he insists on telling the truth. He should be on this list.

Posted by: fitzonetj | February 27, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

"(Can you remember one minority party response to a State of the Union? Neither can we.)"

But how many of them, other than Bob Dole (who wasn't a rising star being highlighted), made a serious run at the Presdiency. Sebelius, Kaine, et al may now have national positions in spite of their performance, but their specches did probably kill a chance at national elective office in the short term, something too many commentators seem to be missing.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 27, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I don't see any of them having a chance at the White House. Palin, Romney and Sanford, for example, are strongly conservative, and tout that, which can help in the primaries, but they are rather defiant in disparaging anyone who's not strongly conservative. Limbaugh and Steele will always be cheerleaders. Someone not on the list is likely to be the next nominee.

Posted by: Sutter | February 27, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Of course the pathetic author "forgets" to add Ron Paul to the list. I think the author may be part of the liberal press that is holding up incompetent republicans and pretending they have anything to offer the American people at all.

Posted by: Gmartine | February 27, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: profyle424 | February 27, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

What, Joe the Plumber dind't make the cut??

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 27, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Steele is a great asset to the Republicans as well as a huge liability. His recent rants about making the Rs more "Hip Hop," and turning the party against the moderates in the Senate, and sending "slum love" to Jindal after his speech. Steele seems a little off balance, and the only consistency he is portraying is being consistently off the mark.

Posted by: sjxylib | February 27, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Huntsman, Arnold, Crist. These three could potentially challenge. But none of them have a chance in hell of making it through the republican primaries. Too much brain tissue.

Posted by: bquicktucson | February 27, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

After the reality of lib economics realized, george p bush could win. Vote with your wallet. You will have an empty one soon. The cause and effect is so clear, even libs will see, although perhaps not the sycophant press.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 27, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

All of them are hypocritical clowns, and none of them have anything to offer to any of us. The GOP just needs to STFU.

Posted by: CatBall | February 27, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I think your list is really a list of the top 10 voices of the Extreme right of the party. The Governator is significantly more influential then any of the people on your list. And I also agree that Huntsman and Crist should be on this list too. If the GOP wants to gain control of the House, Senate or the White House in the forseeable future then they need to follow a moderate like the three men mentioned above, not the lightening rods that make up the top five of your list.

Posted by: AndyR3 | February 27, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Just consider that the dem list not too long ago did NOT include a newcomer who only gave speeches-and still.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 27, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

You are on point with the watch list. My questions is why Sarah? I think she is one of the reason the Dem are in power.

Posted by: TruthjusticeBalanced | February 27, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, you need to WATCH them. Like you'd watch a suspected TERRORIST or TALIBAN INSURGENT - Like OSAMA TEX SESSIONS.

Posted by: TOMHERE | February 27, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Take the seven dwarfs and add three. Pathetic!

Posted by: NotBubba | February 27, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Rivery, for the reminder. Webb's speech stood out, and I mentioned it yesterday as did others. Chris must be preoccupied with young Charlie. He liked Webb's speech, too.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 27, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Right, like I got time to watch ten Republicans.

Make a list of "ten Republicans we won't miss" and then get rid of them, and we'll be making some progress here.

You know, this is a good time for Republicans to be getting into the private sector. That's actually how they prosper, you know -- after they fubar the economy, they go out in the private sector, the Democrats fix the economy, and the Republicans make fat loot during the recovery. Then people forget and vote the Republicans back in and the Democrats have to go out in the private sector and try to make money while the Republicans are screwing the economy up again. This is why Democrats never get rich.

Posted by: pressF1 | February 27, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

If past history is any guide, most of these people won't figure into any 2012 Republican race. People like Limbaugh and Gingrich will be viewed as dinosaurs in 2-3 years' time. Barbour is another throwback to the Reaganassic era... The Republicans won't regain power by rehashing these names.

Palin and Jindal are on the list at the moment as they're really the only new faces that the public is somewhat familiar with but don't have the staying power to compete with Obama.

Keep looking GOP; you're answer isn't found among these 10.

Posted by: RickJ | February 27, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Re: memorable minority speeches ...I recall Jim Webb made a strong impression a couple of years ago

Posted by: Rivery | February 27, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

There was a time not long ago when I could easily tick off ten Rs I thought could present a working alternative to D orthodoxy. The operative word is "working". Now, like James Baker, Warren Rudd, and Dick Lugar, most of them are too old to rise as stars.

Your list is sad. I would have looked for Huntsman, Ahnold, Crist, Collins, Lindsey Graham - and probably given you a pass on Newt and Haley.

Maybe the list is accurate. Then I am sad.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 27, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

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