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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is the most influential Republican in the party. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Since we began ranking the 10 most influential Republican leaders early last year, we've made sure to note that this Line is not to be taken as an early ranking of the 2012 field.

More and more, however, it is. As the 2010 election now stands less than four months away, the 2012 jockeying has begun in earnest with potential presidential candidates seeking to out-endorse and out-stump one another.

The current leaders in that game are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who are both doling out cash by the bucketful through their respective PACs.

Friday Line

Increasingly there is chatter that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is a likely 2012 candidate, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee threw himself back into the mix with an interview last weekend on Fox News Channel.

And then there is Sarah Palin, who will mark one year since her surprise resignation from the Alaska governorship this weekend. Palin's political future is fundamentally unknowable; While she has endorsed a series of candidates and used her following on Facebook to counter the Obama administration, it's not clear whether she is willing to give up the financial benefits she has reaped out of office for what would be one of the most highly scrutinized candidacies in modern history.

Our Line of the most influential Republicans isn't all 2012 hopefuls, however. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has emerged as an unlikely hero for fiscal conservatives during his first year in office, earns a slot. And so does Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who has installed himself in the middle of the financial regulatory reform negotiations.

The rankings are below. Have thoughts of your own? Offer them in the comment section below. Think you can do a better job rating the races? Scroll to the end of the post and prove it.

To the Line!

Dropping off the Line: Rand Paul, Mitch Daniels, John Cornyn, Rick Perry
Coming onto the Line: Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Scott Brown

10. Mike Huckabee: Huckabee raised some eyebrows last weekend in an interview with Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace in which he seemed to hint that he was leaning toward a 2012 run. But, then came word this morning that Huckabee is trying out a six-day-a-week television show for Fox News Channel -- not exactly the stuff presidential campaigns are made of. It still seems to us that Huckabee likes the idea of running for president more than the reality of a bid. (Previous ranking: N/A)

9. Bobby Jindal: With oil continuing to spill into the Gulf, the Louisiana governor has emerged as the highest profile foil to President Obama. Jindal has been everywhere during the spill, working to flex the organizational expertise that is at the root of his political brand. Jindal also has some cache within the party because, unlike most other people on the Line, he isn't going to run for president in 2012. Now, 2016 (or 2020 if a Republican ousts Obama)...that's a different story. (Previous ranking: N/A)

8. Nikki Haley: The South Carolina gubernatorial nominee became a national sensation over the past month -- fighting off infidelity allegations to sweep to a victory on June 22. Haley, who is Indian-American, is just the sort of fresh face Republicans need to show that they are not simply a party of and for old white men. Haley still needs to get past state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D), about whom we hear great things, this fall. But assuming she does, she will immediately become a national figure and player in the 2012 race. (Previous ranking: N/A)

7. Newt Gingrich: Publicly, the former House speaker has taken a more low-profile role. Privately, however, we hear that Gingrich remains actively engaged in the 2012 speculation and positioning. As the guy with the biggest brain (or close to it) in the party, Gingrich will have a say over the next nominee whether or not he is in the running himself. (Previous ranking: 9)

6. Scott Brown: Brown, the hottest thing in electoral politics in the months following his January special election victory, has settled nicely into his role as a swing, moderate vote in the Senate. Brown has drawn favorable press for his stance on the financial regulatory reform bill -- check out this fawning piece from NECN. And a new Boston Globe poll showed that he was the most popular politician in the Bay State. Not bad. (Previous ranking: N/A)

5. Tim Pawlenty: Tpaw is everywhere these days. He swung through South Carolina for two days earlier in the week and doled out a bundle of campaign cash to Haley and Sen. Jim DeMint, among others. For the remainder of the 2010 election, expect more of the same from Pawlenty -- an orderly attempt to hand out donations to aspiring candidates and visit a number of swing states through his role as vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Some time after November, Pawlenty is going to have to have a moment -- a speech, an issue position -- that breaks through the clutter and establishes him as a major player. Until then, though, he is doing what he needs to do. (Previous ranking: 4)

4. Chris Christie: Who would have thought that of the two governors elected in 2009, New Jersey's Christie would be the one making waves on the national stage? Christie's confrontation with a reporter over his temperament has become a YouTube sensation and a touchstone for conservatives. And, Christie's win in getting his budget passed through a Democratic-controlled legislature drew widespread praise among conservatives. For Republicans looking for a blueprint about how to win back purple states in 2010 and 2012, Christie's is compelling. (Previous ranking: 7)

3. Sarah Palin: An argument can be made that Palin should be No. 1 on this Line. Her recent endorsements of Nikki Haley and former HP executive Carly Fiorina made an impact in those races in a way that few other politicians could. But, Palin remains a limited phenomenon; she is extremely popular within a relatively narrow swath of the Republican party and is not at all well regarded outside of that group -- especially among the Washington Republican chattering class. While those folks don't cast votes in the nominating process, having them on your side or, at the least, neutral, is hugely important. (Previous ranking: 1)

2. Mitt Romney: The former Massachusetts governor is slowly and methodically rolling out endorsements in state after state, acting like what he is: the current frontrunner for the 2012 Republican nomination. Romney still has questions to answer: Can he empathize with voters distressed about the economy? Will he compete in Iowa? But there are fewer unknowns surrounding Romney than anyone else looking at the race. (Previous ranking: 2)

1. Haley Barbour: Barbour's Republican Governors Association has become the story of the 2010 midterms. The RGA's second quarter fundraising numbers -- $19 million raised, $40 million on hand -- is an eye-popping total that should remind those who have forgotten about Barbour's reach in the GOP donor community. With Republicans poised to make significant gains at the gubernatorial level this fall, Barbour will almost certainly emerge with momentum after the November elections -- momentum that he may seek to channel into a presidential exploratory bid. (Previous ranking: 3)

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Jeff Bercovici's article on the Daily Finance website is worth a serious read for those looking ahead to the Presidential election of 2012, The piece entitled Will the Next President Be Brought to You by Rupert Murdoch is most revealing. Bercovici reveals to the reader Murdoch's current stable of GOP potential candidates who are up in the polls and on the payroll including,


Mike Huckabee who later in the month will begin hosting a new daily talk show in syndication, a governor who has released felons into the public resulting in the death of four Seatlle area police and s pregnant woman in Missouri,


Sarah Palin who is a paid contributor to Fox News and receives checks from HarperCollins of Murdoch's News Corp for her book Going Rogue,


Newt Gingrich a longtime news contributor to Fox,


Name recognition, experience gained from live interviews, all help make these potential candidates recognizable and marketable for Presidential elections. Jeff Bercovici simply states that this involvement of News Corporation and Murdock should not be ignored.


This reminder of financial power could place the American voter at the mercy of major news and corporate moguls whether they reside in China, American or England. In the words of Jeff Bercovici, \"If either of them were to win the presidency, you can bet that Murdoch would rather it be with gratitude in their hearts.\" In my own case I hearken back to the words of former President Truman who often refused invitations to join corporate boards after he left the White House. He would often repreat"They don't want me, they want the President That office belongs to the American people and it's not for sale."


Bravo, Harry Truman!


Dr. Alan Phillips

Posted by: ctw46 | July 8, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

“The RGA's second quarter fundraising numbers -- $19 million raised, $40 million on hand -- is an eye-popping total…” What is the RGA doing with all that money? Can it contribute to races for the state legislatures? Reapportionment will take place in several states following this year's census. Are Barbour and the RGA positioning themselves to influence those deliberations? I believe it was Deep Throat that said "follow the money". CC did a column on this a while back. Perhaps it's time to revisit the subject.

Posted by: FordPrefect1 | July 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The Dumpster Media Clowns of WP have dubbed the same tide of the same old. Other than Sarah Palin who sets off people in cheers the moment she walks on stage. Nop one seems to have to be prompted by her people.
She deserves to be on the top of the list. Mitt Romney? Huckabye??? Jindel and Christie are the two new additions I like Pallin is my other one. The others repeated asnauseum were old hat.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | July 6, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The Dumpster Media Clowns of WP have dubbed the same tide of the same old. Other than Sarah Palin who sets off people in cheers the moment she walks on stage. Nop one seems to have to be prompted by her people.
She deserves to be on the top of the list. Mitt Romney? Huckabye??? Jindel and Christie are the two new additions I like Pallin is my other one. The others repeated asnauseum were old hat.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | July 6, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Is there another list? This list proves
that "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the true definition of insanity." Dump the
republicans period. At least we have the
country moving forward again slowly instead of what we had for the previous 8 years.

Posted by: Sherry91 | July 5, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately we have only 2 1/2 years left of the worst president this country has ever had. Barry and Michelle are right now telling their daughters about the evils of this country as they mourn their least favorite day of the year. His distate for this country is shown as he has done everything he can to irrepeparably destroy the U.S. That is the only thing he is successful at.

Posted by: wcag | July 4, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

I see the results of the voting has Mitt Romney first followed closely by Haley Barbour, and this is as it should be. The Republican party is orderly, which generally favors its senior leaders for the next Presidential nomination. Despite the "throw the bums out" sentiment and its logical corollary "newcomers are good", I doubt the party establishment will apply that reasoning to its next nominee.

If Mitt Romney is the presumptive nominee, I wonder whether his fellow churchmember, Glenn Beck, will support him. Despite all the Tea Party revolutionary fever that surrounds Glenn, I'm going to bet he will back Mitt one thousand per cent. One thing you can say about the LDS, they are all about supporting each other.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 3, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

whatmeworry wrote,
"These are noisemakers who cling to a platform of "Obama Must Fail" or "Hell No" or "Don't Say Anything Negative About Rush" or say nothing of substance at all."

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You are aptly named. Replace "Obama" with "Bush" and "Rush" with "Clinton" in your rant and you have the Democratic strategy for eight years. Not that I think you have the mental capacity to understand this.

Posted by: Brigade | July 3, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Ceflynline wrote,
"Now if you are dead set against change, and your party is getting creamed in elections, you might think that new programs and ideas would help you regain your competitiveness."
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Uh, right. Two election cycles. Abandon ship!

Posted by: Brigade | July 3, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

The GOP has not defined who they are, what they are, let alone leaders. These are not leaders. These are noisemakers who cling to a platform of "Obama Must Fail" or "Hell No" or "Don't Say Anything Negative About Rush" or say nothing of substance at all.

And any list where Palin is in top 10 means the folk who put her there have not intelligently thought out what she is other than an empty suit. Her goal is to make money and shock and awe with comments meant to incite rather than reflect on the nation's problems and issues. We need reform in many areas. Palin needs to reform her mouth. Romney running presents a gift to the Democrats.

Posted by: whatmeworry | July 3, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Ohhh, all of a sudden CC puts Gov. Barbour on his list at #1, after no mention in his previous post! (Forgive me if I take credit for first mention!)
Even allowing for the fact that the voting public is basically stupid, and more so Republican voters, I don't think the general electorate is moronic enough to elevate such an inanity as Sarah Palin to high national office---she's an entertaining diversion from serious consideration of the issues, but, let's be honest, a true air-head; Mitt Romney is a vapid empty suit who makes Al Gore seem like Jackie Wilson; Pawlenty is a thumb-twiddler in search of a philosophy that someone cares about; Gingrich is a bloated, washed-up pseudo-intellectual who longs for some sort of re-affirmation of his relevancy.
Enter Haley Barbour. He's deviously bright, articulates the contemporary conservative ideology better than most, and is more connected within the conservative universe than anyone---even the Bushes! Barbour can marshal the anti-government tea-bag elements, evangelical Christians, fiscal and social conservative forces like no other Republican on the planet. And most importantly, he can raise almost unlimited amounts of money!
His only drawbacks are his obvious physical unattractiveness and his problem with enunciation (too jowly, perhaps?), which, in my humble opinion, are trumped by his strengths.
In southern-state governor Barbour, and fiscal-conservative, Midwest governor Mitch Daniels, I believe you have the best ticket the Republicans could muster. It's a loser, but it's their best shot.

Posted by: bluejay31 | July 3, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm NOT a Republican. I'm registered Independent.

==

Troll alert.

Registered: affiliated with a political party

Independent: not affiliated with a political party

Busted.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 3, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Spider Robinson's rule on reading Science Fiction Reviewers, (or any other kind of reviewers for that matter) What matters in a reviewer is his cinsistancy of point iof view. Should you discover that some reviewer of a particular genre, (say Movies) ALWAYS likes movies you hate, and ALWAYS hates movies you like, read that reviewer carefully. Just don't go to movies he likes, go to the ones he hates.,

CC has a problem. He is in the business of reviewing political campaigns, and the contest has begun to be particularly onesided. On the constrained, I.E. missing side, you have conservatives, who may be divided into three types. Imperfect, prefect, and pluperfect. The pluperfect want all changes made since some point in the past undone. The Perfect conservatives want no more changes, and the imperfect conservatives want few changes and only when necessary. To the true blue conservatives Imperfect conservatives, being imperfect, are RINOs and to be stampeded out of the party. That leaves conservatives who either don't want any changes, or who want the changes of recent times undone.

Now if you are dead set against change, and your party is getting creamed in elections, you might think that new programs and ideas would help you regain your competitiveness. BUT, being perfect conservatives, you CAN'T change, because if you did you would be a RINO.

The circle gets vicious, as do the Perfect Conservatives. And round and round they go. They can't, of course, get off the carousel, because that would be change, and they are perfect conservatives.

Chris has to make of such changeless beings some kind of narrative that doesn't feed on its tail continuously. AND he has to work with the material that Perfect Conservatives give him. Let's see you make a compelling contest out of Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney and Minnesota Fatuous. Even when you add in the rest of the robots, SP and SA and NG and RP and RP and JK and the whole alphabet of people sitting to the right of the March hare, (Alice got religion and went left.) And moving into places mostly covered with spilled Tea. (There's a doormouse in the T-Pot, of course, but still they drink the Tea,)

We KNOW what CC is going to say, if MF wasn't in the news this week he gets to be in the news NEXT week. Even Mark Sanford will get his due notice, out there on the trail seeking Republican opinions of how to hike the trail.

He is a consistent reviewer, easy to predict. Since we haven't been assailed with the exploits of Krazy Kookienelli recently, next week he gets a column.

Meanwhile KOZ, 37, and all their multiple personalities will clog the blog with their can't. (No, No, Obama, or Nancy, or harry just CAN'T win. I know it!!!)

And some of us will have to continue that there IS a SANITY CLAUSE and will try to write it.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 2, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Quite frankly, I don't like any of them beyond being better than the terrible president now in the White House.

I think the GOP need to try "new" faces. Here are my rankings of who I think would be best:

1.) Congressman Tom McClintock of California. See this youtube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JDo36xPYgE


2.) Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

3.) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

4.) Ron Paul.


I'm NOT a Republican. I'm registered Independent. So I don't grovel at the GOP plate accepting any tidbits thrown to me.


I'm not impressed with Romney or Huckabee. Brown's got too much of a hot dogger in him. Palin's a bit too ... well, you know. Balbour's good at supporting the main man / woman, but isn't presidential material.

The rest either are too polarizing or too "non-entity" in my book.

McClintock, Brewer and Christie have what it takes to be a true LEADER of our country. And Ron Paul, though a bit quirky, I think would be a great option.

Posted by: tncdel | July 2, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

If Newt the flute has the largest brain in the Republican Party, the RP is one low down dim witted outfit. No kidding.

Posted by: woodchoppar | July 2, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"Palin changed colleges because she didn't like being around so many Asians in Hawaii."

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Yeh, didn't take the Obamas long to get out of there either.

Posted by: Brigade | July 2, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

LOL,

Here is another take on YOUR list of "Republicans Constantly Featured in The Fix" which is what it really is.

(Omitted the partisan hate drivel)

Posted by: mariewilson11 | July 2, 2010 2:07 PM

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Even though you had Drindl grabbing for the Vaseline, I wouldn't quit my day job, if I were you. But wait---if you have a job, why would you be posting here in the middle of the afternoon? Unless you work nights . . .

Posted by: Brigade | July 2, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Re: Haley Barbour and Chris Christie: Barbour is a charmer, Christie is downright unpleasant (I live in New Jersey). But really, in this age of childhood obesity, have you taken a good look at these two guys? that's an example for our kids?????

Posted by: SBrown8984 | July 2, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Getting an early start on the three days of patriotic schmalz to come:

http://tinyurl.com/24qj8rm

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

"That would be Barney Frank." Brigade


It is OK to be Republican and still have frequently homoerotic dreams but please don't share them here. 37 arouses easily and he is not a well man.

Posted by: BobSanderson | July 2, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

RE "Dear Marie Wilson: If only you had been available in 2008 and HONESTLY evaluated the demonkrat candidates. But, I jest ... none of them had a single qualification much less one to be sarcastic about. I guess you could have commented that BH O'Carter is black (in case we missed that as a major qualification to be POTUS) and that Hitlery was a woman (who believed in murdering your babies). That would have given us a clear choice for the highest office in the land"


This is so lame I don't know where to begin so I won't.

Marie is very funny.

Posted by: BobSanderson | July 2, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin changed colleges because she didn't like being around so many Asians in Hawaii. As her father put it, it was a minority thing and it wasn't glamorous. Maybe it's not quite the same as swigging down a cold one at a lynching but it qualifies as racism to me, anyway.

She's trash.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The pathologically arrogant GOP will probably throw any racist from their cult out there to run in 12, like palin, but, they will lose.

Posted by: dematheart | July 2, 2010 7:45 PM
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Now Palin's a racist. I suppose she really made life Hell for those Eskimos.

Posted by: Brigade | July 2, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Gee briggy I', so relieved you issued that correction. I've been queasy all day hoping someone would set the record straight on Boehner's orange complexion. Thank heavens we have you around to be the watchdog for things that don't fu cking matter.

You idiot.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 7:37 PM
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Another Bozo who has to be continually aprised of the issues. Boehner's complexion was not the point of Drindl's post. It was the 10% tax on tanning beds. As far as I know, that doesn't apply to the "fake" stuff. Always glad to help you keep up. But try a little harder, will you?

Posted by: Brigade | July 2, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse


The ONLY Republican I would vote for for President is Lindsey Graham.

Other than that I'm voting for whichever Democrat runs, and it looks like it's gonna be Obama.

Posted by: lindalovejones | July 2, 2010 6:45 PM
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LOL. Now where have we heard that before? Oh, I know---John McCain. He was every Democrat's favorite Republican until he actually was on the ticket; then he was just another ole rightwing scumbag. The same would be true of Graham.

Posted by: Brigade | July 2, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I just couldn't close my eyes at night thinking I'd awaken and he'd be looking down on me with just a bottle of BBQ sauce and a large bib.

Posted by: jake3D | July 2, 2010 6:23 PM
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That would be Barney Frank.

Posted by: Brigade | July 2, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The pathologically arrogant GOP will probably throw any racist from their cult out there to run in 12, like palin, but, they will lose.

Posted by: dematheart | July 2, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Jake3D wrote,
"There was no good reason for Nikki being on the list of the 10 most influential Republicans in the nation. She won a SC primary she was already expected to win by a large margin."

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Chris just likes to get under Broadwayjoe's skin.

Posted by: Brigade | July 2, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

No way can a redneck confederate apologist nor a couple of Asian Indian's who don't embrace their true heritage win outside of their regions and some of those backward sparsely populated "Red" States.

Posted by: Shaun-kar | July 2, 2010 5:36 PM
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You mean people like J. William Fulbright's protege, Bill Clinton? Or Al Gore Sr.'s son, Al Gore? The elder two tried everything to kill the Civil Rights Act. Or maybe Jimmy Carter, who lost the 1966 Democratic gubernatorial primary to Lester Maddox. After his conversion, Carter told Pat Robertson in 1997 that "Lester Maddox was a racist who won the race because he would stand in front of his restaurant with a pick handle and anybody who came up that was black, he would beat him over the head with it." I wonder how blacks were treated on the Carter peanut farm.

Before Obama, John Kennedy was the only Democratic president in the last 65 years who wasn't from the South. And Kennedy was anything but a liberal by today's standards. Northerners like Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, Mike Dukakis, George McGovern, John Kerry, and Walter Mondale didn't play well in the South; but Clinton, Johnson, Truman, Carter, and even Gore did okay in the North. Before Obama, the Dems best bet for the White House in my lifetime has always involved Southerners---even Kennedy squeaked out his win because LBJ was on the ticket. Clinton and Gore were both a generation removed from the Klan, but they won two terms pretty handily.

Posted by: Brigade | July 2, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Gee briggy I', so relieved you issued that correction. I've been queasy all day hoping someone would set the record straight on Boehner's orange complexion. Thank heavens we have you around to be the watchdog for things that don't fu cking matter.

You idiot.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Drindl wrote,
"John Boner is so upset he'll have to pay $1.50 a session for his fake tan! Boo-hoo, tanning salon owners, boohoo!"

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It's a good thing Drindl doesn't have to pass an intelligence test in order to vote. I don't know what sort of tan John Boehner sports, but I do know that "fake tan" comes out of a bottle. The tan you get in a tanning bed is the same kind of tan you get from being in the sun; there's nothing "fake" about it.

Just because you get down on all fours and lap your water out of a puddle doesn't mean bottled water is "fake" water. If you'd spend a little time in the tanning beds, you wouldn't be so pasty and look so sickly. It might help that skin condition---the boils wouldn't fester. It might even sweeten your disposition a bit.

But, no, it won't make you any brighter.

Posted by: Brigade | July 2, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee? Who cares? He's a red-faced buffoon.

Lindsey Graham gets kudos for standing up to the teatards but votes? NUH-uh, he's still a Republican, still able to live with himself with an R after his name even after the torture memos. Fail.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you missed a name, you have Nikki and Fiorini on the list, which are influential new folks but with the advice of another highly influential Republican you missed completely was Mitch Bainwol,....sure he is CEO of the RIAA, and the fact that his tenure has lasted almost 8yrs is impressive. But, what is more impressive his political advice given to Charlie Crist who was barely clinging to political life 2 months ago, now has a growing lead on both Rubio and Meeks is just about out of it....Thanks to Bainwols advice Christ is back in the game. Heck, we all know he is GOP, but you gotta do what it takes to win. I credit Bainwol for that, and with that Chris you just probably missed the most influential GOP person of the year or decade if Christ wins.

Posted by: Fred23 | July 2, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you missed a name, you have Nikki and Fiorini on the list, which are influential new folks but with the advice of another highly influential Republican you missed completely was Mitch Bainwol,....sure he is CEO of the RIAA, and the fact that his tenure has lasted almost 8yrs is impressive. But, what is more impressive his political advice given to Charlie Crist who was barely clinging to political life 2 months ago, now has a growing lead on both Rubio and Meeks is just about out of it....Thanks to Bainwols advice Christ is back in the game. Heck, we all know he is GOP, but you gotta do what it takes to win. I credit Bainwol for that, and with that Chris you just probably missed the most influential GOP person of the year or decade if Christ wins.

Posted by: Fred23 | July 2, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | July 2, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

The ONLY Republican I would vote for for President is Lindsey Graham.

Other than that I'm voting for whichever Democrat runs, and it looks like it's gonna be Obama.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 2, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Run Palin, run Palin, run Palin, oh PLEASE God, run Palin.

It will mean we're finally rid of the Republican party for good. And what fun it will be watching the show!

Posted by: info53 | July 2, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

RE: "I could live with Haley Barbour. Though part of the Republican morally corrupt establishment, Barbour could surprise."


Not me.

We don't know what all that man has consumed... and with seafood in short supply on the Gulf courtesy of his former client, BP, he might be desperate.

I just couldn't close my eyes at night thinking I'd awaken and he'd be looking down on me with just a bottle of BBQ sauce and a large bib.

Posted by: jake3D | July 2, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

" "Posted by: IQ168"| I think you must have added an extra digit. Posted by: drindl"

I think the first element was to be a j operator. It should read (lower case italics j) j68.

Totally imaginary and less than 100.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 2, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Its such an amazing list, and it doesn't matter whether it is "Influential" or "Presidential" it is thirty never will bees, everyone of them capable of talking themselves out of the list as fast as they talk themselves into it. NO new ideas, NO new faces, NO competent, pragmatic, get it done types, just whichever raving lunatic has said something the Republicans currently find fascinating that hasn't yet been picked up by the democrats and shown to be commitment grade crazy.

And every one of them so far has demonstrated an amazing ability to say things that they have to back track faster than they could get it out in the first place.

Individually, collectively, and communally these are truly influential Republicans. They are the infectious agent that will most certainly kill off the republican Party before much longer.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 2, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

jake3d is absolutely right. Nikki Haley is just new and shiny. She isn't influential -- she is just reflecting the influence of her 'big buddies.'

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 2, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, snap!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 2, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd say lately that Jan Brewer belongs on that list too...

Posted by: dennispro | July 2, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

'I could live with Haley Barbour. "


I couldn't. You stand between him and the refrigerator or liquor cabinet and he'll crush you.

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: IQ168"|


I think you must have added an extra digit.

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"The RGA's second quarter fundraising numbers -- $19 million raised, $40 million on hand -- is an eye-popping total that should remind those who have forgotten about Barbour's reach in the GOP donor community"
of Largest Corporations in America.
Are those Corporations in Recession?

And it is Them, who cut jobs.
Gonna vote for that?

Posted by: lordmi | July 2, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"The RGA's second quarter fundraising numbers -- $19 million raised, $40 million on hand -- is an eye-popping total that should remind those who have forgotten about Barbour's reach in the GOP donor community"
of Largest Corporations in America.
Are those Corporations in Recession?

And it is Them, who cut jobs.
Gonna vote for that?

Posted by: lordmi | July 2, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I know no one knows the difference among homonyms anymore or edits anything (old media, I guess) but this is too much: "Jindal also has some cache within the party..."

Is this blog entry saying that Bobby Jindal has some place where he is concealing and storing some provisions or supplies? Hmmm, that's strange. Or maybe he has some sort of intangible prestige or status -- or cachet?

I know it's a blog, but lets trie too bee literate, okay?

Posted by: airish1 | July 2, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

No way can a redneck confederate apologist nor a couple of Asian Indian's who don't embrace their true heritage win outside of their regions and some of those backward sparsely populated "Red" States.

Posted by: Shaun-kar | July 2, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Well right now the democrats have won, and the business is going away. The jobs are all going to China or India where the taxes and restrictions are more favorable.

==

Yeah, that's the reason, it's all those pesky taxes and regulations. Not to mention all those sissy American workers who don't want to die at 35 from working with carcinogens. Or have enough to eat. LOVE that free market. We should endeavor to be more like Somalia.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the pain of having to choose between Chris Christie and Mitt Romney... I'm going to have to watch more of both! Love them!

Posted by: whisperonthewind | July 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

give it up, ken. what ruined the country was repubican deregulation and letting the banks run wild.

Posted by: drindl
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What about the 2 great regulators Frank and Dodd?

Posted by: leapin | July 2, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that the comments by liberals here are so similar to what we had when Carter was in office. It sounds like my dad talking about democrats against big business. Well right now the democrats have won, and the business is going away. The jobs are all going to China or India where the taxes and restrictions are more favorable.

Posted by: larrywbrewer | July 2, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"Why have a Democrat like Cillizza picking this? He's not credible. Where are Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor? "

Rather weird, no?

Posted by: jake3D | July 2, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

There was no good reason for Nikki being on the list of the 10 most influential Republicans in the nation. She won a SC primary she was already expected to win by a large margin.


Chris is really taken with her. She apparently influenced him into 6 postings. He looked at THAT and thought that is one influential almost Governor. It is his list. Go figure!

Posted by: jake3D | July 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I could live with Haley Barbour. Though part of the Republican morally corrupt establishment, Barbour could surprise. He's a true conservative and a complete realist (if the the two aren't mutually exclusive). Barbour would get things done.He's a master of the game. Chris Christie would be a tie for first place. Though my own frontrunners are not even listed: Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels and Tom Coburn because this is a Washington DC list and the blind and stupid establishment of both parties wouldn't consider anyone with real principles, actual intelligence and ability. It's a tragedy that our politics is determined in that fetid swamp of corruption and mediocrity.

Posted by: RAPProds | July 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I could live with Haley Barbour. Though part of the Republican morally corrupt establishment, Barbour could surprise. He's a true conservative and a complete realist (if the the two aren't mutually exclusive). Barbour would get things done.He's a master of the game. Chris Christie would be a tie for first place. Though my own frontrunners are not even listed: Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels and Tom Coburn because this is a Washington DC list and the blind and stupid establishment of both parties wouldn't consider anyone with real principles, actual intelligence and ability. It's a tragedy that our politics is determined in that fetid swamp of corruption and mediocrity.

Posted by: RAPProds | July 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I could live with Haley Barbour. Though part of the Republican morally corrupt establishment, Barbour could surprise. He's a true conservative and a complete realist (if the the two aren't mutually exclusive). Barbour would get things done.He's a master of the game. Chris Christie would be a tie for first place. Though my own frontrunners are not even listed: Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels and Tom Coburn because this is a Washington DC list and the blind and stupid establishment of both parties wouldn't consider anyone with real principles, actual intelligence and ability. It's a tragedy that our politics is determined in that fetid swamp of corruption and mediocrity.

Posted by: RAPProds | July 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I could live with Haley Barbour. Though part of the Republican morally corrupt establishment, Barbour could surprise. He's a true conservative and a complete realist (if the the two aren't mutually exclusive). Barbour would get things done.He's a master of the game. Chris Christie would be a tie for first place. Though my own frontrunners are not even listed: Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels and Tom Coburn because this is a Washington DC list and the blind and stupid establishment of both parties wouldn't consider anyone with real principles, actual intelligence and ability. It's a tragedy that our politics is determined in that fetid swamp of corruption and mediocrity.

Posted by: RAPProds | July 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The list is missing the only Republican worth mentioning - Ron Paul.

==

He's not on the list because

(1) he's not influential

(2) he's an idiot

Ron Paul is more a libertarian, which is to say openly sociopathic while the GOP prefers to hide its sociopathy behind euphemisms like "economic freedom" and "limited government."

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I could live with Haley Barbour. Though part of the Republican morally corrupt establishment, Barbour could surprise. He's a true conservative and a complete realist (if the the two aren't mutually exclusive). Barbour would get things done.He's a master of the game. Chris Christie would be a tie for first place. Though my own frontrunners are not even listed: Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels and Tom Coburn because this is a Washington DC list and the blind and stupid establishment of both parties wouldn't consider anyone with real principles, actual intelligence and ability. It's a tragedy that our politics is determined in that fetid swamp of corruption and mediocrity.

Posted by: RAPProds | July 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I could live with Haley Barbour. Though part of the Republican morally corrupt establishment, Barbour could surprise. He's a true conservative and a complete realist (if the the two aren't mutually exclusive). Barbour would get things done.He's a master of the game. Chris Christie would be a tie for first place. Though my own frontrunners are not even listed: Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels and Tom Coburn because this is a Washington DC list and the blind and stupid establishment of both parties wouldn't consider anyone with real principles, actual intelligence and ability. It's a tragedy that our politics is determined in that fetid swamp of corruption and mediocrity.

Posted by: RAPProds | July 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Today's Oxymoron:

GOP Leaders.


Posted by: bgreen2224 | July 2, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Dear Marie Wilson: If only you had been available in 2008 and HONESTLY evaluated the demonkrat candidates. But, I jest ... none of them had a single qualification much less one to be sarcastic about. I guess you could have commented that BH O'Carter is black (in case we missed that as a major qualification to be POTUS) and that Hitlery was a woman (who believed in murdering your babies). That would have given us a clear choice for the highest office in the land.

Posted by: IQ168 | July 2, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The list is missing the only Republican worth mentioning - Ron Paul.

Posted by: digitallasagna | July 2, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Why have a Democrat like Cillizza picking this?"

ROFLOL -- you ARE joking, aren't you?

If you're not, I feel real sorry for you. If you can read this paen to Republicans and still think he's a Democrat, you are fox-propagandized beyond help or reason.

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Not as funny as marie, bsimon, but still a more solid, accurate piece than our host's."

I'm only partially aiming for humor. I think The Fix is on the right track, topically - its a good subject for a column & I've often asked who's in charge of the GOP. But I think he failed to articulate why certain people are on the list. For instance, the Huckabee blurb is an interesting anecdote, and not inaccurate reporting, but it doesn't explain why he's on a list of 'influential' Republicans. For each person on the list, The Fix should include who is influenced and perhaps more importantly, who is not.

Like Nikki Haley - is she really 'influencing' anyone? I think not. Nobody knew who she was a month ago, and her grand entrance into the national consciousness was in the context of being accused of an extramarital affair. Hardly the stuff of the next party leader, I think most would agree. But... there is a reasonable argument for including her on the list. I think The Fix danced around it & could be more concise.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 2, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is a joke and embarrassment. It doesn't matter who runs, because if they win America loses. Americans have short memories, and will probably want to go back to the Bush era. They gave us all the messes we're in now(economy, wars), and they can't wait to go back to it. If you want to be told who you can marry, who you can sleep with, if a woman will have control over her own body, that you should be Christian, etc. then vote yourself to be under control of the GOP Daddy State.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Why have a Democrat like Cillizza picking this? He's not credible. Where are Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor?

Posted by: greendayer | July 2, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

With a line up like this, how can they lose? The only Republicans missing are John McCain and Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: DaveHarris | July 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown won in the most liberal of states with the highest percentage of registered Dems, he would be a formidable candidate in ANY area of the country.

Mitt Romney was also elected statewide in Mass and could also more than hold his own in liberal to moderate swing states.

Most of America would support either or both (on same ticket).

Posted by: chicago77 | July 2, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Christie balanced his budget in typical Republican fashion: he comforted the comfortable and afflicted the afflicted.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Marie great job - wish I could write that way! Funny and true to the core.

J in 3D

Posted by: jake3D | July 2, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

BigTrees


You are talking about the democrats in your comment at 3:16, right ???


The democrats were complaining about Katrina after 3 days -

But after 70 days of the Gulf Oil Spill, Obama's response is worse than Bush's was after 3 days.

So you have to be talking about the democrats.


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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 2, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The Great 37 in the Sky is being chanelled through me.

The Great 37 says that BobSanderson at 3:06 has violated the bounds of "civil discourse"


The Great 37 says bobsanderson should be banned.


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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 2, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Look at all the anarchy, all the civil abuses, all the twisted words, lies for the sake of lying, all the Katrina scandals. Look at a country and world who have suffered from these people's abuses, discriminations and bigotries.

This is the party that destroyed our judicial system, gave Big Business more rights than living, breathing, walking Americans. These are the people who said a warm gun on the hip is more important than an education, domestic factory job or a safe foo/air/water supply. These are the people who work to destroy our government then scream the loudest when it doesn't work.

These are the people who believe the only bad lie is the lie not told. These are the people who think a successful campaign is built on character assassination to hide their anti-American agenda. These are the people who have failed to come up with one single solution to any of our domesticate problems but worked frantically to exacerbate those problems and cover it up, move the blame and find a scapegoat.

This is a collection of some of the most immoral, disingenuous criminals and charlatans our society can put forth. These are the people laughed at and fear most by the rest of the world. These are the people who blew up an Arab nation just because. These are the people who have built a philosophy on "me first and screw the rest." These are the people history labels as monsters and mobsters.

These are conservatives without conscience. These are republicans.

Posted by: BigTrees | July 2, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, cutting funding for schools and fire departments to preserve tax breaks for millionaires who invest offshore. That'll restore our greatness, all right. Go Christie!

A younger generation that can't read or write will stimulate the economy by believing advertisements. LOVE the free market.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"And as if the grotesqueness wasn't enough, we have that glorious Barbour pic, probably being printed at canine obedience schools all over America, good all by itself for training puppies to "go" outside."

LOL

Posted by: BobSanderson | July 2, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Look at all that failure, a 140-year, three depression, half-a-dozen war failure. Look at all the national debt, all the world-wide animosity, all the health care denied, unemployment insurance payments denied, all the hunger and poverty heaped on American workers.

Look into the abyss and see these smiling faces looking back.

Posted by: BigTrees | July 2, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The liberal loon mutual admiration echo chamber is deafening.

Meanwhile the dem titanic ship of state steams irrevocably toward the iceberg.

Will you kooks get louder and loonier as your imminent demise nears? It seems you have little else.

Obungler calls this situation headed in the right direction.

Iceberg ahead!

Berry is already in a lifeboat.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 2, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Tim Pawlenty? Mitt Romney? Are you serious? You establishment Republicans still dont get it, do you? In the midst of a deficit 100% to GDP, you guys want to elect mushy-middle republicans that stand for no real principle. Do us all a favor and boot them all. We need Chris Christie style conservative leadership not willing to capitulate to unions and corrupt advocacy organizations. Better yet, one of your candidates needs to be smart enough to give speeches like Chris Christie. If the establishment chooses a democrat-socialist lite candidate, we're done for and the republic is lost. Then I'll be laughing at you idiots taxing each other to no end from a different view in the world. Stop being King makers and elect a REAL candidate!

Posted by: Aknotz | July 2, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

If that is leadership then humanity is in really deep do-do.

Look at all that corruption. Look at all that hatred. Look at all the delusions. Hear those millions of lies just waiting to leap out.

Look at all the damage those creatures and their pack-mates have heaped on the United States, especially the American worker, in the last 40 years.

These are the people who destroyed the United States of America and turned us into a broken, second-rate shell of the great nation we once were.

Posted by: BigTrees | July 2, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Flowers of Peace wrote:

"Yea, they really want to pick one thing out of that person's background - and use it to SMEAR the entire party - millions of people.


That is how the democrats operate."

...Well, aren't you trying to paint all Dems with the same brush? That story about the glass houses comes to mind.

Posted by: LouGatsby | July 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

They can beat each other but there isn't a single one of them who can beat Obama (even in his current weakened state).

Such is the pathetic state of the GOP (Goobers Only Party).

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | July 2, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Not as funny as marie, bsimon, but still a more solid, accurate piece than our host's.

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Fix had better hope Marie's on vacation next time he posts "the Line" or any of his cheerleading pieces for the GOP or the baggers. Marie exposed Fix the way Malis once exposed (and ran off) the real 37. Clinical and brutal.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 2, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Snark aside for typos and tone, what this list really needs is more of a scorecard & less of the prose. like:

10. Huckabee. Influential among evangelicals & fox viewers

9. Jindal. Influential as a foil to the President, due to proximity to BP spill. Still trying to recover from SOTU rebuttal flop.

8. Nikki Haley. New flavor of the month as attractive minority female. Still needs to win major office & you know, accomplish something. No real 'influence'; if elected will play significant role in 2012 presidential primary as Gov of SC.

7. Newt Gingrich. Influential among GOP policy wonks, though that's a shrinking group in the party. Who needs policy when you can play politics?

6. Scott Brown. Former flavor of the month. Currently influential in the Senate as the latest incarnation of Lucy, preparing to pull football from the other Brown (aka Charlie/Reid). No real influence in the GOP; disappointment to TEA people who propelled him into office as the only kind of Republican that can be elected in MA - a RINO.

5. Tim Pawlenty. Despite extreme lack of enthusiasm among the general public, building influence among party insiders on the fundraising circuit. Not influential as a policy wonk or thought leader, but carries the aura of a Repub elected in a 'blue' state.

4. Chris Christie. Another Repub Gov from a blue state. In his first year in office eviscerated the state's budget. If voters accept the austerity budget as necessary and/or positive, it could bold well for his political future. If NJ has a recall, he could also get Gray Davised out of office.

3. Sarah Palin. Influential as a bomb thrower & guaranteed bump to hitcounts for the online media. Useful as a fundraiser, but risky as a public figurehead for the party. It is unclear how to exploit the former without alienating swing voters.

2. Mitt Romney. Runnerup to last party nominee for President, making Romney the go-to candidate for the next cycle. Influential among party members seeking (re)election & in need of PAC money.

1. Haley Barbour. Money talks, making Barbour & his fundraising abilities the most influential member of the money party.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 2, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Marie has delivered a KO.

Best if you quickly post some more bad news for Dems to distract 37. Another wheel has got to be falling off their Yugo this afternoon.

Posted by: BobSanderson | July 2, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

"8. Nikki Haley: The Fix could post only 6 (six) times consecutively about her winning a PRIMARY in SC! Major State!

If you can win a primary with 2 Republicans saying they shagged you then this Christian/Sikh mom is Presidential timber. Only $400,000 came from the incumbent to support her.
* * * *
Posted by: mariewilson11 | July 2, 2010 2:07 PM"
_________

LOL.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 2, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse


Such the EXTREME HATE coming from the democratic echo chamber today.

Why don't you all co-sign each other's hate ?


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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Another vote for mariewilson. A hundred times the writer and the analyst that bagman Cillizza is.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Marie, you keep this up and you may find a place in the Hall of Fame to 37-nemesis "Malis." Home run.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 2, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

No offense but I think Marie Wilson's post is the more accurate and fact-based analysis of the top Republicans. Ask Marie for permission to paste in her post over today's Fix column. :)

Totally cosign MW's spot on post.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 2, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I hope Barbour runs. It will be fun to watch a consummate political insider position himself as an outsider who will shake up Washington. Those Tea Partiers are so gullible they'll buy anything.

Posted by: bpai_99 | July 2, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

It'll be Romney but not because he inspires, only because he'll be the last man standing and Republicans get tingles and moisture in the uglies over a guy in a suit.

And then there remains the fact that Romney projects all the sincerity of a Dignity of Labor mural in Maoist China. Yeah, that'll get you to 270. The Base doesn't think he's punitive enough, though his MA record won't hinder because yer average Republican voter can't handle details and has the memory of an earthworm. The cult church thing won't sell well with the Rapture/Palin crowd though.

Chris, you've got to quit it with the "2012 Presidential hopeful" thing. You've got a legal pad full of exciting nobodies already.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

marie wilson -- you a writer?

you should be -- you're better than most of the Post staff!

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

And by the way, for once all this commenter derision is warranted. The idea of Haley Barbour for President is absolutely laughable.

Posted by: mattfugazi | July 2, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Romney will definitely be the nominee. Huckabee and Palin are too alike in their appeal and will cancel each other out. In the end, it will be close, but with their standardbearers humiliated in the primaries, the religious Right won't bring out the midwestern and Florida victories that keep eluding the Republicans at the national level, and Obama will squeak by. (The Northeast and Pacific Coast are of course long lost to the GOP-- and I think that Obama will not be able to hold North Carolina and Virginia making the South a solid Republican lock.)

Posted by: mattfugazi | July 2, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Chris Christie's big fat mouth and obnoxious personality have already made him much hated in the state, and he will be easily beaten next election.

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

LOL,

Here is another take on YOUR list of "Republicans Constantly Featured in The Fix" which is what it really is.

(Chris, I will humor your leaving out the real influential R forces: Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Drudge (Weigel RIP), Ailes, Murdock, O'Reilly (no particular order). You wanted to feature the public faces that might be electable not the ones that manipulate the puppets. Telling that would be messy for you.)

1. Haley Barbour: We have tried everything and the national financial problems are serious, ingrained and accrued over many years. Why not try a fat lobbyist who can raise money: Chubby President for hard times: at least someone is eating real well.

2. Mitt Romney: Real Republicans can't be called flip floppers. "I was for universal health before it was unpopular with the Tea Bag people". My special undergarments will allow me to reduce Secret Service expenses should you forgive for me for my political career.

3. Sarah Palin: "Quips and slogans got me here". "Being a hot Republican MILF can be profitable" - "the Fix will only track my endorsement successes". What about her Todd? Half a term as Governor is more time served than most people blogging here and besides GW Bush pulled off two terms and the country is still here. Not a quitter!!

4. Chris Christie: Got elected in NJ and has passed a budget. What else does a conservative Republican need to see to pick a President. Also Chubby for coming lean times. Half term only, that is good news for Chris b/c half the state thinks he is a bully already imagine after they find out what is in THAT budget.

5. Tim Pawlenty: Tpaw (if you thought Joementum had a nice ring!) Almost has developed a personality but mentioned favorably in The Fix regularly

6. Scott Brown: Not following anything his tea party fans wanted but they can't be mentioned here (shout out to Jake!). TP can still gaze at his truck. A little sharper than Palin and hot for a dude. Daughters still available.

7. Newt Gingrich: Has to stay on the down low b/c to many of the seniors remember what a d@ouche he was to his wife and the nation. Chubby President possibility but is a rare nasty fatty.

8. Nikki Haley: The Fix could post only 6 (six) times consecutively about her winning a PRIMARY in SC! Major State!

If you can win a primary with 2 Republicans saying they shagged you then this Christian/Sikh mom is Presidential timber. Only $400,000 came from the incumbent to support her.

9. Bobby Jindal: Part of the Republican Brown Revolution. Skinned his knee when it was revealed that after two months of shouting about lack of Fed manpower to clean up the spill he forgot to use his own National Guard. Taken seriously at The Fix and in LA. V. promising indeed.

10. Mike Huckabee: Huck has visited Israel more than Jesus. All that experience will make him a really great person to known when the Rapture arrives.
Has forgotten to tell the Jews what happens to them during the Rapture he is so expectantly waiting for.

Posted by: mariewilson11 | July 2, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Christie is a toadie for millionaires and an enemy of working people.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

My vote is for Chris Cristie. He's a fiscal conservative, direct and honest, and he's more than willing to call out the liberals in this country with their BS.

Posted by: liberalsareblind | July 2, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The democrats just want to identify a Republican leader so they have a target

That is dirty politics.

Yea, they really want to pick one thing out of that person's background - and use it to SMEAR the entire party - millions of people.

That is how the democrats operate.

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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 2, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

If this is the "best" the Republicans are able to offer against Obama in 2012, they will be, in effect, forfeiting the election. The only one who probably could win more than forty five percent of popular vote and a little over two hundred electoral votes is Romney, maybe.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | July 2, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Most influential? There seems to be a bias here- that "influential" means at least somehow beneficial to the party. One could easily argue that Micheal Steele, for example, is very influential- he is damaging the party's reputation on a weekly basis.

Like the Democrats, those running under the Republican banner will have to find a way to separate themselves from the more idiotic representatives of their party.

Posted by: jhherring | July 2, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

It's been at least a year since Cillizza dropped any pretense of not being a GOP bagman but somethings the stink of slant is so intense it makes the eyes water. This is definitely one of those columns.

No longer amazing to see a nonentity like Pawlenty on here, since Cillizza has a wet infatuation with the guy, whom nobody else anywhere pays any attention to. Ditto John Skeletor Thune, pretty easy to figure Cillizza's "type" .. tall, scrawny, and gosh, LOVE the SUIT.

And as if the grotesqueness wasn't enough, we have that glorious Barbour pic, probably being printed at canine obedience schools all over America, good all by itself for training puppies to "go" outside. You'll be happy to know that lunch didn't taste as good coming up as going down.

"An argument can be made" about Palin. Well, no, it can't. Britney Spears has more on the ball than Palin. Sarah couldn't manage a night manager gig at an Arby's. And Chris, didn't you ever learn not to use the passive voice? Or did you get your degree answering an ad on a matchbook?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 2, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Here's the thing: Republican or Democrat, the country is saying: ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!!!

Posted by: georges2 | July 2, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

We're going to win in 2012!

Posted by: georges2 | July 2, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

More funny:


"You might not expect a race between the uber-boring Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and the uber-rich former hospital exec Rick Scott to be a barn-burner. But the Florida Republican gubernatorial primary -- a race no one really expected to happen in the first place -- is making a strong claim for the title of nastiest primary race of the year.

Here's a quick overview of the past couple weeks. McCollum, trailing in the polls to the self-funded Scott, turned it up to 11 with a mailer that says Scott, who made his millions as the CEO of Columbia HCA, "profited from abortion," thanks to the fact that the procedure was performed at some Columbia-run hospitals.

In response, Scott fired off a press release attacking McCollum for supporting Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 presidential race. How does a tie to Rudy hurt McCollum in Scott's eyes, you might ask? Like this: Scott says McCollum isn't conservative enough because he "endorsed pro-abortion and pro-homosexual rights candidate" Giuliani."

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Main Entry: cache
Pronunciation: \ˈkash\
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from cacher to press, hide, from Vulgar Latin *coacticare to press together, from Latin coactare to compel, frequentative of cogere to compel — more at cogent
Date: 1797
1 a : a hiding place especially for concealing and preserving provisions or implements b : a secure place of storage
2 : something hidden or stored in a cache


Main Entry: ca·chet
Pronunciation: \ka-ˈshā\
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from cacher
Date: circa 1639
1 a : a seal used especially as a mark of official approval b : an indication of approval carrying great prestige
2 a : a characteristic feature or quality conferring prestige b : prestige

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 2, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

How about a Michael Steele death watch column?


"Republicans are furious with RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who was caught on camera saying that the war in Afghanistan is a doomed effort launched by President Obama. Steele has no shortage of enemies in the GOP and many of them sense an opportunity here. In fact, several, both privately and publicly, are saying this is the last straw: Steele should resign.

"Needless to say, the war in Afghanistan was not 'a war of Obama's choosing,'" reads an open letter to Steele from Weekly Standard editor and influential GOP voice Bill Kristol."

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't seem they have a good collection.

Neither one could make it.

Posted by: lordmi | July 2, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

John Boner is so upset he'll have to pay $1.50 a session for his fake tan! Boo-hoo, tanning salon owners, boohoo!

Having already declared health care reform a failure just three months after it passed, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) wants to alert the public that today is the day the Affordable Care Act begins to destroy America, one tanning salon at a time. Boehner blasted out a press release and tweet warning about a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning beds, which goes into affect today, to help fund the Affordable Care Act. Citing a Wall Street Journal article, Boehner wrote, the tax is “causing all kinds of problems for business owners who provide tanning services.”

Meanwhile, Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee cried, “no amount of sunscreen or Aloe will relieve the pain of the Democrats’ impending 10 percent tax on indoor tanning beds."

This is the funniest whine yet.

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"note that this Line is not to be taken as an early ranking of the 2012 field.

More and more, however, it is."


Jimminy Cricket, Cillizza. Make up your mind, this wishy washy stuff detracts from your work.


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Posted by: bsimon1 | July 2, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Haley Barbour is a genius all right--another BP lover, even though it's ruining several states:

'Although the BP oil disaster has killed 11 men, poisoned thousands of animals, and ruined the livelihoods of millions of Americans, Mississippi governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) still believes that the foreign oil giant has suffered the most. Gov. Barbour has dismissed this catastrophe from day one, comparing the toxic oil to “toothpaste” and worrying about the impact of paying damages on BP’s finances. In an interview with NPR on Thursday, Barbour brushed off the suggestion that the conservative ideology of deregulation should be reconsidered, saying that “the idea that more regulation is necessarily better, I think a very suspect idea.” In fact, Barbour cited the greatest environmental catastrophe in American history as proof that “the market system works,” saying that BP is the biggest victim “in this deal”:

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Influential Republicans? Hahaha!


Hmmmm, let's see here...


* Druggy Rush

* Crazy Glenn

* Sarah the Half Term Quitter

* Druggy Rush

* Crazy Glenn

* Sarah the Half Term Quitter

* etc

* etc

* etc


Yep, that about covers it...

Posted by: DrainYou | July 2, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Jindal has been pretty bad with his handling of the oil spill. The fact that he got photographed on a boat with a pipe or something is meaningless. His sand berms are ridiculous and hurt more than they help. He didn't employ the NatGuard for some reason and who knows what the hell he is hiding now.

I'll admit that he is pulling the right PR strings (OMG, he is out there plugging the leak by himself!), but Jindal has been maddening with this.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 2, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

give it up, ken. what ruined the country was repubican deregulation and letting the banks run wild.

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"Palin's political future is fundamentally unknowable; while she has endorsed a series of candidates and used her following on Facebook to counter the Obama Administration,"

This column gets more unintentionally hilarious every day.

How do you even write this junk with a straight face? How is it that she 'counters' the President of the United States by writing dumb and silly teenage girl crap on Facebook?

Posted by: drindl | July 2, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Paul Ryan (R-WI) wants to privatize social security and medicare and abolish medicaid. He wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and basically have anyone other than oil and banking millionaires use emergency rooms for all medicine.

At least Ryan is honest about Republican economic policies.

Posted by: AjaxtheGreater | July 2, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Today's unemployment report points to Obama's main problem: growing the government is ruining the economy. Put the democracts out of their misery by firing them this fall.

Posted by: kenpasadena | July 2, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

1. Rush Limbaugh

2. Glenn Beck

3. Sarah Palin

4. Roger Ailes

5. Sean Hannity

6. Newt Gingrich

7. Frank Lutz

8. William Kristol

9. Bill O’Reilly

10. Charles Krauthammer

Zero politicians, zero sane people.

Posted by: AjaxtheGreater | July 2, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me for not reading the piece.

I saw the headline about "GOP Leaders for 2012," and the "Comment" icon just under it. So I jumped right into the comments.

Funny Headline!

Posted by: kishorgala | July 2, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I would say that Jindal's veto to hide the records of what HIS administration did in the wake of the oil spill indicates that he has something to hide. Eventually those documents will get out and when they do Jindal's 15 minutes of fame will come to a quick halt. I agree that Paul Ryan is a pretty influential person and should be in the top 5, but I would also put Lindsey Graham ahead of Scott Brown as well. Graham has positioned himself as the new John Warner of the GOP (the guy who the rest of the old school GOP will follow on major issues).

Also CC, how about a Democrat list on of these days. I am interested to see who you think is moving and shaking other than President Obama.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 2, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

#1-20 Mitch McConnell. Unemployment is at 9.5% It is this Republican leader and no other that is preventing us from doing anything about it.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 2, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

And you guys thought I was kidding when I wrote that Chris had gotten the memo from the Republicans to chill the Tea Party and the anti-incumbent memes in his reporting going into the fall...NO mention of them in his article about influential Republicans and where their support comes from (even Palin!)!

Posted by: jake3D | July 2, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Any list without Paul Ryan in the top 3 is not a well thought out list. There are several very good competent Republican house leaders that need inclusion. Forget about your "flavor of the week" choices like Haley, Brown, Jindal, Huckabee and Palin and get serious about good leaders. Thank goodness you didn't include Boehner!

Posted by: jnorow | July 2, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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