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Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.) are two of the most influential voices within the Republican party today. AP photos

After a month without Lines -- on Friday or any other day -- Fixistas need their, um, Fix.

And, of course, we aim to please. So this week we are doing two Lines -- one today looking at the ten most influential Republican leaders in the party and then one tomorrow ranking the ten Senate races most likely to switch parties in 2010.

Republicans have seen something of a reversal of fortune since we last penned a Line looking at their relatively meager list of leaders.

The debate over health care has tapped into a broader discontent among the Republican base -- and many independents -- regarding the amount of spending that has gone on during the first eight months of the Obama Administration. The passion stirred by the health care debate -- and evidenced in a series of town halls across the country over the August congressional recess -- has led GOP leaders (in and out of Congress) to grow more bold in their criticism of President Obama and his policies.

Combine that boldness with a heightened level of activity from some potential 2012 candidates -- Tim Pawlenty we are looking at you -- and polling that suggests Republicans could well win the governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia this fall, and you have a renewed sense of excitement within the party.

Below are our rankings of the ten most influential Republicans in the party. To be clear: this should not be taken as a list of who is best positioned to be the party's nominee in 2012. Rather, this is a look at who within the party will have a major role in where it heads from a message perspective between now and 2012.

As always, your kudos and critiques are welcome in the comments section.

To the Line!

Coming Off the Line: Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell.
Coming Onto the Line: Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee, Michael Steele

10. John Cornyn: The head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee has quietly put Senate GOPers in position to benefit if the national political environment goes south on Democrats. Cornyn has recruited serious candidates in Democratic-held seats in Illinois, Colorado and Connecticut, and still may land top tier recruits in North Dakota and Delaware. With seven open seats to defend, Cornyn understands that he must play offense in a few states if he hopes to position the party to make major gains in the 2012 and 2014 cycles -- both of which, by the numbers, are far more favorable for Republicans. (Previous ranking: 8)

9. Sarah Palin: The former governor of Alaska has been very quiet of late -- except for the occasional comment issued via her Facebook page. Palin's decision to skip this weekend's Values Voter Summit -- where she would have been given a rock star's reception -- is the latest piece of evidence that those who believe a presidential run is inevitable are sorely mistaken. Regardless of her future political plans, Palin could do for a few more months outside of the spotlight. (Previous ranking: 2)

8. Mitch Daniels: Daniels, the governor of Indiana, would be far higher on this list if he had given something short of the airtight "I will not run" pronouncement regarding 2012. Despite that pledge, Daniels' reform-minded populist approach to government is already sparking imitators (see state Sen. Josh Penry in Colorado) and is the direction in which many GOP strategists believe the party must move to have a chance against President Obama in 2012. Watch to see if some sort of "Draft Daniels" effort emerges and whether the governor dismisses a run out of hand or looks for a way to hedge on his past promise. (Previous ranking: N/A)

7. Mike Huckabee: The army of Huckabee supporters have carped for months that we are overlooking the former Arkansas governor's influence within the party. Maybe. Huckabee clearly has a somewhat large group of loyal and active supporters and retains significant name ID -- as evidenced by his showing in national polls testing 2012 matchups -- from his 2008 candidacy. The less Palin looks like a candidate (and she is nowhere to be found at the moment), the more Huckabee benefits; without Palin, Huckabee is THE voice of social conservatives in this country. (Previous ranking: N/A)

6. John Boehner/Mitch McConnell: The Republican leaders of the House and Senate, respectively, deserve credit for how they've dealt with the difficulties of being the minority party. Recognizing that there is little they can do legislatively, Boehner and McConnell have focused on counter-punching against proposals made by the White House. And, due in no small part to the smallness of their respective conferences, Boehner and McConnell have been able to keep the GOP in near-unified opposition to the president's major proposals. (Previous rankings: Boehner 10, McConnell 9)

5. Michael Steele: When no one was looking, the chairman of the Republican National Committee suddenly became relevant again. Steele has kept his occasionally erratic media personality in check of late and, as a result, has turned into one of the party's better communicators. Steele's pushback on the allegations of racism made by former President Jimmy Carter was well timed and kept the story alive. Perhaps most surprisingly, Steele's RNC continues to be solid on the fundraising front. The committee has raised $52 million this year and just announced that it would drop $7 million into the Virginia governor's race. (Previous ranking: N/A)

4. Newt Gingrich: For anyone who thought Gingrich didn't have an eye on a national run, the $8 million he raised in the first half of the year through his American Solutions 527 group or the new Hispanic-oriented website he has started should dispel those notions. Gingrich remains the biggest brain and best ideas guy on the Republican side but his personal baggage may be too much for him to be a real factor in his own right in 2012. Regardless of his presidential plans, Gingrich is and will continue to be one of the prime players in the ongoing message debate within the party. (Previous ranking: 7)

3. Haley Barbour: While most people in Washington are focused on the battle for the House and Senate in 2010, the 39 governors race on the ballot between now and next November are by far the most critical contests in terms of the long term futures of the two parties. Barbour, the head of the Republican Governors Association, is tasked with recruiting and funding those races. He has already shown impressive results -- putting top tier recruits in places like Nevada, Wisconsin and Iowa (assuming former Gov. Terry Branstad runs) among others. Talk of a Barbour 2012 run has died down in a bow to political reality. (Previous ranking: 5)

2. Tim Pawlenty: Give Tpaw credit -- he recognized that he had to quickly get moving if he wanted to emerge as a national leader, and he has done just that. Pawlenty has been somewhere close to ever-present on cable chat shows and has generally weighed in on national issues with gravity and smarts. (His decision to suspend any expenditure of state dollars to ACORN backfired a bit when Minnesota's ACORN representative said the organization didn't get any state cash.) Pawlenty has a prime speaking spot at the Values Voters Summit tomorrow night; if he does well, expect the buzz factor on him to rise. (Previous ranking: 6)

1. Mitt Romney: No one in the Republican party at the moment can match Romney's motor. The guy is simply everywhere. During Romney's visit to Washington this weekend, he will address the Value Voters Summit in Washington on Saturday, raise money for his Free and Strong America PAC and collect cash for -- among others -- former state Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who is running for governor, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, and Republican consultant Barbara Comstock who is seeking to unseat a Democratic state legislator in McLean. Couple that packed calendar with the favorable reviews Massachusetts residents are giving to the health care plan Romney signed into law as governor and you see why Romney continues to hold the top slot on the Line. (Previous ranking: 1)

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 17, 2009; 4:13 PM ET
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Comments

Dear God, please listen to EddieV and save our country. Amen.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 19, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

OMG, please let Sarah slip further down the list. And please, let the Republican leaders start taking a stand in favor of CIVIL discourse. And let all politicians embrace truthfulness.

Posted by: EddieV | September 19, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Well, Cilizza, if you had actually done your research like they do over at, say, the Washington Times, you'd have found that the reason Palin isn't showing up this weekend to the Values Voters Summit is because Track Palin's Stryker Brigade is returning from Iraq.

Like, THIS WEEKEND! Then she leaves for Hong Kong.

But you didn't bother to ask, did you?

Clueless. Not clueless enough for Newsweak, but almost totally clueless.

Posted by: section9 | September 19, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

"Michelle Shaniqua Obama will now push prescription afro sheen."

And some people say conservatives are racists! Imagine! Where do they ever get such an idea?

==

vicious libels. everyone knows that conservatives stand for generosity, egalitarianism, and freedm.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 19, 2009 2:24 AM | Report abuse

"Michelle Shaniqua Obama will now push prescription afro sheen."

And some people say conservatives are racists! Imagine! Where do they ever get such an idea?

Posted by: nodebris | September 19, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Q: How do you know you're at a Mormon wedding?

A: The bride isn't pregnant, but her mother is.


A Romney run would be like being force-fed saccharine. All those beautiful children showing the world their six-year molars, their eyes Disney bright, and audiences shuddering thinking they're all about to sing.

Time to sell long on barf bag futures.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 18, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey gbrooksdc (and everyone else): can we drop the "on [possessive pronoun] watch" thing once and for all?

Along with "on the ground?"

Military metaphors sound even stupider than economic ones.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 18, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

And as for Carter: you may have hated Reagan, but Carter was still a disaster. Hostages taken on his watch. Failed rescue mission for which he let OTHERS take the fall. High unemployment. High energy prices. High inflation. Vernon Jordan called him "a disaster" for black America after one year in office.* Had not an ounce of lib ideology in his body, which is why Dems revolted and pressed Ted Kennedy into running. And as a person, arrogant, egotistical and amazingly incapable of taking responsibility for ANYTHING, including his defeat at Reagan's hand (he blamed Ted Kennedy for not supporting him, after he ran a totally negative campaign that called Ted everything but a child of God). Left office grumbling about Reagan conspiring with the Iranians to delay their release until he was no longer in office; hey, Jimmuh, it wasn't all about you.

These are all provable facts. He was so bad, he's had to devote his life to reforming his image (when really, he just needed to wait until everyone who remembered him died).

*Jimmy was good for throwing whole sections of the party constituency under the bus for his own temporal political advantage. Blacks got him elected, and he couldn't have been less kind.

Posted by: gbooksdc | September 18, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Are you insane? I already knew you were lazy. "Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.) are two of the most influential voices within the Republican party today" With whom? GoogleNews search for Romney = nothing of any import. Pawlenty at least is speaking out on missile defense and health care. But he hasn't a prayer ion GOP primaries, because the right wing is energized and they want red meat. You may not have been at the 9/12 march but I was, and those people are not looking for a moderate to work with Dems, they're looking for a red meat Republican to devour them. Russ LImbaugh and Dick Cheney have much, much more influence over the GOP than these two.

Posted by: gbooksdc | September 18, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Please, GOP, run one of these clowns in 2012. Put Palin on the ticket too for the rabble vote.

As an encore you can all drink cyanide together.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 18, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Shaniqua Obama will now push prescription afro sheen.

Posted by: NadeemZacharia | September 18, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

tswank1:

Welcome aboard!

Fate1:

There was no one in the Reagan Administration because the Berlin Wall came down during the Bush41 Administration. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | September 18, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

tswank1, you are awesome!
not only are you obviously one of the morons taking part in one of these "protests", but you can't even form a complete sentence.
what part of the south are you from, boy? keep up the good work, it makes it easier for the rest of us to steer clear of wingnuts like yourself.

Posted by: stinejc1 | September 18, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

You perfectly represent your party, tswank1.

==

Yeah a dishonest illiterate.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 18, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Funny ... yell alot of idiocy and you get called "resurgent" ... well, the questions is; who are these "resurgent" republicans appealing to?

A small, fringe of regressive, racists who will never be able to vote their candidates into high office.

The republican party isn't resurgent, it is in it's death throws.

May it rest in purgatory.

Posted by: topwriter | September 18, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

You perfectly represent your party, tswank1.

Posted by: nodebris | September 18, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

ok you crazy lefties you left out that the democrats were the majority in congress with an approval rating just below a snakes ass.you complain about bush cheny and all you gave us was a skirt chasing president who did a drive by missle attack on a country to teach them heathen terrorists a lesson. you accuse president bush for the 9/11 attacks and you had osama bin laden in custody in a foreign country but you let him go. you compalin about the past and in eight months you have presideded over in the biggest spending spree in our history. this president is in a race to beat jimmy carters pathetic record that an elected president regan brought out of the shambles you had made out of this country.now the best you can do is blame bush for this mess. When is this president going to take ownership of his office enough is enough and now you are into playing the race card

Posted by: tswank1 | September 18, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

A "resurgement" Republican Party? You mean like a "resurgent" plague? It's the republicans who have brought us to where we are today, only they don't have the testicles to admit it.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | September 18, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

@Fate1: we don't respond to JakeD around here. He is a lying troll and lacks the ability to handle new information.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 18, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote: "As I am sure you are aware, I view the Reagan Revolution as bit differently -- he brought down the Soviet Union without firing a single shot..."

Yes, all by himself. It was that star wars thing, yea, the reds just saw we were going to deploy star wars and said "what's the point!" and gave up.

The reality is much different. The soviets imploded. Many saw it coming due to communism's inability to compete and the vast corruptness of the soviets, a place with vast farmland that imported wheat from us each year. But the CIA and Pentagon wanted no part of that information. Their job was to determine the maximum threat, so everything was maximized.

Then, when the wall fell, no one in the reagan administration had a clue, but academic economists and soviet watchers were not surprised.

Since then I've watched as threats (and good things too) have been overblown, the latest being the Iranian threat and Swine flu. We know how they handled the vast Iraqi threat. Maybe this strategy keeps us safe, I'm not sure, but it is clear that Reagan slayed nothing but the American economy.

And speaking of star wars, what did that billions of dollars get us anyway?

Posted by: Fate1 | September 18, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

This is why we need healthcare reform passed now. Those Rs insisting that we start over and wait another 75 years from when FDR first proposed it, should tell that to these families.

from CNN

"Dying from lack of insurance
A freelance cameraman with a burst appendix; a 51-year-old mother with undiagnosed heart disease; a 26-year-old with unusual fatigue. None had health insurance; all three died. A new analysis finds the uninsured have a 40 percent higher risk of death than those who have insurance. "It means you're at mortal risk," said Dr. David Himmelstein, one of the study's authors."

Posted by: leichtman | September 18, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I do not give the Democratic Party high marks for their behavior; they lack discipline and cohesion. However, the Republican behavior is appalling. They have lost even the pretense of being the party of values. They have raised stupidity, bigotry, and deception to unbelievable levels for this point of time in history.

Posted by: fasm7700 | September 18, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

In 1990 E. Germany's economy was collapsing according to the front pages of
Der Spiegel, prominently displayed next to remnants of the Berlin Wall at the Newseum. In 1989 the East German currency had been devalued and worth less than 50% of the W. German mark.
It was also forbidden to export East German currency out of the East.

Posted by: leichtman | September 18, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I used to be a democrat. One day an airliner flying at 30,000 feet lost its restroom septic tank and 300 pounds of excrement which had been fermenting in a marinade of piss fell on me...
Now I have no brain function. I can do only a few things. I can hyperventilate. I can shriek (it's fun to shriek!!). I can foam at the mouth and blow bubbles.

Now I am a republican.

Posted by: tontosage | September 18, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Here's my own All Republican Line:

Assemblyman Duvall
Gov. Gibbons
Rep. Ney
Sen. Ensign
Rep. Pickering
Rep. Cunningham
Rep. Foley
Sen. Vitter
Gov. Sanford
Sen. Craig

I'm sure I missed *someone.*

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 18, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

As I am sure you are aware, I view the Reagan Revolution as bit differently -- he brought down the Soviet Union without firing a single shot (and the Boland Amendments were un-Constitutional) -- can you imagine what the economy would have looked like had CARTER won re-election?!

Posted by: JakeD | September 18, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

There is a top tier Republican candidate in Wisconsin? I must have missed something, because if you mean that Republican from Milwaukee (Scott Walker I think) you must remember that he is from Milwaukee. Unless you play for the Brewers, being from Milwaukee is an enormous anchor outside of Milwaukee. Tommy Thompson - not from Milwaukee, from more or less northern Wisconsin. Honestly, you'd be better off claiming you were a FIB.

Posted by: caribis | September 18, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

And what a winner Reagan turned out to be Jake. The debt and deficit skyrocketed, we sold arms to Iran illegally, supplied money to the Contras illegally, rattled the nuclear sword more than it needed to be and there was that little deep recession after his tax cuts. Maybe people should have seen the writings on the wall about this man who lost a primary and was hated in his own state.

Posted by: Fate1 | September 18, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan had lost the 1976 Presidential primary AND was hated in his own state ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 18, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, the top two republicans are a man who lost the last presidential primary and the other is hated in his own state. I don't think the word "Resurgent" is appropriate here. Instead, how about "A Sorry Republican Party"? Considering who is leading the party, two radio entertainers who are both college dropouts and recovering substance abusers, one has to wonder why it is called a political party at all.

Posted by: Fate1 | September 18, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I hope these idiots don't think we have forgotten "POLICIES AND CORRUPTION OF THE BUSH ADM." and the part they played in it. In 8 years of corruption our country fell apart and it will take some time to get it going again. All for the rich and nothing for the rest will never return. Everything still looks very bad but just remember it did not start 9 months ago as Faux News would like for you to believe.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | September 18, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Geez --- the GOP is in a whole lot more trouble than I thought. Mitt plays Nixon and Newt plays Kissinger for this remake of "The Retreads". Thanks for the encouragement Chris !

Posted by: tobeimeanpeter | September 18, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I have never heard such negative, hateful people who write blogs on this newspaper. Of course, I forgot the place is still full of them left over from the Clinton/Begala/Cargile family. Make fun of others such as Republicans, why don't you? Does it make you feel superior? Speaking of Republicans who don't have brains, people like you all don't have any ideas...only make fun of others who do have ideas and beliefs! As for me, I am hoping for a ticket like Romney/Daniels, men who are not full of hate and DO have not only ideas, but IDEALS! Every time I see one of the Democrats' spinmeisters on television, I can predict they will not only NOT answer any questions directed at them, they will direct their venom instead at some Republican. There MUST be a school they send any new politician to where they learn the way to do this! Hey, no one has heard a peep from the Al Franken boob who was illegally elected with the help of ACORN....maybe he's still in school with the rest of the retards! Bring him out...we need some entertainment....sober him up!

Posted by: junebug3 | September 18, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I live in Minnesota and the only reason Tim Pawlenty is trying to get into the national spotlight is that his political career in Minnesota is DONE. He's done more damage to education and health care than any other governor, and now he's trying to say that he's succeeded with health care here?!?! Minnesotans feel betrayed by this guy. He hasn't done half the things he promised either party and now he's wasting OUR tax dollars flying around trying to be a big player. We have his number, and it's a resounding ZERO.

Posted by: rurik | September 18, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Before we all write off the GOP, remember that firing up your own base can still lead to victory. Bush won in 2004, remember? When it happened, I couldn't believe it, until I realized how effectively the conservative base was organized. He basically won half of the independents, but his base voted in bigger numbers than Kerry's. That same base is fired up over Obama, whatever their reasons.

I agree with those who say that the GOP ruined the economy. But people vote with the economy of the moment, and unfortunately for Obama, jobs are a LAG factor and not a leading factor. So even though Wall St. is recovering, the banking system is recovering, and the housing market seems to be leveling off at least, jobs are the last thing to recover.

If unemployment is still high when elections come our way, and it very well could be, we will be in for a ride, I assure you.

Posted by: Jimibristol | September 18, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Resurgent? That is a bit of a stretch. Maybe the Rs have screwed up less of late than the Democrats have, but they are hardly resurgent. It's like a race between two turtles with dementia, and the Rs have had a few "good days" of late.

It is true people may be worried about spending now. But in all likelihood they'll be worried about something else next week, month or year. What has driven, or given validity, to a lot of the concern up to this point is the mainstream media's conservative bias, and slavish reporting from healthcare town halls where they pick up soundbites from extreme rights and insane LaRouche supporters (is their any other kind?) which furthers the suggestion there signs and such are reflective of some kind of popular anger.

Also polls on the subject are relatively meaningless too... so much depends on the phrasing of the question.

Finally, reports of Chris Dodd's demise are greatly exaggerated. There is not going to be a new Republican revolution anytime soon, regardless of the press's desire for one. Dodd is a scrappy incumbent in a fairly Democratic state. Doesn't mean he can't lose, but it's unlikely, regardless of what the polls say now.

Posted by: MShake | September 18, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

If i had what the senate line should be

1 Ohio (putting up a Bush guy in a state where they blame Bush still isn't smart-plus populist-independants haven't left Obama the way libertarian-independants in the west have)

2 Nevada (Never very popular, and his antics are catching up)

3 Connecticut (Nationwide scandal plus putting your kids in Iowa schools during the primaries isn't a good combination

4 Arkansas (Not a good state to be a democrat on federal level)

5 Colorado (libertarian-minded independants in the west that supported Obama are not happy with him now)

6 Missouri (if Carnahan comes out for ObamaCare this will drop off the top 10)

7 Pennsylvania (Specter did it to himself, senior revolt against ObamaCare doesn't help either)

8 Delaware (only if Castle runs)

9 Kentucky (only if Paul wins the primary)

10 Illinois (Blago's legacy)

Next up:

Texas-special elections are dicey (look at LA-Jefferson, Tedisco-NY)

California-(if Boxer has a couple more incidents like the Black Chamber of Commerce or the Military commander who called her ma'am)

Florida-(Rubio would still be favored if he won, but a divisive primary doesn't benefit anyone but the democratic party)

North Carolina-(Burr needs exposure, but a deeply unpopular dem governor and Obama isn't doing much better here helps)

Louisiana-Vitter benefits from anti-Obama feelings. Louisiana voters hold democrats more responsible for Katrina then the rest of the country-a weird dichotomy but true.

New York-if Pataki or Rudy run, you can move it into the top 5, but otherwise no

New Hampshire-Libertarian minded independants are rebelling against Obama, and New Hampshire is home to plenty of those voters. GOP lands the perfect recruit for state too

North Dakota-if Hoeven runs, this is top 5, if not then it's a safe seat.

Posted by: TexasProud1 | September 18, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

This is a list of well-tanned retreads (Gingrich, Palin, Romney, Huckabee), some pygmy wannabes (Pawlenty, Steele and Barbour)and a guy who has said "No" (Daniels). The others are all afraid of Limbaugh.

In common they all have a remarkable ability to look after their own interests.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 18, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"Gingrich remains the biggest brain and best ideas guy on the Republican side" - so he claims

i don't understand what would make you want to call any election a year before it happens

Posted by: jamesoneill | September 18, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Also, one last criticism--I believe your Senate race ratings (on which races are most likely to change hands) needs some serious revision.

Clearly, Dodd is teetering on the brink of failure--with this I agree. But there are races MORE LIKELY to change hands (and that is what your rankings represent, yes?). First, Ohio. The polls are all currently putting both likely Democratic nominees 5-10% ahead of both likely Republican nominees....clearly this state should be ranked #1. Connecticutt Dems are more than likely going to come home in this race, and everyone knows it....Obama will be involved, and CT is just too liberal and too Democratic to say a flip is more likely here than in Ohio.

Second, Pennsylvania? Come on....Whether Sestak or Specter are the candidates for the Dems, does anyone out there honestly believe that Toomey has a prayer against either? I know a few polls show that Sestak-Toomey would be more competitive, but that's only because no one in Western PA knows who Sestak is, and that will change, and his military service background is going to bring large numbers of western PA Dems home. This should be at the back of the Top 10 pack, if in the pack at all.

Also, Louisiana less at risk of changing than PA or IL? Sorry, way off again...I am pretty sure that with Melancon now in the race in LA, Vitter is in deep doo-doo...not so sure about what polls are saying, but this is an empirical guess....

Anyway, I think you're "hoping" for more Republican advance than may actually be out there....although there is no doubt that their agitations are likely to win over some who are taken in by fear tactics, I just don't see the making of any waves out there....especially after the health care bill gets signed into law with a public option.....Dems will universally gain after that.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | September 18, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I know it's Friday but it isn't April Fools Day...your list of GOP "leaders" shows exactly why the GOPs continue to be marginalized as a party. The fairly small decline in Democratic Pary approval ratings has not translated into an uptick for GOPs...and why should it, given that list of right-wingers, retreads, and supply-side toadies (and combinations of same)?

Posted by: taylorb1 | September 18, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"Gingrich remains the biggest brain and best ideas guy on the Republican side"

Wow, you have got to put up something to back this seemingly out-of-touch-with-reality statement out there. Newt has been largely DEAD WRONG and completely off-base time and time again over the last several years--most notably his uber-politicization (that totally backfired) of the Somali pirate situation some months ago...

Chris, please, can we deal in reality instead of fantasy?

There's nothing but your apparent desire for a competitive political environment, best as I can tell, that backs up your theme today.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | September 18, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Chris, you are smoking something. Resurgence among whom? I'm sorry, but everyone I know, including the independents and even moderate Republicans, are STILL shaking their heads at the behavior, antics, and stupidity they are seeing from the majority of Republicans (including the elected ones).

They are also largely in acknowledgement that the Republican Party is incapable of competent leadership--today. That doesn't mean (hopefully for the sake of a credible and healthy opposition in this country--our system needs it to function correctly) that there won't be a resurgence in the future (maybe even before the end of Obama's second term), but there is nothing of the sort today.

Getting angry and raising some gullible, largely apathetic populations' fears is NOT a resurgence. Period.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | September 18, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I'll tell you the videos I'd like to see over and over and covered in the mainstream media. First would be the one where Sarah Palin is having the witches cast out. Second would be the one from the C Street House where they are told that it is okay to force themselves on little girls because the Senators in the house are gods and can have anything. Third would be the one where some fundamentalist preacher is telling God that he will be seen as less strong that Allah if he does not let McCain win. I do not understand how any of these people can be seen to be fit to run for office. President Obama had to spend money to clean up the mess that George Bush left. Most of the deficit is from the Bush era including most of Tarp. And let's not forget the video on You Tube where the "avenger of blood" is blessing Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkKEBsr1Yho
The "call" by the way is for young people to martyr themselves for God. Watch out for these "republicans". They are filthy. They preach family values and they have no moral code at all for their own behavior. Get Jeff Sharlet's book "The Family".
As for the "Acorn" tapes, I think that is a total set up. Anyone can put up a sign and hire some actors.

Posted by: MuchAdo1 | September 18, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Why not a brand spanking new "Contract with America?" I mean after all, the first one actually initiated the process that nearly brought this great nation to its knees.
It might be difficult locating another Republican leader comparable to the inept and incompetent George W. Bush, still.......

I'm sure there is one out there somewhere!!

Americans must "always" remember the after effects of 1996 to 2008 and the "conservative" leadership that reigned the devastation down upon us. How can they ever forget it..... they live it each and every day?

Posted by: motiv8ed | September 18, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Until Americans can rally behind other Americans who share our values, no Democrat or Republican will ever represent us.

This is what happens when we choose NOT to be involved in the political process, in favor of leaving it up to special interests who to nominate for office.

You wonder WHY things aren't going well for our country? Look in the mirror because most Americans are the problem.... As well as the solution.

Posted by: indep2 | September 18, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Until Americans can rally behind other Americans who share our values, no Democrat or Republican will ever represent us.

This is what happens when we choose NOT to be involved in the political process, in favor of leaving it up to special interests who to nominate for office.

You wonder WHY things aren't going well for our country? Look in the mirror because most Americans are the problem.... As well as the solution.

Posted by: indep2 | September 18, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I'll tell you the videos I'd like to see over and over and covered in the mainstream media. First would be the one where Sarah Palin is having the witches cast out. Second would be the one from the C Street House where they are told that it is okay to force themselves on little girls because the Senators in the house are gods and can have anything. Third would be the one where some fundamentalist preacher is telling God that he will be seen as less strong that Allah if he does not let McCain win. I do not understand how any of these people can be seen to be fit to run for office. President Obama had to spend money to clean up the mess that George Bush left. Most of the deficit is from the Bush era including most of Tarp. And let's not forget the video on You Tube where the "avenger of blood" is blessing Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkKEBsr1Yho
The "call" by the way is for young people to martyr themselves for God. Watch out for these "republicans". They are filthy. They preach family values and they have no moral code at all for their own behavior. Get Jeff Sharlet's book "The Family".
As for the "Acorn" tapes, I think that is a total set up. Anyone can put up a sign and hire some actors.

Posted by: MuchAdo1 | September 18, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I'll tell you the videos I'd like to see over and over and covered in the mainstream media. First would be the one where Sarah Palin is having the witches cast out. Second would be the one from the C Street House where they are told that it is okay to force themselves on little girls because the Senators in the house are gods and can have anything. Third would be the one where some fundamentalist preacher is telling God that he will be seen as less strong that Allah if he does not let McCain win. I do not understand how any of these people can be seen to be fit to run for office. President Obama had to spend money to clean up the mess that George Bush left. Most of the deficit is from the Bush era including most of Tarp. And let's not forget the video on You Tube where the "avenger of blood" is blessing Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkKEBsr1Yho
The "call" by the way is for young people to martyr themselves for God. Watch out for these "republicans". They are filthy. They preach family values and they have no moral code at all for their own behavior. Get Jeff Sharlet's book "The Family".
As for the "Acorn" tapes, I think that is a total set up. Anyone can put up a sign and hire some actors.

Posted by: MuchAdo1 | September 18, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

You forgot Ron Paul! Bwahahahahaha!

Posted by: GWGOLDB | September 18, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

mark: check out today's Houston Chronicle photo of Perry surrounded and embracing Acorn members.http://www.chron.com/commons/persona.html?newspaperUserId=texasliberal&plckController=PersonaBlog&plckScript=personaScript&plckElementId=personaDest&plckPersonaPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3atexasliberalPost%3ac29e2f79-2e86-415f-8add-b48e786db0aa
Priceless.

Posted by: leichtman | September 18, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

For people who think CC is promoting Republicans, look, this is the worst year possible to be running a blog solely devoted to horserace politics. There are two, count 'em, two gubernatorial contests. And there is absolutely no evidence that any Democrat might be thinking of challenging the president in 2012.

So what's left for Chris to write about except the Republicans trying to claw their way out of electoral limbo?

Myself, I would love to see Jindal run against Obama, if only to witness the exploding heads of elderly white people in the south and midwest.

Posted by: jhpurdy | September 18, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

How can they be resurgent, since they have yet to win any election cycle since Nov? In fact the one race, the Va Governor's race may be slipping away as Deed's has closed the deficit from being 9% points down to either 2 or 5% points according to Reuters,with 21% saying they are undecided mostly in the D leaning part of the state.When the best they can claim is that they are in a statsitical tie in the one race they are putting $7 million of RNC money into and all of their hopes on, how is that resurging? And Rs in Congress are also rated 10% points below Ds in Congress. I guess that is an improvement in "their" minds. Its hyperbole of the worst sort.

Posted by: leichtman | September 18, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Mitch Daniels is arguably the most competent potential Republican presidential candidate on the list, but 2012 apparently doesn't put enough space between him and his participation in the Bush administration. If he wants to run it will likely be in 2016 (if another Republican doesn't win in 2012), though he will be 67 years old then.

If Obama looks really vulnerable after the 2010 mid-terms (e.g. the Republicans retake control of the House) Daniels might take a shot in 2012, but maybe he just wants to be governor of Indiana or a senator if Lugar retires instead of subjecting himself to a presidential run.

Which is too bad, because he'd be a much more credible and effective candidate for the Republicans than Romney or Pawlenty and would make the 2012 race much more interesting.

Posted by: Gallenod | September 18, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama has taken a hit due to his support of economic bailouts and the health care reform. However, his approval ratings are now roughly the same as the percentage of voters who supported him during the election. I don't think the Republicans have too much to celebrate as they have yet to offer any constructive solutions to problems facing the nation. Saying no is not a solution. They still have the burden of proving why their policies that led to economic collapse and world wide hatred of the U.S. is better than what is going on now. They can't do it.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | September 18, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I guess this quote explains why he isn't on the list:

"I want, not for personally for me, but for working Americans, to have a option, that if they don’t like their health insurance, if it’s too expensive, they can’t afford it, if the government can cobble together a cheaper insurance policy that gives the same benefits, I see that as a plus for the folks," - Bill O'Reilly

Bah, I always knew he was a RINO.

Posted by: nodebris | September 18, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

"Jindal screwed the pooch in his audition soireé. He's toast. Not as bad as Palin dumped in her "Op-Ed" on energy independence, which would have been rejected by a middle school newspaper, but bad enough."

It's just a speech. I doubt one speech ever sunk a candidate. (Howard Dean not withstanding)

Jindal could be dangerous. He's got the evangelical qualities that Palin lovers want, but he's a million times smarter (rounded down). Independents might shy away from him, but they won't break into a dead sprint in the other direction like they did with Palin.

And he's not that bad of a speaker. Certainly not as bad as he was in that speech. That is not how he normally speaks.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 18, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

BWJ, I was more responding to what you were saying about local politicians, but I see what you're getting at.

I do agree that it's pretty one-sided, but that being said, I don't think you can argue against the fact that things are looking a lot better for Republicans than they were two years ago. The party in power always tends to do worse at midterms and polling seems to indicate this will be the case. Even Nate Silver, who openly roots for Dems, makes this point quite often. Add on top of this that the economy still sucks and that's even worse for Dems. They were put in power to fix things and they haven't. No obviously it's not their fault, but we're talking about perception, not reality. Don't forget, this is still essentially the same country that thought it fit to re-elect Bush four years ago.

And Republicans have their strategy for regaining power. We see some of them in play. They want to destroy health care reform. They want to use ACORN. They want to use the economy. And that's fine. I know which team I'm rooting for. I don't need Chris C to do it for me.

But what is lacking is what the Dems are planning in response. I assume they aren't sitting on their aszes just waiting for election day. What is their strategy? What are they trying to pin on Republicans? Can they parlay this "Party of No" meme into electoral gains? By no means do I need to see something "positive" said about Obama, but I do want some insight in what he's trying to do politically. A lot of us are Dems, some of us are Repubs, but we're all political junkies. We're here for the insider-locker room stuff. However, we would like stuff from both locker rooms. Obviously the Democrats have a leader, but Obama can't possibly carry the entire party's load alone. Who are the up and comers in the Democratic party? Who are the leaders? What are their electoral strategies? What is their big plan?

I don't need cheerleading. I don't need a balance of positive and negative stories. What I would like is more equal coverage of both locker rooms. The Congressional situation looks relatively favorable for Republicans, but the Democrats have some very prime Senate pickup opportunities in NH, Missouri, and Ohio. Perhaps I'm just forgetting, but I'm not hearing much about what the Dems are doing to get these seats. Yeah, we hear about the candidates, but is there a big plan?

Kind of rambling and I'm not really agreeing or disagreeing with anyone, but do you guys see what I'm getting at?

Posted by: DDAWD | September 18, 2009 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I think The Fix is teasing with his title.

Why no Glenn Beck? Clearly, sadly, he wins the GOP influence war over the Summer. Oh, right, I remember: he's another one of them unaffiliated whack jobs, not technically GOP -- that's it, right? The most influential conservative isn't in the GOP. Heck. Maybe the troll is right -- I mean, correct -- and the future of the GOP isn't the GOP. Just a loose affiliation of incoherent malcontents. Something to consider.

Posted by: nodebris | September 18, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

mnteng,

Thank you for noting new Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Monti. I join you in paying respect. Words fail.

Posted by: nodebris | September 18, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

SNL skits on Joe Wilson and James Carville were funny.

Posted by: JakeD | September 18, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

you haven't "heard" anything but the nurses in the hallway, zouk, you're a lifer in a nut ward

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 18, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Romney may have been hands-off as governor of MA but he's not an incidental Mormon and the idea that he would push back at church elders' insistence to remake America as a Family Home Evening is kinda hard to swallow.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 17, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

funny. I heard you could swallow just about anything.

Posted by: snowbama | September 17, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

My comment is actually more of a question: how can the GOP recover its national electoral footing when unelected, self-appointed arbiters of political correctness like Rush Limbaugh are so prominently in the limelight?

Posted by: hogsmile | September 17, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Jindal screwed the pooch in his audition soireé. He's toast. Not as bad as Palin dumped in her "Op-Ed" on energy independence, which would have been rejected by a middle school newspaper, but bad enough.

As though anyone who believed in the supernatural could win outside Louisiana ...

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 17, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Amusing..the party of NO trying to see which politician has some ideas, flavor of the month..Whatever happened to Bobby Jindal, since he gave that lame rebuttal speech, Nada!!.What no Rick Sanatarioum..!!

Posted by: ruraledcomm | September 17, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Prejudice is bad but prejudice against a Mormon as President has a much more firm foundation than what JFK or BHO had to face.

The Catholic Church has strict rules for its members but the Catholic Church is of this world and understands that it exists in a society that is not all Catholic.

The Mormon Church is aggressively activist in promoting its peculiar morality, it contributes heavily to retrograde social movements all over the country and has stood alongside the RRR in opposing every expansion of tolerance since its founding.

Romney may have been hands-off as governor of MA but he's not an incidental Mormon and the idea that he would push back at church elders' insistence to remake America as a Family Home Evening is kinda hard to swallow.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 17, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"Give Tpaw credit -- he recognized that he had to quickly get moving if he wanted to emerge as a national leader, and he has done just that. ... (His decision to suspend any expenditure of state dollars to ACORN backfired a bit when Minnesota's ACORN representative said the organization didn't get any state cash.)"


This guy is the 2nd most influential Republican in the country? Pawlenty's run Minnesota about as well as Michael Brown ran FEMA. Now he can't even bother to find out of the state actually gives money to ACORN before loudly proclaiming the state won't give ACORN any money? This is leadership among the 'resurgent' Republican party? Heckuva job Timmy!

Posted by: bsimon1 | September 17, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

au/tanz- what ever happened to those "good paying jobs" making solar panels that Candidate Obama promised as soon as he was elected?????????????????
We could use a few of those about now.....or was it merely ORATORY?

Posted by: thecannula | September 17, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

It's only rarely I disagree with you, but other than T-Paw, possibly Mitch Daniels, and strangely, Mike Huckabee, all the Republican 'leaders' on your list are fatally flawed in one way or another.

The above 3 are sincere-seeming (at least as much as any politician can be).

Michael Steel, I must say, has his foot-in-mouth disease in remission and his fundraising in order.

John Cornyn is clever. He has maintained his conservative principles while being fairly soft-spoken and seeming low-key.

Haley Barbour and Newt Gingrich carry far too much political baggage which, inevitably, will emerge if they run.

Sarah Palin is behaving so flakily, she's like a version of Ross Perot without the financial backing. Eventually, we'll hear the giant sucking sound of her rabble-backed popularity

Boehner/McConnell have turned into sour-faced no-men. I endorse their right to counter the Dems. and the President's proposals, but if they were worthy of your Line, they would have turned these opportunities into a few victories. As it is, they just seem like sore losers.

Mitt Romney. Like the shiny Ken-doll that he is, it's clear that he is all show and very little substance. Nor is he sincere--a quality that many voters have already picked up on (hence Sen. McCain's primary victory over Mr. Moneybags). He might well win the primary, but in the general, with his pandering rhetoric and, I regret to say, his Mormonism, I have serious doubts he will get anywhere.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | September 17, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

au/tanz- when does that old excuse run out? tick tick tick tick- better create a few jobs this month!

Posted by: thecannula | September 17, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Hate to be the bearer cannula but voters have not forgotten which party created this mess.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 17, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Today's NY Times-
Unemployment Hits 10.3% in New York City
By PATRICK McGEEHAN 43 minutes ago
Continuing layoffs on Wall Street drove the city’s jobless rate to a 16-year high in August.

Yep after 9 months of fledgling governance- it's hard to blame the RISING unemployment (9.7% national 9/1/09) on the prior administration....c'est vrai?
The pendulum is going to swing a lot faster than anyone imagined. There's a time for oratory and a time for sleeve rolling. I guess two years of senate experience with no executive experience is costing people their jobs. Well, for a job, even enlightened change lovers will vote for a Republican.

Posted by: thecannula | September 17, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Yeah and energized campaign workers will be going Disney-eyed door to door barely able to sleep in the face of their enthusiasm for MITT.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 17, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

There is no blog to the left of, well, stormfront, that has posted more shoutouts to Palin, Pawlenty, Romeny, et al. or given more free pub to obscure GOP candidates, than this one.

==

Yeah, Haley Barbour 2012.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 17, 2009 8:16 PM
_________________

Yeah, Haley's really going to tear up the electoral map in 2012. :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 17, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite falsely claimed: "nobody reads or responds" : )

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

There is no blog to the left of, well, stormfront, that has posted more shoutouts to Palin, Pawlenty, Romeny, et al. or given more free pub to obscure GOP candidates, than this one.

==

Yeah, Haley Barbour 2012.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 17, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, yeah, I know you are the self-appointed spelling Nazi. Just to prove you wrong, though, here are seven responses from ONE prior thread today:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/senate/ct-sen-dodd-claws-back.html

"Why not just go straight to North Korea, where they share so many of your views?"

Posted by: drindl | September 17, 2009 11:41 AM

"Because I want to vote against Sen. Dodd (D-CT) and volunteer for his opponent."

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 11:51 AM

"Nobody gives a sh*t what you want."

Posted by: drindl | September 17, 2009 11:53 AM

"TO: JakeD @ 11:27 a.m.

Do you mean those "imaginary" weapons like the ones developed at a cost of multi-billions by agencies such as the U.S. Air Force's Directed Energy Directorate labs at Kirtland Air Foce Base, New Mexico?

Here's a USAF video. Don't take my word for it, watch the official propaganda:

[LINK]

And JakeD, this link's also for YOU:

[LINK]"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 17, 2009 12:01 PM

"TO: JakeD @ 1:14 p.m.

And THAT'S your best comeback? The old "tin foil hat" meme?

The very definition of "lame psy ops?"

Please Google those three words in quotes, although the material may sound vaguely familiar to you...

[LINK]"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 17, 2009 1:25 PM

"don't bother with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, margaret. it's not worth your time."

Posted by: drindl | September 17, 2009 2:32 PM

"You want to know why this trend exists?

Because as badly damaged as Dodd is his Republican opponent has nothing to offer, no ideas whatsoever, just like the rest of the Republican party."

Posted by: JRM2 | September 17, 2009 3:17 PM

"He who must not be named is now reduced to having intellectual bouts with scrivner

hahahahahahahahaah!"

Posted by: JRM2 | September 17, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

DD: Let me reset.

My point, made by many before, is that it is odd this space is so hostile to the President of the United States and his agenda and so supportive of his opponents and their fake controversies, see the ACORN post today and MIM's and G&T's posts below. And come on. How many times can you post basically the same list of GOPers as "risers" or "resurgers"?

There is no blog to the left of, well, stormfront, that has posted more shoutouts to Palin, Pawlenty, Romeny, et al. or given more free pub to obscure GOP candidates, than this one. :) Some say it's a ploy to get more web hits. Supposedly that's politico.com's strategy. Who knows? But I don't get it. Not criticizin'. Just sayin'.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 17, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

spelling AND grammar

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 17, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I've gotten plenty of responses today (and every time you call me a "troll" an angel gets their wings ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

2012, see you at the ballot box Republicans. All the rest of this is make-news for the struggling "paper of record".
No hits, no job.

==

That's the only possible explanation for all of it. No other reason to allow the troll to go on trolling .. nobody reads or responds but at least he ups the hit count with his babble.

The ACORN stuff brings the drudge trolls like feces attracts flies. Lotsa hits = improved job security, who cares if it's irreflective of reality?

Uh, I care.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 17, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

What a parade of horribles.

*Romney? Couldn't pull more votes than McCain. Even with 3 years on his hands to fill he won't come up with an agenda or anything new. He'll look like defeat.
*Pawlenty? Boring and pale. No ideas. No spark. Unelectable at home so he's taking his show on the road.
*Boehner and McConnell? Pale and boring. Times two. Living in fear of Limbaugh.
*Huckabee? Good for a laugh, but he's now in the arena of entertainer. And that weight is coming back on.
*Palin? Famous Quitter.

Keep moving, folks. There's nothing here to see.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 17, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Back to the "grave" breach of decorum:

Kaffee: Colonel, I have just one more question before I call Airman O'Mally and Airman Rodriguez. If you gave an order that Santiago wasn't to be touched, and your orders are always followed, then why would Santiago be in danger? Why would it be necessary to transfer him off the base?

Jessup: [pause] Santiago was a substandard Marine. He was being transferred ...

Kaffee: [interrupting] That's not what you said. You said he was being transferred because he was in "grave danger."

Jessup: That's correct ...

Kaffee: [interrupting] You said he was in danger. I said, "Grave danger?" You said, "Is there any other kind?" I can have the court reporter read it back to you ...

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"WashPo is a DC metro area paper and we voted for BHO about, I think, 10-1. Despite that, I have read about five Pawlenty in 2012 posts here, even more Palin and GOP comeback shoutouts. Yet nothing positive about the work of our 44th President and his administration? Nothing about Senator Warner (Va.). Nothing about Governor O'Malley (Md.). Nothing about Mayor Fenty, you know the mayor of Washington DC. What's the deal?

Posted by: broadwayjoe"

Well, this is a national politics blog. I'm sure there's a local one too.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 17, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Mnteng, I am glad you mentioned Sgt. Monti. i heard the ceremony live on POTUS and he was one extraordinary man from his youth. His life and death as told by the Prez was filled with kindness, service, and earned respect from all who knew him, in and out of uniform. If you can find the Prez's eulogy it is worth the time to listen.

Monti's life and death reminded me of the cost of war in a way that reading casualty lists and costs expended could never do. He solicited care packages from home that he gave to Afghan kids. We pray that our fighters are all diplomats as well in this era of nation building and non-symmetric warfare; we pray for more Americans like Sgt. Monti, and our sympathy goes to his family and his friends.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 17, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

2012, see you at the ballot box Republicans. All the rest of this is make-news for the struggling "paper of record".
No hits, no job.


Posted by: shrink2 | September 17, 2009 7:20 PM
________
WashPo is a DC metro area paper and we voted for BHO about, I think, 10-1. Despite that, I have read about five Pawlenty in 2012 posts here, even more Palin and GOP comeback shoutouts. Yet nothing positive about the work of our 44th President and his administration? Nothing about Senator Warner (Va.). Nothing about Governor O'Malley (Md.). Nothing about Mayor Fenty, you know the mayor of Washington DC. What's the deal?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 17, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

??? your kidding, of course ???

Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Haley barbour Newt Gingritch, Michael Steele, John Boehner/Mitch McConnell, Mike Huckabee, Mitch Daniels, Sarah Palin abd John Cornyn?

With that leadership at the head of the Party, Ross Perot and Jesse Ventura can become the second political party whenever they can stop laughing and start campaigning.

Consider that in Ohio Strickland is back above 50% approval, and leading Kasich to boot, and either Ohio candidate for Senator beats either republican candidate for Senate.

Those bozos get their promionence for their willingness to attack Obama programs that conservatives don't like. When employment figures begin going up, and real affordable universal health care is soon to be available, and wasteful Bush fantasies like Star Wars are back to being experimental programs on the fringes of public awareness and costing only hundreds of millions of dollars a year, when all of our long term allies are back to being on speaking terms with us, those 25%ers will get their 25%s and Congress will be even more democratic Party than now. (Unless Perot and company DO get active. Then it will be half Democratic, a quarter or so American reform Party, and a few leftover republicans with no one to caucus with.)

Boehner and McConnell will assure that no Republican backs Baucus' bill, and it will get amended to pass cloture, and then the Senate, and then the house. Collins and Snowe need only go home for the cloture vote and 59 votes will be enough to prevail. Then Obama only needs 48 votes if they stay in Maine for the vote.

Of course, when people are desperately waiting for their chance at medical care to kick in, in 2010, and in 2012, when the Republicans run on repealing those programs, they aren't going to get a lot of support outside their current base, and may prod the great unvoted to get up and protect their health care. An eighty percent turn out in 2010 and 2012 will be the next set of indicators that the republicans will ignore in their search for signs of Republican Resurgence.

In the end, James Bond did away with Dr. No with contemptuous ease. The Senators and Governors No will do away with themselves with equally easy contempt.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 17, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

UPDATE: The Massachusetts House of Representatives has given initial approval to a bill allowing Gov. Deval Patrick to name an interim appointment to the Senate seat left vacant when Edward Kennedy died last month.

The House voted 97-58 in favor of the bill Thursday evening. It needs a second vote before it moves to the Massachusetts Senate, where its outcome remains unclear.

The House remained in session Thursday and a second vote was still possible tonight.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a Democrat, said the change in law is needed to ensure Massachusetts continues to be represented by two senators until voters can choose a replacement during a Jan. 19 special election.

Of course, that was not such a big concern when Republican, Mitt Romney, was Governor and the Dems changed the law to prevent Massachusetts from being represented by two senators ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

There is another reason to laugh.
Earlier someone pointed out this list of "most influential Republicans" failed to include the most influential Republicans.
Is it because they work for other media?

CC, who do you think organized teabaggers and the protest on the Mall?

Who sets the agenda you work on, like about ACORN?

No one on your list. Or do you think the Republican Rising! is spontaneous, neither led nor organized by anyone?

****crickets***

Posted by: shrink2 | September 17, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

shrink2:

Will GOP winning the Governorships in NJ and VA be sufficient "numbers" for you?

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"Chris C can go along with puffing phony controversies and racist proxies into genuine debate points but nobody not already aligned with the GOP would even begin to take them seriously."

Exactly, the Republican Rising! is funny.
Republicans are not rising, they are ridiculous. Now, if they can actually field candidates who win elections in numbers that matter, we can stop laughing at them and beat them down again.

2012, see you at the ballot box Republicans. All the rest of this is make-news for the struggling "paper of record".
No hits, no job.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 17, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

That meager list of leaders is practically the same as today's list of leaders. You added Daniels, Huckabee, and Steele. So do the Republicans still have a meager set of leaders, despite the fact that they're resurgent?

Posted by: Blarg | September 17, 2009 6:45 PM
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Agreed. It's because there ISN'T a GOP resurgence that Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins recently put out her famous call for a "Great White Hope" to take on our 44th President. From the looks of this list, her call wasn't answered.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 17, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

GRAVE grave breaches of decorum?? Is there any other kind? As for wearing hooded black sheets, you do realize it is a fashion faux pas to wear white after Labor Day, right?

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Threadjack alert.

Since USMC_Mike no longer posts here, I'll take up the baton and pay my respects to our latest Medal of Honor recipient, Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti from the 10th Mountain Division. Sgt. Monti is the second serviceman to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan.

http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/monti/

Posted by: mnteng | September 17, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

The GOP defeated Clinton healthcare without questioning Bill's eligibility to be president, without tree of liberty T-shirts, without showing uip armed at political events, without "coon" jokes and grave breaches of congressional decorum.
___________
...Or wearing hooded black sheets with eye holes (HuffPo or DailyKos had a great picture of that guy).

The only thing I read about Pawlenty recently was his decision to join the "tenthers," a racial proxy movement asserting that states can ignore BHO's administration initiatives on Tenth Amendment states' rights grounds (the old George Wallace stuff). Romney? There's is no way he could get through a GOP primary given its religious litmus test. Steele? Didn't the RNC recently strip him of budgetary responsibilities so his function is now basically ceremonial? You think Lynn ("G-W-Hope") Jenkins would support Steele?

Frankly, Palin is the only one on the list who breaks through the background noise--but BHO beats her by 23 points according to the Marist poll. BTW, where were Jim Jeffries and Jess Willard on the list; there's always "Hope."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 17, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Boehner and McConnell should move up if not to the top. These guys have been the most instrumental in setting the agenda for the GOP. They will be the ones setting up the policy foundation that Palin and Romney and Huckabee will be building their candidacies on in a year. Right now they are having trouble setting an agenda. They have some ideas floating around, but the ideas are vague and stale. No matter how many people in tea parties hold up socialist signs, that doesn't mean people are going to want to go back to the Bush years. It will be these two that will determine legislative priorities and set the direction for the party. If they can't do this properly, that will make things difficult for Obama's challenger.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 17, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans have seen something of a reversal of fortune since we last penned a Line looking at their relatively meager list of leaders."

That meager list of leaders is practically the same as today's list of leaders. You added Daniels, Huckabee, and Steele. So do the Republicans still have a meager set of leaders, despite the fact that they're resurgent?

Posted by: Blarg | September 17, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

"Why should we care if this is slanted?"
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Because it appears in the Washington Post, our national political paper of record, that's why.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 17, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my. Well CC you just posted to your last entry stating how even-handed it was. Then moments later you post about the resurgent GOP. This on top of your 90+% GOP "Rising" series.

Do you intend to do a "Line" about the top ten up-and-coming Democrats? If not, I fail to see the balance.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 17, 2009 4:23 PM
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Obviously, we cosign, MIM.

Resurgent Republican Party? Buzz about Romney, Pawlenty? Where and by whom? Outside the RNC, nobody is talking "GOP comeback" so it isn't like this is objective reporting (a loss of some Dem seats, yes, but only because 2010 is an off-year).

Given that the Washington Post endorsed BHO and the DC metro area probably supports BHO and his policies about 10-1, I don't get the GOP/anti-BHO bent here. Or maybe I missed the posts on Congressman Weiner or Ellison or Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Oh well.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 17, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Those who argue against the role of racism in GOP opposition aren't being honest.

The right wing was opposed to civil rights, was opposed to voting rights, has been opposed to every social advance of the last 100 years if not since the nation's founding.

Sure there are some who oppose Obama policies without race as a foundation but .. did we ever see anything like the viciousness and savagery pf opposition in any former disagreements with Democratic presidents?

The GOP defeated Clinton healthcare without questioning Bill's eligibility to be president, without tree of liberty T-shirts, without showing uip armed at political events, without "coon" jokes and grave breaches of congressional decorum.

Certainly most of the anti-Obama posters here are racists first and policy-debators second.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 17, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Just plain and simple........the white-man only republican regional party does not nominate Mitt Romney for president, ever. The psycho-religious base will not vote for a mormon. They can't handle a black man as it is. End of story.

Posted by: jasperanselm | September 17, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

President Carter is speaking a truth that few Americans are willing to hear. He grew up at the height of Jim Crow in the Deep South—the man knows racism when he sees it. Most white Americans simply cannot face the ugly past of “race in America” and how much it is still with us today.

Rep. Joe Wilson’s, R-S.C., inability to contain himself from yelling out “You lie” at the president during a joint session of Congress is a classic case of an angry Southern white male reaching his limit with the uppity Ivy-League educated, one-term-senator-turned-president. Some may argue that this doesn’t make him a racist. But at best, his outburst demonstrates an intolerance and a lack of respect that he never would have shown to a white commander in chief. Such is the case with much of what we hear from our fellow citizens. There is an anger, a vitriol, a hatred of this president that seems deeply personal. And it is unnerving.

As Americans, all of us should be alarmed at the increasing hostility of our dialogue: There’s Fox News TV host Glenn Beck calling the president a “racist.” Rush Limbaugh declaring that “Obama’s America” is one “where black kids can beat up white kids on a bus.” Then there’s the “birthers” who swear that Obama is not a legitimate commander in chief and those who sob that they want “their country back.” My question is: From whom do you want your country back?

The problem is that we’ve gotten so used to not dealing with racial tensions in this country. They’ve become so nuanced that we cover or shrug them off because they are not as blatant as they were in the 1790s, 1840s, 1920s or 1960s. That’s a mistake. Whether we like it or not, those tensions are still here with us.

Posted by: Privilegedmen | September 17, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Mitch Daniels made a pledge that he would "never again" run for public office. And yet CC expects him to go back on that pledge in the middle of his 2nd term, and start running for president? More than anyone else on this list, his word is his reputation, and to flip-flop on that would ruin him.

He'll be needing a job in 2013, and he looks like the kind of sensible, good-government moderate Republican that would be welcome in Obama's cabinet. Or perhaps on the Fed. I'm sure we can find a chair somewhere.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 17, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Hahahaha "Republican Resurgence" with photos of two of the most boring men alive. This IS a joke, right?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 17, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Why no mention of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh? From the airwaves, they've mobilized the fringe elements of the Republican party (sadly, the dominant part these days) more than any of the other people in the entire list. Even Palin's gone dark of late. These two should be #1 and #2, or just a combined entry at #1. To leave them off is to moot the whole point of a top-ten influential republicans list.

Posted by: DJAsson | September 17, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse


Why should we care if this is slanted?

I think the Republican Rising! thing is funny. We make jokes about it all day,
isn't that entertaining enough?

When I want to find out what is going on over on the Left side of American politics, I just go to other sites.

It is the post-modern era, we are not supposed to take the fair and balanced thing seriously. We organize our world against our expectations, the world does not organize itself in response to our expectations.

Nothing is fair and balanced, our brains are incapable of receiving information without filtering, organizing and editing it through our own wishes, fears, our pre-existing conditions, so to speak.

Anyway, I like to see what the Right is up to, how they think, how they pick their leaders. If I want to talk liberal politics, I'll call my mom Massachusetts.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 17, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Daniels would be capable of leading a serious campaign.

But as long as episodes like representative Wilson is quietly frowned upon instead of promoted, I do not believe the party will be taken seriously. The GOP can not be a fringe party and win. at the presidential level.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 17, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Arencee, the feeding hose is in place. You can start pumping the sludge now.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 17, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Let's deconstruct the Line here:

1&2: The losing GOP ticket in 2012. Fine.
3: Barbour recruits some gubernatorial candidates. OK.
4: Not running for anything. Frontrunner in the message debate? whatev.
5: Steele is back from the dead. Or was it a "shunning?"
6: Boehner and McConnell get credit for keeping their small conferences in line? Okay. But they're not driving a GOP agenda or doing anything positive.
7: Huckabee beats Palin because Palin disappeared? Both are irrelevant.
8: He's not running and he's not even making any noise. He's #1 in Indiana because he's doing his job well, and that counts for something in this group.
9: Who?
10: Cornyn's going to lose a seat or two next year--will he still be in charge of the NRSC in 2012?

Sure. You can give #9 to Joe Wilson.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 17, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Daniels is the only one on this line that I could see posing a serious challenge on the national stage in 2016 (or 2012 if the economy does not improve more). The rest are not an impressive group. If Newt is the best they have for ideas, then the GOP is DOA. Barbour will certainly be a force in the governor's races, but I think is strength is working behind the scenes. If he becomes the face of the R's it is another white Southern pol. They do not win over the independent leaning voters.

Posted by: trep1 | September 17, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!! (did I misspell that?)

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, extra letter in there, Mike! Sorry.

Dang, I'm starting to spell like the troll.

Posted by: jasperanselm | September 17, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm:

You should join drindl's "boycott" then.

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I hope you meant "dead on."

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 17, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

You're dead one, Mike. CC has devolved into a right-wing pundit who's just trying to stir the pot. He must be getting paid based on the number of posts to his blog. Sad.

Posted by: jasperanselm | September 17, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Back to the topic:

Kudos (although I would have liked to see Rep. Wilson make "The Line" given his truth standing up to power and nearly $3 million haul since)!

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

P.S. weren't you complaining on the prior thread about Sen. Dodd better drop to at least 3rd on the Friday Line? Now, you want "The Line" on up-and-coming Dems. There's no winning with you (and drindl ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse


PS You're wrong about Daniels. He is smart enough to know that he can't win in 2012. If he's drafted, it will be as a VP pick. That would give him visibility to help his run in 2016.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 17, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

The "balance" is that the Dems up and came already. That being said, I bet that drindl is going to have a COW!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my. Well CC you just posted to your last entry stating how even-handed it was. Then moments later you post about the resurgent GOP. This on top of your 90+% GOP "Rising" series.

Do you intend to do a "Line" about the top ten up-and-coming Democrats? If not, I fail to see the balance.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 17, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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