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GOP: Party shouldn’t serve leftovers in 2012

Letter by Lyle Laws, Puyallup on Nov. 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm with 32 Comments »
November 26, 2010 12:59 pm

Unless there are significant improvements in a number of areas including the economy, the deficit, our out-of-control illegal immigration problem, travel security and other issues, we Republicans may well be in a position to win the presidency and control both the House and the Senate in 2012.

I think our biggest problem in winning the presidency is that although there are a number people who have expressed an interest in the job, and most of them are likable, well-qualified presidential timber, they represent leftovers: Romney, Gingrich, Huckabee, Palin, Giuliani, Thompson and others who made attempts to be on 2008 ticket, come across to many American citizens as leftovers, a dish most people don’t get very excited about.

Naturally, all of us Republicans think we know who the best GOP candidates would be, so I will share my picks, knowing that in politics two years can be like two centuries.

• John Kasich, the governor-elect of the “must-win” state of Ohio. He served 18 years in Congress and knows the Washington landscape well. He would be my choice to head the ticket. At age 58, he has the friendly “boy next door” youthful good looks and the needed experience.

• At the age of 39, Bobby Jindal, the popular governor of Louisiana who has also served in Congress, would balance out the ticket very well.

Now if I can just convince them.

Leave a comment Comments → 32
  1. A very big IF, especially in light of statements by the Republican leadership and individual Congress people that make the Number One Priority block anything Obama wants, repealing health care reform, and investigating everything the administration as done for the past two years rather than focuses on the real issues.

  2. The fact that the same folks who were saying “just wait until 2010″ are saying “just wait until 2012″ less than a month after the election suggests that things didn’t quite work out the way they wanted…..

  3. Roncella says:

    President Obama and his handlers are very skilled and very talented campaigners. They proved that in 2008. Obama will have two more years experience as President by 2012.

    Republicans need a young pair of canadidates full of energy . These tired old folks that seem to end up as their canadidates just will not stand a chance of beating Obama in 2012.

  4. JudasEscargot says:

    Let’s see…. what would a Republican Presidential ticket would run on?

    Privatizing Social Security/eliminate Medicare

    Eliminate Abortion

    No gay marriage

    Tax breaks for corporations for outsourcing labor.

    Blame everything on “illegal aliens”

    Those are all winning ideas.

    Oh, I forgot. Whoever runs will say “I’m not Obama”

    We haven’t seen the magic of the newly elected Republicans yet – the ones that keep saying they’ve got a better plan but they don’t tell us what it is. I’d suggest that they not count chickens before the hatching.

  5. jiminycricket says:

    I’m hoping it’s Palin. She will polarize your party and give President Obama an easy win. Two terms is not nearly enough for anyone to undo the damage inflicted by the Bush-Cheney Regime.

  6. What we need is a guy like Chris Cristy, Governor of New Jersey, who is big enough to face down the special interests that are bankrupting this country. Bobby Jindal would be a good Veep, but he’s probably not interested next go-round. My personal preference for the top of the ticket would be Rick Perry , Governor of Texas, a strong advocate of states rights. It’s long past time that remember we are a federal republic with a limited central government and powers reserved to the states and the people. Obama either never knew it or thinks he should change it. Such arrogance cries out for another shellacking in a couple of years. He didn’t get the message in November.

  7. Two terms is not nearly enough for anyone to undo the damage inflicted by the Bush-Cheney Regime.

    And continued by the Obama-Biden Clown Fest.

  8. aranciata says:

    Let’s see – Bob (Archer Daniels Midland) Dole and then Juan McCain. So the “R” Party wants to be taken seriously. Not by me. And then to look at the WSRP’s lineup? For God’s sake. It is a Party structure problem that transcends Washington.

    I really don’t know if the Republicans are anything I want anything more to do with!

    As the lesser of two evils they get my votes, but no longer my money. That is no way to move into this century.

    So, what to do? The TEA Party candidates, if they co-opt the Republican Party is a thought. But they must take it over root and branch and throw the riffraff to the curb, and not apologize for doing so.

    Let me explain the “R” Party – Big Government Run by Us. There it is. Nothing else to add.

    You who have supported the WSRP and the National Party know this.

    Kick the Party to the curb, no money and don’t be nice to them. You know the individuals who are in the Party for convenience and those who actually value your votes.

    You have no reason to continue your allegiance to someone who has dry-shaved you over and over.

    There are good “R” candidates and there are two-faced lying ladder climbers. The ladder they climb was paid for with your dollars. Today’s ladder climber is tomorrow’s Dole or McCain.

    This filth comes from within the ranks of the Party and is only there thanks to your generous contributions to State Parties. It is an institutional problem that damns the R Party to where it is today – and the way to end that is to choke the institution off at the short hairs.

    Keep your giving up, but redirect it away from the institution.

  9. Beerboy, “wait till 2012” is heard from all three major parties, (Dem,Rep,Tea).

  10. FYI, 2010 is pretty much over, so it stands to reason no one would be saying “wait til 2010″.

  11. the3rdpigshouse says:

    From many of the meaningless comments entered here, it is very obvious why the nation is in the toilet in 2010 – the same ignorant electorate that put a neo-marxist in the White House continues to side with anything anti-American!! Wake up people!!!

  12. People waking up is not going to happen in the PNW.

    Like the letter writer I am tired of the left-over, has been, blue-blood, it’s-my-turn, presidential candidate offerings of the past.

    If another Dole or McCain win the nomination I will be voting libertarian . . .

  13. Roncella says:

    Judas, You really need to expand your thinking process. You sound as though you get your info from sources like MSNBC or CNN or NPR or Huffington Puff etc etc.

    jiminycricket, You folks elected a very well qualified Community Organizor, who reads well from tele-prompters He has moved from the center when he was campaigning to extreme far left in his policies to move America to a more Socialistic form of Government.

    In one of Obama’s early tele-prompter speeches he really impressed me alot when he said , We are not Democrats or Republicans, Liberals or Conservatives, Black or Whites or latinos etc. etc. we are all Americans.

    Once elected President he became very partisan against the Republicans and Conservatives, including Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hanity, others.

    Even after just receiving a clear message from a majority of Americans in the last election he persists in moving to the far left along with the liberal/dems in the Congress as they elected Pelosi Again to lead the dems, as minority leader.

    The Tea Party Movement will continue to grow and get louder until Obama and the Dems start listening to what Most Americans want from their leaders.

  14. Lyle- what are you going to do next time you get sick & need medical treatment, and your tea party darlings have privatized social security and there is nothing left? Or, the rich right wingers or tea party dim wits reduce medicare? I doubt you’d be willing to actually pay for your own care. Hypocrites. Every one of you.

  15. Lyle- Your selections are just fine, especially Jindal. At this point, Kermit the frog could do a better job than the chosen one.

  16. Roncella says:

    Gen, what are you going to do when you need medical help if ObamCare is not repealed, and your told to take a number, get in line, here is a pain pill till your needed surgery is available.

    Will your liberal friends pay extra to move your name up the list ?

  17. bobcat1a says:

    Boy, it sure would be a terrible thing if we had to put up with a health care system as terrible as Canada’s. I don’t think we could stand being that happy. And Canada’s over-regulated banking system that obstinately refused to go into the toilet? We wouldn’t want anything like that.

  18. Roncella

    “. . . became very partisan against the Republicans and Conservatives, including Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hanity, others” who were extremely anti Obama from the get-go

    “The Tea Party Movement will continue to grow and get louder” over night third parties seldom exercise power for more than one or two elections cycles.
    “what will you do when you need medical help if ObamCare is not repealed, and your told to take a number, get in line, etc” pay over inflated health insurance premiums of which the company keeps 85% for expenses and profits, and the right to tell you that you condition is not longer covered, and they have to raise you rates because you had a claim.

  19. Roncella, If Mr. Obama is so far left why is the moderate left lamb blasting him for being too far to the center/right?

    bc1 – the first rule of bus riding is never make eye contact with a street creep, it only encourages them.

  20. Roncella says:

    xring, In the World of the Extreme left, Liberals & Progressives & Statists, no one can go far left enough to ever please them, not even Obama, who is by far the most leftest/liberal Democratic President in History.

  21. Fibonacci says:

    Practice what you preach. You always want those on the left to listen to news besides MSNBC, CNN, and so on. But I bet YOU only listen to FAUX News, Limibaugh, Beck, Hannnity, and “‘Reilly. You sound like a broken record. neither Party has all the answers but both think they do. That is why they could not possibly compromise, (which has made American pollitics work for 200 years). NO, now it is “My party is 100% right and yours is 100% wrong”. So lets just sit back while the country ends up in the toilet.

    Oh, I forgot, accorind to 3piggieshouse, if we made theDemocratic Party illegal then things would just be peachy.

  22. sumner402 says:

    At this point in time no republican stands a chance at winning the White House in 2012. The GOP is still too fractured to put up much of a real fight and they have no real candidates.
    The American people still hate the GOP far more than they do the evil Democrats, despite what fox propaganda is spewing and the lap dogs like roncella and lyle are eating up.
    The right has to show, at least once in history that they can govern, and we all know they can’t so it will be tough for them to win in 2012.

    They have no real solutions, no ideas and no candidates.
    Moving to the extreme right as the lemmings here are want to do, will be the kiss of death.

  23. MarksonofDarwin says:

    I think the GOP should focus on taking the senate in 2012, and leave the whitehouse to Obama.
    We have seen enough of the damage from super-majorities from both parties to steer clear of that path….right?….RIGHT?
    Besides, Obama will be re-elected regardless of his competition. At least that’s how I see it.


    LOVE the analogy of the “bus creep”! Perfect.
    Also, the mental image of “lamb blasting” is awesome!

  24. Roncella, the same can be said for the extreme right wing conservatives, neocons, teapot, and chistofacists for who Regan, Bush, and McCain were not extreme enough.

  25. JudasEscargot says:

    “Roncella says:
    November 27, 2010 at 9:30 am
    Judas, You really need to expand your thinking process. You sound as though you get your info from sources like MSNBC or CNN or NPR or Huffington Puff etc etc.”

    Roncella – are you capable of discussing the subject matter, as opposed to playing guessing games about media that I follow? I rarely look at Huffpo, not that there is anything wrong with it. MSNBC has good pundits that can do more than yell over the top of their guests. CNN has no appeal to me whatsoever and NPR doesn’t really have a news broadcast per se.

    For hard news, I usually choose NBC, although I do look at CBS and ABC. Mostly I do research on the internet from independent sources.

    Now, if you can tell me that each of the issues that I outlined have not been GOP Party line campaign promises in the last twenty years, I’ll give you my paycheck on Wednesday.

  26. TV news is rather useless on all networks. They regularly waste the last 5 minutes of a 22 minute show on some feel-good segment which was preceded by 5-10 minutes promoting some book, actor, singer, gadget that is owned by the parent company. That leaves about 10-12 minutes for news.

    The McNeil-Lehrer Report had a format where they actually spent time on issues but NPR feels the market pressures too and, besides, I can’t get PBS with the rabbit ears on my 19″ tv.

  27. Oops – NPR is National Public Radio so there really was no reason to include them in the discussion.

  28. sumner402 says:

    Cable news is anything but.
    Anyone that watches any cable news is a damned fool.

  29. eagle_beak says:

    good letter Mr. Laws. you are up front about being a Republican. lots of ppl who comment on here don’t like that. i respect you as a stand up guy.
    consider myself and Independent just right of center tho.

    most ppl here do not know john kasich yet. i am from ohio and know of him well. he is everything you have said and more. truly honest and he gets things done. i also have thought of him as a presidential candidate at some point, maybe 2012. he already has more experience than obama will ever have. and better yet, he can actually make decisions and not promise “anything” just to tell ppl what they want to hear, then change to the opposite side later. let’s both continue to watch him and hope.

    God bless America and help us keep our country free!

  30. First_Lefty says:

    sumner402 says:
    November 29, 2010 at 6:11 am
    Cable news is anything but.
    Anyone that watches any cable news is a damned fool.

    At the risk of being accused of talking to myself, I must object, Sumner. Cable “News”, when portrayed honestly, can be a good view. MSNBC’s format is all commentary and discussion (other than weekend programming). They are not masking themselves as “fair and balanced news”, yet that doesn’t make their product false or bad.

  31. sumner402 says:

    Cable “News”, when portrayed honestly, can be a good view.

    On the surface I agree with that but, the ‘blending’ of opinion shows and hard news on the cable networks, fox in particular, is where it goes south.
    If any of the cable news networks made an honest effort at separation of the opinion shows and hard news, I might have different opinion.
    fox of course is 100 times worse than the other two and in fact ruins the entire cable news format.
    24/7 ‘news’ is an impossible dream and we should all just admit it.

  32. Bob Dole? I’d vote for Bob Dole. Good conservative who uses his brain.

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