Opinions from the Left please! GOP candidates?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by MattSepeta, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

    MattSepeta

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Location:
    375th St. Y
    #1
    Who would you guys most like to see nominated by the right?

    (Not in a "nominate Bachmann, she will lose for sure!" kind of way, but in a "I hope _____ gets nominated, he seems reasonable" kind of way.)

    ;)
     
  2. mcrain macrumors 68000

    mcrain

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2002
    Location:
    Illinois
    #2
    I really don't personally like the guy, and I'd probably vote against him, but Scott Brown in Mass. seems like a Republican in the mold of the guys my grandfather would have really liked. I don't think he'd run this time, but in 2016...

    For this election cycle the pickings are slim. The far-right wing fringe elements of the GOP have forced their more reasonable representatives into untenable positions. Mitt Romney would have been a good candidate, but he's had to flip flop like a fish out of water to satisfy the nuts of his own party.

    (edit) Oh, maybe Tom Coburn. I don't know much about the guy, but his stock just went way up in my book.
     
  3. edifyingGerbil macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    #3
    I'm not really left or right but I wouldn't mind seeing Gingrich or Bolton run, they seem more clued up (especially about the world at large) than, say, Palin or Trump even.

    I don't think Rep. King (R-NY) is running but he would get my vote as well.
     
  4. dscuber9000 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    Location:
    Indiana, US
    #4
    I gained respect for Mike Huckabee when he told the GOP to cave on defunding planned parenthood so the government wouldn't shut down.
     
  5. mrkramer macrumors 603

    mrkramer

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2006
    Location:
    Somewhere
    #5
    Probably Romney would be the best of the ones who have a chance, Jon Huntsman, The ambassador to China, might be good also, but I don't know how much of a chance he has. However, there aren't really any good options right now.
     
  6. Sam Yikin macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2007
    #6
    Speaking from an armchair political analyst perspective, none of them seem to strong. They either have huge baggage (RomneyCare, Newt "I love America so much I cheated on my wife" Gingrich[the social conservatives would hate that]), no name recognition (Pawlenty- did I spell that right?, Daniels, Huntsman), or are unelectable fringe candidates (Paul, Bachmann, etc.)

    As a liberal, not to be difficult, but I'm not comfortable with any of them (even Romney, who I understand was quite moderate as Governor) There is simply too much at stake in the coming years to let someone in who would surround themselves with ex-Bush, ex-Reagan and (god forbid) Tea Party people.
     
  7. mcrain macrumors 68000

    mcrain

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2002
    Location:
    Illinois
    #7
    Karl Rove has already pointed out that Huntsman would have to "explain" his good working relationship with his boss. Unbelievable.
     
  8. R.Perez macrumors 6502

    R.Perez

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2010
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    #8
    If am being completely genuine here...

    There really is not a single GOP candidate that doesn't leave a completely sour taste in my mouth.

    They all seem to live by trickle down economic theory, yet don't have a single instance of it actually working, that to me, lacks common sense.
     
  9. 63dot macrumors 603

    63dot

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Location:
    norcal
    #9
    Huckabee had the balls to take on Glenn Beck and if Beck thinks Huckabee is a moderate republican, then he's better than the conservative republicans. He's still too far to the right for me, thus this thread, but at least he's honest and doesn't seem to have an agenda.

    It's pretty clear that Trump, while I like certain aspects about him, is a publicity stunt. Palin is also not much better than a publicity stunt and while she knows she can't win and won't run (like friend Franklin Graham states), she still can have political pull on the issues. Trump, at most, can up his celebrity apprentice image and make his already high profile life more high profile. I don't think Trump has any political clout on the national level.

    Giuliani seems like a very competent politician and one who could win, along with Romney, but right now if the economy slowly recovers instead of goes down, Obama is in the driver's seat. There are still a lot of months left until election.
     
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    #10
    Is it his foreign policy statements that sound like they come from a 15 year old school yard bully, the birther rants, the how did he get into college/Columbia/Harvard or are you just a fan of the hair?
     
  11. mrkramer macrumors 603

    mrkramer

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2006
    Location:
    Somewhere
    #11
    Yeah, that's one of the reasons I like him, he actually knows how to work with the other side, if he's still got any chance by the time California's primary comes around I'll probably switch my registration to Republican to vote for him. Probably will go either third party or maybe Obama in the general election though.
     
  12. Ugg macrumors 68000

    Ugg

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2003
    Location:
    Penryn
    #12
    Romney at this point. But I really don't think he'll make it. Too much baggage.

    To be honest, I really don't see any viable candidate on the right.
     
  13. mcrain macrumors 68000

    mcrain

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2002
    Location:
    Illinois
    #13
    I think there are good candidates on the right, but they can't run in this climate of right-wing extremism and fringe foolishness. I mean, how can a moderate republican or real fiscal conservative run when the first question they have to answer is whether they believe the birth certificate is a fake. It's lunacy on the right. After the 2010 election, I never expected the GOP to self destruct this quickly. I expected at least 4-6 years and a strong challenge to the President (considering the 2008 election that would have been a major accomplishment). Now, the nuts have taken over the peanut factory.
     
  14. MattSepeta thread starter macrumors 65816

    MattSepeta

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Location:
    375th St. Y
    #14
    Interesting.

    I'll compile a list of names I have heard to aide and assist:

    Ron Paul
    Mitt Romney
    Donald Trump :)confused:)
    Sarah Palin
    Mike Huckabee
    Tim Pawlenty
    Michelle Bachmann
    Herman Cain
    Rudy Giuliani (sp?)
    Newt Gingrich
    Bobby Jindal
    Chris Christie

    My take: I would love to see Ron Paul get nominated, despite some of his over the top positions. I think that the country is at a place where we ought to look at seriously shaking some things up. The house and the senate will likely keep any overly drastic measures from occurring.

    I would also love to see Herman Cain run, but he is too politically inexperienced. I hope Trump goes away, he is a walking, talking, combing publicity stunt.

    Chris Christie would be a very interesting candidate. Hardly a flip-flopper and doesn't really care if he is popular or not. I give him credit for that and generally like his policies, and his lack of social engineering policies many conservatives fall prey too (abortion, gays, etc...)

    Huckabee Huckabee Huckabee..... Unsure about him. Detest his push for a national smoking ban. Support and give major credit for his weight loss and marathons, as well as his support for Michelle O's campaign. I also like that he is in a rock band. I am uneasy about his pastoral past.

    Pawlenty (Or T-Paw as we minnesotans call him) is also pretty confusing. He was fairly moderate as governor, but seems to be posturing to attract the more extreme social-right. Not cool.


    All in all, I am fairly disappointed with the field. glad Ron Paul stepped up again, but I really wish more fiscal-conservative, social-liberal conservatives would step up. I still feel that there is a huge misconception out there that the social-conservatives run things.
     
  15. R.Perez macrumors 6502

    R.Perez

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2010
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
  16. MattSepeta thread starter macrumors 65816

    MattSepeta

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Location:
    375th St. Y
    #16
    I think he was on the USSR ballot in '88.

    :rolleyes:
     
  17. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

    Macky-Mac

    Joined:
    May 18, 2004
    #17
    I'd say _______ is clearly more reasonable than any of the names on your list :D
     
  18. R.Perez macrumors 6502

    R.Perez

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2010
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    #18
    LOL.

    I think you need to learn the difference between democratic socialists and authoritarian communists.
     
  19. MattSepeta thread starter macrumors 65816

    MattSepeta

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Location:
    375th St. Y
    #19
    Clearly exaggerated for comical effect...

    My bad. I believe he is currently on Chavez's staff. I smell a conflict of interest.

    EDIT: Just saw this on Ron Paul. Not bad....
     
  20. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

    chrmjenkins

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2007
    Location:
    CA
    #20
    I disagree the least with Ron Paul primarily because he believes in bringing the troops home and reducing our high defense spending. As far as the most palatable popular candidate, probably Romney from what I have seen. His health plan, while crap, at least recognizes that everyone needs it, and taking example from other nations, the best thing to do is get the government involved.
     
  21. fivepoint macrumors 65816

    fivepoint

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Location:
    IOWA
    #21
    I like Sam Yikin's idea... Let's think of slogans for each of them...

    Barack "Winning the future by screwing the present" Obama
    Donald "We shall over-comb" Trump
    Sarah "Folksy Matters" Palin
    Bobby "I'm brown too." Jindal
    Newt "I loved my country so much I cheated on my cancer stricken wife" Gingrich
    Tim "It's spelled P-A-W-L-E-N-T-Y" Pawlenty
    Chris "Christmas Ham" Christie
     
  22. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2004
    Location:
    OBJECTIVE reality
    #22
    Like a lot of Republicans, I don't really see a good choice among any of the would-be candidates on the right. I'm not being snarky when I say that Barack Obama is actually closer to being what many of us would call a reasonable conservative.
     
  23. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    #23
    I think Andrew Sullivan said it well.


     
  24. ehoui macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2011
    #24
    I'm not "from the left" but I've voted for Democrats the last few election cycles because the Republicans are "smoking crack" as far as I'm concerned. I want to see a true libertarian running on small government, budget reduction, and stay-the-****-out-of-my-personal-affairs-if-it-does-not-hurt-someone-else agenda. I think we need a few social programs like "education," "health," and "military" because it seems hard to run these as enterprises which benefit the recipients; call me crazy.
     
  25. SuperJudge macrumors 6502

    SuperJudge

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2008
    Location:
    The Triangle, NC
    #25
    Center-left, pro-labor here.

    I'd hate to see any of them run for president. I've got serious issues with any of them being in higher office, especially Gingrich, Bachmann, and Palin. I could probably hold my nose and vote for Ron Paul, but I'd rather not.

    Politics on both sides of the aisle are pretty horrible these days, but I'm pretty sick of the grandstanding from the right.
     

Share This Page