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After watching last night’s debate, I think I’ve finally nailed down my final impressions of the candidates.

I can’t help it, but every time I see Michelle Bachmann, she strikes me as being minutes away from boiling a bunny. But she hides the whole Fatal Attraction vibe pretty well.

Newt Gingrich seems to have a high opinion of himself, and the massively weighty thoughts that spring from his Olympian brow. He seems to content to let other people follow up on those ideas, as he’s too busy producing new deep thoughts to craft the old ones into reality. Thank God.

When Ron Paul starts his inevitable tirade against the Freemasons/Jews, I can’t say I will be surprised.

Mitt Romney almost convinces me that he does have core conservative principles. Almost.

If I close my eyes when Rick Perry speaks, the foremost image in my mind is George W. Bush. A slightly more eloquent one, of course.

A Rick Santorum/John Edwards ticket would have been the prettiest campaign team EVER. And talk about a "big tent"!

What can I say about Jon…um…Hunter? Hu….mmmm…Huntsman! Yes. Huntsman—that hasn’t already been said? Very distinguished hair.

Gary Johnson is a way friendlier face for libertarianism than Ron Paul. Or would be, if anyone outside New Mexico had ever heard of him.

If Jeb Bush could change his last name to "Rogers" or something, and jump into the race, he would probably lock up the nomination in days.

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17 Responses to GOP Candidate Thumbnails

  • Let’s be fair. There’s also Rocky Anderson of the newly founded “Justice Party.”
    He keeps calling it the “justice department” which certainly won’t give a good first impression to libertarians.
    His causes: climate protection, immigration reform, restorative criminal justice, GLBT rights, and an end to the “war on drugs”.
    Hey, one out of five ain’t bad. What is it with these “out of the mainstream” candidates hailing from Utah ?

    • @Neo_ Well, if you are a Mormon you are kinda nuts, and if you are NOT a Mormon and live in Utah then you are really nuts.

  • A much more libertarian/conservative face will be presented by his son Rand Paul.

  • McQ:

    We have already been sorely abused by two members of the Bush family of “conservatives.” Let us not contemplate another. Then there is this quote from Politico:

    “Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush warned the Republican presidential hopefuls against ideological intransigence and knee-jerk opposition to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, saying they risk turning off middle-of-the-road voters.

    Asked by Fox News host Neil Cavuto if some Republicans go too far in their criticism of Obama, Bush said flatly, ‘I do. I think when you start ascribing bad motives to the guy, that’s wrong. It turns off people who want solutions.’”

  • If only Jeb had a different last name? I’ve got it — Jeb #Tebow!

  • But there is a huge difference between Perry and G W. Bush, was not actually a conservative, (Neither is Job or any of the Bushes) He was exactly what you would expect from a blue blood east coast Noblesse Oblige family. He talked conservative and acted big government except on a very few issues like abortion.

    Perry really is a movement conservative and has been moving right ward for more than a decade.

    Romney is actually more like Bush, However, that is not fair to Romney either because I think at least on fiscal matters he is more conservative than the Bushes, and at least he has shown himself to be a competent manager of things. Not a guy who bankrupted two companies.

    I don’t feel as bad about our choices as many people because I think that Obama will have a tough time being reelected and I think any of our candidates would not only be much better than him, but better than Bush as well.

    • @kyle8
      I think Romney’s and Perry’s pedigrees are a product of the state they governed. Perry is following the political winds of Texas and Romney followed the political winds of Massachusetts. That goes a lot for what has been said and some for what they have done. And some of what they’ve “done” is really the doing of their legislatures anyway.

      I channeling the future, but Romney going the national stage might not change him very much. He could go slightly either way.

      But for Perry, Leftward bound, imho. The reason. A later follow up to Perry’s “Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme” was a question whether he would eliminate the prescription drug program. He said “no” and he couldn’t name what he would cut. Romney said that it would necessarily be cut but it would have to be on the table with everything else. Romney may have been vague and didn’t have a specific plan for the question, but at least he acknowledged there would need to be cutting.

      To me, Perry is all talk when it come to conservatism.

      And as a side note, thanks to illegal immigration, migration of northerners to Texas and the indoctrination centers that are our public schools, Texas won’t be conservative much longer.

  • But when Leno asks about Bachmann, Paul gets nasty:

    “She doesn’t like Muslims. She hates Muslims. She hates them. She wants to go get them.” No laughing from the audience there. Leno mutters “well that’s not good.”
    –Ace Of Spades

    Talk about your self-basting turkey…

  • Can someone explain how not supporting a policy of rounding up all the illegal aliens at gunpoint in a massive sweep is equivalent to offering amnesty and a guest worker program.

  • I can’t help it, but every time I see Michelle Bachmann, she strikes me as being minutes away from boiling a bunny. But she hides the whole Fatal Attraction vibe pretty well.

    I tend to agree, but it strikes me that if we wanted somebody to go after Obama with both barrels, she would certainly be a candidate for it.

    When Ron Paul starts his inevitable tirade against the Freemasons/Jews, I can’t say I will be surprised.

    As I said the other day, let’s start out by stipulating that Ron Paul is a nut bag, and then go from there.

    Mitt Romney almost convinces me that he does have core conservative principles. Almost.

    Well, he certainly expanding an awful lot of effort to that end. But his history makes a liar out of him, here. Which makes me rather wonder why the GOP establishment wants him at all. The GOP rank and file, when polled, shows Gingrich to be the most electable over Obama… not Romney. It’s my guess that what we have in Romney is McCain version 2.0. You recall what happened with McCain, where the rank and file sat on its hands. Thereby, do we have Obama.

    Newt Gingrich seems to have a high opinion of himself, and the massively weighty thoughts that spring from his Olympian brow. He seems to content to let other people follow up on those ideas, as he’s too busy producing new deep thoughts to craft the old ones into reality. Thank God.

    In terms of thinking, and speaking off the cuff, probably true. But in terms of legislative effort, I suggest to you that Gingrich has a far more solid record than Romney does. To my mind that makes him worth seriously considering.

    Finally, that Rick Perry and Ron Paul are still seriously running in this race, is reinforcement of the idea that the GOP ranks in file is intensely disappointed in the GOP establishments choice for the nomination. It seems to me that the rank and file has learned the lesson of Reagan, but not the establishment. Let’s remember, Romney didn’t support Ronald Reagan. Neither did the GOP establishment until such time as it appeared to be inevitable that he would win the nomination. Reagan was an out of office yet and the GOP establishment already turned their back on real conservatism. That ought to be a clue.

  • I can’t help it, but every time I see Michelle Bachmann, she strikes me as being minutes away from boiling a bunny. But she hides the whole Fatal Attraction vibe pretty well.

    I tend to agree, but it strikes me that if we wanted somebody to go after Obama with both barrels, she would certainly be a candidate for it.

    When Ron Paul starts his inevitable tirade against the Freemasons/Jews, I can’t say I will be surprised.

    As I said the other day, let’s start out by stipulating that Ron Paul is a nut bag, and then go from there.

    Mitt Romney almost convinces me that he does have core conservative principles. Almost.

    Well, he certainly expanding an awful lot of effort to that end. But his history makes a liar out of him, here. Which makes me rather wonder why the GOP establishment wants him at all. The GOP rank and file, when polled, shows Gingrich to be the most electable over Obama… not Romney. It’s my guess that what we have in Romney is McCain version 2.0. You recall what happened with McCain, where the rank and file sat on its hands. Thereby, do we have Obama.

    Newt Gingrich seems to have a high opinion of himself, and the massively weighty thoughts that spring from his Olympian brow. He seems to content to let other people follow up on those ideas, as he’s too busy producing new deep thoughts to craft the old ones into reality. Thank God.

    In terms of thinking, and speaking off the cuff, probably true. But in terms of legislative effort, I suggest to you that Gingrich has a far more solid record than Romney does. To my mind that makes him worth seriously considering.

    Finally, that Rick Perry and Ron Paul are still seriously running in this race, is reinforcement of the idea that the GOP ranks in file is intensely disappointed in the GOP establishments choice for the nomination. It seems to me that the rank and file has learned the lesson of Reagan, but not the establishment. Let’s remember, Romney didn’t support Ronald Reagan. Neither did the GOP establishment until such time as it appeared to be inevitable that he would win the nomination. Reagan was an out of office yet and the GOP establishment already turned their back on real conservatism. That ought to be a clue.

  • “When Ron Paul starts his inevitable tirade against the Freemasons/Jews, I can’t say I will be surprised.”

    Yeah, you should see this video of his racist rants: http://t.co/EirB1r0A

    Disgusting!