GOP establishment worried about its ‘loony list’ of candidates

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As the Republican Party struggles to find a candidate with the best chance to beat Barack Obama in 2012, it faces a major problem: A proliferation of flawed, scandal-scarred candidates who — if successful — could doom the party’s changes of reclaiming the White House.

Capitol Hill Blue has learned that a confidential “loony list” is circulating among senior aides at the Republican National Committee as strategists huddle in closed-door meetings trying to figure out ways to weed out the problem candidates.

On the’ loony list’ are:

Herman Cain, the former Godfather’s CEO under fire for a past history of sexual harassment of female employees, along with a series of recent memory lapses and gaffes that showcase his lack of experience and political depth;

Rick Perry, the shoot-from-the-lip Texas Governor whose bumbling debate appearances and memory lapses have turned the one-time frontrunner into a late night comic joke;

Michele Bachmann, the bombastic Minnesota Congresswoman who considered too much of a loose cannon;

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the current flavor of the week in GOP polls but smudged by past womanizing, fatcat consulting checks from Freddie Mac and other embarassments;

Texas Congressman Ron Paul, considered too extreme even for the right-wing of the GOP establishment.

Each of these candidates is considered “a threat to GOP chances against Obama,” says a senior GOP aide, who asked not to be identified.

“If any one of these folks get the nomination it means an end to our chances of beating Obama,” says the aide.  “We need moderates and independents to win in November 2012. We can’t win if the GOP name on the ballot is named Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich or Paul.”

Senior GOP strategists believe Bachmann and Perry are “toast,” but still worry about Gingrich, Cain and Paul.

“Each has their base of zealots,” says a long-time GOP consultant. “Each could pull off an upset that means defeat a year from now.  We can’t allow that.”

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32 Responses to "GOP establishment worried about its ‘loony list’ of candidates"

  1. Hal Brown  November 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I’d put Santorum on my personal loony list as well:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Santorum

  2. American Patriot  November 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I don’t think they’re even worrying about Santorum cause he has like 1%.

  3. Jesse  November 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Just noting the fact that Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who is beating Obama with Independents in head to head polling, not Romney.

  4. Simon  November 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    You forgot Flip Floppin’ Multiple Choice Mitt Romney on the loony list. http://www.multiplechoicemitt.com

  5. Jared  November 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Ron Paul – To conservative for progressive republicans.

    • Almandine  November 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Paul is a libertarian, not a conservative… except where the collectivists are concerned.

      • egc52556  November 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

        Libertarians are pro choice. Paul isn’t. Paul wants the government to tell women what they can do with their bodies and their beliefs. Paul would let heroin be decriminalized but would criminalize choice. Obviously Paul thinks heroin addicts can make better choices than women.

        • woody188  November 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

          Bull pucky. This isn’t at all what Ron Paul says. He is pro-life but at the same time says it isn’t up to the government to decide. It would never come up as an issue or he would veto any bill that would change Roe V. Wade. This is a hot-button issue used to divide and conquer us proles.

          Heroin should be decriminalized along with all other “illegal” drugs. Prohibition fuels the black markets and the gangs that thrive from their sale. Regulated sales could be taxed and their revenue used to treat addicts, making a real impact versus our 30-year failed “war on drugs.”

          • Almandine  November 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm

            Kudos Woody.

  6. Cody  November 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Never thought I’d see the day when Ron Paul was considered too conservative for the Republican party. And no, he’s not “too extreme”, I know the concept of states rights scares a lot of liberal Republicans (oxymoron right?) but the truth hurts.

  7. James  November 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Whats loony is thinking that they would actually vote for Romney, the only one they didn’t list with a realistic chance of the nomination.

    They want to vote out Obama to put in a cookie-cutter copy of Obama? What a pathetic joke.

    Who polls the best with independents? RON PAUL. Therefore his election chances are *obviously* the best and no cutting $1 Trillion from government spending isn’t extreme its necessary to avoid a debt default by 2016 or sooner.

    People who think spending more than you make when you’re in bad financial shape are the loony ones. Any candidate except for Paul is bat-s crazy because their plans all lead to a debt default by 2020.

  8. Mark Vanzunderen  November 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Each of these candidates is considered “a threat to GOP chances against Obama,” says a senior GOP aide, who asked not to be identified.

    I thought that Ron Paul has the best chances to beat Obama. So why would this GOP-aide (probably a friend of Romney) prefer Romney over Paul if it decreases the chances of the GOP to win?

  9. Revgen  November 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I don’t see Ron Paul as being a problem when facing Obama. In fact it’s quite the opposite. Many of his positions appeal to independents and registered democrats. Ending the wars and bringing all of our troops home, ending the drug war, getting rid of the patriot act, etc.

    The real reason they consider Paul “looney” isn’t his ability to beat Obama. It’s his stance on foreign policy and the Federal Reserve.

  10. Pondering It All  November 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    And they assume Romney can win? If he suddenly was struck by a blinding light on the Road to Damascus, and converted to Protestant Christian, then he could probably pull it off!

    I think he’s just too non-Christian for the Religious Right and too moderate for the Ideological Right. And he created a health care system in Massachusetts that is almost identical to ObamaCare, which is now the works of Satan or Stalin (depending on which part of the GOP coalition you follow).

    He is the best candidate they have, in terms of his appeal to moderates and independants. If he just didn’t all three of those strikes against him…

    I predict Rand going Third Party when he is humiliated at the convention and between his defecters and the Christian Right staying home, Obama wins.

    • woody188  November 21, 2011 at 12:05 am

      Ain’t gonna happen. Ron Paul will not run as a third party candidate. Period. He is consistently saying no way Jose.

      And Hal, amen brother!

      I’m starting to think crazy is a prerequisite for candidacy!

  11. Pondering It All  November 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Oops, of course I meant Ron Paul, not his son Rand.

  12. Mitchell  November 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    This is a joke, right? The republican party DEFINITELY needs all the independent votes it can get to beat Obama. Without that vote, the republican party loses. End of story. Good thing for the GOP, Ron Paul consistently BEATS President Obama among independents in respected polls. Why? Because he has the broadest appeal out of any of the candidates, including Obama. Ron Paul also has the youth vote. If the GOP truly cared about beating Obama, the only man to nominate is Dr Ron Paul.

  13. Fred Martin  November 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Will the Establishment ever learn? This is exactly why millions of people have stopped supporting the RNC finacially (Your’s truly includedi). They said the same thing in 2010 and put a strong effort in propping up milktoast candidates for US Senate like Crist vs Rubio, Grayson vs Paul, etc. The RNC has a looong history of not being able to pick a winner for the rest of us. I thought that was what voters were for? I know it’s a novel idea this day and age. LOL.

  14. Sanjay  November 21, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Obama = Romney = Perry = Cain = Gingrich = different puppets, same federal reserve/bankster masters.

    Gingrich = endless wives, endless wars, freddie-mac 1.8 Million $, medical mandates, 3rd world amnesty/welfare, TARP/bailouts.

    Cain = Kansas Federal reserve thug, “libya swirling in my head”, finger in panties, TARP/bailouts.

    Romney = commie medical care, racist quotas, bailouts, TARP, abortion, gun control, bloodthirsty war-lust, campaign funding by Banksters.

    Perry = Gardasil for little girls, free health/ education/house/food for 3rd world aliens, “niggerhead” on farm, “oops” in his brain, “bank-of-america helping him out”.

    End the wars/empire, end the federal reserve/IMF/World Bank/BIS, end UN/WTO, end racist quotas, end unconstitutional departments, end TSA/DHS/ADL/SPLC and other crime syndicates.

    Ron Paul will restore Sound money, strong national defense, liberty, free enterprise, local government, strong traditional families, western civilization.

    • Carl Nemo **==  November 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks Sanjay for your superb, spot-on political profiling and supplied imagery concerning this gaggle of candidates as opposed to Ron Paul.

      Welcome to CHB and hopefully we’ll hear more from you in time. : )

      Carl Nemo **==

  15. Allie  November 21, 2011 at 11:17 am

    What happened to Mit Romney?

  16. Sandune  November 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    If the RNC is truly worried about losing votes why don’t they look at the chance they took inviting in the religious leaders? They introduced the same platform that came with Alan Keyes and Jerry Falwell in 1999. Bush 43 could not have won without this group and the cost was an impossible new platform written FOR the Christians.

    One big step in getting back the Independents and keeping the younger voters would to return to the agenda of individual freedoms. There is no need to put us all in classifications that would never be accepted by Americans in normal times.

    I checked out an article written by an old friend who spent an entire commentary on how gays are ripping our civilization into shreds. I have lived, loved and worked with the gay community for over 60 years and remain unshredded. Since the Clinton impeachment, my friend has quoted Rush almost on a daily basis. It changed him from a once loving close friend to a man so full of hatred that he can only quote Rush these days. How in the hell can a man live as an American for over 70 years and not locate a single respected person not involved in the Tea Party? He was a commentator on Fox News and I used to have great fun announcing his appearance on Reader Rant but suddenly I saw my loving, bright friend turn sour. Did you ever stick a toe in a pebble-covered sea urchin and watch it deflate? That is how I saw my pal under the influence of Rush Limbaugh…….

    I fear that that particular level of the GOP will never see America as a place for freedom and indendence. They have managed to destroy every single good thing about the party. They tore up their successful agenda and sold it to Pat Robertson for the price of 4 years for Bush 43.

    Let it fall! I just hope we can learn from this assault on our freedoms and never again try to scare the crap out of the voters regarding hell and damnation. Just imagine a free nation without corruption….. It depends on who we put back in office.

  17. Almandine  November 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    So if yer name ain’t Romney, yer nuts!

    Eh, Don Hilton?

    • woody188  November 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Check it out: Romney: Cut health care for the poor, not defense spending Funniest part is that the cuts will make “defense” spending equal to 2007. So 2007 “defense” spending is a “doomsday scenario” for our military?

      This guy is nucking futs!

      • Almandine  November 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm

        These new CHB “opinionators” all seem to be imbued with the darkest side of our lugubrious host.

  18. woody188  November 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Ron Paul just won in a landslide in the North Carolina straw poll. So I guess North Carolina is looney as Iowa?

    I’d like to see defense of this statement: “Ron Paul, considered too extreme even for the right-wing of the GOP establishment.”

    Constitutional government is now the extreme?

  19. Hal Brown  November 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

    From all that I can tell, Ron Paul adheres to all or most of the platform of the Libertarian Party. I hope that those of you who support him have analyzed the platform which you can read here http://www.lp.org/platform .

    I find that on the surface many of their positions about individual choice and liberty, and the unregulated free market, sound good. However I find them naive and wishful thinking about human nature.

    It assumes that most people are altruistic and generous, that they care about the downtrodden, that they are not greedy and wiling to readily accept a permanent underclass in our society if it enables them to get ahead.

    For example, government programs to provide a social safety net, to mandate standards in health, environmental and food standards, work safety, education and child safety wouldn’t be necessary in a truly small “c” christian society.

    The government that governs least governs best only works in fantasyland.

    If I cared enough I’d go point by point through the platform and suggest the real life ramifications of strict adherence to their principles.

    I suggest that underlying the beliefs of strict Libertarians is the quote misattributed to Marie Antoinette:

    “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”

    • woody188  November 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      I think it depends on if you are talking about federal or local governments. Most Libertarians don’t mind the regulations on the local or state level, just not at the federal level where influence by the citizens themselves is too diluted (polluted by money?) to make a difference in their favor.

    • Almandine  November 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”

      Only if they helped the Little Red Hen bake it…

  20. tzx4  November 24, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    The Republican party needs to reclaim itself from Mr. Limbaugh and Mr. Ailes, and their ilk. Ignorance, sensationalism, and fear are a losing party platform.

  21. Lex Paradox  November 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    If GOP will lose 2012 if they don’t nominate Dr. Paul. I will write him in if he isn’t on the ballot. Any vote for any of the others, is just getting another liar and crook. So, nothing to lose.

  22. Lex Paradox  November 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Opps, the GOP will lose. (stupid keyboard)

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