Considering Fresh Faces

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Republicans feel growing confidence about crucial Senate races in 2014, but still feel anxious about finding a candidate to beat Hillary Clinton two years later.

The most prominent prospects display prominent flaws: Rand Paul is out of the party mainstream on defense and security issues; Chris Christie is tarred by the bridge-gate scandal; Ted Cruz is a polarizing figure associated with an unpopular government shutdown. Other contenders—Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum—look like retreads connected to past disappointments and defeats.

It may be time to consider four lesser-known governors who could bring fresh energy to a national ticket, including Mike Pence of Indiana, Susanna Martinez of New Mexico, Bill Haslam of Tennessee, and Sam Brownback of Kansas.

A successful candidate must be able to rally the base, while uniting Republicans and conservative-leaning independents.

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  1. LMS  •  Feb 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Why would Hillary be hard to defeat? She is a retread herself…looks old and tired, not a very inspiring speaker, not very personable, plus has Benghazi. She’s 66 and will be 68 in 2014 (looks older, though).

    • JohnT~  •  Feb 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      LMS – I couldn’t agree more re: Hellery being a “retread” (and lookin’ pretty trod upon at that!). The B–ch of Benghazi will have, “What DIFFERENCE does it make?” so repeated as to make it UNAVOIDABLE, if I have anything to say about it…And, I guaranty I DO, as do we all!

    • Craig  •  Feb 28, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Everything you say is true, but we need to face reality and see things as the majority of voters see them if we want a chance to win. Clinton’s strengths are two: the large majority of Dems love her and a vast majority of women love her. Put that together and you start at 60+% of voters right out of the gate. Tough race to win. We need an honest candidate who talks so most Americans understand him/her and identify with the key points, and a dynamo that keeps Clinton having to respond to her record not her gender and her glib glossing over of facts. I suggest Scott Walker fits the bill, though Reagon would have been perfect.

    • JGUY  •  Mar 4, 2014 at 3:28 am

      Hillary will be hard to beat because she has credentialed herself with Senate and
      Sec of State. She will be perceived as a type of victim….for which many voters
      will empathise….due to her being a woman and as being a survivor of her husbands
      skirt chasing adventures. If elected, Mrs. Clinton, would be a “First” which
      Americans have been proved to favor whatever the platform. She will be viewed
      as the person who will “reinvent” health care to be more palatable to the public.
      If the republicans run any two white male candidates they will lose substantial blocks
      of voters who have diversity as their key concern….no matter what the republican
      candidates say or do. Hillary also will have Bill Clinton speaking for her and he
      is amazingly popular and convincing,,,If you dont agree revisit his address to the

      DNC in 2012 at the Convention. He will do that often if Hillary is the candidate.
      I dont think she will be elected…..I think she will be coronated….
      Personally I would not favor this….but this is one opinion in answer to your

  2. gary  •  Feb 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Rand Paul,out of main stream R. def. and security,that should be a huge plus

  3. Jeff M  •  Feb 28, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    “Ted Cruz is a polarizing figure associated with an unpopular government shutdown”.

    Who was it unpopular with, the political class? The vast majority of Americans said the government shutdown had no effect on them. Ted Cruz might be the only politician in Washington who understands this is not a game for the political elite.

    • MC Hammer  •  Mar 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      I only vote for a straight Democratic ticket. That’s it. No door-to-door canvasing, political contributions.
      An effect of this shutdown was the American People discovered that teabaggers are for small government. With just them as the main party controlling the government like the stupid anarchist terrorists that they are.

      You don’t to go this site. It will cause cognitive dissonance.

    • JGUY  •  Mar 4, 2014 at 3:59 am

      The left would have an absolute victory march were Senator Cruz nominated.
      He is amazinly polarizing – even though he is often conservatively correct –
      and he hands them the citizenship argument on day one since he was born
      in Canada. He will renounce his Canadian Citizenship according to his own
      assertations.BUT he was not physically born in the US and, unlike other
      candidates in similar situations, he has been a “foreign” citizen. This
      reality, even though legally inconsequential….still exists. Senator Cruz’s
      father was born in Cuba which does help with needed republican diversity
      issues. One more point…The government shutdown became a non-issue when
      government employees got back pay for not working and many government

      functions were not included in the shutdown.

  4. Frank Wandell  •  Feb 28, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    For crying out loud, why is nobody saying “Bobby Jindal”?. He is articulate, extremely competent, a solid conservative, and has done a great job as Governor of LA, turning that state around even while cutting taxes, etc.He could well be our nation’s best governor. And everyone should be aware that successful Governors,are the ones best experienced and proven and qualified to be a Chief Executive. Plus, Bobby has the almost indispensable cachet (these days) of being a minority. That takes teeth away from the Democrats who would love to attack him for the sin of being “just another “white male”. Just think of all the manufactured false excitement proclaiming to anti-white bigots that Bobby will be “the FIRST Indian-American President” As if that matters. Who cares? What does matter is that he would be a terrific president.

    • Kpar  •  Mar 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      The worst thing that you can say about Bobby Jindal is that he gave a lackluster performance following one of “Dear Leader’s” SOTU addresses.

      I would love to see him make more public statements and show the US what he’s really like.

      Or maybe he could move to Illinois, and take on a corrupt Democratic Machine like he did in Louisiana.

      • JGUY  •  Mar 4, 2014 at 4:03 am

        Dittos…Jindal seems to me to be the most logical choice to
        oppose the probable Clinton candidacy.

  5. Craig  •  Feb 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Agree with you Michael. Why didn’t you include Scott Walker with the other Republican governors?

  6. MC Hammer  •  Mar 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Old wine in new bottles. Same old crap in a new septic tank.
    If religious whackos don’t want to serve gays, the why not blacks, latinos, asians, etc? I’m sure there idiots out there who would like to bring segregation based sacred religions beliefs (e.g. I hate Blacks. It says so in the bible doesn’t it). The KKK has more chapters spread across even in northern states. And of course it’s in their religion to have slaves of course.
    Medved your lack of an understanding of the struggle for civil rights in this country is nil. You are a true rightwing ideologue. Disgusting actually. Women didn’t have the right to vote for until brave women fought for it beginning in 1904. Blacks were being lynched up until the 1960’s. Thanks to Morris Dees and the SPLC for standing up right wing bullies. Fascism will come to the US carry a cross and us flag. And you are aiding and abetting that.

    • beakt  •  Mar 3, 2014 at 1:02 am

      People will always fight, and align themselves by race or whatever. Crimes like lynching should be and are illegal.

      As far as the so-important issue of a business serving you, we once had, in many places in this country, laws that ordered businesses not to serve people they might want to serve. That is, it was illegal for a white restaurant owner to serve blacks if he wanted to. The struggle in those days was, rightfully, against those oppressive laws. They should have been simply removed, though. Unfortunately, we passed new laws that prohibit businesses from choosing who they might not want to serve. Same thing, in reverse. Sure, it seemed reasonable and moral, because it focused on race, and who wants to defend a white business owner denying service to a black guy just because the white guy is basically an asshole?

      But, look where these so-called civil rights laws got us. Someone who is disgusted with the idea of two men marrying each other can now be ordered by a judge to bake a cake for them or go take pictures and video and make a video montage for them, or face going to jail! If that’s ok with you, then if the KKK were to ask a black catering company to cater its event, should that black business owner be forced to do it? If the Phelps family wanted some homosexual florists to decorate their church, should the florists face jail time for refusing? If not, why not?

      We should all be free to associate with or not associate with whom we want. There will be people being assholes to each other, and that’s what Yelp is for. And even when it gets ugly, no one can claim that the current state of the laws makes our conflicts of interest any less ugly; in fact, it makes it worse, because we lost our freedom as well. It never should have been government’s role to make any of these decisions for us.

    • JGUY  •  Mar 4, 2014 at 4:42 am

      SO if one of these northern KKK chapters wants to have a wedding in a predominatly black
      church…you think that should be legally mandated?
      I must have missed the place in the Bible where it says anything about hating another race…
      My bible says “Love your neighbor as yourself” What translation are you reading?
      I find it is normally good to take the concepts within the context of the area of the bible
      from which they are contained…
      Michael Medved’s family had to reportedly flee Nazi fascism prior to WW2 – I find it hard
      to believe he is aiding it today whatever the form…..I must have missed that part.
      I do find him to be pro-american….but he is afterall…an American.

  7. MC Hammer  •  Mar 1, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Here’s a link to the Anti-Defamation League with which you probably disagree.

    If you can’t tell the difference between the KKK and some religious whacko who wound’t bake a cake becuase it violates his/hers “christianist” values so so sad. You should be ashamed. The Nazis also sent gays to the death camps along innocent Jews, disabled men and women, Poles, Slavs. The list is too disgusting to read through. The Civil Rights Act should be ammended to read “…sex, sexual orientation,..”. Two simple words that those “god fearing” whackos on your delustional “the greatest country on God’s Green Earth” would use Jesus and “Gog” to oppose. Sad, really sad.

    • beakt  •  Mar 3, 2014 at 1:06 am

      Do you equate being sent to a death camp with not getting a cake from a certain baker?

  8. beakt  •  Mar 3, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Why in the world is anyone seriously talking about Hillary being the nominee? In two years? It’s almost never the early front-runner earlier in the election year, let alone years before. The Republicans just need to worry about educating the American public on the value of conservatism and limited government, where LIBERTY for its own sake is the only value the government works to promote and defend. Then the election will take care of itself whoever the Democrat nominee will be.

    • JGUY  •  Mar 4, 2014 at 4:09 am

      I thought Mitt Romney ran on the value of conservatism and limited government…..are your
      sure you want to repeat those themes beakt?

      • beakt  •  Mar 4, 2014 at 10:05 pm


        No, he did not. He pandered to centrism. Instead of directly refuting the underlying philosophy of Obama’s America, he just tried to parry him on policy. He never made the case of liberty for liberty’s sake. He was not bold or distinguishable. We should have nominated Newt Gingrich.

  9. JGUY  •  Mar 7, 2014 at 8:01 am

    BEAKT It seems to me that I heard Governor Romney allude to cutting
    the size of government and limiting government throughout the campaign.
    I remember that as being his main theme….but maybe I misheard. He often
    spoke of privatization of government functions….I would call that limited
    government. Gingrich is an amazing encyclopedia like MM but he would
    have been destoyed on personal life issues…..this is one place where
    President Obama is strong….one wife…great kids…even loves his dog…
    Hillary is also strlong in these areas since she has been married once and
    she “stood by her man” ……The republicans had better run a very “clean”
    candidate if Hillary is the Dems choice. Romney was positive in this
    area which probably was one reason he was nominated after vetting.

    • beakt  •  Mar 10, 2014 at 2:26 am

      Yes, he talked the usual Republican talking points. But he didn’t talk about the vast philosophical divide on liberty and how that is crushing our national morale. The “size of government” and budgets and privatization is just temporary policy. He should have put on the table our choice of liberty vs. the soft tyranny we now live under, and explained how the Democrats fool so many Americans into unwittingly accepting the latter. He didn’t ever talk about any of that.

      • JGUY  •  Mar 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm

        beakt….I have enjoyed your comments….would just have to wonder
        if the philosophical concepts of liberty and tyranny etc….have not
        changed from the pre-computer pre-internet pre-social media days
        of not long ago.. I think that like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz…
        we arent in Kansas anymore. too bad….. and I close. JGUY

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