Mitch Daniels latest Republican to bow out

This is a surprise and actually a disappointment:

WASHINGTON — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said early Sunday that he won’t run for president because of family considerations, narrowing the field in the race for the GOP nomination.

“In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one,” the Republican said, disclosing his decision in an e-mail to supporters. “The interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.

….“If you feel that this was a non-courageous or unpatriotic decision, I understand and will not attempt to persuade you otherwise,” he added. “I only hope that you will accept my sincerity in the judgment I reached.”

The Republican Party would have benefited enormously from Daniels’ presence in the race. And judging from their actions, a lot of top Republicans don’t seem very convinced that Obama is vulnerable.

– Jay Bookman

497 comments Add your comment

USinUK

May 22nd, 2011
6:33 am

“family considerations” ?????

is it irresponsible to speculate?

it would be irresponsible not to!!

(h/t to Our Lady of the Dolphins)

arnold

May 22nd, 2011
6:34 am

Any serious Republican understands that Obana is not vulnerable. Why waste time and money on a losing cause.

USinUK

May 22nd, 2011
6:35 am

btw, Jay … don’t know if you saw this, but it made my whole flippin WEEKEND:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJlL2vfXnJg

(don’t think Mitch Daniel’s announcement will get quite the same treatment)

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
6:50 am

“In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one,”

Yeah that “one” was that he couldn’t beat Brother Barak in the election lol.

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
6:53 am

“family considerations” ?????

is it irresponsible to speculate?

it would be irresponsible not to!!
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why? Muckraking is your policy? I thought you were better than that USinUK………

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
6:56 am

LOL i missed your 6:35 USinUK. I saw that yesterday too. Anyway, it made my whole day. It’s just hilarious.

Bud Wiser

May 22nd, 2011
7:06 am

arnold
May 22nd, 2011
6:34 am

Any serious Republican understands that Obana is not vulnerable…

And may what planet be you in orbit around?

This idiot in the WH is as vulnerable as ice cream in a bowl on highway on a hot summer day.

“It’s the economy, stupid”, to borrow a blast from the past.

Jobs.

Obamacare.

Foreign policy, or lack thereof.

Throwing Israel to the Arab hyenas.

Apology Tour I, II, and III.

The birth certificate issue, which has yet to be resolved, as the one released shows father’s place of birth – Kenya…..1961, but, one problem, there was no ‘Kenya’ in 1961, not until 1963 to be exact, but who is counting, certainly not those fools in the administration.

Seedy associations, Ayers, Jones Sunstein, etc., etc.

Eric Holder, the most incompetent boob in history to be an alleged Attorney General.

I could go on, but what is the point? When you see these ignorant Jews go on television still supporting Obozo after he has already all but lit the fuse under the arabs, when you read the drooling love notes here from the kool aid drinkers, there is no one left with a right mind to convince.

Media stooges keep their place at Obama’s feet, hoping for a drip of whatever. And despite what Bookman says, (among other things just doing the liberal blindly-attack-the-messenger thing, instead of addressing FACTS….facts are things media stooges these days have no cognizances of, you know) I stand by my previous statements of FACT that blacks overwhelmingly voted for this tool because of race and race alone, and those that still support him are ignorant of his record and still support him because of racism.

The rest of you are too stupid to admit that you made a horrific move in supporting him in 2008, and admission thereby would verify that ignorance, so you plod onward.

Go ahead and wallow in your ignorance and keep those heads down buried deep in the dark.

USinUK

May 22nd, 2011
7:14 am

Fred – 6:53 – muckraking? who raked any muck? all I did was quote Peggy Noonan.

now, if you want to talk about her tendancy to fling poo, regardless of facts, then we can have a fun discussion …

TaxPayer

May 22nd, 2011
7:17 am

McCain/Palin 2012. Some Republicans doubted me while others still do. Okay. It’s not the end of the world if they don’t run again. Perhaps a compromise is in order. How about CainMcCain2012. I hear Newt’s bumper sticker printing presses are in need of some use.

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
7:24 am

I like Mitch Daniels. And despite being painted by the “let’s connect the dots to anything we didn’t like about him when working for Bush” crowd for not controlling costs as Bush’s budget director, he’s done an admirable job as governor of Indiana. Not perfect, but admirable.

(insert your own “yeah, but he did THIS” weak attempt here)

But despite his abilities, he’s not someone you can follow when the going gets tough. He’s not what I’d call leadership material. He can’t inspire, plain and simple.

Which is exactly why I think Hope & Punt ™ is vulnerable in 2012. His “Hope & Change” schtick has gotten very old, as has his mishandling of the economy and spending. “Cool” only goes so far, and while there will once again be any number of moronic, American Idol-worshiping voters coming out of the woodwork to punch that ticket, there will be less of them, and less independents.

A leader will emerge from the Republican ranks, if he hasn’t already. And when that happens, expect this column to be filled with all the unsubstantiated hate and vitriol we’ve come to know and love from our host and the left.

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
7:25 am

Who’s Peggy Noonan and where did the quote come from? I read Jays short little piece three time AND the article linked before I posted that trying to see what or if you were quoting something. Or is it a quote of such importance, like “Give me liberty or give me death” that I should remember it for all time?

@Bud Wiser? Really? Do you wear a tinfoil hat? If so, I think yours is starting to wear out. You need to make another one. Did you lose the directions? Let me help you out sir.

Proper usage: http://zapatopi.net/afdb/

Construction instructions: http://zapatopi.net/afdb/build.html

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
7:31 am

“I stand by my previous statements of FACT that blacks overwhelmingly voted for this tool because of race and race alone, and those that still support him are ignorant of his record and still support him because of racism.”

Uh, Bud? Blacks overwhelmingly vote for DEMOCRATS, regardless of their ethnic background.

It’s not rational, given the astounding failure of Democrat policies to improve their lives, but they do so anyway.

USinUK

May 22nd, 2011
7:31 am

Fred – here ya go – internet catchphrase cheat-sheet: http://www.balloon-juice.com/balloon-juice-lexicon-i-p/ :-)

Joel Edge

May 22nd, 2011
7:34 am

I suspect that Daniels didn’t want to subject his family to the media attacks, Jay. As soon as a clear target emerges, the liberal branch of the media will suddenly find it voice. As far as outrage goes.

USinUK

May 22nd, 2011
7:36 am

“It’s not rational, given the astounding failure of Democrat policies to improve their lives, but they do so anyway”

sorta like middle-class folks voting Republican.

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
7:39 am

LOL Thanks USinUK. Some pretty funny stuff there.

USinUK

May 22nd, 2011
7:40 am

Fred – consider it a post-Rapture present :-)

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
7:42 am

Slow start this morning. Did the Apocalypse come later than 6:00 PM and we are all that’s left?

Or are we the only ones who didn’t have a party for it?

TaxPayer

May 22nd, 2011
7:49 am

Or are we the only ones who didn’t have a party for it?

Toga!

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
7:50 am

“sorta like middle-class folks voting Republican.”

Have you ever really thought of what the “middle class” is? What we consider the “poor” to have? Even the poor in this country have a better standard of living than about 90% of the rest of the planet, including the vaunted European countries.

The “middle class” in this country is shrinking, right, USinUK? After all, that’s the meme the left loves to trot out, correct? Well, according to this country’s own Census Bureau, the percentage of “poor” hasn’t changed in about 50 years, despite all the social engineering programs designed to alleviate that situation.

So if the poor are staying the same, and the middle class is shrinking, where did the rest of us go?

Only one direction, USinUK.

Up.

So tell me, if your precious policies of dealing with the poor have been so unsuccessful, why do you think any programs to deal with a middle class that is moving upwards all by themselves are going to do any better?

Joel Edge

May 22nd, 2011
7:51 am

And, BTW, Jay. The economy is still in the tank. He’s managed to alienate his base, independents, and has now developed hoof-in-mouth disease on Israel. Vulnerable? Yes, extremely. And he’s still got over a year to go.

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
7:52 am

“Slow start this morning. Did the Apocalypse come later than 6:00 PM and we are all that’s left? ”

Maybe we were judged and found unworthy?

Cool! Time to party! :D

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

May 22nd, 2011
7:54 am

“a lot of top Republicans don’t seem very convinced that Obama is vulnerable.”

Maybe many are convinced that he is vulnerable and some of the potential challengers don’t feel a compelling call to enter the grueling presidential race, believing that those who have or will enter could win.

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
7:56 am

Joel: Vulnerable? Depends. If there was a decent candidate yes, but since all the Republicans are trotting out are buffoons, then not only no but HELL NO.

Bush was “vulnerable” in ‘04 and the Democrats responded with John (s)Kerry, in essence they tossed the election. Right now it looks like the Repubs are just about ready to toss their own “John (s)Kerry” into the ring………….

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:00 am

“He’s managed to alienate his base, independents, and has now developed hoof-in-mouth disease on Israel.”

Joel, I agree with all the above, but as with the religious right and the GOP, Hope & Punt’s ™ base isn’t going to vote for anyone else but him. A few may stay home due to lack of motivation, but not many. Independents? Big-time loss there. Israel? When only 2% of your electorate is Jewish voters, all that might do is swing a close state, and that population tends to be concentrated on the two coasts; it won’t change California or New York, but it might flip Florida.

Chaps

May 22nd, 2011
8:03 am

A disappointment? Yeah, right. I’m sure you have the best interests of the Republicans at heart. This time, the GOP won’t let their opponents pick their nominee.

TaxPayer

May 22nd, 2011
8:03 am

The proportion of Americans living in poverty, defined as $21,954 in income for a family of four, climbed to a 15-year high last year, according to a Census Bureau report released yesterday.

The number of poor rose to 43.6 million, the most in the 51 years for which the figures have been published, underscoring the toll exacted by the deepest recession since the 1930s. The poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent from 13.2 percent.

USinUK

May 22nd, 2011
8:05 am

dave – ‘Even the poor in this country have a better standard of living than about 90% of the rest of the planet, including the vaunted European countries.”

have you ever thought about what a sad state of affairs it is when we have to compare American poor to people in the Third World to feel better about ourselves??? do the American poor have to live in conditions like Calcutta for us to designate them as poor? I though the purpose of a rising tide was to lift all ships, after all.

as far as the middle class, Dave – just because we have TVs in every room doesn’t mean we have it better than our parents. the middle class is less stable than it was for our parents – in fact fewer people who class themselves as middle class feel like they’re making gains in their lives than in the past, despite having a better quality of life than their parents.

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/793/inside-the-middle-class

USinUK

May 22nd, 2011
8:06 am

Dave – 7:52 – I’ll make the punch!! :-D

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:07 am

“The number of poor rose . . ”

TaxPayer, reading comprehension is your friend. I did NOT say “number of poor”, I said “PERCENTAGE of poor”.

Big difference to those who think.

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

May 22nd, 2011
8:08 am

“The number of poor rose to 43.6 million, the most in the 51 years for which the figures have been published, underscoring the toll exacted by the deepest recession since the 1930s. The poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent from 13.2 percent.”

This underscores precisely why voters will require the Democrats to turn in their keys to the White House and the Congress in November 012.

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
8:08 am

LOL My comment is awaiting moderation. I wonder what word I used that tripped the autosnagger. Didn’t use a single word that is even remotely “profane,” “racist,” or even “objectionable.”

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:09 am

And again, USinUK, if the middle class is shrinking, as many on the left contend, and the percentage of poor is stable, as the government contends, where is the former middle class going?

Up.

Rising tide, indeed!

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
8:09 am

OK Joel, I’m an INDEPENDENT. I find none so far “decent.” WHich nutcase do YOU find to be so palatable?

Maybe to a hard core right wing fanatic those buuffoons are palatable, but to us folks who haven’t drunk the Koolade, they aren’t.

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:09 am

Fred, sometimes the BLOG GOD finds a word within a word that catches it’s attention.

It tends to be a very moving target we all have to live with. ;)

Joel Edge

May 22nd, 2011
8:09 am

“If there was a decent candidate”
If you’re a liberal, then no, they are not decent candidates.

USinUK

May 22nd, 2011
8:10 am

Dave – 8:07 – “The poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent from 13.2 percent.”

just sayin.

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:13 am

And it’s fluctuated between 13% and 15% for 50 years, USinUK.

Again, no statistical change over the long term.

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
8:14 am

LOL My comment to Joel, which I made AFTER reading his 8:09 somehow wound up being posted BEFORE his, and my other one is awaiting moderation still. There’s a ghost in the machine……..

@@

May 22nd, 2011
8:15 am

The political tease goes along with the never-ending campaign cycle. It gets tiresome.

To hear Daniels tell it, “HE could beat Obama”.

Mitch, you’re 5′ 7″ and balding buddy. What….were you planning to stand on a box during the debate?

Bye bye! Go home to Mama.

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
8:15 am

and on a lighter note. Who says dog’s aren’t smart? My wife was about to give the dog a bath and as soon as she took his collar off he ran like hell to hide………….

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:16 am

“Maybe to a hard core right wing fanatic those buuffoons are palatable, but to us folks who haven’t drunk the Koolade, they aren’t.”

Sorry, Fred, but that statement alone disqualifies you from being considered “independent”.

USinUK

May 22nd, 2011
8:16 am

Dave – read this and tell me how the middle class is thriving

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/1a8a5cb2-9ab2-11df-87e6-00144feab49a.html

USinUK

May 22nd, 2011
8:19 am

and, with that, I’m hanging out my laundry …

later taters!!! have a great Sunday! :-)

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:19 am

“Mitch, you’re 5′ 7″ and balding buddy.” :lol:

Before television, he might have had a chance, but now? Nope.

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:20 am

USinUK, reading comprehension is your friend. Never said the middle class was thriving. I did say that if the middle class was, in fact, shrinking, and the poor are not changing, then the FORMER middle class has moved in only one direction – up.

Those that are still in the middle class still have their issues. Never claimed otherwise.

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
8:25 am

No Dave R. It doesn’t. An Independent sees the buffoons for what they are. Read and proccess ALL the words not just the ones you pick and choose. I stated that in ‘04 the Dems trotted out nothing but buffoons with John (s)Kerry being the biggest. Does that all of a sudden make me a Republican?

An Independent recognizes buffoons from both sides and makes excuses for none of them, hence the Koolade reference.

You continuously make excuses for untenable Republican gaffes. You WILL vote Republican no matter what. All Democrats are evil and as such any idea proposed by a Democrat is evil and dismissed without thought. By definition you are a fanatic. But since you ARE a fanatic incapable of independent thought, you can’t see it.

As an Independent, I CAN see it. I see the same “arguments” trotted out by the fanatics of both parties here. The only difference is whom each of you call an idiot. Or whom you praise, or which indefensible hill you dig into to defend.

It would be funny if it weren’t so sad. Life ISN’T black and white, it’s a dirty gray. You fanatics however are unable to hold your own parties accountable for their collective stupidity and unwillingness to compromise and so we (the Country) are in this miserable mess we are in. It’s a COLLECTIVE blame, not solely the left’s fault, not solely the right’s fault, it the fault of ALL you fanatical automatons.

TaxPayer

May 22nd, 2011
8:28 am

TaxPayer, reading comprehension is your friend. I did NOT say “number of poor”, I said “PERCENTAGE of poor”.

Dave R,

Reading comprehension is obviously your enemy. I merely posted some numbers from the Census Bureau and I made no comments in my post regarding anything you had previously posted so what you did or did NOT say is irrelevent.

@@

May 22nd, 2011
8:35 am

Dave R.:

Before television, he might have had a chance, but now? Nope

I didn’t even mention his complexion. The guy’s pasty white!!!

Talk about a visual contrast…

(ISH)

C

May 22nd, 2011
8:36 am

Jay, have you seen what Daniels has been doing in Indiana?? I think he is vulnerable himself, in a red state. Not to mention that I doubt it’s Obama they are afraid of, I think the media is going to tear apart anyone who tries to take down there chosen one? Who even knew who Obama was before he spoke at the convention in 2004? Most still had no clue when he was close to last place in the polls in Sept and Oct, against Hillary in 2007-2008, in the race against McCain…I’m telling you, warning you, you have got to wake up and realize that Obama will be beat. Pull your head out and stop listening to the other editorial staff at the AJC, Newsweek or the NYT or the other inside the beltway blue bloods who think that the Dems can do no wrong. This country is not headed in the right direction, nor has a thing improved since the savoir was installed. IT is wayyyy to early to be making any predictions on who will be the front runner, who will take the nomination for the GOP…and, it’s way to early for you to start having a victory celebration.

TaxPayer

May 22nd, 2011
8:37 am

and on a lighter note. Who says dog’s aren’t smart? My wife was about to give the dog a bath and as soon as she took his collar off he ran like hell to hide………….

Dogs have feelings too, doncha know. Have you tried a warm water bath with a soft wash cloth and some “no more tears” shampoo. :smile:

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
8:41 am

Gee taxpayer, we haven’t tried that. We use liquid Nitrogen instead of water, ammonia, and a steel brush………….. ROFL

He actually has no problem once he’s IN to the water and loves the running around to get dry afterwards. But man does he go hide when she takes that collar off. He ran downstairs and hid under my desk laying at my feet. That’s how I knew he was getting a bath………

Road Scholar

May 22nd, 2011
8:47 am

Was the rapture as good for you as it was for me?

Has Daniels been associated with Arnold? Oh my!

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:48 am

“You continuously make excuses for untenable Republican gaffes.”

You obviously labor under a lack of comprehension.

“You WILL vote Republican no matter what.”

Continuing the lack of comprehension meme. You might wish to review my history on this blog before opening your mouth and inserting foot. I have voted for a few Democrats in my day, but largely vote (in descending order – None of the Above, Republican, Independent, write-in, Democrat).

“All Democrats are evil and as such any idea proposed by a Democrat is evil and dismissed without thought.”

Not ALL . . . but certainly any Democrat idea of a FISCAL nature is usually doomed to failure.

“By definition you are a fanatic.”

First thing you’ve gotten right. I am a fanatic about the Constitution.

“But since you ARE a fanatic incapable of independent thought, you can’t see it.”

Back to being wrong again, I see. . . .

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:50 am

“I merely posted some numbers from the Census Bureau and I made no comments in my post regarding anything you had previously posted so what you did or did NOT say is irrelevent.”

TaxPayer-speak for “I don’t know what this means, but I have to post something to be disagreeable”.

Tommy Maddox

May 22nd, 2011
8:50 am

I suppose it will be someone else who whups Obama. Carry on…

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
8:51 am

“You might wish to review my history on this blog before opening your mouth and inserting foot.”

I have. That’s how I draw the obvious conclusion. The only one YOU are fooling is yourself.

Gator Joe

May 22nd, 2011
8:53 am

Jay,
The question is not whether or not President Obama is vulnerable, but rather the lack of serious, viable candidates on the Republican side who are capable of winning the presidency and then governing. It takes more than parroting Fox and Corporate provided propaganda. It requires a strong intellect and strong character. It also requires appealing to a much larger group than the small number of narrow-minded, insecure, bigoted fanatics who they appeal to. Most of the prospective Republican candidates fail on intellectual and character requirements, not to mention their narrow appeal.

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:56 am

“You might wish to review my history on this blog before opening your mouth and inserting foot.”

I have. That’s how I draw the obvious conclusion. The only one YOU are fooling is yourself.”

Tell us all then, O seer of seers, which Republican candidates I have voted for in the past, say 4 Presidential elections.

Go ahead, since you know so much about me, Fred.

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
8:57 am

“Most of the prospective Republican candidates fail on intellectual and character requirements, not to mention their narrow appeal.”

Can’t disagree. However, as was proven in 2008, it only takes one to excite the electorate, Gator.

And he’s not nearly as exciting to as many as last time.

Mick

May 22nd, 2011
8:58 am

Man, it’s sunday morning and y’all are going at it already? Here’s something to make your hair curl-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmOssthIRrM

St Simons - we're on Island time

May 22nd, 2011
8:59 am

Mitch out ; Cain in.

Some fruit salads have more nuts, some have more fruits.

If ever a statement needed a trademark

May 22nd, 2011
9:06 am

I don’t know what this means, but I have to post something to be disagreeable™

TaxPayer

May 22nd, 2011
9:11 am

McCain/Palin 2012.

Just think of the savings. They could even do a little photoshopping of videos and paste Herman’s head over John’s head. All of Sarah’s death panel and palling around with terrorists thingies could be recycled, again.

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
9:12 am

LOL mick, that was great. I was hoping the Huck would take a solo though……….

Dave R.

May 22nd, 2011
9:13 am

Later, all.

I’ll check back to grade Fred’s answers this afternoon.

Mick

May 22nd, 2011
9:22 am

fred

Huckabee did an admirable job and kept it simple. He’s the only candidate that really could have given obama a run for his money. Hell, he’s having way too much fun playing bass and becoming wealthy, why would he want to be president?

Fred

May 22nd, 2011
9:22 am

There will be no answer Dave R. Not only could I care less who you vote for, you would lie about it if I DID guess the correct answers. To you being “right” is more important than truth.

AmVet

May 22nd, 2011
9:23 am

Though it is still early, the Uppity Muslim juggernaut is looking more and more formidable.

And now Daniels joins a very long and growing list of those who have bowed out before even trying. I suppose they know it is folly to run on the “ideas” that the GOP is offering:

Angle, Barbour, Brown, Bush (Jeb), Christie, Corker, DeMint, Huckabee, Jindal, McDonnell, Paladino, Pataki, Pence, Perry, Petraeus, Rubio, Ryan, Thune, Trump and West.

Which leaves us the following to either join that list or join in with the embarrassing Newt and Herman:

Bachmann, Bloomberg, Bolton, Rudy, Huntsman, King, Sarah, Mitt, Santorum, Pawlenty and Paul.

Should be great spectacle, once again…

Mighty Righty

May 22nd, 2011
9:26 am

I have always thought of Independants as Democrats that are ashamed to admit it.

kayaker 71

May 22nd, 2011
9:29 am

O course Bookman and the liberals are disappointed that Daniels will not run. He is one of the candidates that has less chance of beating Bozo in 2012. Wonder how he feels about a Christie candidacy? Then all you have left is name calling and demeaning comments.

Republicans conceede White House, but nothing else

May 22nd, 2011
9:30 am

Since they will have no viable candidate for president, Republicans in Georgia will need an issue, a referendum that will energize their base to show-up at the polls. Maybe, state constitutional amendment banning illegal immigrants from performing gay marriages. And anyone found in violation of that ordinance would be sent to Gitmo and waterboarded.

Hambone

May 22nd, 2011
9:42 am

Herman Cain
“MLK meets Ronald Reagan”
I love it!!!!!!!!

Y’all have a good day.

Stan

May 22nd, 2011
9:45 am

too funny- this from a litte boy with a sign “@@”- blogs are the greatest cure for the insecure.

The political tease goes along with the never-ending campaign cycle. It gets tiresome.

To hear Daniels tell it, “HE could beat Obama”.

Mitch, you’re 5′ 7″ and balding buddy. What….were you planning to stand on a box during the debate?

Bye bye! Go home to Mama

Moderate Line

May 22nd, 2011
9:46 am

The Republican Party would have benefited enormously from Daniels’ presence in the race. And judging from their actions, a lot of top Republicans don’t seem very convinced that Obama is vulnerable.
++++
Define what actions.
Define a lot of top Republicans.

Daniels is polling at 3.3% of the Reublican Party. I hope this is not the action you are talking about.

I believe most if not all Republicans believe Obama is vulnerable. As long as umployment doesn’t come down he is vulnerable. However, incumbents in general are hard to beat.

Despite the fact that most people believe the Republican Party is the party of people with money the Party with money has traditionally been the Democrats.

Here are the Top 20 political donnors and the percentage of the money going Dem vs Rep in from 89-00′
1 ActBlue $52,443,515 99% 0%
2 American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $45,237,853 94% 1%
3 AT&T Inc $41,197,490 45% 54%
4 National Assn of Realtors $39,707,910 47% 49%
5 National Education Assn $36,310,095 81% 5%
6 Service Employees International Union $35,873,039 78% 2%
7 American Assn for Justice $33,980,771 89% 8%
8 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $33,475,254 97% 2%
9 Laborers Union $31,331,267 89% 7%
10 American Federation of Teachers $31,021,128 90% 0%
10 American Federation of Teachers $31,021,128 90% 0%
11 Teamsters Union $30,632,309 89% 6%
12 Carpenters & Joiners Union $30,572,687 86% 9%
13 Communications Workers of America $29,445,653 95% 0%
14 American Medical Assn $27,405,040 39% 59%
15 United Auto Workers $27,106,207 98% 0%
16 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $26,788,209 93% 0%
17 National Auto Dealers Assn $26,625,992 32% 67%
18 Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union $26,349,874 98% 0%
19 United Parcel Service $24,450,717 37% 62%
20 American Bankers Assn $24,105,244 39% 60%

No wonder Obama forgoes public financing.

http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php?order=A

Mighty Righty

May 22nd, 2011
9:48 am

AmVet

May 22nd, 2011
9:23 am
Let’s go over the reasons you Democrats are stuck with 57 State Obama: Mr. Teresa Heinz Kerry, Mrs. Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Clinton, Mr. Hot Air Gore, Knot on the Head John Lewis, Moon Beam Brown, Big Sis Napalitano, Chuck You Shumer, Slobbering Barney Fife Frank and those are the best of your party. If the election were held today, little Barry would be gone, gone, gone.

@@

May 22nd, 2011
9:49 am

^^^ There it is again!

There will be no answer Dave R. Not only could I care less who you vote for…

There’s the possibility for caring in Fred’s post.

To say “he COULDN’T care less” indicates there’s no possibility he cares.

Mick

May 22nd, 2011
9:51 am

mighty righty

My dad is better than yours….

Mighty Righty

May 22nd, 2011
9:58 am

Mick

May 22nd, 2011
9:51 am
mighty righty

My dad is better than yours….

My dad is deceased, so you are probably correct. Tell your dad, Happy Father’s day. Its coming up.

AmVet

May 22nd, 2011
9:59 am

“If the election were held today, little Barry would be gone, gone, gone.”

So please enlighten me, as to who the winner would be in your hypothetical election.

And since the predicted rapture was such a big, disappointing non-event, and the lawn won’t mow itself, I’ll check in later after getting some Vitamin D…

Mick

May 22nd, 2011
10:00 am

mighty righty

Sorry to hear about your dad, it was in jest, not meant personally…

GT/MIT

May 22nd, 2011
10:01 am

Bookman, does the er, lets call it, the “quality”, of the responses in support of your opinions, ever give you a cause for pause? I’m putting my money on no.

ByteMe

May 22nd, 2011
10:02 am

Mitch, you’re 5′ 7″ and balding buddy. What….were you planning to stand on a box during the debate?

Yeah, I also don’t get how a fat old southern white guy with a long sordid personal history is going to win the hearts and minds of anyone under 30 (who were too young to remember 1994).

So far on the GOP side, we have:

1. A Mormon successful businessman and Northeastern politician with an inability to personally connect with the average person and past positions that are at odds with his current positions.
2. A Black successful businessman with a long history of making stupid statements on the radio that only the crazy will love.
3. (Soon to be officially entering the race) A bland, moderately successful politician who has to create superhero videos of himself to seem interesting.
4. An old, fat, twice-divorced southern white guy with a history of verbal bomb-throwing and an inability to control his appetites.
5. (Testing the waters now) A successful politician and businessman who spent the past couple of years working in the Obama Administration but with no obvious political base.

No obvious winner in the bunch at this point. 1 and 5 have the gravitas to handle the rigors of the campaign trail and the White House, but no obvious appeal to GOP primary voters.

Pass the popcorn. It’s going to be a long year.

Moderate Line

May 22nd, 2011
10:04 am

The Republican Party would have benefited enormously from Daniels’ presence in the race. And judging from their actions, a lot of top Republicans don’t seem very convinced that Obama is vulnerable.
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What the actions of top Republicans show is how important money is to the process.

Reporting from Las Vegas and Washington— Frenzied fundraising by presidential contenders this week served to underscore the bracing reality of the 2012 campaign: When it comes to money, President Obama and Mitt Romney occupy a plateau far above everyone else.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, began the week with a carefully staged fundraising event that drew $10 million in pledges — an amount that, even if ultimately not fully realized, was meant as a brush-back pitch at his opponents. After the Las Vegas event, the Republican also suggested that he hadn’t ruled out spending some of his own substantial fortune on the campaign, as he did when he ran in 2008.

Even more daunting to competitors: Romney has more than 30 fundraisers planned before the end of June.

The same day Romney held his event, President Obama spoke at two Democratic Party fundraisers in Washington, raising an estimated $1 million. The president, who raised more than $750 million in 2008, was reported to have gathered an additional $2 million at two fundraisers in Boston on Wednesday —- and then more for Democrats at two additional events in Washington on Thursday.

After the event, Pawlenty tried to set low expectations for his fund raising, saying he expected Romney to lead the pack. His campaign hopes to raise enough money to run “at least a Buick-, if not a Cadillac-level campaign,” he said.

That is some really weak analysis Jay.

Mighty Righty

May 22nd, 2011
10:05 am

AmVet

May 22nd, 2011
9:59 am
“If the election were held today, little Barry would be gone, gone, gone.”

So please enlighten me, as to who the winner would be in your hypothetical election.

We havn’t chosen the NEXT PRESIDENT yet. We will do that formally next year. At that time you will know who will replace Obama in 2012!

Moderate Line

May 22nd, 2011
10:05 am

Mighty Righty

May 22nd, 2011
10:10 am

Mick

May 22nd, 2011
10:00 am
mighty righty

Sorry to hear about your dad, it was in jest, not meant personally…

Iknow. Never thought otherwise. No narm, no foul.

Sallie

May 22nd, 2011
10:15 am

Fred (8:25),

A polite, lady-like golf clap in your honor for decimating dave……

RW-(the original)

May 22nd, 2011
10:44 am

…narrowing the field in the race for the GOP nomination.

I’ve never understood that jerking knee kind of analysis from what passes for media in this country. It’s as if they’ve decided who all the possible participants are and anybody in that pool that says no shrinks the field, but the reality is that every announcement of yes or no changes the dynamics for others that may have thoughts about running. It’s just as likely that Daniels saying no broadens the field as it is that the field has been narrowed.

Southern Comfort

May 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

Dave @ 7:31

Polite golf clap!!!! Question for you though… When you state that the middle class is shrinking, are you talking in pure numbers or percentages?

Personally, I would have liked to see Daniels run. I’m not gung ho on the whole GOP’s attempt to “out conservative” each other to become the nominee. That type of strategy, while good for the primary, does not make one a very good choice in the general election.

I tend to look at the candidates in the primaries as them being who they really are. They have to make nice for the general election to garner the most votes. In this current climate, moderates in either party do not stand a chance unless they betray themselves and play to the hard left/right of either party to get the nomination.

getalife

May 22nd, 2011
10:59 am

Enter your comments here

getalife

May 22nd, 2011
11:03 am

Jack Daniels?

Sure, why not?

St Simons - we're on Island time

May 22nd, 2011
11:07 am

So far, two things happened today.

The sun came up, no rapture, and Fred owns Dave.

GT/MIT

May 22nd, 2011
11:11 am

Southern Comfort
May 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

Barry Goldwater once said, “a completely honest man has no chance of the presidency.” He went on to add that one cannot be all things to all people. This is more prophetic today than ever before.

getalife

May 22nd, 2011
11:13 am

Dave will vote for Cain.

Southern Comfort

May 22nd, 2011
11:16 am

GT/MIT

I don’t want someone who’s trying to be all things to all people. All I want is honesty. One can not portray themselves as honest if they try to sell their liberalism/conservativism to the primary crowd and then shift gears and try to be a centrist for the general election. I don’t like shape-shifters, which is why I don’t like most politicians at all.

AmVet

May 22nd, 2011
11:18 am

Righty, OK. But weak. (grin)

Mick, great call on the Motor City Madman. He’s gone to the dark side (LOL) and become mostly musically irrelevant, but back when, he did know how to put some rock and roll right in your face. Still, he’s no Mark Farner.

Very T-Rex like…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl9lfnNS4zU

Dusty

May 22nd, 2011
11:22 am

I keep telling Repubs and anybody else who will listen: get THE AMAZING Robert Gates to run. The man has a brain that he uses. He has a history of vast achievements in many fields of government and academia. He has worked with both Bush & Obama in a calm and sensible way. He has ethics!!! He is exactly what this country needs after Hope & Change, Flutter & Dutter, and Santa Claus Economics.

Robert GATES. He’s a winner just like the BRAVES last night. Winners! GO GATES!! GO BRAVES!!

RW-(the original)

May 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

I don’t like shape-shifters

Yet no really good sci/fi show is complete without them. And anytime Ali Larter wants to turn into a puddle of water to slide under my door and reanimate herself on my lap sofa I’m good with that.

getalife

May 22nd, 2011
11:32 am

I think the Mormon that worked for the President is the best candidate but too civil for the cons.

I think he can win in 16.