The failure of the GOP to produce credible presidential candidates

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    The Republican field for president seems frustratingly weak. The front runner is not conservative. He was the inspiration for ObamaCare and has a "pro choice" past. And then there is Perry, who seems intellectually unfit. Finally there is Cain, the anti-Romney candidate, who is fast becoming a joke. Behind the "Big Three" we see people like Gingrich and Bachman, who can't be taken seriously as candidates.

    40 years ago the GOP was a strong party with credible leaders. They represented family values, small government, and strong national defense. Today, they don't seem to represent anything.

    A question arises. What happened to the Republican Party? Have they lost anything of value on the long road from William F Buckley & Milton Friedman to Sarah Palin & Donald Trump? Can anyone speculate why this once great party has become such a powerful breeding ground for misfits, morons, and opportunists?
     
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    Their only credible candidate who can win a national election is Romney. Romney has the national backing and most of the funding. What he lacks is grassroots support. I have never seen a person with a Romney sign on their lawn and have never seen a poster on this site support Romney. Romney has corporate Republican support but no support from actual Republicans

    The fact that Cain is still considered a viable alternative to Romney speaks volumes about the state of the Republican Party
     
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    Why would anyone with any intelligence want to run for President? You have to sell your soul to the money men, lie and cheat, open up your past life to global inspection (did you cheat on that spelling test in the 6th grade?) and dehumanize yourself. The people who can make a difference are not going to put their families and themselves through that torture. I thought Mitch Daniels would have been an excellent candidate but here again family is more important which is the right thing to do. Family first!
     
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    They, like many Democrats, are beholden to the lobbyists & the corps they represent. The conservatives don't seem to mind having the best gov't money can buy though as evidenced by their glee inre: Citizens United.
     
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    Who would you like to see run? It's easy to be an armchair quarterback and diss the Republicans and for that matter the Democrats as well.

    How are you attempting to change the political climate? How are you involved apart from being a critic?

    Do you get involved on a local level? A State level? Are you going to get involved in any campaign this year?
     
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    Around this time in 2007 no one would have expected Obama to be the Democrat candidate let alone President.
     
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    At least they all can produce a valid, verifiable, hard copy print on paper birth certificate.
     
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    Is this the part where the far left whackaloons tell us who to run and then proceed to trash said candidate?

    McCain?

    I'd say, pick out whoever the Left attacks the most, and run that one.
     
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    The same Wall Street interests that backed Obama in 2008 are now backing Romney for 2012. If Mittens gets elected he'll do the same things Obama did, who is doing the same things Bush did before him.

    But uninformed people will think that everything is better because a Republican is in. Bullshit.

    Republican vs. Democrat
    American League vs. National League
    AFC vs. NFC
    Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference

    Doesn't matter, they're all the same and they're all playing the same game. When they win, we don't get to share in the winnings because we're not the owners. Yeah, sometimes "free agents" change teams, but they're still playing the same game.
     
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    But Hillary, Edwards and Obama were all viable candidates who could draw a nationwide coalition. Edwards self destructed and Obama beat Hillary one on one.

    Republicans have nobody waiting in the wings
     

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