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  1. Pres: Marco Rubio, Vice Pres: Mia Love

    Alternate VP: Kelly Ayotte or Nikki Haley

    You heard it here, first.

    Eric Hines

    Comment by E Hines — November 7, 2012 @ 6:21 pm - November 7, 2012

  2. Given how the media savages Republicans (in particular, see Sarah Palin and Herman Cain, not to mention going after Romney over his dog), what kind of Republican would want to step into that meat grinder?

    Comment by QA_NJ — November 7, 2012 @ 6:23 pm - November 7, 2012

  3. The next GOP ticket will include either Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Brian Sandoval, or Susana Martinez… bank on it.

    Comment by V the K — November 7, 2012 @ 6:32 pm - November 7, 2012

  4. It’s definitely true that we have a deep bench. And even though Democrats had a lot of successes, I don’t believe anyone they elected really deserves to be called a rising star. (But I could be wrong; I’d be interested to hear who is likely to have star power, even if that is someone we wouldn’t like.) People do mention Warren, but I’m not at all afraid of her national appeal.

    I do think we need to avoid being too emotionally invested in any one person. We might have our own favorite, but that person might implode, might voluntarily refuse to run for the top or bottom of the ticket, or might be passed over for the #2 spot in favor of someone else. I say this because it always seems people get so caught up in one person that they become unduly negative toward other people’s favorites.

    Comment by chad — November 7, 2012 @ 6:45 pm - November 7, 2012

  5. People do mention Warren, but I’m not at all afraid of her national appeal.

    I’m not concerned about her running; I hear she has a wounded knee.

    Comment by Ignatius — November 7, 2012 @ 6:48 pm - November 7, 2012

  6. For years, I have been saying pessimistically that America has a date with socialism, and will have to learn ‘the hard way’, how socialism doesn’t and can’t work. Walker’s victory this year was probably the moment when I began to relax that pessimism. But it was justified: America is still in the middle of its date with socialism.

    On the subject of how the election went wrong for Romney, this is probably the best accounting I’ve read yet: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/11/07/21_reasons_for_obamas_victory_and_romneys_defeat_116090-full.html

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 7, 2012 @ 6:49 pm - November 7, 2012

  7. V the K, I agree. Next GOP ticket will not be two white men. And even just having gender diversity may not be enough.

    One of the things to consider about 2016 is that Marco Rubio and Kelly Ayotte are both up for reelection that year. They each could be fantastic to have on the ticket, but after last night, it seems that good senate candidates are surprisingly hard to find, and I would hate for us to lose a seat in FL or NH because Marco Rubio or Kelly Ayotte don’t run for reelection to the senate (or attempt unsuccessfully to run for two offices simultaneously). Of course, if they win, it’s worth it. I just hate the idea of losing either’s talent. (Great thing that Paul Ryan won reelection even as he wasn’t able to concentrate on campaigning in his district.)

    Comment by chad — November 7, 2012 @ 6:56 pm - November 7, 2012

  8. :) I do think the whole fake native American thing would make her a fatally flawed national candidate. The people of Massachusetts may not care enough for her to be unelectable, but Americans on the whole would. I think she is also too transparently liberal for a national election. I don’t think she’s like Pres. Obama, who is also extremely liberal but who is rhetorically skilled enough to sound moderate. If she said, “There are no red states, there are no blue states…”, can you imagine anyone buying that she has any respect for people in red states? It sounds more compelling coming from Obama, even if it’s completely insincere.

    Comment by chad — November 7, 2012 @ 7:19 pm - November 7, 2012

  9. Bench strength? It’s not enough because what we really need is to look in the other direction and wake up about our culture, our society.

    As long as we graduate legions of schoolchildren educated since kindergarten by lefties, reading textbooks with 2 pages on our founding fathers but 2 chapters on various people oppressed by the white man, it will be hard for any candidate to get some traction.

    Perhaps we need to start at the other end of the spectrum, paying attention to who teaches our kids, what books they read, and hold the left-loving media to the standard of fairness. Go back to the local school board, the town hall and focus on basics.

    Run for Precinct captain and get control of the local party apparatus so we don’t have to sit by while they run candidates that can never win. We need to restore balance and respect for the principles that made the country what it is. Start at the beginning and the rest will take care of itself.

    Comment by chicklet — November 7, 2012 @ 7:35 pm - November 7, 2012

  10. I would love to see a woman, Latino, or African American on the ticket.

    However, whoever it is, better be made of stern strength and possessed of a Gingrich like ability to debate and turn a debate around on the one he is debating.

    The left makes it a special point to savage any minority who dares to run on a republican ticket. The assassinate their character, use the media to savage them and declare them traitors to their own kind.

    Comment by Just Me — November 7, 2012 @ 7:50 pm - November 7, 2012

  11. …I would hate for us to lose a seat in FL or NH….

    If we’re not willing to run great risks to achieve great things, we’ll neither achieve those things nor deserve them.

    The left makes it a special point to savage….

    No war is easy to fight. If we’re worried more about comfort than about winning, we’ll be neither victorious nor comfortable.

    Eric Hines

    Comment by E Hines — November 7, 2012 @ 9:13 pm - November 7, 2012

  12. Why are you people sad? Maybe because now you have president who accepts gays and has no problem with gay marriage.
    You wanted mitt who was going to let the GOP hates us and blames us for the decline of American society. You are masochists.

    Comment by George — November 8, 2012 @ 12:12 am - November 8, 2012

  13. I do think we need to avoid being too emotionally invested in any one person. We might have our own favorite, but that person might implode, might voluntarily refuse to run for the top or bottom of the ticket, or might be passed over for the #2 spot in favor of someone else. I say this because it always seems people get so caught up in one person that they become unduly negative toward other people’s favorites.

    Agreed. When I read “implode,” I instantly thought of Chris Christie. I’ve never really liked him, but I would hate to be a Chris Christie supporter right now.

    I really like Paul Ryan and I think he would be a good president, but my favorite right now would have to be Scott Walker. I’ve said that the Republicans should explicitly embrace conservaitve principles and not worry too much about being elected, and, from what I can tell, that is basically what he has done (to his, and his state’s, success). Of course, there are a lot of good choices. I also really like Bobby Jindal.

    I just really hope that you guys get a good conservative nominated in 2016, regardless of who it is, and not some squishy moderate. There can’t be nowhere left on Earth that doesn’t celebrate freedom, individualism, and limited government or we’re all screwed forever.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — November 8, 2012 @ 1:34 am - November 8, 2012

  14. Why are you people sad? Maybe because now you have president who accepts gays and has no problem with gay marriage.
    You wanted mitt who was going to let the GOP hates us and blames us for the decline of American society. You are masochists.

    Comment by George — November 8, 2012 @ 12:12 am – November 8, 2012

    Sorry. We can’t explain taxes, jobs, and the economy to a bug-chasing welfare case who is collecting his dead parents’ Social Security checks.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 8, 2012 @ 2:19 am - November 8, 2012

  15. I’ve never really liked him, but I would hate to be a Chris Christie supporter right now.

    I like Christie for the fact that he isn’t afraid to take on the media and he doesn’t feel obligated to tickle anyone’s ears.

    Because he is willing to take on anyone, and get argumentative with them, I don’t think it makes him a good national candidate-especially for the GOP (media holds GOP candidates to a higher standard and tends to savage them far more than the democratic ones and Chrisite is a media bloodbath waiting to happen). Christie is a good GOP governor for New Jersey, but he would turn off a lot of voters IMO.

    I think Walker is a better candidate than Christie, although I am not sold on any candidate and I would prefer to not be.

    One of my favorite young, up and comers, but not quite ready for the president/VP job is Mia Love. She is young, eloquent (and think she meets the standard for conservative women are hotter meme), and states a good case for conservatism. She needs some more seasoning though-and my hope is that maybe she will take another shot at a higher office at her first opportunity. She is a young candidate worth grooming.

    Comment by Just Me — November 8, 2012 @ 8:21 am - November 8, 2012

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