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    Now would be the time

    Now would be the time

    says The Wall Street Journal for a new candidate to enter the Republican race, since the current three leaders (Romney, Bachmann, Perry) are lacking:

    Republicans and independents are desperate to find a candidate who can appeal across the party’s disparate factions and offer a vision of how to constrain a runaway government and revive America’s once-great private economy. If the current field isn’t up to that, perhaps someone still off the field will step in and run. Now would be the time.

    But wait, isn’t it too late?  Isn’t that what we’ve been told, that only a dunce would wait until September to enter the race, because by then there would be no room?

    The non-Romney Republican field has withered on the vine this summer, with only Rick Perry’s recent entrance making the race interesting.  Michele Bachman’s rise is a mirage; busing a couple hundred more people to the Iowa straw poll than Ron Paul does not make one a contender.

    It’s Romney v. Perry.  For now.


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    “For now.”

    Until September 3rd and a certain event in Waukee, Iowa:

    Considering Perry essentially backtracked on the states rights/gay marriage issue, it’s Romney or bust for me.

    Whenever I see a slew of comments saying how they’ve grown tired of Palin’s “tease” — “poop or get off the pot” — I remind them that Ronald Reagan waited until November 13, 1979, to declare his candidacy.

      Yeah…. Reagan got a late start in the 1980 Presidential election, but he also had a set date of January 21st for the Iowa Caucus. Reagan didn’t have to contend with the possibility of having to move the Iowa Caucus up to the beginning of January, or possibly even into December of 1979 (which is a distinct possibility AGAIN this year because Florida is playing with their primary calendar again like they did in the 2008 cycle).

      You have to remember, though, Reagan lost the 1980 Iowa Caucus to GHW Bush. (32% to 30%).

      The advantage of declaring late is that it gives your opponents less time to attack you. The disadvantage is what you lose in fundraising, advertising, personal interaction and speeches to outline your policies. Unless you’re fabulously personally wealthy, have an enormous campaign war chest from a prior campaign, or have instant name recognition with well known pro-conservative, anti-tax and federal government reduction plan policies then you can’t declare late. I can’t think of anybody who fits these criteria right off the bat.

      This election is going to be all about the policy positions of the candidate. The public got bamboozled by Obama’s “Hope and Change” rhetoric and didn’t ask for specifics, and they’ve gotten the economic disaster that followed. This time, they’re looking for specifics and for proven leadership.

      I actually doubt that ANY candidate, no matter how well known, could announce in November or even in October and make even a reasonable showing in any of the early primary states simply due to the time it takes to get offices up and running.

        My point was that August is not too late to declare — or September, for that matter. The people to whom I referred are NOT anxious for Palin to declare she is running; they’re anxious for her to declare she isn’t. They want her out of the way of their guy. They’re afraid she’ll win.

        I can’t wait for Sarah Palin to run. But I’m patient; I trust her instincts.

    boudicca | August 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Used to be a Christie fan until his “anti-Sharia crazies” comment. Romney is MR. ESTABLISHMENT. Who, I asked myself, is the most likely candidate to get more “real” votes than The Won (not counting the fraudulent votes, of course)in what has become the “American Idol” of politics? Rick Perry. ANYBODY BUT OBAMA! (Please Lord, give us Marco Rubio as Vice President on anyone’s ticket. Rubio is looking good in 2016)

    WarEagle82 | August 15, 2011 at 9:20 am

    The MSM can say whatever the want, whenever the want regardless of what they said yesterday or last week or last month.

    “Consistency is the mark of a small mind.”

    These people are nuanced, ya know…

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