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    How can I support a candidate when I can’t stand other supporters of the candidate?

    How can I support a candidate when I can’t stand other supporters of the candidate?

    It’s the age-old question.

    And it is not a theoretical question, as you know from recent experience here, because if I followed that line of thinking religiously, multiple remaining candidates would be crossed off my list.

    For example, David Frum is supporting Mitt Romney.

    But Frum has spent the past three years drumming up media attention as the designated “conservative” basher of the Tea Party and Sarah Palin, an avocation he pursues even after Palin announced she would not run for president:

    “I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets…”

    – From Sarah Palin’s statement announcing her decision not to run for president.

    Um, probably not. Sarah Palin’s political voice had dwindled well before she announced her decision not to run. Now it will sink altogether into inaudibility. She will be no kind of force in future national discussions. She will have no sway over party debates. She will retain some starpower for a little while longer. She may for another cycle or two be able to help certain candidates for certain political offices raise some money. Even that will fade within two more years or four. Her political career was brief, bizarre, and sordid….

    Most embarrassing of all: she was never even a very good con artist. Everything that was false and petty and unqualified in her was visible within the first minutes of encountering her. The people she fooled were people who passionately wished to be fooled….

    Assuming I were otherwise inclined to do so, how could I support a candidate supported by a cheap trick like David Frum, the masculine equivalent of Meghan McCain?

    It sure is hard being a Republican these days.

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    I’m hoping Romney wins the nomination.

    It will be wonderful to watch his corrupt Ruling Class Big Donor friends spend a bundle to lose and receive all the blame.

    After ten years of day-in-day-out politics this go around I’m saving my money, my time and my life standing on the sidelines and letting the Sandwich People in the Center duke it out for a change.

    syn | October 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I’m hoping Romney wins the nomination.

    It will be wonderful to watch his corrupt Ruling Class Big Donor friends spend a bundle to lose and receive all the blame.

    And what will this accomplish other than hand the reins of government to the Dems and Obama and their destructive forces for another 4 years so that they can complete their destruction of our country. This is NOT the time to sit it out but rather to fight.


     
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    Matthew Knee | October 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Something like 60-70 million people will vote for the GOP candidate. Some number of others will have such an opinion and not vote. One should assume that in a group that large, just about all sorts of vice and evil will be present. True, criminals are probably more likely to vote Democrat (pro-felon voting advocates say a 70-30 split), and some cannot vote due to their records (but still may have an opinion), but that doesn’t mean such people cannot exist on our side too.

    Whomever the GOP puts up, their supporters are likely to include a non-zero quantity of pedophiles, murderers, rapists, etc. You probably won’t know who these people are, but odds are good that they are there. Thus, one should not oppose a candidate just because they consider an individual supporter reprehensible – for any candidate, it is very likely that there will be those who you find even more repugnant supporting them but are unaware of.


     
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    damocles | October 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Newt doesn’t have the campaign funding to make a serious run. His campaigh managers quit on him a few months ago when he decided it was more important to go on a cruise with Calista than campaign. You really want someone with that kind of commitment? Stick with the top tier and stop hoping someday your prince will come. If Conservatives don’t decide soon between Cain and Perry we will be stuck with Romney. Unless Newt gets a massive influx of cash he is toast. He’d make an awesome VP though, he could annihilate Biden in a debate.


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