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(I think I just made a big mistake.)

Update 12:45 p.m.:  Party over, I’m back.


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Just in case anyone wishes to use this forum and declare Rick Perry is finished, think again.

We’ve seen what you get with a slick talker/debater/teleprompter reader and do not need another.

Romney says the world is in crisis and I agree. I just don’t agree he is the one to put the fires out.

    JayDick in reply to Chuck912. | October 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

    First, second, and third requirement for the Republican nominee: get elected. I don’t think Perry can do that.

    Romney can, probably Cain can, maybe Gingrich can. I don’t see anyone else who has a reasonable chance.

      Mark30339 in reply to JayDick. | October 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      It amazes me that a major governor like Perry is counted out without a single statewide election. Maybe Texas should have pulled a “Florida” and put its primary on Jan. 31. I live in Cain country and have endured his folksy radio chats for years. My impression is that Cain will be a stubborn Jimmy Carter version 2.0 who will get nothing through Congress. His 9-9-9 plan will come back Nein, Nein, Nein and he’ll have no coherent plan B (and I’m not saying 9-9-9 is coherent to start with).

        JayDick in reply to Mark30339. | October 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        Based on his performance so far, debates and otherwise, Perry would have no chance against Obama. If he stays in long enough for a few primaries, I don’t expect much of him there either. Being a governor might help with governing ability, but it seems to have little effect on national campaigning ability.

          Owen J in reply to JayDick. | October 13, 2011 at 2:33 am

          It is well known that only junkies cared about the debates. As for debating Obama, what evidence do you have that would matter? Can you show any case where debates changed the course of a race when one person was A) losing, and B) a well-known quantity?

      Owen J in reply to JayDick. | October 13, 2011 at 2:39 am

      Gingrich has no serious support at all – how can you argue he can win a general election?

      Cain’s support is coming from Perry right now, but almost no one knows who he is yet — the current sample is not significant. Once the race goes national, the novelty will wear off — how many voters who don’t yet have a clue who he is will support him them?

      Cite your sources.

        JayDick in reply to Owen J. | October 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

        At this point, the only objective sources are polls, and history shows that polls this early are not reliable predictors, especially when they are as volatile as they are now. So all we have are observations compared to personal experience, which is quite subjective. In other words, all we really have are opinions informed by experience. I gave you mine; you are completely free to disagree, although being a very senior citizen, I may have a bit more experience to draw on;-).

Oh Professor, Ye of little faith in us to do you proud. 😉

Relax, enjoy your time away while we conspire to change the world.

We are doomed. We have a pack of losers running for POTUS. Cain is running for VP. Perry is signaling he’s a man of few words. Romney will do whatever it takes, will leave ni butt unkissed. I shudder to think of a Gingrich presidency cuz Newt wants to be liked by the Beltway crowd. Bachmann is a bit of a loon. Santorum was nasty to Palin, never apologized, but now needs her to help me edge up from .01%. The only good news is that Obama is like Hitler in Downfall.

    So, you would prefer Obama to any of these?

    No candidate is perfect. Pick the one you like best or dislike least.

    I want the one most likely to beat Obama, because a second Obama term is the greatest threat facing the U.S. Right now, that looks like Romney, but that could change.

    A candidate whose political views are the same as mine would not be electable; I will vote for the Republican nominee whoever it is.

      alan markus in reply to JayDick. | October 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

      I agree – we need to throw our individual preferences aside and get 100%+ behind whatever candidate rises to the top.

      Juba Doobai! in reply to JayDick. | October 13, 2011 at 1:25 am

      You don’t understand English, JDick? Wherein, in what I have written, can you construe that I prefer Obama? The most you may determine is that I am unimpressed with the field. Did you not see Downfall? Have you not seen any of the multitude of Hitler just heard clips on the web? Don’t put words in my mouth; I already have an excess, a surfeit of them.

        You say “we are doomed” and they are a “pack of losers”. Well, prove it. Cite your evidence: To whom did they all lose? By how much? Why? How do their victorious opponents compare to Obama? Were they stronger or weaker? Why?

        It’s all well and good to say: “loser”, “doomed”, “RINO”, “they SUCK” and other such meaningless and infantile outbursts if they make you feel better, but in that case you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

        So which is it?

        JayDick in reply to Juba Doobai!. | October 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

        You are so negative about all the Republicans it made me wonder if you preferred Obama. I asked a logical question; I did not put words in your mouth. If anyone has trouble with English, it is you.

        You really must realize that your choices for President will be limited. If your vote is to count for anything, you will have to select one and it will come down to Obama or one of the Republicans you dislike.

    votermom in reply to Juba Doobai!. | October 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    We are doomed.

    Agreed. Looks like the Mayans have the last laugh after all.

A heretofore secret cable dated Sept. 3, 2009, was recently released by WikiLeaks. Sent to Secretary of State Clinton, it reported Japan’s Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka telling U.S. Ambassador John Roos that “the idea of President Obama visiting Hiroshima to apologize for the atomic bombing during World War II is a ‘nonstarter.'”

OK, so while the professor’s out – time to install the new liquor cabinet. The 70s TV has got to go, replaced by a 75′ widescreen so he can really see the debates. Meet me at his house in 30 minutes – we can have this all installed before he gets back, but I need help carrying in all the stuff.

Did Cain attack Romney last night? I must have missed it.
Cain got smacked around on 9-9-9. The devil really is in the details. What is the fall back plan for Cain when 9-9-9 doesn’t get through Congress? Or worse, if it gets through and the 16th amendment is not repealed, we get another tax on top of the rest.
Romney was on tv this am with Chris Christie (Christie did not rule out being Romneys VP).
I don’t want a RINO as my nominee,and I don’t think Cain will last,they just started picking his 9-9-9 apart last night and his foreign policy acumen didn’t look good. So, for now I’m sticking with Perry.

If John Yoo’s key OLC memo on “enhanced interrogation techniques” could be called the “torture memo,” then President Obama and his lawyers, David Barron and Martin Lederman, can take criticism for their “assassination memo.”

Occupy Legal Insurrection!!!! Woohooo!!!!!!!

Where’s my free stuff? I demand free stuff! Now!

I never thought I would say this but I am leaning towards Newt. How about a Gingrich/Paul ticket, I know crazy but I like it. It could work if they stuck to economic issues and limiting government.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to ella8. | October 13, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Newt wants to be liked. Because he’s a professor, he also thinks he’s smarter than the average bear. Invariably, he will say something excessively stupid to win over the Beltway crowd (he has never succeeded yet), and he will alienate the base and be made to look like a fool by the Elites he wants to impress. Callista’s bling is about making an impression on the “right sort” of people.

Doggonnit! Started to pull in the driveway and saw the professor getting out of his car. Always too late. Story of my life.

As evidenced by this thread, the corporate sense of humor of your clientele is the best I’ve seen.

One of the interesting ironies in the silly and largely uninformed hype over two Christian pastors stating that Mormons are NOT Christians, nobody bothered to note the FACT that Joseph Smith actually wrote that God told him ALL OTHER CHRISTIANS ARE NOT REALLY CHRISTIANS AND THAT MORMONS ARE THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE CHRISTIAN FAITH.

The theological ignorance of Americans in general, and the MSM in particular, is absolutely appalling…

    Kerrvillian in reply to WarEagle82. | October 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Romney’s professed faith is of no concern to me. There is a lot wrong with the man’s policies and history.

    There is no need to get into religious bigotry on anyone’s side.

      Juba Doobai! in reply to Kerrvillian. | October 13, 2011 at 1:47 am

      Silliest remark on the board. It’s not bigotry. It’s an open and honest assessment of historical Christian thought. When you use words like ‘bigotry’, you are deliberately attempting to stifle debate. That is anti-intellectual and dishonest. You might as well call the man a racist because the effect is the same. When everything that is critical of some aspect of a person’s life becomes ‘bigotry’ then nothing can be discussed. Moreover, there is no absolute truth because everything is of relative value. No right, no wrong. No heaven, no hell. That is idiotic.

      WarEagle82 in reply to Kerrvillian. | October 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Naturally, you didn’t address the point. The MSM and many RINOs fumed that it is somehow wrong for an orthodox Christian to point out that orthodox Christian theology puts Mormons outside the Christian faith. But it is perfect fine for those same people to ignore the fact that LDS theology puts every orthodox Christian outside the Christian faith…

    Juba Doobai! in reply to WarEagle82. | October 13, 2011 at 1:42 am

    The existence of the Book of Mormon is one of those reasons why nobody considers Mormons to be Christian. No more revelation after Revelation,and more significantly, The Bible is the only source of doctrine for Christianity. Mormons have the Bible PLUS the Book of Mormon. Ehhhhhhhhhhhh, no!

      WarEagle82 in reply to Juba Doobai!. | October 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      The greater issue is the fact that when Mormons and Christians use the same word, the words have completely different and most often mutually exclusive meanings.

      “I believe in Christ,” is a statement Mormons and orthodox Christians could both say. The problem is that what Mormons mean by “Christ” is completely different from what orthodox Christians mean when we define “Christ.”

      If I say “I believe in Christ” but then define “Christ” to be a bagel then I am not a Christian.

      The problem is very few people have a basic understanding of Christian or Mormon theology. And all too few people want to think about theology. Christianity in America is 3,000 miles wide and 1/2 inch deep. And it leads to problems like this issue…