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How to Run Ahead of the Ticket

mmattei241 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 11:43 AM
Wrong from the get go Mike-the reason McCain didn't do much worse than he did can be summed up in 2 words-Sarah Palin. She and her SOLID CONSERVATIVE cred dragged McCain's sorry RINO butt as close as it was possible given your quite correct back story. If we have any hope of ever turning this country around-and it's probably too late-Republican need to run a SOLID CONSERVATIVE. And looking at the hem hawing coming from Rubio lately, he's obviously been co-opted. Another RINO ala Jeb or Daniels and I'm outta here. You want to see REgressives lose the presidency? Run Allen West.
RyanM Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 11:52 AM
Allan West would do about as well as Alan Keyes did when he ran against Obama for the senate.
mmattei241 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 12:06 PM
Spoken like a true bat shi* crazy REgressive, quivering in your boots, praying to Gaia that Republicans never learn what RR accomplished by being unabashedly proud of his conservatism.
RyanM Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 12:22 PM
St. Ronald is one of the reasons why the GOP is having problems today. It was he who signed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act. Do a search on it to find out what the bill was about. I doubt if you know from the ignorance you displayed about me. People like you are a mirror of the people you profess to dislike so much, you have so much in common, like stupidity and ignorance.

A version of this column appeared in THE DAILY BEAST.

If Republicans hope to break their wretched streak of disappointing presidential campaigns – losing the popular vote in five of the last six White House contests – they should learn crucial lessons from the only candidate in that dismal span who proved notably more popular than his party’s national brand: John McCain.

Indignant conservatives may instantly object, citing the conventional wisdom that viewed McCain’s campaign as singularly hapless and inept, and noting the undeniable fact that the Arizona Senator’s opponent, Barack Obama, won a higher percentage of the popular vote...