Rand Paul Now Thinks He Might Run for POTUS – Mercy!

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Several weeks ago a Pink Flamingo source told me there is a theory that the Pauls are doing a sucker thing with Jim DeMint to pull the rug out from under him so Rand could run for POTUS.  My response is surely that little twerp doesn’t have the arrogance to think he was even remotely capable of such a thing.  My next response was something to the effect that after so many years of Obama’s incompetence, why would anyone even think of such arrogance.

“…Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) suggested to ABC News he may be mulling a presidential bid.  Said Paul: “I’ve only been here a month… We’ll see… I’m very much interested in being part of the debate.” Ben Smith: “He certainly has the infrastructure in place, courtesy of his father, to fund and manage a national campaign.”…”

Well, I guess I was wrong and my source was right.  The little twerp is thinking about running.

National Journal has their second edition of their power rankings out. While everyone was discussing Mitt, Sarah, Mitch, Tim, etc, Newt was out pacing them in the $$$ column.

I heard Mitt Romney mention that his wife wants him to run.  Last time she had a choke-hold on him.  I think that is what I liked best about Romney in 2008.  His regard and respect for his wife was quite obvious.  His spot on Letterman the other night is also a big give-away.  He is trying to “bond”, and did a good job at it.  I could be convince to lean his way.

“…2012 WATCH — Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. are both Mormons, both wealthy scions of old Utah families, both ex-governors with chiseled features and terrific hair. Both also want to be president. And neither has shown much regard for the other. Now their unspoken competition may soon come out in the open in a sort of “Mormon primary” that would pit two popular figures in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints against each other for the Republican presidential nomination….”

The way he is talking up China as a threat is an indication that he expects to be facing John Huntsman.

“…Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said he thought China, particularly through its trade policies, represented a threat to the U.S., and said he worried that country would become “belligerent and expansionary.”  “I think they are a great threat to the stability of the world long-term,” Romney said Wednesday morning on conservative talker Laura Ingraham’s radio show. …”

The Politico

Brian McCarty at Voting Under the Influence in SC, thinks that Huntsman would cause a problem for the GOP.  Maybe it is needed.  Like McCarty says, he’s not Tea Party, has a good resume, and is not all that far right. I’ve heard the same sentiment expressed elsewhere.

“…Indeed, if Huntsman runs, it could set up a showdown for the control of the Republican Party.  Will the party primary voters back a man like him, with money, a resume, and a knowledge of how the real world works in international matters, or will they go for someone like Sarah Palin or another like her, who is mad as Hell and whose inexperience is something that they run on?  Who knows?  One thing is for sure, all those interested in the 2012 Presidential elections ought to keep an eye on Jon Huntsman.  Before you think VUI is crazy, remember back in the summer of 2008, we said watch a then little known Alaska Governor named Palin. …”

It is going to be fun watching he and Romney go at one another.  None of this really matters in NM. By the time we get to vote in a primary, it’s all over.

Something I’ve not seen is mention how Mike Huckabee has been in Israel, looking oh so presidential during this time of crises. Could be a big deal.  He’s planning stops in Iowa and SC.

While it looks like Jim DeMint has the early lead in SC, well, that’s questionable.  The only way DeMint could monkey-wrench the nomination process is to run in SC.

Perhaps we should be a bit honest here and say that these are the big boys in the race.  I think this lates PPP poll may say it all.  Next to SC, Arizona is the most (or was the most) Republican state in the country.  If Sarah Palin can’t beat Barack Obama there, it ain’t a gonna happen.

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The Pink Flamingo is beginning to suspect it is all about running for VP.  Surely Michelle Bachmann is not actually thinking that she is capable of being POTUS.

Politico

Then there is this from Roll Call:

“…Republican leaders might have reason to try to manage the conservative Minnesota Republican more directly, however. Bachmann hasn’t been quiet in the weeks since the 112th Congress began: She officially launched the conservative Tea Party Caucus and offered her own response to the State of the Union.

“I think there are a lot of people in the leadership that wish she would step back so the Republican Party can put up a face that appeals to moderate and independent voters, and she does none of that,” one Republican operative said. “She has a segment of the Republican Party or the tea party that’s staunchly anti-government, anti-spending, anti-tax. There is no middle appeal with her, and I think there’s a great deal of concern that the Republican Party is going to be branded as the party of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.”

Bachmann has a fresh following in Congress: Many of the freshmen ran on the very tea party platform she espouses. Yet she has nothing more than a casual relationship with the GOP leadership team….”

Roll Call

No way Jim DeMint can win anything but SC.  I would suspect he’s out to be VP also.

“...2012 WATCH — SC U.S. Senator Jim DeMint would win the Republican Party nomination in SC if the election was held today. That, according to a new Public Policy Poll that finds Mr. DeMint leading former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. The poll finds Mr. DeMint with a 77 percent approval rating and leading Mr. Huckabee, 24 percent to 20 percent.  Mr. Romney finishes third with 17 percent, followed by 12 percent for Ms. Palin….”

This PPP Poll says it all.

Race 4 2012
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