The endless GOP audition for president
November 30th, 2011
12:41 PM ET
2 years ago

The endless GOP audition for president

Washington (CNN) - It's an audition without end, because the Republicans still can't figure out how to cast the lead role.

Here's how the internal discussion goes: We need someone who is a true conservative. We need someone who is right on the matters we care about - the deficit, immigration, cultural issues. We need someone we can trust, who won't betray us. And, by the way, we also need someone who can win.

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  1. Sniffit

    "We need someone who is right on the matters we care about – the deficit, immigration, cultural issues. We need someone we can trust, who won't betray us. And, by the way, we also need someone who can win."

    And you know why they're flippng out right now and have been throwing an absolute hissy fit for the past 3 years? Because everything in the first sentence is rapidly becoming mutually exclusive of everything in the second sentence. True to form for people who like to reject evolution, they refuse to adapt and instead insist on trying to turn back the clock, make everything the way it was "in the good ole days" and prevent the intrusion of reality into their carefully constructed delusional dream world. I give them a couple more decades and that's it.

    November 30, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. gerry

    how about they all go down the yellow brick road and ask the wizard for a brain!!!

    November 30, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Canuck

    I totally agree with Sniffit and I hope it doesn't take as long as a couple of decades for the GOP to disappear.

    November 30, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. MTATL67

    Is this really the best the GOP has to offer the country as the next possible Commander-n-Chief. Mr. Huntsman is clearly the best option for a general election but the GOP is just not interested since he is not an extremist and to humane. Even the political experts and journalists have got be shaking their heads at times. It may be in private but they are still shaking them like the rest of us.

    November 30, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Maurice

    Anyone of them could have done a better job the last three years than our current loser President. Obama has done a horrific job and even with his On the Job training the first three years he is inadequote and inept. All the GOP candidates have actually held jobs prior to their current leadership positions. Its sad Democrats help elect a President who never reallty held a job in his life but it has been devistating to the country.

    November 30, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Ted van Tol

    "We need someone who is right on the matters we care about – the deficit, immigration, cultural issues. We need someone we can trust, who won't betray us. And, by the way, we also need someone who can win."

    And here is another one! We also need someone who is loyal to his wife and family!
    Stop looking............ we already have such a President!

    Obama 2012

    November 30, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The Republican Party's problem is a lack of leadership. There is no one in elected office, or left office over the past decade, who is a driving force behind their platforms and positions on issues. All the leadership in the conservative movement comes from the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Coulter, Norquist, you get the idea.

    They have allowed themselves to become a party of intellectual half-lings with chains around their necks. Anytime anyone in elected office deviates from the diatribe laid out by the conservative pundits and comedians, they get whipped back into shape and forced to publicly denounce themselves for their own words, which is usually the truth that they had spoken.

    November 30, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We need someone we can trust, who won't betray us. And, by the way, we also need someone who can win."

    Good luck with THIS cast of characters, GOPers. Never say it isn't your own fault, though. You all chose each and everyone of them ... with your dollars, your straw votes, and your anti-Obama rhetoric. Next time, try picking someone who can at least compete - not only within the GOP, but within the all important general election as well.

    November 30, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Squigman

    Sick of hearing from them, and sick of looking at them.

    November 30, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Namejkane

    These teapublican clown canadate have nothing to look forward to except defeat in the 2012 election. All the normal Gop canadates are to smart to run, because they can see the landslide for Obama coming and know better than to run with these clown obstructinest losers.

    November 30, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Debbie

    The endless GOP audition for president is because they have no one that anyone wants to vote for. The GOP did this to themselves. They supported the TEAParty/Norquist, they lied about WMD, 2001,2003, 2012 Bush tax cuts expiration, lied about 2010 promise of jobs. I was a Republican for 35 years. They have moved so far right they are facist. They have signed pledges that supercede the US Constitution. That's not patriotism that's treason,

    November 30, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "The endless GOP audition for president"

    Endless indeed. It is the Neverending Font of Facepalm.

    November 30, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. one voice

    All the things they want in a candidate is the ingrediant of disaster for the Average American.

    November 30, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    The problem with the Republican Party is being put on display by the choices in the field. I am not saying the party is bunch of idiots, by no means. There are a lot of smart conservatives and Republican politicians, which probably explains why they control most of the money.

    Anyway, Republicans have allowed their own principles, morals and ideoloy to paint themselves into a corner. That is the best explanation I can come up with for the scarcity of poltical skill sets in the candidates. Conservaties do not *ever* back down from positions because "flip-flopping" is a major no-no. The infusion of the Tea Party into the mix has brought out the hunger of the far right for a "beast to beat Obama".

    In order to be that beast, you will have to say things on certain issues that you will regret at a later date. That means that you will most likely wind up having to flip-flop on those issues. So, all of the smart people stayed out of the race and only the desperate, the unemployed, or the truly "expceptional" are the ones who entered the race.

    November 30, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. New Age Independent

    @Sniffit "Endless indeed. It is the Neverending Font of Facepalm."

    As opposed to the lack of leadership in our current administration?

    November 30, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. unsub

    they are all tools!

    November 30, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. New Age Independent

    Rudy, "Conservaties do not *ever* back down from positions because "flip-flopping" is a major no-no. "

    This is not a problem faced only by conservatives, but liberals as well. The Tea Party, like any major voice, must be heard and recognized in order to be representative of your party. This occurs just as much in the Democrat party.

    November 30, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Republican who supports President Obama

    Time to end this. Pick ONE and end the "tour of debates". Each one has huge drawbacks. Sorry but that is the truth.

    They are not viable candidates for President.

    November 30, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Independent Voters

    Please 2012 election hurry up so we can elect Obama 4 more years.
    These republican is driven american crazy everytime I turn on tv it the republican comedy show on tv.

    November 30, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Jennifer

    Down withthe bloody bigheas.....each of these candidates has lived a squeaky clean life therefore how can they be qualified to runa country dealing with crisis?

    November 30, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |