View Poll Results: What Republican Leaders will have the most influence in the GOP?

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  • Sarah Palin

    11 16.92%
  • Mitt Romney

    13 20.00%
  • Ron Paul / Rand Paul

    23 35.38%
  • Eric Cantor

    8 12.31%
  • Paul Ryan

    8 12.31%
  • Gary Johnson

    5 7.69%
  • Governor Jindal

    10 15.38%
  • Tim Pawlenty

    7 10.77%
  • Jim DeMint

    2 3.08%
  • Other

    10 15.38%
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Thread: Who is the future of the Republican Party?

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    Re: Who is the future of the Republican Party?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia
    1. I used to live in Reston, Va. I miss it.
    2. McDonnell is untested. I'm not even sure he'd win in Virginia if he was the nominee.
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    Re: Who is the future of the Republican Party?

    Quote Originally Posted by FilmFestGuy View Post
    My guess is that it will be somewhat Libertarian candidates like Rand Paul (I say somewhat because he's still all for Medicare - since he's a doctor making money off of it).

    Although, I'd like to note this irony: that he complained about the "elites in charge" in his victory speech that he gave from the private and exclusive Bowling Green Country Club. Membership is $2,500 + $270/month + a minimum food and beverage purchase of $50/month or $6340 per year in a city where the average income is about $34,000.

    Further proving the people have no real idea how to use the word "elite".
    He IS an eye doctor. I'd expect him to be in an upper income category.

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    Re: Who is the future of the Republican Party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    1. I used to live in Reston, Va. I miss it.
    2. McDonnell is untested. I'm not even sure he'd win in Virginia if he was the nominee.
    What position are we talking about?

    I live in Reston! Nice place!

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    Re: Who is the future of the Republican Party?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia
    Tell me about him.

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    Re: Who is the future of the Republican Party?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Tell me about him.
    Bob McDonnell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    He was also recently embroiled in scandal about establishing a day for Confederate Soldiers and celebrating the South which did not include an apology for slavery. He corrected the announcement but the damage is done.

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    Re: Who is the future of the Republican Party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    The biggest question for the Republican Party is who will lead it. Will it be the Status Quo, with Neo-Conservatives and Corporatists like Mitt Romney or Rick Perry? Will Reagan Conservatives like Erik Cantor and Paul Ryan rise in the Republican Leadership? Will conservative libertarians like Ron Paul and Rand Paul rise to power within the party?
    I'd like to see Paul Ryan go forward as a leader but I haven't checked him out completely to take a stand by him.

    So far though he has offered solutions to controlling our fiscal woes and I think that is a good step in the right direction.
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    Re: Who is the future of the Republican Party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    The biggest question for the Republican Party is who will lead it. Will it be the Status Quo, with Neo-Conservatives and Corporatists like Mitt Romney or Rick Perry? Will Reagan Conservatives like Erik Cantor and Paul Ryan rise in the Republican Leadership? Will conservative libertarians like Ron Paul and Rand Paul rise to power within the party?
    To be honest with you, I think they all are the future of the Republican Party.

    We have a two-party system, and the only reason why we do is because we have a winner-take-all electoral system. That's Duverger's Law because it leads to a political system that tries to get rid of third parties that spoil the vote. Hence why we have libertarians, neoconservatives, paleoconservatives, and Christian conservatives all in one party.

    So what I think is that those people will become leaders of the various "factions" within the GOP. Maybe this will show the GOP as once again becoming a "big tent" party that it needs to be in order to successfully compete with the Democratic Party, which is so big tent it has it's own group of conservatives within it.

    I think this is healthy, because I don't think any one particular faction should have so much power in government. Unfortunately, as the GOP's big tent becomes bigger, get ready for accusations of RINO being thrown around with abandon.

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    Re: Who is the future of the Republican Party?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    To be honest with you, I think they all are the future of the Republican Party.

    We have a two-party system, and the only reason why we do is because we have a winner-take-all electoral system. That's Duverger's Law because it leads to a political system that tries to get rid of third parties that spoil the vote. Hence why we have libertarians, neoconservatives, paleoconservatives, and Christian conservatives all in one party.

    So what I think is that those people will become leaders of the various "factions" within the GOP. Maybe this will show the GOP as once again becoming a "big tent" party that it needs to be in order to successfully compete with the Democratic Party, which is so big tent it has it's own group of conservatives within it.
    Where? Because I don't see any conservatives in the Democrat party. Even so-called "Blue dogs" are really lap dogs for Madam Pelosi and Co.

    I think this is healthy, because I don't think any one particular faction should have so much power in government. Unfortunately, as the GOP's big tent becomes bigger, get ready for accusations of RINO being thrown around with abandon.
    I beg to differ. Both parties are starting to shift away from the center, and that is actually good because it would force people to take sides.

    BTW, I would love to see Gov. Chris Christie make a run.


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    Re: Who is the future of the Republican Party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    The Republican Party has a pretty big tent and after their reckless behavior while they were in power followed by their humiliating defeat in 2006, the GOP has been in turmoil, trying to figure out which direction to go. The Tea Party protests set a precedent for the direction much of the GOP took. Many people rushed to the Ron Paul (libertarian) camp. Many people started looking for a serious moderate who could offer real solutions and be taken seriously by both moderates and conservatives, which looks to be Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty. Still, the conservative, Hannity-watching, camp of Tea Party crowd is very much behind Sarah Palin.

    As much as I like her personally, I still don't think she has a chance. But some people still take her seriously.

    For me, I'm looking at Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor. They are young, very smart, very sensible, and extremely pro-active. They actually put their name to pieces of legislation that address the most important issues facing this nation. I hope one of them runs for President - even if they aren't the nominee, at least the Republican Primary will be issue-driven and not merely rhetoric trying to appeal to the different groups within the GOP.
    well IMO the GOP and or Tea party would be smart if they distanced themselves far from the extremist, racist and of course palin, IMO she will doom anything she touches. To each their own but I just cant take any one serious that takes her serious. Shes a mascot, joke, a glich and nothing more but hey thats just my opinion. I like certain members of the tea party, very elegant speakers and well thought out are some of their views its just to bad they are littered with extremist and racist that pollute and dilute them. And unfortunately in this media crazy world thats what gets the coverage. Once you throw Palin in the mix, well, any hope I had for them basically did everything but disappear.

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    Re: Who is the future of the Republican Party?

    I would hope Rand Paul, Ron Paul, or Gary Johnson are the future leaders of the Republican Party. I don't agree with them on some of the economic issues, but they reject authoritarianism and embrace liberty. This is what we need.
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