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    We did our own poll earlier and I believe Bush won that one.

    A Top Political Analyst Just Ranked The Top 10 GOP 2016 Candidates

    Greg Valliere, the chief political strategist of the Potomac Research Group, released a new list handicapping the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday. His new ranking had former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on top after coming in at third in Valliere's previous list, in May.

    Check out Valliere's top 10 below:

    10. Mike Pence (previously 10): The Indiana governor is making just enough noise to stay on the list, keeping his vice presidential chances very much alive. Pence appeals to all wings of the party — no easy feat.

    9. Scott Walker (previously 2): The Wisconsin governor was the insiders' pick last winter; now he's in a close fight to win re-election this fall. It's hard to see a hanging offense amid all the allegations about his fundraising — The New York Times was particularly outrageous in its treatment of him — but politics ain't always fair, and Walker's halo has slipped.

    8. Rick Santorum (previously 3): The biggest surprise of the 2012 campaign (he won eleven primaries), Santorum probably will run again with enthusiastic backing from the religious right. He's been AWOL lately, but if Santorum wins Iowa, he could stay in the race for a very long time.

    7: Paul Ryan: He wasn't on our Top Ten list in May, and he could be No. 1 or 2 by next summer. For now, we think Ryan is determined to polish his resume by passing tax reform next year; if a bill is through the House by summer, speculation about a presidential bid will intensify. The irony: Ryan deserves respect as the GOP "ideas guy," but many of his ideas poll poorly.

    6. Chris Christie (previously 6): He's spending a fortune on lawyers, and a suspicion persists that more dirt will come out, but the feisty New Jersey governor is still a major player. Christie could win 270 electoral votes, and not everyone on this list can claim that. Is Christie running? Oh yeah.

    5. Mitt Romney: (previously 9): We're not kidding, listing Romney this high. If no one has emerged from the pack a year from now, the pressure on Romney will be enormous. Like most politicians, Romney lives in an adoring echo chamber; everyone tells him he'd be a great president and could win this time — and his disavowals haven't exactly been Shermanesque, have they?

    4. Ted Cruz (previously 8): The base loves this guy, maybe even more than the base loves Rand Paul. Most Republicans in Washington loathe Cruz, which actually may be an attribute. We rarely pass on an opportunity to joke about his Canadian birth, but that will not deter Cruz — he's running and he's a serious candidate. Minor problem: if he's on the ticket, the GOP won't win more than a dozen states.

    3. Rand Paul (previously 4): He's an eye surgeon who happens to be a politician who can electrify young people at Berkeley or African-Americans at the Urban League. Many of his positions, especially regarding Israel, need work, and he has a long paper trail that will be used against him. But in an era that hates politicians, Paul doesn't always act like one, which is a major part of his appeal.

    2. Marco Rubio: (previously 1): He's a difficult candidate to handicap. Insiders are down on Rubio because of his flip-flopping on immigration, but around the country his narrative resonates with middle-class voters. Reporters say he seems jittery and cotton-mouthed in major speeches; plus there's the "gravitas factor," and the jury is still out on that. We could envision Rubio in the final three — or blowing out early.

    1. Jeb Bush: (previously 3): We hate succumbing to the consensus, but he's the favorite — if he wants the nomination. We think Jeb hasn't decided yet; there are family concerns and strong differences with the GOP base on key issues. But the base wants a winner, and this is a talented and intelligent politician who could give Hillary Clinton a tougher challenge than any of the others on this list.

    Valliere also identified several hopefuls he described as being "not quite in the top 10." This B-Team included Texas Governor Rick Perry, who Valliere said " always seems to do something to hurt his cause," Ohio Governor John Kasich, Dr. Ben Carson, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and Huckabee.


    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/top-po...122535875.html

  • #2
    Jeb Bush?

    "Fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice...won't get fooled again...?

    Or something like that?

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    • #3
      Could Jeb make it through the Tea Party gauntlet?

      Anyway, a president named Jeb? Whoo, doggy!

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      • #4
        !

        is this a DNC wish list?

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        • #5
          SoCal will be sad that his guy isn't on there.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rohirrim View Post
            Could Jeb make it through the Tea Party gauntlet?
            I was thinking the same. Isn't he way too moderate for today's GOP?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bronco militia View Post
              !

              is this a DNC wish list?
              What don't you agree with? The names on the list, or the order? Or both?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TonyR View Post
                I was thinking the same. Isn't he way too moderate for today's GOP?
                Totalz. He's like totally way to the left of uh, uhhhh Mitt Romney?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TonyR View Post
                  I was thinking the same. Isn't he way too moderate for today's GOP?
                  Wall Street sees no difference between Jeb and Hillary.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BroncoBeavis View Post
                    He's like totally way to the left of uh, uhhhh Mitt Romney?
                    What did Mitt do to get the nomination, do you remember? And is Jeb willing to do the same?

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                    • #11
                      Jeb Bush?

                      Are you kidding?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TonyR View Post
                        What don't you agree with? The names on the list, or the order? Or both?
                        you don't think the DNC would love it if another Bush won the nomination? (the the entire planet would face palm)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bronco militia View Post
                          you don't think the DNC would love it if another Bush won the nomination?
                          Not necessarily. He'd be a worthy opponent for Hillary about as much as, and perhaps more than, anybody else on that list.
                          Last edited by TonyR; 09-04-2014, 10:55 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TonyR View Post
                            Not necessarily. He'd be a worthy opponent for Hillary about as much as, and perhaps more so, anybody else on that list.
                            oh god....that just sounds horrible to even fathom for 2016.

                            make room for me Mr. Williams!

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                            • #15
                              ^ Yup, once again we're relegated to shopping the bargain bin.

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