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Saturday, January 18, 2014

80th Rant: The Republican Presidential Nomination and 2016

One of my favorite blogs is entitled The Other McCain (no, not THAT McCain but the OTHER guy named McCain) and one of the articles that caught my eye was by Smitty entitled “32 GOP Presidential Choices? Nuts!” In it there was an email from about 32 potential candidates for the presidential nomination. Now Smitty brings up a good point when he said the following:

(a) The next election is in 9 1/2 months, dudes. It’s both more important to focus on the next election, and to understand that how this November goes will inform what happens in 2016 in a major way.

We DO have a very important election in 9.5 months called the midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 33 seats in the Senate (a total of 468 members of Congress) are up for grabs. If we focus on that, then we will decide where this country will go for the next two years and then ultimately in 2016. However, just for grinz, Smitty had put the 32 candidates in separate categories. I will posit his categories for all 32 candidates, and then offer my picks in the same categories.

Here are Smitty’s picks:

YES (9)

– Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas
- Nikki Haley, South Carolina governor
- Bobby Jindal, Louisiana governor
– Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor
– Mike Pence, Indiana governor
- Sen. Rand Paul, of Kentucky
- Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor
– Former Rep. Allen West, of Florida
- Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator


- John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations
- Ben Carson, author and neurosurgeon
– Rick Perry, Texas governor
- Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state
– Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida
- Sen. Rob Portman, of Ohio
– Sen. Tim Scott, of South Carolina

NO (11)

- Sen. Kelly Ayotte, of New Hampshire
- Haley Barbour, former Mississippi governor
– Chris Christie, New Jersey governor
– Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor
- Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor
- Susana Martinez, New Mexico governor
– John Kasich, Ohio governor
- Former Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas
– Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor
– Brian Sandoval, Nevada governor
- Sen. John Thune, of South Dakota


- Jeb Bush, former Florida governor
- Rep. Peter King, of New York


– Herman Cain, a radio host–Health concerns
- Newt Gingrich, former House speaker–Be an advisor, sir.
– Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin–You soiled yourself on the budget deal.

And here are my picks:

YES (7) - Marco Rubio (Florida Senator)
- Ted Cruz (Texas Senator)
- John Bolton (former ambassador to the United Nations)
- Scott Walker (Wisconsin Governor)
-  Nikki Haley (South Carolina Governor)
- Tim Scott (South Carolina Senator)
- Bobby Jindal (Louisiana Governor)
MAYBE (13) - Ben Carson (Author and Neurosurgeon)
- Paul Ryan (Wisconsin Congressman)
- Allen West (Former Florida Congressman)
- Rand Paul (Kentucky Senator)
- Brian Sandoval (Nevada Governor)
- John Kasich (Ohio Governor)
- Condoleezza Rice (Former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush)
- Sarah Palin (Former Alaska Governor)
- Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire Senator)
- Haley Barbour (Former Mississippi Governor)
Mike Pence (Indiana Governor)
- Susanna Martinez (New Mexico Governor)
- John Thune (Former South Dakota Senator)
NO (10) - Jeb Bush (Former Florida Governor)
- Peter King (New York Congressman)
- Rick Santorum (Former Pennsylvania Senator)
- Ron Paul (Former Texas Congressman)
- Mike Huckabee (Former Arkansas Governor)
- Tim Pawlenty (Former Minnesota Governor)
- Rick Perry (Texas Governor)
- Rob Portman (Ohio Senator)
- Chris Christie (New Jersey Governor)
- Mitch Daniels (Former Indiana Governor)
I WILL VOTE OTHER (0) NONE (This is because if I were to vote for other if there were people in this category, then I would in a sense be voting for the Democrat running)
SPECIAL MENTIONS (2) - Herman Cain (Considering his age and also how 2012 was a train wreck for him, he might stay in radio)
- Newt Gingrich (I think he would be good in an advisory position or as Chief of Staff or other insider position for a Republican President)

Do you agree or disagree with my picks? Let me know on Skype (rickbulow74), email (, Facebook ( or on Twitter (@RickBulow1974) where I am wrong. Let us, in the immortal words of one Tony Katz, engage the conversation on this and see where we differ.

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It’s the Weekend

And here is The News (in the form of linkagery) to keep you up to date

Also, check out The Layfield Report, Twitchy, Wayne Dupree, InstaPundit, Drudge, and Breitbart for more news

And in case you missed it, here is the news for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Even though the midterm election is in November, there is a straw poll from highlighting 32 potential presidential candidates for 2016 (I will give my own dissertation on this later)

Some scientists decide that Americans are too stupid to understand global warming

Rule of thumb: If you are a psychiatrist, make sure you do not get arrested with crack cocaine and a dead man

I do not trust Obama even if he heals the earth and causes the oceans to recede

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden has a fan base

There are two types of propaganda in America: Bad and Good

And here is some news from South Africa

There is a huge shakeup at the Orange County Register

Ed Gillespie, former head of the RNC, had come out with a new video

The Word of the Day from The Other McCain: Transmisogyny

Do we really believe that the Sandy Hook shooter was right when he said “I didn't want to seem crazy.”

Maria Shriver calls Wendy “Abortion Barbie” Davis a star

As much as I despise Ann Coulter, she is a bulldog in calling out the MSNBC sexist pigs

It has been a couple of years in the making, but Democrat Representative Jim Moran of the 8th District in Virginia is retiring from Congress

Here is another teacher suffering from the Mary Kay Letourneau syndrome

Now the World’s Youngest Blogger is an App Reviewer

Robert Stacy McCain just found someone who wants to volunteer for Twitter Victimhood

The most interesting congressional district up fro grabs in November: Nevada's 4th District

Smitty brings up a good point. If Obama has brains, he would be more dangerous

The New York Times has the Koch card in their deck, and they played it in regards to the Democrats' ObamaCare panic

Lena Dunham said that if we are not into her, then that is our problem. I say who would want to be into her or even IN her?

Robert Stacy McCain has a good article on the ‘emerging awareness’ of same sex marriage continuing

Another community organizer had a non-victory in New York on Monday

And now for another episode in the Rocky Horror Reality Show: Translesbians Encounter Queer Hate

There is another military serviceman who rose through the ranks, but got tossed under the bus by the military

The IRS is continuing to cover up the scandal

The University of Colorado has a cultural diversity administrator in ethnic studies fired for phone sex

The Left's bloggers are hiding or denying their own identities

And in other news, Brett Kimberlin allegedly alleges

Speaking of Brett Kimberlin, there was a hearing on Monday

And CNN claims to know Christianity but does not

In addition to The Other McCain, there is news from elsewhere in the blogosphere.

f/t to Diane Sori of The Patriot Factor for her Op-Ed entitled The NSA Scandal…Obama tried to make it go away...he failed

Diane also had a very interesting Op-Ed entitled ObamaCare...just another name for welfare medicine

f/t to Craig Andresen of The National Patriot for his usual Friday Fume

f/t to W.J.J. Hoge of Hogewash! for his usual Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering and Team Kimberlin of the day

Thanks to Mr. Hoge for inserting me in his List of Links

f/t to Lee Stranahan for keeping on Deric Lostutter (aka KYAnonymous) for lying

f/t to Becca Lower of Lowering the Boom for her Rule 5 birthdate honey of the week, Kate Moss

f/t to Zilla Stevenson of Zilla of the Resistance for reporting that New York is now a totalitarian state

f/t to Sister Toldjah of the Sister Toldjah Blog for her article entitled Report: Majority of #Obamacare enrollees were already covered by other plans

Sister Toldjah also has an entry giving well wishes to Senator Tom Coburn who is retiring from the Senate

And that is all the news that is news for today. I will be on the air tomorrow at 3 PM Eastern on Eclipse Radio with the #WaveCave with the special NFL Conference Championship show. And then I am planning to be back on the air next Saturday at 1:30 PM Eastern with Red, Right, and Blue on Own The Narrative. All are welcome to tune in and give me a listen, and if you like what you hear and read, then help out a fellow capitalist and hit the tip jar.

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