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    Whoever the most conservative one would be would get my vote, these guys were elected to represent us, I want someone who will fight for what we believe in,
    I didn't see the left give up on their agenda in 2004 and say that since the right overwhelmingly won they would vote for smaller government , lower taxes, man/wife marriage ! That's what they are saying we should do now, we lost so we all need to go left... I say "No!"
    The tax rate that is going away was Bush's.. They hate Bush, said it only helped the wealthy, not middle class so lets see, the only way half the country will ever wakeup is to see what big taxes, big government does.. It was the downfall of all the big civilizations in the past.
    I hope we hold firm!!! We need a stronger Republican Party, not turn into a jr. Democratic party
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    Going further to the right does not always mean being more conservative. So many in the Republican party are already to the right of being conservative, a shift even further right would be a step off the cliff of radicalism...
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    @woodtick57
    I just meant we need to stick to our mandate ( lower taxes, smaller government, entitlement reform) Obama's new plan C is thought to be increase taxes smaller than he wanted but still an increase, and push everything else back to next year!! We can't keep doing that!!
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    @Ashstop how can you equate smaller government and then let them in the marriages of individuals? That is big government pushing religion.
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    @woodtick57 And where the dems are at right now couldnt be called "left turn, clyde" socialists at best and a few more steps just good ole communists? Oh no, I forgot obama is a centrist, isn't he? I think I'll have my lobotomy now, obamacare beauracrats. At least I wont realize whats going on and your true agenda for my country anymore. I know in about another 20 years I will be the old coot the government just wants to shut up anyway and I'll be at the death panels mercy, yeah I think I'll just have my lobotomy now.
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    The problem is much deeper than who gets to be speaker. Both sides have shown they have little desire to come together and make a positive change for our nation. The President's tax more spend more plan is a sure fire failure for the future of the nation, he just has emotion on his side and a growing American disdain for the wealthy who aren't Democrats and for conservative values to make him look good to his followers and the uninformed. The Republicans don't want to go far enough with their tax cut proposals to make a statement that they are ready to quit backing the larger than life U.S. Military budget that the President has been so happy to take advantage of. Unfortunately both parties are only a mirror image of the division within the nation where most citizens and illegals are more than willing to spend other peoples money and give up other peoples rights to get their own way.
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    I liked Ambassador Huntsman the best of all the GOP candidates, but if, as the article says, a "reasonable standard" should be applied he has no chance in the current House environment.
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    I said from the very beginning, Huntsman was President Obama's biggest threat. IF he had made it through the Republican play-off's, Obama could very well have lost his re-election bid. Him getting bumped showed how moronic the Republican base has become and how blind they are to pass over a guy that could have easily got them into the White House.
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    Yup, Huntsman was my favorite. He is the only Republican among the former candidates that I would have considered and very possibly have voted for.
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    we need to have clear and concise differences in opposition while remaining respectful. ryan is a better choice. cantor is a weasel.
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    @woodtick57 Yes, he most certainly did, Woodtick. And I can't understand why anyone would still think of this guy as any kind of a national leader....
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    @Real4WheelDrv That's fine...But I don't think that Harry Reid is interested in becoming the next Speaker of The House.
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    @Sonny No, but if you're gonna knock somebody's leadership based on actions during a campaign...maybe the senate needs a new face too...
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    The problems in the House are not due to the Speaker, but due to the presence of jihadist neocons and teabaggers, willing to sacrifice the nation to their ideology.
    Hopefully, the 2014 elections will fix some of that.
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    I think Huntsman would be an Excellent Choice!!! For all of the reasons that were aforementioned! This guy definitely has his "head on straight"...And would be an outstanding alternative to Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, and/or anyone who is affiliated with the "tea-party"...Just an excellent choice for America!
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    Excellent choice indeed! He'd get a boost in name recognition as well, which could set the stage for a successful Presidential run in 2016.
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    @Bob4683 Well, first of all the question was merely a hypothetical one...He is never going to be "Speaker of The House"...And therefore, based upon your conjecture, will NEVER get any further "name recognition" therefrom. Thus, finally, he will not have any such stage "set for any such presidential run in 2016"...Don't waste your time with such whimsical thinking...The question was purely rhetorical...
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    @Sonny I agree the House will not look outside its membership for a Speaker, but all the attention Huntsman has been getting as one who could actually help broker a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff is already impacting his name recogniotion and respect within and outside the GOP.
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    Those with money to influence elected officials will always do better than those who have less and must pool resources to make an impact on politics. One money bag in the 1% category is equal to 500,000 middle class and lower coming together, and that is not likely to happen. Just look at the comments right here. The ultra-rich know exactly how to divide and scatter the peons.

    While the peon Dems and Repubs are blaming each other, the ultra-rich have no party and are united for their own interests and ends and not those of the common people. A fool says Obama is the fault, but a wise person knows better.
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    So who has more influence, the person who works from the grassroots on a party and helps form the platform and even decide who the party will put up for m\nomination or the guy who writes the $10,000 check to the candidate the grassroots workers put in place?

    Anyone can have as much influence in their politics as they want, it does not necessarily take money, just a true will and some effort.
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    @woodtick57
    >>>Anyone can have as much influence in their politics as they want, it does not necessarily take money<<<

    Exactly what I said:
    "One money bag in the 1% category is equal to 500,000 middle class and lower coming together, and that is not likely to happen. Just look at the comments right here. The ultra-rich know exactly how to divide and scatter the peons."
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    The speaker is not the problem .It would be the same regardless.Damned if you do and damned if you don't. No working with this administration.
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    I happen to like Huntsman, and I'm pretty sure he'd be an absolute idiot to take on that job. Boehner isn't failing because he's a bad speaker, but because the teabagger wing of the party is in full jihadist revolt against the established leadership. They are more than willing, eager even, to see the nation fail in order to try to further their ideology.
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    I'd like to see Huntsman as Speaker and it would be a good stepping stone to a more successful Presidential run. His success as a fiscal conservative while Governor would give him more fiscal credibility than Boehner has. He would also be a great symbol of cooperation in America. He would articulate a much more compelling pitch and get the support of the American people for a sensible solution without all the polarization that has come to define our government in recent years.
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    The tea party crowd would never go for it since they think Huntsman is a liberal, of course they think Hitler was a liberal so who cares what they think? Boehner was a lazy lazy lazy congressman and it was obvious he didn't want the extra work of being speaker. Paul Ryan is a loon and Eric Cantor is a spoiled rich man that has never worked a second of his entire life, the rest are not worthy of mention. Can't the current republican congress produce even one intelligent reasonable member to be speaker? I guess if they meet that qualification then all the teabaggers will call him an elitist liberal.
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    I would like see someone that represents the country rather than political interest. Perhaps a Independent or a Libertarian. A free society needs leadership free of political debt.
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    To our friends from across the pond,
    Jon Huntsman is a genius. I cannot understand why he didn't do better in NH during the GOP primaries last year. He really is the Republicans' last chance to relinquish it's crazily right-wing agenda - I'd kill to see him become Speaker of the House, and then be picked as Rubio's running mate in 2016.
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    I'd think Huntsman has more depth of experience than Rubio and would like to see Huntsman as Speaker, then a Huntsman / Rubio ticket in 2016. That ticket would grab a much bigger slice of the swing vote than Romney / Ryan did.

    Huntsman was a fairly new name on the political scene last year and a third place in NH wasn't bad considering he was beaten by two candidates who had run there previously in 2008, Romney and Paul.
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    @Bob4683 Agreed, but the Republican Party won't pick Huntsman in 2016. I reckon he'll do well in four years (possibly win NH and FL) but the GOP will pick Rubio to win back lost Latino votes.
    I also don't think they'll be mature enough in 4 years to realise that Huntsman will pick up independents, conservatives and some Democrats. Rubio/Huntsman (or Rubio/a moderate Republican) will be trashed by Clinton or Cuomo. Only then will the Republican Party realise it needs to shift away from the Tea Party.
    (Bear in mind that a lot of Republicans think that they lost because Romney was too moderate, and not because the party itself was overly right wing...)
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    Huntsman. He's wimpy enough to cower to Obama, and crazy enough with his public myopic views for no one to take him serious. He'd help out the Democrats and the White House considerably.
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    I am pretty sure that during the election that Boehner ( who is the ultimate power hungry asshole) said he would resign as Speaker if Obama was reelected. Well, I am still waiting!!!
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