Friday, February 4, 2011

N.Y. Times Adds Three More To GOP Candidates List-Now 22!

The leftist FiveThirtyEight.com  polling analysis columnist at The New York Times has added to the media/blogosphere's endless, ludicrous speculation as to the GOP 2012 candidate field by adding another three (Gary Johnson ??/Ron Paul/John Bolton) to my previous, and growing daily, list of 19. The list was updated from 17 recently and there is no end in sight.
Not only has the columnist gone through column inches of speculation he has also added a very colorful "balloon" imagery analysis of where each candiate he lists is placed philosophically-i.e. how conservative they are.
This is getting all too silly and the best remedy, as I advised previously, is for everyone to declare they are a candidate before the media works its way through the entire Republican Party-or the telephone book.
Why shouldn't you have your 15 minutes of ridiculous speculation?
Here is the new list of 22 who have been anointed in the media at one time or another with Mr.Karger hitting the bottom of the barrel obscurity wise .
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Eventually this post will get so long I will need extra pages. Now The Washington Post has found a new candidate Fred Karger-a "Gay Republican" who is so obscure even his campaign posters state "Fred Who". As I keep suggesting they will resort to the telephone book in due course



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Previous Update
As I suggested the eventual step for the media will be to simply list the telephone directory-today Politico (which is turning into a junk blog for Jon Stewart viewers age/lib types) trotted out an article suggesting George Pataki from New York is "mulling a run". The media still has a huge list of Republican office holders to work their way through but you have a chance to get your 15 minutes still.
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Original Posting

Just these last two weeks the media has run articles on Daniels/Pence/Barbour/Bachman as 2012 likely Republican candidates for the presidential nomination with all ensuing breathless analysis. Then this week they had a field day with the news that Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman may be making his moves and produced screeds of analysis on how that may hurt Romney's chances.

During this period the running attacks on Palin's possible candidacy, Huckabee's sojourns to Israel and Alaska, Romney finally lifting his profile, Pence out of the running carried on relentlessly.
But why should these 22 have all the fun-since the media seem determined that anyone is a possible candidate, given some of these putative "candidates' are pretty far-fetched? Why shouldn't the man/woman in the street get their 15 minutes of media speculation? Go on,send an email to your local newspaper announcing you too are a candidate.
That would be taking things just as seriously as they are now.

Here's the latest list of the 22 people the media have designated as running

Fred Karger
Gary Johnson
John Bolton
Ron Paul


George Pataki


Donald Trump


Herman Cain


Mike Huckabee


Sarah Palin


Mitt Romney


Newt Gingrich


Chris Christie


Rick Perry


Mitch Daniels


Tim Pawlenty


Mike Pence


Haley Barbour


Jim DeMint


Jon Huntsman


Rick Santorum


John Thune






Michele Bachman


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