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Republican 2012 Nominee Tournament
So... just for fun (and because I may have a few too many Miller Lites in me to realize how horrible of an idea this is) I decided to set up a 2012 Republican Nominee Tournament.  The seeds are completely random and please, dear Democratic friends, do not vote for Sarah Palin simply because you want to see Obama destroy her. 
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 1. 1) John Thune vs 16) Newt Gingrich (0 points)
45%a. 1) John Thune
55%b. 16) Newt Gingrich
 2. 8) Jim DeMint vs 9) Herman Cain (0 points)
52%a. 8) Jim DeMint
48%b. 9) Herman Cain
 3. 5) Michele Bachmann vs 12) John Bolton (0 points)
45%a. 5) Michele Bachmann
55%b. 12) John Bolton
 4. 4) Jon Huntsman vs 13) Mitt Romney (0 points)
13%a. 4) Jon Huntsman
87%b. 13) Mitt Romney
 5. 3) Bobby Jindal vs 14) Rick Santorum (0 points)
71%a. 3) Bobby Jindal
29%b. 14) Rick Santorum
 6. 6) Tim Pawlenty vs 11) Chris Christie (0 points)
42%a. 6) Tim Pawlenty
58%b. 11) Chris Christie
 7. 7) Haley Barbour vs 10) Mitch Daniels (0 points)
48%a. 7) Haley Barbour
52%b. 10) Mitch Daniels
 8. 2) Sarah Palin vs 15) Mike Huckabee (0 points)
42%a. 2) Sarah Palin
58%b. 15) Mike Huckabee

 &nbp;
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#1 | 1355 days ago

I knew one of these names for sure and two I've heard of. I'll explain how I chose each:

7. Hiiiiiiiii...its a neeeeeewt. Love it

6. Hardest one. Herman reminded me of hermit crab, but mint gum is good.

5. Opponent had too many n's and not enough L's.

4. Because it's jon without an H and I like those jons better.

6. Wait. These numbers are wrong.

7. reminded me of metallica's sanatarium

8. I have had "paw...LENTY" to drink tonight.

9. The name made me think of jeff daniels who reminds me of the marriend man I have a crush on at church work.


10. I don't trust anyone who can see russia from canada.

1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 12) John Bolton  4. 4) Jon Huntsman  5. 14) Rick Santorum   6. 6) Tim Pawlenty  7. 10) Mitch Daniels  8. 15) Mike Huckabee  
  
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#1 | 1355 days ago

I knew one of these names for sure and two I've heard of. I'll explain how I chose each:

7. Hiiiiiiiii...its a neeeeeewt. Love it

6. Hardest one. Herman reminded me of hermit crab, but mint gum is good.

5. Opponent had too many n's and not enough L's.

4. Because it's jon without an H and I like those jons better.

6. Wait. These numbers are wrong.

7. reminded me of metallica's sanatarium

8. I have had "paw...LENTY" to drink tonight.

9. The name made me think of jeff daniels who reminds me of the marriend man I have a crush on at church work.


10. I don't trust anyone who can see russia from canada.

1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 12) John Bolton  4. 4) Jon Huntsman  5. 14) Rick Santorum   6. 6) Tim Pawlenty  7. 10) Mitch Daniels  8. 15) Mike Huckabee  
#2 | 1355 days ago
ssusiej46 (+)

MINE
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 12) John Bolton  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 11) Chris Christie  7. 10) Mitch Daniels  8. 2) Sarah Palin  
#3 | 1355 days ago

I would have made Mitt a 12 seed over Crazy-Eyez Bachman. You know there's ALWAYS a 12 - 5 upset and that would have made sense.
1. 1) John Thune  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 12) John Bolton  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 6) Tim Pawlenty  7. 7) Haley Barbour  8. 2) Sarah Palin  
#4 | 1355 days ago

 I'm happy with my picks. 

Go Crazy Eyes, Science Fair poster boards with graphs, and interesting parts with muppet hair!
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 5) Michele Bachmann  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 6) Tim Pawlenty  7. 7) Haley Barbour  8. 15) Mike Huckabee  
#5 | 1355 days ago
ferrinhite (+)

(Edited by ferrinhite)
I hereby declare my fierce and powerful indifference.
#6 | 1355 days ago

who are these people?
1. 1) John Thune  2. 9) Herman Cain  3. 5) Michele Bachmann  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 14) Rick Santorum   6. 6) Tim Pawlenty  7. 10) Mitch Daniels  8. 15) Mike Huckabee  
#7 | 1355 days ago

I did what I always do each election.....close my eyes and press a button!!!
1. 1) John Thune  2. 9) Herman Cain  3. 5) Michele Bachmann  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 11) Chris Christie  7. 10) Mitch Daniels  8. 2) Sarah Palin  
#8 | 1355 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
who are these people?
Chris Christie is Governor Fred Flintstone from NJ....cleaning up our state....ready for the Presidency?  Not sure...but kickin A$$ here in NJ
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 5) Michele Bachmann  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 11) Chris Christie  7. 7) Haley Barbour  8. 2) Sarah Palin  
#9 | 1355 days ago

(Edited by coyotedances)
Mitch Daniels
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 9) Herman Cain  3. 12) John Bolton  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 14) Rick Santorum   6. 11) Chris Christie  7. 7) Haley Barbour  8. 15) Mike Huckabee  
#10 | 1355 days ago

icfeet wrote:
Chris Christie is Governor Fred Flintstone from NJ....cleaning up our state....ready for the Presidency?  Not sure...but kickin A$$ here in NJ
'scuse me... Fred Flintstone is from Bed Rock.
1. 1) John Thune  2. 9) Herman Cain  3. 5) Michele Bachmann  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 14) Rick Santorum   6. 6) Tim Pawlenty  7. 10) Mitch Daniels  8. 15) Mike Huckabee  
#11 | 1355 days ago

Dammit Jack! I was just about to announce that Feb. 28 - Mar. 4 is "Ignore Sarah Palin Week", but  uh, nevermind.
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 9) Herman Cain  3. 5) Michele Bachmann  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 11) Chris Christie  7. 7) Haley Barbour  8. 2) Sarah Palin  
#12 | 1355 days ago

<a href=http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/GOP-elephant.jpg" />
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 5) Michele Bachmann  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 11) Chris Christie  7. 7) Haley Barbour  8. 2) Sarah Palin  
#13 | 1355 days ago

I tried to answer to this straight, given my proximity to the chattering classes, who *love* talking about the 2012 field. I will try and point some of their idiocy while explaining my votes:

Gingrich: Just today the Beltway was agog that John Thune will not run, and part of the reason was because his wife read "Game Change" and freaked about the various martial infighting depicted in it. Seriously.

Demint: Cain who?

Bachmann: *vomits*

Romney: He's a more known version of Huntsman, plus I'm sure the primary electorate will *love* Huntsman's service to the Obama adminstration. Beltway media is desperately trying to figure out if Romney will skip Iowa.

Jindal: He's probably not running, but I won't vote for Santorum for anything. George Will today compared Santorum to Richard Nixon in terms of losing an election and coming back. The difference is while Nixon was a 2 term vice president who lost a close national election, Santorum was destroyed by 15 points as a two-term incumbent senator. The point is, why is George Will considered a respected pundit again?

Pawlenty: Boring as hell, but Christie's probably not running. Pawlenty certainly is.

Barbour: I don't think the conservatives fully trust Daniels, while Barbour has connections coming out the ying yang that will help him.

Palin: *vomits again* She has more appeal with the social conservatives that would also be Huckabee's base.
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 5) Michele Bachmann  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 6) Tim Pawlenty  7. 7) Haley Barbour  8. 2) Sarah Palin  
#14 | 1355 days ago

This might surprise most of you but i think out of those (exception Chris Cristy)  Newt Gingrich  would make the best president. Then maybe not but i do think he knows what to get this country moving again.  I've not heard him enough on his foreign policy so this may change.
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 12) John Bolton  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 14) Rick Santorum   6. 11) Chris Christie  7. 10) Mitch Daniels  8. 2) Sarah Palin  
#15 | 1355 days ago

Other than Gingrich, Jindal and Huckabee, it was the lesser of two evils. As for Chris Christie, its to soon, otherwise I would have picked him.
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 12) John Bolton  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 6) Tim Pawlenty  7. 10) Mitch Daniels  8. 15) Mike Huckabee  
#16 | 1355 days ago
Nick__ (+)

F*CK PALIN!!




1. 1) John Thune  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 5) Michele Bachmann  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 14) Rick Santorum   6. 11) Chris Christie  7. 7) Haley Barbour  8. 15) Mike Huckabee  
#17 | 1355 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
'scuse me... Fred Flintstone is from Bed Rock.
We DO have a place here called "Bedrock Gravel"
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 5) Michele Bachmann  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 11) Chris Christie  7. 7) Haley Barbour  8. 2) Sarah Palin  
#18 | 1353 days ago

Eric_ wrote:
I tried to answer to this straight, given my proximity to the chattering classes, who *love* talking about the 2012 field. I will try and point some of their idiocy while explaining my votes:

Gingrich: Just today the Beltway was agog that John Thune will not run, and part of the reason was because his wife read "Game Change" and freaked about the various martial infighting depicted in it. Seriously.

Demint: Cain who?

Bachmann: *vomits*

Romney: He's a more known version of Huntsman, plus I'm sure the primary electorate will *love* Huntsman's service to the Obama adminstration. Beltway media is desperately trying to figure out if Romney will skip Iowa.

Jindal: He's probably not running, but I won't vote for Santorum for anything. George Will today compared Santorum to Richard Nixon in terms of losing an election and coming back. The difference is while Nixon was a 2 term vice president who lost a close national election, Santorum was destroyed by 15 points as a two-term incumbent senator. The point is, why is George Will considered a respected pundit again?

Pawlenty: Boring as hell, but Christie's probably not running. Pawlenty certainly is.

Barbour: I don't think the conservatives fully trust Daniels, while Barbour has connections coming out the ying yang that will help him.

Palin: *vomits again* She has more appeal with the social conservatives that would also be Huckabee's base.
 Barbour to me is the most interesting person in the field just because of his connections.  He's pretty much the ultimate political insider in an era where that supposedly is a bad thing.  Also, I love that the media props up Huntsman when he doesn't have a shot in hell.
1. 1) John Thune  2. 9) Herman Cain  3. 12) John Bolton  4. 4) Jon Huntsman  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 6) Tim Pawlenty  7. 10) Mitch Daniels  8. 15) Mike Huckabee  
#19 | 1353 days ago

kantwistaye wrote:
 Barbour to me is the most interesting person in the field just because of his connections.  He's pretty much the ultimate political insider in an era where that supposedly is a bad thing.  Also, I love that the media props up Huntsman when he doesn't have a shot in hell.
There were plenty of examples in the recent midterms where being a political insider didn't matter at all, Dan Coats and Rob Portman primarily.
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 8) Jim DeMint  3. 5) Michele Bachmann  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 6) Tim Pawlenty  7. 7) Haley Barbour  8. 2) Sarah Palin  
#20 | 1353 days ago

Rep, Dem.... WHO GIVES A SH&T?   
i loathe them all and i approved this message.
#21 | 1353 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

 Well i tried to answer but really do not know many of these guys. All I can say is please let it be Sara Palin she is the democrats best friend. There is no way in hell she would win. 
#22 | 1353 days ago

Probably Christie is the best candidate right now, with Jindal and Cain  a close second.  What the Republican party needs is new blood, new ideas, not the same ole, same old with many of the other possible candidates.  Strict constitutionalists, strict fiscal conservatives, and strong security should be the platform for '12.  Political correctness and politics as usual will reuin this country.  As much as I like and respect Gingrich, he would not be a great president.  Barbour.....I've seen the mess the state of Mississippi is in, so no thank you.  Romney...Massachusetts is financially stressed because his healthcare plan didn't work, and he's in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens.
1. 16) Newt Gingrich  2. 9) Herman Cain  3. 12) John Bolton  4. 13) Mitt Romney  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 11) Chris Christie  7. 10) Mitch Daniels  8. 2) Sarah Palin  
#23 | 1353 days ago

Eric_ wrote:
There were plenty of examples in the recent midterms where being a political insider didn't matter at all, Dan Coats and Rob Portman primarily.
 Dan Coats was pretty bad, but considering Evan Bayh was personally taking money from health care companies (technically his wife, but they have joint account) while debating health care its not like Indiana isn't comfortable with the dark side of politics.
1. 1) John Thune  2. 9) Herman Cain  3. 12) John Bolton  4. 4) Jon Huntsman  5. 3) Bobby Jindal  6. 6) Tim Pawlenty  7. 10) Mitch Daniels  8. 15) Mike Huckabee  

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