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“About That GOP Clown Car…”: Oh My, Cruz, Carson And Huckabee

Ed Kilgore has been writing lately about the Mitt boomlet and the possibility that the GOP could see yet another clown car field of presidential candidates in 2016. Republican leaders obviously hope otherwise.

But they’re still married to their wackiest base groups, including most prominently the so-called religious right. And that group just made their feelings known:

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz won the Value Voters Summit presidential straw poll on Saturday. The crowd burst into applause on Saturday, as Family Research Council President Tony Perkins announced that Cruz won 25 percent of votes at the annual Washington conference.The victory is a big victory to the Republican firebrand and Tea Party icon, coming just a day after he drew standing ovations with a religious and emotional speech that blasted ObamaCare, congressional Democrats and called for Republicans to take over the White House in 2016.
Cruz also won the straw poll in 2013. Coming in second was neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a political novice who has a large following in conservative circles but said earlier this week that there is a “strong” likelihood that he would run for president. He won 20 percent of the votes. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) came in third, with 12 percent of the vote.

Cruz, Carson and Huckabee. Oh my. A lineup like that wouldn’t just lose to Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren or Joe Biden. It would lose to almost anyone credible on the Democratic side in 2016.

That doesn’t mean the candidates of the religious right will win the GOP primary. But even if they don’t, they’ll certainly drag the eventual nominee off the cliff during the primary in such a way that they may not be able to make it back to anything approaching center during the general.

 

By: David Atkins, Washington Monthly Political Animal, September 28, 2014

September 29, 2014 - Posted by | GOP Presidential Candidates, Religious Right | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. GOP hopefuls
    Mitt Romney full of sh—-
    Jeb Bush bushed
    Donald Trump stumped
    Sarah Palin retires
    Ben Carson City, Nevada
    Ted Cruz’s ship sinks
    Mike Lee surrenders
    Jon Huntsman hunts for votes
    Sack Chris Christie
    John McCain’s insane
    Rand Paul’s immense gall
    Rick Perry to jail
    Rick Sanitorium
    Scott Walker walks
    Rick Scott not free
    Paul Ryan caught lyan’
    Mike Huckabee making honey
    John Thune, think or thwim
    Pat Buchanan, loose cannon
    Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney lite
    Bobby Jindal, be-all and end-all.

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    Comment by walthe310 | September 29, 2014 | Reply


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