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© Lee Judge

Actually, I’m developing a new theory that many of the current Republican presidential candidates are running not because they think they can win (even the nomination, let alone the election), but because it gives them attention and/or money.



  1. A REGULAR READER wrote:

    That’s an old theory on this end.

    They’ll put up their real candidate next time around, and–in this 50/50 political climate–probably win. [sigh]

    Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 10:18 am | Permalink
  2. starluna wrote:

    I’ve read several criticism of Rick Perry that argue that he is not really interested in governance, which would fit your theory, at least in part.

    It also fits the arguments made that the parties are more interested in the running for government posts rather than the running of the government.

    Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink
  3. Bard wrote:

    Also being Governor of Texas (if I remember right) is a largely ceremonial position, in which his job is to ring in the state congress when it meets twice a year.

    Monday, August 22, 2011 at 1:04 am | Permalink
  4. Patricia wrote:

    IK — that is SO past theory at this point! 🙂

    Monday, August 22, 2011 at 8:26 am | Permalink
  5. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    It is sort of interesting (or sad…probably mostly sad) that the Republican primary is looking more and more like reality TV at this point.

    Maybe it’s always been like this and I just didn’t notice it.

    Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink
  6. Arthanyel wrote:

    IK and 1032 – All of sudden, it makes perfect sense.

    The Republican field is a clever ploy by Faux News to create a Reality TV series, similar to the “Next Food Network Star” show, where we get a huge field of candidates that we follow intimately, watch as they soap-operaishly self-destruct, and finally get it down to the two finalists competing in an over-the-top finale where they finally announce a winner – that no one wants to watch anyway.

    I guess if you know you’re going to lose anyway, may as well make a few hundred million in advertising along the way and develop a new crop of future Faux news “analysts” on someone else’s bankroll.

    Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    That’s a great conspiracy theory. The presidential elections are just elaborate shams to get viewers for the TV networks.

    So, if anyone has seen the script, who wins?

    Monday, August 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink
  8. Patricia wrote:

    O.K! O.K! I’m looking for (but unable to find) any serious scenarios of what might happen if our current economic situation continues until the next election and the Republicans sweep that election.

    Yes, I’m maschistic, but help me out here. Any serious information out there?

    Monday, August 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
  9. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    Republican majorities always spend money like the world is ending, so the resulting stimulus will probably revive our economy.

    Of course, it will be transformed into a complete military industrial complex with only one other entity: a Wall Street who’s sole purpose is to rape rewards from it, tax free.

    But hey, you take the good, you take the bad…eh, fuck it.

    That’s about as serious as I can get anymore.

    Monday, August 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink
  10. Iron Knee wrote:

    1032, unfortunately, just spending money isn’t enough to get the economy going again, it has to be spent on stuff that actually helps things. WWII may have helped get our economy going, but only because it put people to work. Our current wars aren’t doing that so well.

    Monday, August 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink
  11. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    “Our current wars aren’t doing that so well.”

    Well, be optimistic…don’t forget the GOP slogan for 2012: “Just wait till WWIII!”

    Monday, August 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Permalink
  12. Patricia wrote:

    Previous wars supported a manufacturing base in the US — could that be part of the problem?????????????? 🙂

    Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink
  13. Arthanyel wrote:

    Patricia – there are no serious scenarios for a Republican sweep because they all result in the destruction of the country. We know for sure what would happen – taxes would be radically lowered on the rich (possibly a flat tax for everyone) and all the social safety net programs, the EPA, the Department of Education, and virtually all discretionary spending would be eliminated, and Social Security and Medicare would be turned into voucher programs.

    Not that I would care – my family has already planned to emigrate to New Zealand if the Republicans sweep in 2012 🙂

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink
  14. rk wrote:

    IK, WWII didn’t just put people to work, it put women to work. We effectively doubled our work force, one went to war, the other worked. What next, children?

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink