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Pence and Biden visit Virginia to stump for their parties Virginia Governor candidates…

Polling still shows Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam leading Republican Ed Gillespie…

The current and former vice presidents swooped into the Virginia governor’s race Saturday, with Vice President Mike Pence rallying for Republican Ed Gillespie in the state’s Trump-loving Southwest and Joe Biden hosting a low-key economic development roundtable for Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in vote-rich Northern Virginia.

The events came with just over three weeks to go in one of the most closely watched statewide elections of 2017, highlighting the candidates’ paths to victory as their parties push for a win to herald ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

The two events could hardly have been more different. Northam and Biden campaigned before a crowd of about 100 in a co-working space on the 8th floor of a building in a mixed-use development in Reston, where two-thirds of adults have a college degree and the median household income tops $110,000. They bypassed political red meat and instead discussed Northam’s economic policies.

Pence, meanwhile, traveled to the Washington County fairgrounds, one of the few politically safe regions of the state to bring a Trump administration official. His rally with Gillespie in Abingdon, where the Republican presidential ticket took home 75 percent of the county vote, was expressly political. Pence repeatedly attacked Northam in front of the crowd of 400 people….

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Trump warns he may leave Puerto Rico to fend for its own….

Instead of trying to fix problems from the Hurricane and address problem the island, part of the US, has hand for a while?

Donald Trump, as usual?

Deals with his own ego….

And Isn’t sympathic to those who would complain about him….

He is talking about cutting and running from the island’s plight….

President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Declaring the U.S. territory’s electrical grid and infrastructure to have been a “disaster before hurricanes,” Trump wrote Thursday that it will be up to Congress how much federal money to appropriate to the island for its recovery efforts and that relief workers will not stay “forever.”

In a trio of tweets, Trump wrote” “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

Three weeks since Maria made landfall, much of Puerto Rico, an island of 3.4 million people, remains without power. Residents struggle to find clean water, hospitals are running short on medicine and commerce is slow with many businesses closed.

Trump on Thursday sought to shame the territory for its own plight. He tweeted, “Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.” And he quoted Sharyl Attkisson, a television journalist, as saying, “Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.”….

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In a visit to the island last week, Vice President Pence vowed that the administration will be with Puerto Rico “every step of the way.”

“I say to all of you gathered here today to the people of Puerto Rico:  We are with you, we stand with you, and we will be with you every single day until Puerto Rico is restored bigger and better than ever before,” he said.

Trump himself made a similar promise, saying in a Sept. 29 speech, “We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe.” He added, “These are great people. We want them to be safe and sound and secure. And we will be there every day until that happens.”

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Donald Trump doesn’t get his hands dirty…Mike Pence did…..

Maybe it was just a photo op….

But ex-Governor Vice President Mike Pence  went down to Texas after his boss did and seems to have lent a small symbolic hand in helping the effort  down there….And giving hugs….Something that is a alien concept to New York Real Estate turned President guy Donald Trump….

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Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday offered up a playbook for President Donald Trump’s follow-up visit to hurricane-ravaged Texas this weekend, hugging storm victims, directly offering words of encouragement, and dripping sweat as he helped clear debris.

Pence — who is always cautious about upstaging the president — literally followed in Trump’s footsteps, flying with his wife to Corpus Christi, Texas, two days after the president and first lady Melania Trump had flown there and received updates from officials on the response effort to Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall late last Friday.

But while Trump courted controversy by barely mentioning the victims and boasting about the crowds who greeted him, his No. 2 took a more classic approach to offering comfort in the wake of a widespread natural disaster.

Pence’s trip was no-frills and low key. There was no buzz over second lady Karen Pence’s footwear — she was photographed wearing black flats — or the vice president’s headwear — he didn’t wear a hat, let alone one being advertised on the Trump campaign website.

Unlike Trump, who claimed Wednesday to have witnessed “first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey,” it was Pence who actually met with storm survivors and slipped on blue gloves to help remove branches from fallen trees outside a battered home in Rockport. And unlike the first lady, the second lady didn’t release a statement on the storm. She instead led a group in prayer….

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With Donald Trump floundering?…Several Republicans head out on the 2020 campaign trail….

Donald Trump as the incumbent President just 6 months into his term shouldn’t be worried about the 2020 elections…

He SHOULD be governing….

But THAT isn’t the case…

With no major legislation passed….

With the lowest poll numbers in recent history….

And with a Special Procutor sniffing around his campaign and finances?

A LOT of people join this dog is believing that Trump won’t be strong for the 2020 elections, let alone be in office….

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Several Republicans are hitting the primary trail, despite Trump’s raising money for the 2020 elections that should have him as the Grand Ole Parties choice to keep his office from the jump….

Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse have already been to Iowa this year, Gov. John Kasich is eyeing a return visit to New Hampshire, and Mike Pence’s schedule is so full of political events that Republicans joke that he is acting more like a second-term vice president hoping to clear the field than a No. 2 sworn in a little over six months ago.

President Trump’s first term is ostensibly just warming up, but luminaries in his own party have begun what amounts to a shadow campaign for 2020 — as if the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue weren’t involved.

The would-be candidates are cultivating some of the party’s most prominent donors, courting conservative interest groups and carefully enhancing their profiles. Mr. Trump has given no indication that he will decline to seek a second term.

But the sheer disarray surrounding this presidency— the intensifying investigation by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and the plain uncertainty about what Mr. Trump will do in the next week, let alone in the next election—have prompted Republican officeholders to take political steps that are unheard-of so soon into a new administration.

Asked about those Republicans who seem to be eyeing 2020, a White House spokeswoman, Lindsay Walters, fired a warning shot: “The president is as strong as he’s ever been in Iowa, and every potentially ambitious Republican knows that.”

“They see weakness in this president,” said Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona….

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In a draw?…Trump’s Republican Lawmakers would probably drop him for Pence…

Somewhere immediately after Robert Mueller releases his Grand Jury results Republicans in Congress will have to make a choice on how they come down on their party leader….

Right NOW?

They’d be inclined top pick the guy waiting in the wings to cool things down…..

Vice President Mike Pence….

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Beyond his base voters, Trump has an even bigger potential problem looming with his base in Congress. While Republican lawmakers won’t say it publicly, it’s widely known if they could pick between President Pence and President Trump, the Vice President would win 90% of the vote among the GOP…..

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Trump National Security picks at odds….

Things ARE getting Interesting…..

Donald Trump’s people are having growing pains….

This is normal….

But with Trump’s lack of even HOW tyhese things work?

Things are gonna be worst….

And we’re talking about Republican on Republican INTERNAL problem ‘s here folks….

Politisc vs Experienece things again, eh?

President-elect Donald Trump, who clashed with leading Republicans throughout his campaign, faced growing tumult in his national security transition team on Monday as key members of his own party appeared to question his views and personnel choices.

Former congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), a respected voice on national security thought to be a leading candidate to run the CIA, was among those pushed out of the team over the past two days, two individuals with direct knowledge said, in a series of moves that have added to the anxiety across the upper ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies.

The changes came as Trump met Tuesday with incoming Vice President Mike Pence to discuss Cabinet and top White House personnel choices. Pence last week replaced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) as head of Trump’s overall transition efforts, and Christie’s associates — who had been Trump’s link to the GOP mainstream for months — now find themselves losing influence.

A number of Christie allies have been told they were no longer in line for top posts, according to several people familiar with the transition, who spoke on condition of anonymity to speak candidly.

Also on Tuesday, perhaps the most influential Republican on national security matters, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), weighed in on Trump’s efforts to work with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, saying any efforts to “reset” relations with Russia are unacceptable.

McCain, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman who had a difficult relationship with Trump during the campaign, issued a statement blasting Putin as “a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny, murdered his political opponents, invaded his neighbors, threatened America’s allies and attempted to undermine America’s elections.’’

A former U.S. official with ties to the Trump team described the ousters of Rogers and others as a “bloodletting of anybody that associated in any way on the transition with Christie,” and said that the departures were engineered by two Trump loyalists who have taken control of who will get national security posts in the administration: retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

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“It’s an absolute knife fight,” said one Trump insider. “But that just makes it Tuesday”

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The day after the VP debate was not kind to Donald Trump…

 By Greg Dworkin   @ Daily Kos….
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First and Only 2016 Vice Presidential Debate After-Report…Mixed Reviews…

I explained last night that I saw only the opening of the debate….

For me?

The deabte is just a chance to see the two guys on the same stage…

Th election is about their bosses…

But after I tuned out it seems that my first imprssion was pretty much what the whole debate was about….

Tim kaine as an attack dog for Hillary Clinton….

Mike Pence as a laid back guy, who doesn’t alway carry the water for his boss….

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Washington Post….

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton weren’t on the stage at the vice-presidential debate here Tuesday night, but it didn’t really matter. They were still front and center.

Stripped of the overpowering personalities of Trump and Clinton, the debate between Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) offered the possibility of a more civil and sober conversation about issues that divide the two national party tickets. At times it was just that, whether on the economy, immigration, the chaos in the Middle East or abortion.

But for much of the evening, it was a boisterous proxy war by a pair of running mates whose goal was to take down the other’s presidential nominee. They squabbled, they disagreed, they interrupted one another, they rolled out canned lines, and they feigned indignation.

It was bad enough almost from the start that, barely a third of the way through the 90-minute debate, moderator Elaine Quijano of CBS News admonished the candidates to back off. “The people at home cannot understand either one of you when you speak over each other,” she said.

Overall it was an unsatisfying, disjointed debate, as the two candidates brushed past specific questions to open up other arguments at will. It probably changed few minds and no doubt brought some encouragement to the bases of the two parties. In that way it was a typical vice-presidential debate….

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Donald Trump got help from an unexpected quarter on Tuesday night as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, delivered an uneven performance in the year’s sole vice presidential debate.

Stylistically at least, Trump’s vice presidential nominee, Mike Pence, was the clear winner of the encounter, held at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. His superiority was especially clear in the early stages. Pence was steady and controlled in those crucial moments while Kaine interrupted and appeared overly aggressive, even to independent observers….

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Mr. Kaine was far more aggressive from the start, answering a question about his own qualifications with lengthy praise for Hillary Clinton and a declaration that “the thought of Donald Trump as commander in chief scares us to death.” Mr. Kaine, trained as a litigator, frequently used this tactic of turning questions about himself and Mrs. Clinton into opportunities to extol his running mate and assail Mr. Trump.

“I can’t imagine how Governor Pence can defend the insult-driven, me-first style of Donald Trump,” Mr. Kaine said after noting that Mr. Trump had once described Mexicans as “rapists” and questioned President Obama’s citizenship.

Mr. Pence, more formal and mild-mannered than his rival, seemed frustrated by the fusillade coming from Mr. Kaine. He often looked down and shook his head slightly in the face of the attacks on Mr. Trump, while Mr. Kaine tended to interrupt and talk over Mr. Pence….

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Donald Trump’s campaign manager said Wednesday that reports that the Republican presidential candidate was displeased with running mate Mike Pence’s failure to defend him at the vice presidential debate are “absolutely not true.”

Pence repeatedly declined to speak up for Trump during the debate Tuesday as Democrat Tim Kaine rehashed the long list of insults Trump has delivered against women, Mexicans, immigrants and others during the campaign.

Rather than push back, Pence often just shook his head.

Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, said Wednesday that Trump’s tweets during the debate showed “how excited he was, how proud he was” of Pence. She said she talked to Trump during the sparring, and that Trump and Pence also spoke Tuesday….

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This IS a rough year for debate moderators….

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UpdateHere for  a playback of the debate….

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Vice Presidential Guys debate this Tuesday*, Oct 4th….

Only die-hard political junkies will be tuning I  suppose ….

But Tim Kaine and Mike Pence will get their one and only chance to go at it in Virgina….

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Following the record-setting first presidential debate on Monday, the vice presidential candidates are set to go head to head in a moderated forum on Oct. 4 as scheduled by the debate commission. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will lay out their competing visions for America, while viewers weigh their options in the tightening race between the Democrat and Republican hopefuls.

What time is it on?

The debate is scheduled to broadcast from 9 to 10:30 p.m. EDT at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. The school has more than 700 volunteers preparing to host the VP hopefuls.

How can I watch?

You can see the clash happen live on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, C-SPAN and the cable news channels. You can also stream it online at YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more.

Who will moderate?

CBS News’ Elaine Quijano is set to moderate, after both Lester Holt and Matt Lauer of NBC were scrutinized for appearing to grill one candidate harder than the other….

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* Note…

The original post had the day of the week of the debate as Monday, Oct. 4th…

That was incorrect…The Debate is win Tuesday Oct. 4th….

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Mike Pence says Cheney is his role model?

SERIOUSLY?

GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence said his role model for the number two spot is the last Republican to hold the job — Dick Cheney.

“I frankly hold Dick Cheney in really high regard in his role as vice president and as an American,” Pence said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Pence said that, like Cheney, he hoped to be “a very active vice president.”

“Vice President Cheney had experience in Congress as I do, and he was very active in working with members of the House and the Senate,” he said….

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Trump picks Indiana Gov Mike Pence as his Vice President….Maybe?…Update…

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MSNBCkelly O’Donnell is reporting that Trump has NOT made a decison on HIS VP choice…She says there is internal fight going on ….

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Everybody is reporting the choice , which Trump said he would announce tomorrow….

But….

Donald Trump STILL hasn’t said a thing….

But NOW has ANOTHER grab of the news cycle…

Donald J. Trump’s campaign has signaled strongly to Republicans in Washington that he will pick Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, as his running mate, though Republicans caution the party’s mercurial presidential candidate may still backtrack on his apparent choice.

Mr. Trump’s advisers have told national Republican officials that they are preparing to make an announcement with Mr. Pence, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations, who were not authorized to discuss them publicly. His campaign has said that it will unveil a running mate for Mr. Trump in New York on Friday.

Mr. Pence, a former congressman and radio host, emerged over the last week as the strong favorite of Mr. Trump’s political advisers and senior officials in the Republican Party.

But Mr. Trump himself has sent conflicting signals in recent days, as he has subjected his potential running mates to a final round of screening. He addressed a rally in Indiana alongside Mr. Pence on Tuesday night and met privately with him several times….

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GOP Indiana Gov Mike Pence is defiant on religious freedom law…

The States new relgious freedom law is so vague that people are wondering if it couldn’t be stretched to be used against gays and just about anybody else , if someone used reglion as a basis for their discriminatory actions….

Once the story on the bill hit social media this got serious….

Severeal oraginaztions and businesses have stepped up and declared that they would boycott the state….

So while Governor Pence says he’s NOT gonna clarified the laws intent?

The busiensses in his state are gonna start losing money….

Usually when THAT happens ?

People lose jobs…..

When THAT happens?

Governors go about changing whatever started the problem….

Ther’s gonna be more to come o0n this….

I’m sure…

Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) on Sunday vowed his state would not alter its religious freedom legislation after criticism that it may permit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“George, look, we’re not going to change the law, OK?” Pence told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I stand by this law,” he continued. “It represents a fundamental protection for individuals.”

Pence, a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, also criticized most of the debate over the law as “shameless rhetoric.”

Many of the law’s critics, he added, have used the “red herring” of discrimination to mischaracterize the bill’s intent.

“Hoosiers don’t believe in discrimination,” Pence argued. “Anyone who has been to Indiana for five minutes knows Hoosier hospitality is not a slogan, it’s a reality.”

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Political Roundup for February 24, 2015…Walker asks for money off his wobbling…Red Racing Horses….

by: BostonPatriot

The combination of yesterday morning’s mega-ness and a relatively slow Monday make today’s roundup a bit shorter. But there’s still plenty of fun, so let’s get to it:

We will have a Preview for the Chicago Mayoral election today at 3 PM Eastern, and a liveblog starting at 8PM Eastern.

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Walker: He made what was probably the right move and turned his debatable slip-up on Obama’s religion into a email fundraising opportunity.

Pence: He’s still considering a bid, but notes that he would be unable to run for re-election as governor if he takes the plunge. The book on Pence has long been that his eye is on 2020, when he’ll be term-limited in Indiana.

Graham: He, somewhat inexplicably, continues to sound like a likely candidate, and even predicted that he would win his home state of South Carolina.

Kasich: He sounds a bit more ambivalent about running, and doesn’t seem interested at all in being a VP pick.

Congress

FL-Sen: Just when it looked like Alan Grayson was starting to emerge as our preferred Florida foe, Debbie Wasserman Shultz stepped up to the plate and reminded us that she can be just as abrasively insane. According to “sources close” to the DNC chairwoman, she has been plotting a whisper campaign against Obama, alleging that he is anti-woman and anti-Semitic, in the event she is ousted from her position for incompetence. Please let this primary happen (yes, I know Grayson has said he won’t run if DWS does).

IL-18: Rep. Aaron Schock (R) certainly regrets spending lavishly on his office and then not answering WaPo’s questions about it, as it’s launched an inquiry into what else he’s spent taxpayer and donor money on, and that list includes Katy Perry concert tickets for his interns and many trips on private planes to fundraisers. Schock is hardly the only politician to do this, or the worst offender, but he made the mistake of letting this get legs at a time when there’s been very little else going on and he may end up going down as the poster boy for Congressional excess.

MS-01: The candidate believed to have the right of first refusal, state appellate judge Jimmy Maxwell (R), is out. This opens the door for Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert (R), a friend of Maxwell’s who would have deferred to him but is now “almost 100% in” and is likely to announce his plans this week. Tagert already represents most of this district on the Transportation Commission so he’s a known entity.

NY-11: Just a few days after securing the endorsement of Brooklyn’s party boss, State Rep. William Colton (D) dropped out of the race for the Democratic nod. That leaves City Councilman Vincent Gentile and labor activist Robert Holst in contention, with Gentile the heavy favorite to secure the Staten Island Dems’ blessing and with it the nomination.

More NY-11: Here’s a nice precinct-level map of the district that shows how it’s voted in the last half-dozen contested elections. Republicans are strongest on the southern two-thirds of Staten Island but have pockets of reliable strength in Brooklyn as well…..

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Will wonders never cease?

Scott Walker does know what he doing and he is pimping supporters for money from it?

The Dog…

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Indiana GOP Governor Mike Pence will increase his states Medicaid coverage….

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The Affordable Healthcare Law nets another Republican Governor….

This will be good for his states citizens who are low-income and can’t afford traditional healthcare insurance…

The politics of healthcare maybe what they are….

But the fact is the law continues to cover more and more Americans…..

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) is joining the list of red state governors working to expand health care access for low-income uninsured residents.

Pence announced a two-tier Medicaid expansion plan on Thursday, after working with the Obama administration over several months to confront the state’s health care coverage gap.

The proposal, which the governor calls “HIP 2.0,” will expand the state’s market-based Healthy Indiana Plan. HIP 2.0 will be available to Indiana residents aged 19 to 64 earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, according to a statement from Pence’s office.

HIP 2.0 provides two levels of coverage: one for residents living above the poverty line, and one below. Indianans living below the poverty line will have access to basic health coverage, with the option of making a monthly payment for access to vision and dental benefits. Those living above the poverty level will be expected to pay a monthly contribution; if they don’t make the payment within 60 days, they’ll be locked out of the health care program for six months.

“Reforming traditional Medicaid is essential to creating better health outcomes and curbing the dramatic growth in Medicaid spending,” Pence said in the statement. “HIP 2.0 takes consumer-driven Medicaid reform to the next level by replacing traditional Medicaid for many in Indiana with a plan that empowers participants to take charge of their health and to be cost-conscious consumers.”

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Pence HAS indicated that he might run for President on the GOP line……

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The Lower tier in the Early 2016 GOP Presidential Sweepstakes

A Look at the scattered field from one of regulars who suggested Jeb Bush way before everyone else did……

A big difference in the Republican race in 2016 is that , except arguably for 2000, this is the first race in almost fifty years where there isn’t a “next in line candidate.” Presumably, that title would fall on Rick Santorum , however no one absent a few fervent believers(see above) ranks him as a first tier candidate.

Accordingly,in such a wide open race, there are a multitude of scenarios whereby any of a substantial number of “serious” candidates could emerge with the prize. The converse of that is that the Establishment will want to unite behind an acceptable candidate early on,thus my “last man standing” theory as regards Jeb Bush.

We are in new territory here. As there is no real “next in line” guy, the situation becomes very fluid and, at this stage, I’m not counting any of the first tier that I named earlier “out” (although I don’t foresee Rubio and Jindal emerging with the prize.)

The following , in my view, constitute a distinct second tier , with little chance of even advancing to the second tier, much less winning the nomination:the aforementioned Santorum ,Ben Carson, John Bolton, Kelly Ayotte, Mike Pence, Suzanna Martinez , Mike Lee, Rick Perry, Donald Trump ,and Sarah Palin, although if she were to formally run, I concede she would be able to mount the veneer of a “serious” campaign , without it

Really being one. I know that sounds odd, hopefully the reader would “get” my point.

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GOP Governors in Obama won states run against the Tea Party way….

While Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) and his House GOP Tea Party Army might be insolated against backlash from their ‘shutdown the government’ thing….

The midterms bring 36 governor’s races, with 22 incumbents on the ballot. Nine of those are Republicans in states Obama carried twice, including mega-states like Ohio, Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

In a non-presidential year, the electorate will be friendlier – older, whiter and more conservative – but these incumbents know they need to win at least some voters who backed Obama.

From the vantage point of these governors, Romney lost not because he was too conservative but because he let Democrats define him, came off as heartless and did nothing to avoid being linked with unpopular congressional Republicans. Plus, the Obama field operation was vastly superior.

They grumble about the D.C. antics that led to the shutdown, which they widely believe was a main cause for Ken Cuccinelli’s defeat in Virginia’s off-year election.

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