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Why do so many people assume that the best answer to an open Republican candidacy is to nomninate somebody named Bush?
Posted by Clayton on February 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Original Andrew 2
There's also the small problem that everyone except the media hates Rubio's fucking guts.
Posted by Original Andrew on February 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM · Report this
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You say (most) people only get one shot at the Presidency - but in the postwar era people who ran twice (once making a sincere attempt at the nomination and once or more claiming the nomination) include Stevenson, Nixon, Reagan, Dole, Gore, McCain, and Romney. And I may have missed some.
Posted by Warren Terra on February 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM · Report this
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With the GOP the rule seems to be the runner up in the last primaries is the guy in the next election.
Posted by Seattle14 on February 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM · Report this
motofly 5
"...shares a last name with one of the most unpopular presidents in modern history". Is patently absurd, misleading and mean spirited. He shares a last name of TWO of the most unpopular presidents in modern history.

Posted by motofly on February 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
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@2 The Hispanic media ain't too fond of Rubio.
Posted by originalcinner on February 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM · Report this
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#3: You will notice that only 1/3 of your listed also-rans actually won.
Posted by DrJamesIncandenza on February 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM · Report this
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@#7 those aren't terrible odds. At most, 1/2 of major-party nominees are going to win; if you discount people who seek re-election and count them neither as being a new nomination nor as being a new victory, the odds dip down towards 1/3 if you assume re-election (and get better than 1/2 if you assume electoral defeat for the incumbent; it's complicated. But re-election seems to happen more often than not).

Also note: when you say 1/3 that number comes with an asterisk - Gore won the popular vote, and it's pretty clear he would have won the electoral college had all the interpretable attempted votes been counted. Furthermore, if you think you can statistically distinguish 2/6 from 3/6, I'd love to learn your methods.
Posted by Warren Terra on February 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 9
Rubio's a male Sarah Palin.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on February 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM · Report this
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@4 by your logic, either Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum will be the next nominee.
Posted by Clayton on February 12, 2013 at 7:44 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 11
Um, what are you smoking? Rubio is a horrible candidate. He's also up for re-election in 2016. There's a great chance that he can be defeated for re-election to the Senate. He's not even that well liked in Florida.

He only one the first time because Democrats were divided between Meek and an Independent Charlie Crist.

He's not ready for prime time.

And outside of Florida, who does he excite? Not Latinos in CO, NM, NV or VA, that's for damn sure!
Posted by passionate_jus on February 13, 2013 at 12:19 AM · Report this
sheiler 12
well a slug match might actually be a help to whomever wins .... if it's anything like the primary between Obama and Hillary. But then again it might continue being the circus it was last go around.
Posted by sheiler http://sheilerama.com on February 13, 2013 at 7:05 AM · Report this

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