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Blitzer's blog: Why are some people running for president?
June 10th, 2011
02:05 PM ET

Blitzer's blog: Why are some people running for president?

I’ve covered presidential politics for a long time. I never stop marveling at the occasional weirdness going back decades. I was often amazed, wondering why some Democrats were running for the nation’s highest office. The same can be said now on the Republican side. Here are a few examples.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, an articulate and smart politician, lost in his bid for re-election to Democrat Bob Casey by 18 points but he now thinks he can win the Republican nomination after having spent the past several years as a Fox News contributor.

Herman Cain, a successful business executive and popular radio talk show host, has never held any elected public office. He lost in his bid to win the Republican Senatorial nomination in Georgia in 2004. But now, he’s running for president.

Sarah Palin, who’s thinking of running, served as governor of Alaska for only two years – quitting mid-way through her first term. She’s made millions of dollars since then – speaking to audiences across the country, writing a book and appearing on TV.

Jon Huntsman quit as Utah’s governor during his second term to become the U.S. ambassador to China.

I believe if the people elect you to a position, you have a responsibility to finish the job.

I know there are plenty of Republicans out there who are not all that satisfied with the current GOP field. They’re urging others – Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, Rudy Giuliani – to jump in. But why isn’t anyone urging the two most experienced Republican political leaders in the country to run. I’m referring to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Presidential politics in the United States – always a bit weird. It’s why I love covering politics.

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  1. Wiley Frazier

    Why do so few politicians understand how their own government works.Republicans seem to have the worst understanding of separation of powers,the fact that congress controls the money and that the president neither makes law or can remove a law from the books.They also seem to forget that Bush Jr. took us from an eight trillion dollar surplus to an eleven trillion dollar deficit(for the mathematically wanting that's nineteen trillion dollars Bush Jr. and a republican congress spent).At the same time I have noticed a distinct problem with your reporters demanding answers to their questions especially to Repubs. Have you all become cowards towards republicans when face to face?Surely not!

    June 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • Tim

      We have NEVER had an 8 trillion dollar SURPLUS. Are you crazy? Our national debt at that time was still over 5.7 trillion dollars. The annual budget under Clinton allowed for about a 200 billion dollar surplus, which would help us get out of that huge amount of debt. However, we were still in loads of national debt before Bush Jr came to office.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  2. Sasha

    I live in Texas, and after almost 11 years of Rick Perry, all I can say is God help us all if is nominated and elected. I honestly can't think of one thing that he has done while in office that made Texas a better place to live.

    June 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  3. John

    So, why did a first term Senator with only two years of experience in the US Senate and a very thin resume think he could become President and how did he do it? At the very least, if shows that if the media has your back, anyone could be President. Anyone.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  4. Mr. X

    how come John McCain's name is not in the mix this year?

    June 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  5. Joan Sibbald

    Where do I go on Monday to watch the Republican presidential debate online? If possible, please email me.

    Thank you,

    Joan

    June 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Imagine if Palin gets the nomination (not out the question). Debate moderation, interviews with Palin staffers, candidate access?????????

    Wolf will be shut out after saying Palin has no business running for president. He will regret writing this senseless column

    This column needs to be bookmarked by Palin.

    June 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Debbie

      Please Jeff ,
      If you even think Palin has a Chance then you should take a course in History ! And as far as Wolf goes if you don't like his views then don't listen . I think there are so many people that would agree to what he has to say ! Palin is a joke after all they didn't go get her e-mail's for nothing .

      June 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  7. Jeff

    I love how Wolf says he "always wondered" about Dems (with no chance) running.

    But of course he never wrote an actual column about these long shot Dems like the guy with a Muslim name and a mere 2 years in the U.S. Senate (with no executive experience). But fires away on Repubs.

    And the liberal media wonders why they are irrelevant.

    June 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  8. Dzerres

    Really Wolf, you don't understand? Plueez. Trying reading and analyzing some other news sources. The ones running with no chance, Cain, Satorum, Palin, Bachmann, Trump, Guliani, Gingrich are just trying to keep their brand going. Without a chance of them being in it what their point in being a public figure to the public? As for Boehner and McConnel, are you kidding. Boehner blubbers at a red light and McConnel always looks like he just bit into a lemon. Even conservative creeps and tea baggers know that they are un-electable with the independent voters.

    June 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  9. Mulosh

    Why do Americans pay so much to listen to these idiots so that they have to run for president for speaking engegaments? If you want to be educated, theres lots of other avenues!

    June 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  10. Swilliam

    What most of these candidates have in common (I'll admit I don't know much about 1 or 2) is that they are mean-spirited, want to reverse social justice (Santorum) or while professing to be pro-business, are really against worker protections and the middle/lower income classes in general. An undeclared candidate, Rick Perry is especially dangerous and would turn the calendar back to the 1950s. I will not say this batch of candidates are all insincere. They may believe they have the answers. But all would be toxic to our country. Won't people finally realize we are in grave danger and we will not long survive with the election of more 'divide and conquer' leaders? We are in as much danger as a nation, as in 1932.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  11. fayse

    As much as I would love to see Rick Perry leave the State of Texas, I shudder to think that this slimy person could actually have a shot at being elected POTUS. He and his group of " GOOD OLD BOYS" are the same ones that were in the Bush / Cheney camp.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  12. Newt Gindrich

    I'm a pasty, doughy old man with a hot wife who likes jewelry and expensive vacations. I need the campaign contributions.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  13. unretired05

    If Chris Christie were drafted and sent to Iraq, the people in NJ would be happy. If Rick Perry were elected he would want it to be to the Independent States of America. someone should explain to Paul Ryan that when you pay for something your whole life you actually are entitled to it. As for Jeb Bush, we've already had a Bush or two too many. Rudy Giuliani isn't socially conservative enough for most of the GOP.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  14. hillplus

    Stupid blog. At least pretend to be a journalist instead of a partisan hack!

    June 11, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  15. Henry

    Geez, Wolf Blitzer writes a post in about 3 minutes and here you all are fighting again. It does not take much to get the ignorant to start sniping at each other. You people are as much the problem as the ones you are complaining about. Go do something for your fellow man and quit bickering.

    June 11, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  16. Dan

    I feel like this article makes a suggestive jump from failed politicians to suggestions for other unannounced candidates. Gary Johnson finished both of his terms as governor. If you elect him to the job of president...he'll finish the job!

    June 11, 2011 at 4:46 am |
    • Phil

      I was amused when then Gov. Richardson referred to Wolf on camera as "Wolfie" when he took the stage for a CNN sponsored Democrat presidential primary debate. Johnson would have added some levity to tonight's debate. Johnson needs to spend more time at Cafe Milano. Maybe Wolf will get to know him better.

      June 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    With out economy as sluggish as it is, many people are out of work, can't find jobs and with nothing to lose, they decide to run for public office. Now that is about as close to the truth you will ever get because they would never admit it to you or I. A prime example of that is the South Carolina Senate Democratic candidate named Greene that won his Democratic primary so he could run against Senator DeMint.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:43 am |
  18. Joan M

    Mr. Blitzer, Herman Cain has much to contribute to this country which is hurting economically because of bad decisions this administration has made and are planning to make. He will have my vote. As for Sarah Palin who made a responsible decision to resign as governor in order to relieve Alaska's taxpayers from paying for her HUGE legal fees from frivolous lawsuits by her enemies. She has been earning extra monies these past 2 years to pay off these debts. Mrs. Palin is one of the most honorable people I have ever seen in politics. She has something most people, including you, don't. ETHICS!

    June 11, 2011 at 2:49 am |
  19. DD

    In my opppion we really need some intelligence in the WH, but no one who is intelligent enough would even consider the job, there is no body who is going to turn this economy around so, including the presiden, we have a lot of ingnorant people who think they can do it, so all of them want the job. If Obama were smart he would deliberity let someone else take the heat. (He, llike Bill Cliton, could makke more money out of office than in. Perhaps he just likes being a dictator.).

    June 11, 2011 at 1:59 am |
    • Ron

      RON PAUL!!!!! only one for the job!

      June 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  20. Makoto Tokushige

    Senator Boehner is most likely the best person to go against President Obama. But its up to him to to decide whether he is willing to sacrifice personaly for this country. President has enormos responsibility to guide not only this country but world. Unless you are happy sacrificing 100% you cannot run.

    June 11, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  21. Holly

    The latest Washington Post / ABC News poll showed if the election were held now, among registered voters, 49% would vote for Mitt Romney & 46% would vote for President Obama

    June 11, 2011 at 12:11 am |
  22. Ray

    The real question is why won't CNN allow Gary Johnson to appear on the debate Monday since he's met all the requirements that CNN created.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  23. Tony Thomas

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  24. kevin

    quiting, hilarly clinton quit to be sec of state, obama never really served or cast any votes for any bill, just to say he was there, most people who run for office dont finish,the term they are serving and we are paying them to serve, but we end paying them to run as they are collecting their salary while running.. only bob dole had ethic and quit his seat to run for president, everyone else is doing it on the taxpayer dime

    June 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  25. Calamerica

    The candidates who are running for office remind me of the scene in "Lord of the Ring" the part when the King was under a spell and could not rule his kingdom because of his evil advisor, the spell was broken and the King kicked the evil advisor out. The American People are awake and we are not falling for the attacks on the middlle class. Obama 2012

    June 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  26. Calamerica

    Oh Boy!

    June 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  27. wayne

    What? John Boehner! Who wants a President who'll cry at the drop of a hat!

    June 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  28. NIja

    Sarah and company will never be president on this great country. The Gop will win the white house after 8 yrs of the Democratic party. Within the current Gop lineup now , not one and I state not one of them will make it as a Gop contender. I have his name and he has not announced his candidacy yet. Pls note this statement and write is down in your diary.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  29. Gus

    Dear Wolf:

    I hope this reaches you. I want to know what is the fate of this brave young american jew at the hands of israeli soldiers yesterday:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDjbTR8Br_w&w=640&h=390]

    And what is his crime of speaking out his opinion? Until when shall we be afraid from the tyranny of israelis here at home and abroad?

    Best,
    Gus.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  30. JDH

    Mr. Blitzer you did not resolve the question you posed in the blog headline. I hope to hear / read what you think. My personal opinion regarding Speaker of the House Boehner is that he is not well spoken and he has not accomplished enough in his long tenure to convince the American people that he is a better than Obama alternative. Senator McConnell is on the record for saying one thing and doing another and also for saying things to the press and then saying the opposite to President GW Bush. Just read GW Bush's book, or Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars" and you can see that Senator McConnell can easily be exposed as one of the "slimy" politicians that Americans loathe. While I'm on a roll, Mitt Romney has done a fabulous job of effacing "Romney Care", but I remain unconvinced and I suspect other voters share my suspicion. And what is Romney's business experience? Buying small businesses and putting people out of work in order to raise his companies profits. He has more experience destroying jobs than creating jobs. And by the way, in the current economic conditions, can a campaign really succeed by convincing Americans that we need another business / market friendly President? I think the "real business experience" line is worn thin and I hope we see a spirited debate among academics, lawyers, economists, educators, and medical professionals. I think the professional politicians, military people, and business people have worn out their welcome. Full disclosure: I am retired USN, so do not assume I am bashing our service members. Whether Palin is smart and experienced enough is a moot point because she has been made out to be a moron.She can't get over that reputation in time to run a successful campaign. And Obama is going to surprise the nation when he starts campaigning. Like it or not, he has a lot to run on if he doesn't make the mistake of blaming GW Bush for everything...that tune is played out.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  31. Okie

    Please no more arrogant Texasans,

    June 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • fayse

      Okie, that would be Texans, and being a Texan, I agree, there are no Texans that I would vote for in the Presidential election. p.s. I would like to clear up one fact . George W Bush is not a Texan he only pretended to be.

      June 11, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Howard

      HERE IS OBAMA'S RESPONSE WHEN HE BACKED OFF FROM HIS DECISION TO REQUIRE THE MILITARY PAY FOR THEIR WAR INJURIES.

      "Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained. "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute.." "I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country, "Obama continued "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit.. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."

      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA !!!

      June 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  32. Sebastian

    they are in the "business" of running for President. Santorum, Cain, Palin, Gingrich, Bachmann CAN NOT get elected. They know this. They can however raise their public profile enough to get a reality show, a book deal, a spot on FoxNewsy, or speaking fees. That`s what they are up to, Let`s be real.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • GLENDA

      Then what you're saying is bno one hsas a chance of beating the gangster Obama. If so explain this:
      The Plot Thickens

      An intensive investigation has revealed the identity of the man whose Social Security number (SSN) is being used by President Obama: Jean Paul Ludwig, who was born in France in 1890, emigrated to the United States in 1924, and was assigned SSN 042-68-4425 (Obama's current SSN) in or about March 1977.

      Ludwig lived most of his adult life in Connecticut. Because of that, his SSN begins with the digits 042, which are among only a select few reserved for Connecticut residents.

      Obama never lived or worked in that state! Therefore, there is no reason on earth for his SSN to start with the digits 042. None whatsoever!

      June 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  33. Patrick, Lumberton NJ

    Many of the Republican candidates never considered the presidency before Barack Obama. Never in their wildest dreams did they expect Obama to win in 08. It would not have been difficult for any Democrat to win against John McCain. The contempt for Obama as president has all of them feeling like they are better the him. The attitude is, if this black man can become President, then so can I. "Yes we can" is a positive message that has motivated even republicans. The American in these hard times don't want to hear any BS. Candidates for president will have to explain their plans for the country. Details about their plans will mean the demise of all reopublicans. Obama will win again because we know what we have, but we don't know what we are going to get.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • allforwhat

      BS...they knew that they didnt have a chance in hell to win the reps wouldnt win that election

      June 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Al

      To Patgrick Lumberton NJ
      I couldnt agree with you more my friend. It amazes me, having traveled extensively and more recently to S. E. Asia and Europe (including G. Britain) how people on the outside have such a high regard for President Obama yet in the U.S.A so many seem intent on "taking down their country" simply to take down the one person who can put the "shine" once more on America's image abroad whilst rebuilding (a naturally slow process) an America which was almost destroyed in the last decade and which the Chinese are rapidly overtaking as the number one economic power. Pay a visit to China, spend three months there and decide for yourself whether the takeover has not already taken place. One of the biggest problems in the U.S., I believe, is the way the so-called main stream media manipulate the news in order to give the unsuspecting public a jaundiced view of the Obama administration and the Democartic Party. It would be instructive to tune in to the BBC (World News) from time to time.

      June 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  34. sasha lee

    yeh i agree just because obama won a lot of these GOP candidates think that they are a shoe in. Its just so sickening to watch them circus around and scheming not to do better for the country but just trying to beat one guy, i think that says al ot about where America still is as a nation rather than what we think we have accomplished

    June 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  35. chuck

    Shelby is in need of psychiatric help.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  36. ted

    The Republicans that actually could make a good run for the White House are not running, so that leave the delusional lunatics to do the job. As long as this remains the status quo, President Obama is guaranteed a second term. The last thing we need is a GOP president who is a delusional lunatic in the white house. We already had George W Bush and that is enough Republican presidency for a long time.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Jake, NY

      If Obama wins a second term we will have a dollar crisis, outrageous inflation..horrid economic times. We always laughed at Obama's economic moves in my economic courses..they went everything against what we were learning. What a joke.

      Ron Paul 2012
      -A guy that actually knows what he's talking about

      June 11, 2011 at 4:20 am |
  37. Joe

    These make sense except for Huntsman. Quitting your elected office to go on to another important position is not the same as getting defeated or just outright quitting like Palin did. Would Blitzer argue that Hilary Clinton is unfit to run for President because she quit her job as Senator of New York to be Secretary of State?

    June 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  38. lord laro

    Most of this guys in congress and the house know they got their hands dirty in some sort of way and that's why they won't try and run for the top job. I assure u if Obama was in the poilitics for as long as some of our dear congressmen he wouldn't be the pres as he would be dirty as the rest of politicians.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  39. Corey

    While I don't see it in your blog Mr. Blitzer, on air you voiced your negative opinion in relation to this topic about some of these Republican candidates not finishing the jobs they were elected to before pursuing another elected postions. I would like to remind you that this isn't only limited to Republican candidants, our current sitting President was a Senator from Illinois when he announced his candidacy for President of the USA, and although he didn't resign his position to pursue that position, his record of voting and attendance certainly shows he didn't finish the job. Perhaps it's would be better to resign than to retain the title and salary when not actively doing the job? That would be my opinion, since you offered yours.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • cunningham in INDY

      As did McCain and Palin.
      Any time ANY politician runs for another office they usually KEEP the position they had before running!
      So why put Obama down for that?

      June 11, 2011 at 3:33 am |
    • Dzerres

      Quitting to do a reality show is not the same as resigning to step up to another more responsible position. Duh.

      June 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  40. Cathy, South Carolina

    Wolf

    Has anyone asked why Senator Lindsay Graham has not considered running for president? I think he has great national recognition and he certainly has demonstrated his competence and leadership abilities. Thanks.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • In California

      He can't run because his decision to remain a lifelong bachelor would leave him vulnerable to nasty rumors or uncover facts about his personal life that he prefers to keep private and deserves to keep private.

      June 11, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  41. Michael in Houston

    The reason most all these republicans are running, and I am sure there will be alot more in the days to come is that our society has dropped the bar of accountability, electability, and qualifications so low now that just about anyone can now announce they want to be President. The republican party has become nothing more then a disengaged collection of self serving and self promoting idiots who have zero and I mean zero charm or political skills. They are just a collection of hypocrits, self promoters, and theocrats who do nothing but serve and protect the richest individuals and corporations. Truth is, that most in this lineup give us the creeps.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • dan

      We got it Michael all republicans are evil and stupid and all democrats are pure and brilliant. Nice to see a well thought out analysis of the political process in the US

      June 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
      • Dzerres

        Glad you're finally getting it. All these family values clowns who condemn others while they themselves are dipping their wicks are pretty much relegated to the Republican Party. Even Elliot Spitzer who was one of the worst philanderers didn't condemn others except those Wall Street crooks who were and are stealing us blind. There is a difference and its called hypocrisy.

        June 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Jilly4Liberty

      except for Ron Paul. You can't catch the man in a lie. He speaks with WORDS and not slogans... and real American people promote him- not special interests and back-door dealing. I was disgusted with what has happened to the Republican party in this country- until all of the Ron Paul Tea Partiers Moved In

      June 11, 2011 at 2:04 am |
  42. dan

    Wolf, you stated in the article "I believe if the people elect you to a position, you have a responsibility to finish the job."
    Does that mean you believe a politician who currently holds office and who's term is not up should not run for another office until that term is complete? If so our current president according to you didnt show the appropriate responsibility and complete his senate term before running for president.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • kaj

      Absolutely, he should have stayed in the Senate. It would have been much better for the country to see if he had the maturity and he would have gained in experience and perhaps, a lot of the misguided young persons who rallied to his side would have had time to see that this immature, arrogant man, totally un-anchored in any theory of justice had the proper credentials and the experience and guile to run a complex economic and political system. A fool imposed upon our misfortune begotten by George W. Bush.

      June 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
      • dan

        i'm not a fan of the president, my issue was blitzer was taking shots at a couple of the people running for president on the GOP side as quitters and i was just trying to point out the hypocrisy in stating that if elected they should have finished their terms but that isnt the standard politcians are held to when they run for a position while still holding a different elected position.

        June 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
      • Combymax

        I don't think been ignorant is a beautiful thing Kaj. May be you should go back and study the history of the American economy before you come out swinging. It usually amazes me how little some of you are ever enlightened about anything in this country.

        I challenge you to just name three (3) things any Republican administration has done in the past 30yrs to grow the American economy. Just 3 things, I'm asking. Don't yell or anything; present your facts.

        June 11, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  43. Jim

    This article doesn't say much, other than that politics is a strange game and this year is going to be stranger than most. It still doesn't explain why there are so many wing nuts in the GOP presidential field. Newt just learned that EVERYTHING you do reflects on your campaign. Michele has yet to learn that words uttered can become an albatross. She is probably looking a lot like Jacob Marley at this point. Many others haven't learned that your chances of success are nil if your negatives outweigh your positives or if your religion is out of the mainstream.

    To all those presidential candidates out there, clues are available here for $100 each. Get one.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  44. Shelby

    palin has lusted for the power of the presidency for years. That is why she will run.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  45. New Yorker

    Blitzer....you say Jon Huntsman QUIT as Utah’s governor during his second term to become the U.S. ambassador to China?
    That's NOT an accurate definition of quitting. How about your colleague Eliot Spitzer QUIT his job after it was discovered he was laudering money to pay for his high priced prostitution habit. Now.....that's QUITTING.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Joe

      No, Spitzer did not really quit. He was essentially forced out of office. Big difference there. He didn't quit because he wanted to.

      June 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  46. cookiedav

    They're just seeking power, To let the world no they can control everyone. And @Claudia, Houston comment speaks for it self. I agree.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Jilly4Liberty

      Again, the only candidate whose talking about REDUCING the power of the president is Ron Paul...

      June 11, 2011 at 2:06 am |
  47. Cynic1

    I suspect it's because they can build up a ton of name recognition on someone else's dime, name recognition that they can parlay into millions on the lecture/consultant/lobbyist/Fox News contributor circuits. For better or for worse, unless BO totally melts down he will win. Thus, these "challengers" need not worry about actually winning and having to back up their promised miracles.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  48. Bob Cook

    Perhaps no one is urging Boehner or McConnell to run in the hope that there is a smart, savvy, independent and respectable candidate out there. Not likely, of course, but still worth hoping for. If elected, those people usually end up being stunningly ineffective due to a lack of experience – the experience that turns them into the career politicians no one wants.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • rik

      "smart, savvy, independent and respectable candidate"

      certainly you are referring to Dr. Ron Paul – if not – youtube Ron Paul

      June 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  49. Nurse Lisa

    don't forget newt – he loves the big donors and espousing the party rhetoric, but clearly if avoiding the grass-roots level voters, he himself doesn't believe he is in it to win it – or else why did his whole paid team resign en masse?

    June 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  50. Rudy NYC

    Both McConnell and Boehner seem to enjoy their own personal time. Recent decades are seeming to show that a long Congrssional record is strike against you when it comes to running for POTUS. To the registered voters who will get out and actually vote, you are known merchandise and frequently viewed as part of the problem and not the solution. Don't forget, both men have approval ratings far lower the President Obama's.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Also, both probably prefer to keep their jobs as Congressional Gadflys. Being Speaker of the House, and Senate Minority Leader give both Congressman Boehner and Senator McConnell the liberty they enjoy to say what they please. If they ran they would lose that benefit.

      June 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  51. Jason

    Yes, Wolf....thanks for this puff piece. You must so enjoy hearing yourself talk and reading your banal, establishment observations.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  52. Joe M

    Aren't US Ambassadors appointed by the President? It's kinda unfair to say that he quit his job as Gov. It's not like he pulled a Palin and just up and quit to go be on TV and sell books.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  53. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama made history and what we see now are some dillusional thinking people who believe they can run for president just because President Obama won.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm |

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