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BLITZER'S BLOG: Is it too late for a new GOP candidate?
November 9th, 2011
02:57 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Is it too late for a new GOP candidate?

By CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - With all the turmoil surrounding the sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain, some GOP insiders have raised this question to me in recent conversations: Is it too late for yet another Republican to jump into the race for the party’s presidential nomination?

My instinctive answer is yes – it’s too late in the game to mount an effective campaign. The Iowa caucuses are January 3.

But some Republicans still appear to be rather unimpressed with their choices.

Cain is coming under increasing pressure and scrutiny. Many worry he’s simply not ready for prime time.

Some can’t stomach front-runner Mitt Romney, given his changed positions on several sensitive issues over the years.

Rick Perry still has plenty of campaign cash, but the state and national polls show a steady and dramatic collapse since his initial splash.

There’s lots of buzz right now about the recent impressive climb by Newt Gingrich.

And there are even those who suggest Jon Huntsman can eventually emerge as a top-tier candidate.

But I can’t tell you how many GOP activists have recently whispered to me that they hoped a Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels or someone else might reconsider.

I don’t think that is going to happen.

But the fact that some serious Republicans have even mentioned that notion to me in recent days underlines their concern that their party might wind up nominating someone who loses to President Obama. Some influential Republicans are very worried.


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  1. Henry Plantagenet

    You know who's really kicking himself in the butt right now? Huckabee. If he had stayed in the race, he'd be picking his running mate already.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  2. Phil in KC

    They've already got 8 people running and they're not happy with any of them? It sounds to me like the Republican party can't make up it's mind or, more to the point, come to an agreement over anyone. First, Bachmann was the darling of the teacup set. Then Rick Perry was supposed to be the great savior who jumps in and unites the party. That didn't happen. The Republicans keep looking for that magical candidate they can all unite behind, but I don't think that candidate exists.
    Of course, what could happen is that they scrap all the way to the convention with no clear winner and then you'll hear talk about someone who will throw their hat in the ring at the last minute and win in a 3rd or 4th ballot. It makes for good TV, I guess. But I don't think that will happen either.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • neoritter

      You're reading into news stories a little too much.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  3. ipisking

    Hello Wolf,

    If Powell steps in he would have my vote over everyone in that group.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  4. us1776

    Yes, the current candidates would howl and call foul.

    And who would it be?
    The mophead, Trump? No, he got shot down already.
    Redraft Pawlenty? Mr. Nice Guy.
    Some unknown GOP governor? That would really be a long shot.

    Don't think it can happen.

    GOP is stuck with it's current freak show.

    .

    November 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  5. JeffinIL

    Huntsman talks sense. This will keep him far away from being nominated. Unlike the last four elections in which I voted for third party candidates, I'd actually vote for him instead of against both main parties.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  6. Greg

    Heya Wolf,

    No need for a new candidate. The GOP has the only real conservative as a candidate already. RON PAUL 2012 baby!!!!!!

    November 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Tony

      Ron Paul is an example of the concept of astroturfing: his policies are ridiculous, his chances are zero, but his small and rabid fanbase knows how to use the Internet and social media to try and make him look like he stands at the right hand of God. Good luck with that in a general election.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • Thorny

      Nominating Paul would bring the chances of President Obama winning a second term to about 90%.

      November 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  7. Kathleen

    Newt Gingrich is a proven hypocrite and completely power hungry. Hopefully the public have long recognized this and see him for the opportunist that he is. Why would we need such an arrogant, nasty person running the country? The way he treats anyone questioning him is truly hard to watch – I have never seen such condescension and superiority on display in all my life. He treats everyone as inferior and stupid......it's appaling to see in a grown man! Please let us be spared someone of such poor character and obliviousness to other human beings.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  8. blossom

    The Republicans sure need more to come into the race, since what they're running now is certainly a lackluster group! A few are downright scary with their far right rhetoric!!

    November 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  9. Name: (required)

    Honestly, will this matter at the next inauguration of Obama that this whole charade is facilitating? Of course not.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  10. QS

    "...that they hoped a Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels or someone else might reconsider."

    The saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" - but in this case it seems republican voters are wanting to take a different approach more along the lines of replacing what's broken with something just as broken!

    November 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  11. John

    Only one GOP candidate could win the White House..........Rubio/Florida......I wouldn't vote for him, but would not have heartburn if he won.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  12. Philojazz

    "... Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels or someone else might reconsider." Well, Mr Blitzer, as much as I shudder at the thought of another Bush in the Oval Office, I think that Jeb Bush would most likely be the strongest candidate of all that have been mentioned (including Romney, Cain, Perry, and Gingrich, not to mention the rest of your reconsider list). I would be hesitant to bet against him in a head-to-head race against Mr Obama. Let's hope it doesn't come to that, and instead, we end up with Romney vs Obama, and "four more years"!!

    November 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Obama supporter here that would vote for Ron Paul in a heartbeat. Do your job Wolf, and report on all the candidates please.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  14. DT

    Hasn't Ron Paul won a few straw polls?

    November 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Jack_of_Arts

      Straws polls have not meant jack. January's caucus is where the rubber will meet the road. Those who don't place within the top two simply need to bow out. End of this fracture fairy tale.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  15. jboHDrider

    "But I can’t tell you how many GOP activists have recently whispered to me that they hoped a Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels or someone else might reconsider." Wow, as if there are not already enough nut jobs on the GOP ticket...GOP insiders want more? Amazing!

    November 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  16. GODZILLA1

    Too late indeed – Romney will be the nominee and the Perry-Palin-Bachmann-Cain-Ginrich-Paul crowd will take a hike.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • Rudy

      Dude... Romeny is a freakin Liberal! Hes all up in the Global warming buzz head laps, and is PRO-Abortion, PRO BIG SPENDING... He will not get the Rep, Tea party,Black,Hispanic, or any Democrat or independent Votes, or Conservative Christians Vote. mark my words
      ..Not because he's Mormon, but because hes not Mormon enough... he is a baby killer.. and just another Neocon War mongler!

      Vote Ron Paul 2012!

      November 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  17. Jim

    Whoever the GOP might consider, whatever anyone of them might say to win the nomination, no one appears to be able to successfully challenge Obama in his re-election effort. With the GOP field in turmoil, damage control mode, frustration, confusion and disarray it's almost certain they're just wasting time, money and effort for a lost cause.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  18. CypressSteve

    A certain amount of wishful thinking on the part of the liberal press sprinkled with a bit of Democrat talking points...

    None of the GOP candidates have changed positions more than President Obama and this may be one of his stronger points. In an era of entrenched positions by both sides, we need people to cooperate to get things done. You can't complain about how those "stubborn" Tea Party caucus members in the House simply refuse to compromise on anything, then turn around and criticize Romney for compromising with his opponents for the good of his state. I mean, honestly, Wolf, how would YOU handle being a Republican governor in one of the most traditionally liberal states in the union? The fact that a Republican govenor was elected (and was moderately successful to boot) in MA speaks volumes about Romney's abilities. His current "lackluster" poll numbers (at the top of the pack) simply mean that Evanglicals don't like him because he's Mormon, and they are willing to sacrifice everything else that is near and dear to them to keep a Mormon from the presidency. Once they come to realize that the next POTUS will be nominating 2 or 3 sure-to-retire-soon Supreme Court Justices, and that Romney is their best chance to defeat Obama, I hope they will come to their senses. Otherwise, I will not be expecting to hear any more chest thumping about abortion or fiscal conservatism from them ever again. They will lose all moral authority.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  19. Jim

    Whoever, whatever...

    Whoever the GOP might consider, whatever anyone of them might say to win the nomination, no one appears to be successfully challenge Obama in his re-election effort. With the GOP field in turmoil, damage control mode, frustration, confusion and disarray it's almost certain they're just wasting time, money and effort for a lost cause.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  20. Bryan

    Though he's a thoroughly entrenched Washington insider, I think Newt Gingrich may be the dark horse in this race. But if the GOP is really serious about taking the white house, they should give Mr. Huntsman a long look. This is simply the opinion of a left of center liberal.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  21. RemainCalm

    The President will be re-elected in 2012, probably in more of a squeaker than his first election was, but the GOP just doesn’t have anybody who can appeal to the centrists, independents and moderates who decide most national elections. The electorate gave President Bush a second term because asked for more time to clean up the mess in Iraq, and they’ll give this President more time to work his agenda for two reasons: despite all the right-wing yelling, things just haven’t really become so bad for the average centrist voter, and the GOP can’t offer a sparkly, appealing alternative. The GOP will run an honorable standard-bearer who will put up a good showing, the Republican National Committee is already plotting their 2016 campaign.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • neoritter

      Sersiously look at Huntsman... he's definitely center-right.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  22. JimAR

    There is only one Republican who can defeat Obama: Dan Quayle.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  23. Jay

    If the Republican party won't stand behind a candidate with as much courage, patriotism, wisdom, and experience as Ron Paul, then perhaps they should fold up shop and go home. Here is a man that has been almost prothetic when it comes to the financial market and govenment spending habits. He's the only candidate to take on the real challenges of our Nation today. He's the only one to provide a plan that puts Americans back to work quickly. He's also the only one to avoid special interest money, and big business donations. Ron Paul is a poster child of fairness, equality, patriotism, common sense, wisdom , and the American way. And yet they don't seem to stand behind him. You don't even mention him in this article, even though he's in 3rd place. If the Republicans don't want a candidate like that, then perhaps American would be better off without the Republican Party!

    Ron Paul 2012 -Every Vote for Ron Paul is a win for America.-

    November 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  24. Todd in DC

    Romney flip flopped on everything from marriage equity to evolution. Perry can't figure out that Texas is different from the US. Gingrich abandoned his cancer ridden wife (among other things), Cain isn't too concerned with foreign policy, or domestic tax policy, and there you have the highest polling candidates.

    Despite the poor economy, this election is Obama's to lose.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  25. Dixie AZ

    And well they should be worried. Not one of the Republican candidates is electable. After coming out with this group, even a reasonable new candidate would be considered a patched together "Hail Mary."

    November 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  26. Joe

    They already have the best possible candidate–Huntsman. Unlike the rest of the clowns/clones, he's not a loser, a liar, or a lunatic. Perhaps that's why he's gettig no attention. But he's talented, experienced and qualified for the job. They don't need a "new" candidate. They need to take a new look at what assets Hunstman can bring to the table. I say this an an Independent who voted for Obama the last time and will again if the GOP nominates one of current crop of loonies

    November 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  27. swschrad

    If they want a moderate who wants to make a deal, they can nominate one Barack Obama. he's looking less like the Democratic reformer he ran as, and more of an Eisenhower Republican of late.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Rudy

      II totally agree.. but my twist is that the Democrats and Republicans have been looking the same me... as of late...No one wants to cut spending, No one wants a small government, No one wants to stop policing the world...No one wants Liberty or respect state rights... except.......
      Ron Paul....

      November 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  28. Eric

    The Republican do not need another candidate. what is truly needed is an independt voice. Someone who can become President not oweing to either party and thus make both Democrats and Republican work on the issues or be replaced.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  29. DP

    With only a year before the 2012 elections, I can't see how anyone else could run. If you are thinking of running, you might want to gear up instead for a run in 2026 to give you adequate time to suck up to the media.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  30. manhandler

    With all due respect, you're being too subtle. Wolf. The whole Republican nominating process has been a fiasco. The middle class is ready to fight back and the Republicans are seen as the enemy. If Romney wins, half the GOPers will just sit on their hands. The only one i would even consider voting for is Huntsman and he's too intelligent for the extreme right. Obama is turning cartwheels in the Oval office.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  31. me

    It's probably too late for Cain and Perry. Romney has a good shot though, and it's still early enough in the game for a new GOP candidate to emerge.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  32. OBubba

    I thought this was an article about Hillary going to jump into the campaign. No It's not too late for her.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  33. DJ Reality

    Maybe it is time for Eric Cantor to run for President.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  34. John B

    Is it too late? The GoP better hope not.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  35. Emmy Skaddittle

    Trump is ready! Trump/Palin 2012

    November 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  36. Silence Dogood

    "...their party might wind up nominating someone who loses to President Obama..."

    Current polling suggests this is a given. The only question remains is who is going down and how much money will be thrown at it in the process.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  37. ipisking

    If Colin Luther Powell steps in he would have my vote over everyone in that group.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  38. whatyafraidof?

    who are "some Republicans "? and why no mention of Ron Paul ?
    Wolf are you afraid of what the texan represents ? Real honest change and reverting to Constitutional government ?
    Really Wolf ahy did you not mention Ron Paul ?

    November 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  39. bob fitz

    let's hope Huntsman wins NH. articulate and moderate. and already has govt. managerial experience and an understanding of China from his days of being our ambassador in that country. The least flawed and the most experienced.

    November 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  40. Griff

    "No, it's never too late, only too late for a lesser known candidate. It's time an old drop out made a come back, but with different outlook of the modern USA. They have to do more research on the web and the world as a whole, stop talking shop!"

    November 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  41. willard

    I mocked out of sharon also she make trying use money from mcain

    November 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  42. P.G

    The problem is they have to pass the tea-bag litmus test. That generally rules out all sensible moderates who could win the independent voters. The GOP reminds me of inverse of the pre-Clinton era democrats giving creedence to the likes of the Jesse Jackson's et.a.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  43. willard

    I'm really like vote for presdient jeb bush and vice presdient sarah palin 2012

    November 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  44. Leslie

    It's too late for ANY GOP candidate!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  45. on the LeftWing

    I've wondeedr about this for some time. As I see it from the left, the people the Tea Party would be happy with are what the left and many in the middle consider to be crazies. After going through a string of crazies it appears that they cannot remain on top once they are vetted in the heat of the campaign. Give a candidate the Tea Party likes a month or so in the spotlight and they are in trouble. So, they are either stuck with Romney or they nominate the crazy of the month and discover that they have another problem in the general election. A third alternative is that they just ignore the problems their candidate will have in a general election. As they reach the end of the string of candidates, they will not give up on a candidate easily. That, I think, is why Cain remains strong despite a long list of ridiculous statements.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  46. Mike

    I think it is very telling that the most ardent GOP partisans, i.e. Palin and the likes, who so liberally attack Obama on every issue, often contradicting themselves, opted out of running for president.

    They know that they can't win and that their celebrity joyride would be interrupted by anything serious. You can't flame your way to the highest office in the land, but you can flame your way to Fox News commentator and national bestseller. As usual, these people are more interested in exploiting the worst in our political passions for their own monetary benefit.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  47. GI Joe

    ha ha - Sarah would be chewed up and spit out at the first debate. Also, why should she lower her standard of living with her very lucrative speaking fees and her gig on Fox that pays her to spread hate and lies?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  48. IndyNC

    "Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels"

    Nope, not a single one of them inspires confidence to me... and 2 of them incite HORROR (Another Bush and the "You Betcha" cheerleader)

    November 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  49. reggie davis

    What we have to choose from i really think that the only person to have in office is obama . he had done some good things. but the only problem is that he could have much more everybody just can get along. when got in office he had an huge problem to solve. and he really want to get this country back on track. but you have so many people that disllike him. they rather see this country suffer than see the ligth of day. can we just get along and do the rigth things. i am just bless to see and live to have an black american as an president. because i was born in 1955 and seen and felt hate from americans

    November 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  50. John

    It's amazing you can say the republicans are not hot on the candidates. The truth is anyone of them is better that Obama. The liberal media constantly gives this President a free pass. Start being objective and report the news don't make up or edit the full stories to your liking.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  51. neoritter

    It's a wonder we're not focusing on Jon Huntsman... I haven't heard any huge issues about the man besides the people that find him being Mormon to be an issue (which applies to Romney too) and that he's not polling high. Maybe you guys should focus a bit more on him. Hmm?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  52. Joe G

    I meant this– The only time it will actually be too late is the time which it's literally too late to get on the ballots. The way this race looks, if any true conservative with half a name gets in at the last possible second and then hide in a hole until the caucus, they will probably win Iowa. That would give them a real chance in the general election.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  53. Joe G

    The only time it will actually be too late is the time which it's literally too late to get on the polls. The way this race looks, if any true conservative with half a name gets in at the last possible second and then hide in a hole until the caucus, they will probably win Iowa. That would give them a real chance in the general election.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • on the LeftWing

      I agree. I especially agree that they need to hide in a hole. None of the Tea Party favorites can stand up to scrutiny.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
      • on the LeftWing

        Well, I agree they could win Iowa, but not the general election.

        November 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  54. Derek

    I have said for a number of months now, but Newt Gingrich will be the last man standing and the Republican nominee. As far as his marital infidelities, that is all old news and something I guarantee the Republican voters would stomach over Mitt Romney and his liberal stances and constant flip-flopping, "say anything to get elected" mentality. Perry is just too unmotivated and has his own issues.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  55. Hayk from Toronto

    Given the Crucifixion of Herman Cain why would anyone in the right mind want to jump into the race?!

    When you see your credibility questioned by every entity (Democrats, select Republicans, Media; each with their own reasons and agenda) while those who accuse you of wrong doing are not required to defend their credibility it makes it real challenge to convince anyone to be part of the group to be selected.

    The choice is not who is the best candidate. It is who has the least visible problems.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  56. Nathan

    Yes it is too late – the candidate would never be able to win the nomination and would only make it more difficult for the nominee (which will be Romney) to beat Obama. A Romney – Christie ticket has the best chance of winning in 2012.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  57. Stacey Valderama

    I'm looking for Condoleeza Rice.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  58. The Source

    I am still undecided on which GOP candidate I give my full support to....I like Ron Paul, but he is just a lil too out there, and not mainstream enough to get in. I'd say I am starting to realize that Mitt Romney seems to be the most polished, and the only one with a shot to beat Obama.

    At least we would have the candidate in there who would be most qualified to tackle the economy issues.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  59. Fritz Sands

    I have been somewhere between saddened and enraged that the GOP establishment has been so effective in blocking Gary Johnson from effective consideration as a candidate. Perhaps Governor Johnson will choose to run as the candidate of the Libertarian Party next year. Or perhaps Ron Paul will do so again, as he did in 1988.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  60. Sheepleherder

    Why bother! They keep coming up with the same reactionary clowns. Different masks, same playbook.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  61. Jerry

    Hey Woolfie, if CNN was fair and objective in their news reporting, you would also ask: Is it too late for a new Democratic candidate? And guess what!? In my estimation, ninety nine percent of the Democratic responders would probably NOT pick our current president.

    Hillary Clinton would probably be the Number One candidate.

    Stay tuned...

    November 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  62. John

    "But the fact that some serious Republicans have even mentioned that notion to me in recent days underlines their concern that their party might wind up nominating someone who loses to President Obama. Some influential Republicans are very worried."

    They should be. With the recent votes in Ohio, Mississippi and Arizona, it amounts to three strikes for conservatives. They may as well stay with the crowd they have now, as the voters are on to them and are showing their disapproval.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  63. FRANK IN LAS VEGAS

    Any new rethuglican who would jump into the race right now, no matter how late it is, will jump right to the top of the list! They will be the new flavor of the month and at this late date, it may just stick. This will work as long as it is indeed someone new, not someone mentioned before, but truly someone new. I'm not sure who it would be, but it could work. The Tea Baggers just can't get behind the Mitster and Cain will be dropping like a rock soon, or should I say like a Perry. So, bring on the new name, the new front runner.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  64. mike

    not one mention of ron paul?? is the media that afraid of him?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  65. JimmyNelson

    as they should be Wolf, they have allowed the radical fringe to take over their party. did i see Paul Ryan and Sarah Palin as someones choices? ...they are from the same litter.. its not just the candidates that are causing them to lose, its their ideologies. the Republicans of today have it out for the middle class, and that wont fly with American citizens, Wolf..!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  66. tina

    again, wolf does not mention ron paul. what kind of a newsman are you? clearly, not a very good one when you leave out candidates. obviously, since you are so biased against some candidates, then it means you are equivalently biased against many other news stories outside of presidential elections – and that is america's problem. americans do not get good, accurate, unbiased, complete information other than what the elites of both parties want voters to hear.

    that is called heavy control – either ameriicans love to be controlled by politicians and media and other leaders or they are fearful of going against a word from authority. whichever way, wolf is a sicko.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  67. Jt_flyer

    Its never too late for a republican candidate who reflects the rest of the republicans in this country.  People like me who work just as hard as the religious fundamentalists but believe in a strong separation of church and state.  The ones who:   don't go to church every sunday but are spiritual, who may own a Bible and can't remember the last time they read and still believe that all religions must be given the same rights.   The ones who wouldn't have an abortion but believe in the woman's right to choose and who believe in gay civil unions  The ones who don't own a gun but still believe in our neighbors right to responsible gun ownership.  And most of all, the ones who believe that government is out of control and, if unchecked, will consume our entire country.  I want a candidate who represents ME!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  68. Emperor Vadik, CA

    Yes, that is all she wrote as far as any new candidates Blitz...

    ...they (GOP) got the candidates they always wanted...

    ...sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for 🙂

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  69. Guest Oregon

    It would of course take just the right person but........there's never been atmosphere like this before. It wouldn't be too late this time.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  70. StevensB

    Add 1 , add 10 , they are all basically bought and paid for shills of the 1% and most people have figured that out !!!!! And , yes , the dems are just as bad
    We need a constitutional amendment banning all corporate money from politics and limiting personal contributions to a small amount ( say $1000.00 or less ) ...... without that this democratic republic will continue the slide into a theocratic , fascist , nation !!!
    Put the FCC on notice to begin giving all candidates equal access to the media and networks and let us hear them out and choose . If the networks scream about " so called lost revenue " , screw 'em , pull their franchise licenses !!!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  71. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Out of all the non-candidates the Republicans currently have, the only one I think would make a good President is Jeb Bush. Unfortunately, his cheerleader older brother kinda blew any chance he has for nomination and election. None of the others currently running or not running thrill me enough to even consider voting Republican next November.

    Consider that Mitch Daniels decided he couldn't stand the heat and left the kitchen. Chris Christie knows this is not his time. He has only recently come to the nations attention and wants to build his credentials. Haley Barbour may play well on the fried chicken circuit, but his views are not embraced by the Republicans who are not social conservatives. Paul Ryan has the opposite effect – fiscal conservatives love him and social conservatives aren't sure of him.

    Finally we have Sarah Palin. She proved to be the divisive element in 2008 setting up the "Real Americans" vs. them campaign theme. Then she left office to pursue a career of conning people out of their money by putting her name on a couple of books that other people wrote for her. Then she got selected as a pundit for the "Fair and Balanced" News Network. Her Bus Tour (grudgingly funded by Roger Ailes) proved a dismal failure, and every element of her former platform has been co-opted by others with more credibility.

    So, Wolf, with the exception of Jeb Bush, none of the people you mentioned have the capability of attracting that huge bulk of independents and conservative leaning Democrats, and he doesn't want to run this year. Maybe in 2012 when he will face Hillary, but, one can only hope...

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  72. aNON

    What about Ron Paul?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  73. RobertFTL

    I don't think it's too late for another GOP candidate. I agree that it has to be someone with a name and that shares the same ideology of Tea Party. I believe the Tea Party has more of an influence on the Republican primaries then anyone from the right would like to acknowledge. That would explain the many ups and downs with the current batch… That candidate would have to be antigovernment, Christian, prolife, antigay and someone who bows to the super rich. To be honest, I’m surprised that Rick Perry isn’t doing better in the polls. When he entered the race he surpassed everyone because they read his book and they were on board…that is until he started talking and suddenly he didn’t sound so Tea Party like. Mitt Romney has two things against him; he changes his position on very important topics depending on who he is talking to and the fact that he is a Mormon (we do live in an evangelical Christian society). Newt Gingrich has too much baggage, the biggest being he left his wife on the hospital bed dying of cancer to marry his younger fling (which followed two more marriages) and the fact that out of all the candidates for the GOP he is the most racist. All this coupled with, it needs to be a candidate that can beat President Obama and that sure isn’t Herman Cain. My vote will be going to President Obama in 2012.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  74. DC OBSERVER

    A better and more pertinent question Wolf, is whether it is too late for a Democratic challenger to Obama in a Democratic primary. The country could surely benefit from such a move by Hillary or some other Democrat –

    November 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  75. WillK

    Sarah Palin? Please tell me, Wolf, you were only kidding about that one.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  76. tstorm

    It's too late for the GOP period. They've been labled anti-middle class and can't escape that. Yesterdays elections across the US was a kick in the rear to the GOP!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  77. M-W-T

    Most people I've talked to have had it with republicans and the teabaggers.
    I've even talked to republicans who split their tickets in yesterday's local elections here in Muncie IN.
    They're fed up with them.
    I've NEVER heard of a republican doing that before, Dems yes, but republicans, NEVER!
    By the way, Democrats WON BIG here in Muncie

    November 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  78. Don

    No Wolf, but it's too late for Obama. How much more are you going to bash Cain? Wolf, you said that all these Liberal women are going to get together. For what? We already know they're going to bash Cain because that's what Liberals do. Lets see, they have filed lawsuits, complaints, and bankruptcies. They have no credibility at all except in the Liberal community because they'll believe anything. Lets not let the truth get in the way of news. Wolf, I like your show but you're so biased that it's pitiful.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  79. Michael in Houston

    oh give us a freakin break....do you think we are that stupid? Your going to sit there with a straightface and try and tell us that there are all these GOP folks wanting Palin???
    Go and sell this garbage somewhere else.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  80. Will

    Unfortunately, the GOP ONLY supports the candidate that is not running, because that IS the best candidate according to the Tea Party.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  81. Adam Goerger

    Give Paul some credit, at least an honorable mention Wolf! You dont have to agree with him, but acknowledge he is a CHOICE. I mean honestly...

    November 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  82. Crooked Bridge

    Speaking as an independent, Jeb Bush is the only republican his has the tone, wisdom and maturity to be considered as an attractive alternative. The balance of candidates listed would simply turn up the volume on what is nothing more kids screaming in an empty gym. Lastly, still the noise about Palin? She is just a hybrid between Bachman's density and Cain's hubris. Honestly, she would do nothing but dimish the quality and process even further.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  83. Code

    Yes, it is far too late. If none of these twits is good enough, It is over.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  84. fletc3her

    I think it's way too late for another candidate to enter the ring, but they would have the advantage of not being part of all the tawdry campaigning that has already happened. I personally think Romney is going to come out the winner simply because he has been in the race the longest and his negatives aren't adding up the same way Cain's or Perry's are.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  85. Chuck

    Is it too late for a new GOP candidate?

    I certainly hope not. I suspect that Pres. Obama will win four more years not because of his success but because of the GOP's failure... specifically its failure to field a viable, competitive candidate.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  86. RPe

    it doesnt matter – none are good enough

    November 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  87. Kamal

    Yes! Sarah Palin... Pleaseeeeeeeeee!

    November 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  88. Seveen

    the GOP have backed themselves into a corner with these early primaries – plus allowing almost a full year for us to "vet" whomever is the candidate – it's going to be slow press after the end of february when the candidate for all intents and purposes will be decided – and obama will obviously know more than any GOP candidate during debates – since he's in the hot seat – their candidate will need more than smoke and mirrors and slogans – it will be hard facts vs vapor

    November 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  89. Jack Be Humble

    Who would you suggest? Please... who?

    I would like to see more choice on the Republican side, even though I am inclined to vote for Obama in 2012. But I might consider someone else, if that someone else was credible.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  90. Ol' Lefty

    You reap what you sow. And the GOP started reapin' last night. Face it, they have bad candidates, and their brand stinks.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  91. Scott, Philadelphia, PA

    My gut tells me that someone will enter the race even though it seems to be too late. The reason is that there isn't enough excitement about any of the candidates. All have major faults.The far right in particular appears to be at a loss over what to do.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  92. Chandra

    It is never too late for leaders with substance. With current GOP lineup there is a lot entertainment but no substance.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  93. RAWoD

    Not only is it NOT too late but if the GOP truly wants to win the oval office they NEED a non-loonie to step up to the line.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  94. Alex

    Even the ones suggested are a complete pack of clowns.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  95. apib

    seems the party of no is now saying no to their pres hopeful also.....

    November 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  96. Bill in Florida

    Not only is it too late, but there's nobody available. Potential candidates have already bailed on this election.

    Face it: even though Obama will have a tough fight ahead of him, 1) the GOP field is so weak that Obama will likely be re-elected, and 2) wise GOP non-candidates are waiting for 2016 or 2020.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  97. Richard A. Mathews

    Ask yourself, would Jeb Bush fair better in S.Ca. or Florida or Texas than any of the current candidates? If you answer is yes, than perhaps the GOP "bundlers" should beating a path to the former Governors door.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  98. joe cleary

    how about you remember there is another candidate out there... RON PAUL.. and even though you and every other media outlet continue to act like he doesnt exist... he does, and he will be voted for...

    November 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  99. Rossy

    We can never underestimate someone by his or her way / appearance ... Mitt Romney could emerge as a new version of Ronald Reagan

    November 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  100. Rich

    Wolf I hear you but I don't see anyone jumping in at this stage in the game on the republican side. At least not anyone that can help them. I think the reality is this. Obama was dealt a bad hand by Bush and the congresses before him. Yes he ran and yes he won but what exactly did he inherit by doing so.

    A country involved in 2 wars. A failing economy. An almost bankrupt country who's GDP is approaching it's debt level each and every day. An unacceptable unemployment rate, and last but not least a congress that’s only real goal is to prevent the other side from accomplishing anything, right wrong or otherwise.

    In all sincerity i ask you this Wolf. What could any republican offer this country that any other republican has not attempted before him and failed. They have no plan. They have no answers. They are part of the problem not the solution. In all fairness the same for any democrat running. There is no easy way out and if both parties continue to spend more then they take in then it is only going to get worse. You can not bail America out by cuts alone. That is like standing in a bucket and trying to pick it up by the handle. It does not work.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Rick

      I agree in spirit with you. I do not share the opinion that Mr. Obama is qualified or seasoned sufficiently to lead us out of this nightmare.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
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