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Rove names 10 potential GOP nominees for president

Rove names 10 potential GOP nominees for president

Karl Rove’s speech at the downtown Phoenix Sheraton Tuesday started out with about as much intrigue as I expected from the top political advisor for former President George W. Bush; for the first half-hour he flaunted an uncanny grasp for statistics as he explained exactly what’s wrong with the health care law and predicted how the 2012 elections would pan out if voters followed the same patterns as they did on Nov. 2.

It was numbers overload, even for someone who routinely tracks those things.

Honestly, I kept myself busy during that portion of the speech by imagining just how dangerous the security detail sitting next to the stage really was. You gotta’ think they put some pretty experienced bodyguards on guys like Rove, whom is routinely the subject of protests for his role in the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in the Middle East.

Twice, in fact, during Rove’s speech, protesters barged into the room to shout something that was unintelligible from where I was sitting. Rove just kept talking while authorities wrangled the protesters out of the ballroom, unfazed as if that’s what always happens during the Phoenix Chamber’s luncheon speeches.

As usual, Rove got more interesting toward the end when people in the crowd got to forward their questions through moderator-on-stage Russell Smolden. One of the questions was whether Rove had insight on the 2012 GOP presidential candidates and, if so, which one was the frontrunner.

Rove replied by saying it was too early to name a frontrunner because there is no single heir-apparent as there has been for the GOP during recent election cycles.

Instead, he rattled off 10 potential nominees: Former New York Gov. George Pataki, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Minnesota Gov. TIm Pawlenty, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

  1. JonSE of Arizona
    JonSE of Arizona11-10-2010

    Rove’s political day has come and gone with Republican-leaning voters. Only establishment and media types continue to listen to him. Bush, with Rove at his side, destroyed the Republican party much as Obama now is wiping out the Democrat party. Republicans recovered the House only because of actions by Obama, Pelosi, and their left-leaning cohorts, not because of any satisfaction with Rove and the Republican establishment. Conservatives thank America’s disgust with the ruling Democrats and the Tea Party movement’s harnessing of that disgust for recent Republican election success, and it will be those factors not anything Rove says or does which will attract their votes in 2012. Carl Rove heeds zip his lips and slink of into political dark of the night.

  2. Judy Gignac
    Judy Gignac11-10-2010

    Okay, so the health care bill is flawed. I can agree with that, but just what is the Republican solution to the flaws: repeal the whole thing or fix it? Just yesterday it was announced that another 4 million people lost their health insurance, so obviously repeal is the answer, right? Wrong! I would love to see the two parties get together and figure out where they agree and do something good for the country and its people. Fat chance? I hope not.

  3. chris

    Rove has his place.. he’s a numbers cruncher. I never agreed with him until his opinion about Christine O’Donnell (seems a nice gal, but shouldn’t run for political office these days – things are too serious).

    I hope Mitch Daniels runs. Everyone says “Who?” but it’s easy to get info about him. He doesn’t cave to every whining group, but gathers and weighs information to make decisions – remember those days? (I don’t…). Mitch turned Indiana’s $600M deficit into a $300M surplus within a year during his first term – not all changes were popular, but he worked with others, turned the state around, and easily won a second term.

  4. chris

    Judy: “I would love to see the two parties get together and figure out where they agree and do something good for the country and its people. Fat chance? I hope not.”

    You got that right… if one party does something, the other says it’s no good and offers no alternative or modification. I think that will change – we just need the right people in office who want to fix problems for the majority instead of pleasing a small sector of constituents. We need to get the country back to “United We Stand” instead of “Us and Them”.

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