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Republicans Who Have Held Elected Office Are Virtually Unelectable In GOP Primary

The Republican presidential contest has taken many twists and turns through 2015, but one theme appears to be a constant, driving the dynamics of the race. GOP primary voters want an outsider, not a politician who currently holds, or who has ever held elected office. That point was reiterated after the Wednesday debates, when post-debate polls showed that Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, three candidates who have never held elected office, were in first, second and third place respectively. Combined they had won the allegiance of 58 percent of GOP voters, while none of the elected officials could do better than single digit support.

The narrative repeats itself over and over. Even when the deck is shuffled, and the lead changes hands, outsiders carry the day. A post-debate Voter gravity poll found Carly Fiorina passing Donald Trump in New Hampshire, but even as the top position switched hands, the poll still revealed that none of the Republicans who have held office could gain any traction. Fiorina, Trump and Carson were still leading the charge.

The Republican Party has spent the better part of the last decade conditioning GOP voters to hate the government. They have used anti-government rhetoric, sometimes with devastating effect, to win races against Democrats.

By casting Washington as the villain, and Democrats as the party of “big government”, Republicans were able to score decisive victories across the nation in the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections. The Republican Party was less successful in the higher turnout 2012 presidential election, but they have nevertheless been able to stir up anti-government sentiment well enough to win both houses of Congress and to control most state legislatures. They also have won most of the Governor’s races over the past several election cycles.

The strategy, however, has proved double-edged for those Republicans running for president, who currently hold or have previously held elected office. Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, have become victims of their own success.  The three men have built their political careers on attacking Washington and now that they have so thoroughly discredited the institution they serve in, they are the ironic victims of their own anti-Washington rhetoric.

Republican Governors and ex-Governors aren’t faring any better. While most of the GOP’s anti-government rhetoric has been aimed at the federal government, the average voter doesn’t necessarily make a clear distinction between state and federal authority. In their minds, if government is bad, it must all be bad.

As a consequence, a lot of Republicans who won election by capitalizing on anti-government messages are now reaping what they have sown. Republican voters have internalized their message to the point that it has rendered many of the original messengers virtually un-electable. Although Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul may never see the inside of the White House, they should be proud of themselves. They built this.

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  • Carly is now all the *Rage* on The Right!

    "The Iron Lady didn’t do identity politics, and Ms. Fiorina doesn’t either. At the debate she offered unadulterated substance. She was informed, focused, specific. Want to know what Carly thinks of Putin? Here. Need Carly to explain how hard it is to alter the 14th amendment? Right at ya. Curious if Carly is familiar with Gen. Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Quds Force, and where he’s traveled lately? Boom, Boom, Boom".

    WSJ Quote:

    Unbelievable! The GOP have Nothing/No Leadership To Proudly Offer America.

    So, now they're down to picking folks (with no political experience) off the Street!
    Just Imagine The Big-Money Puppet-Strings that will ultimately be controlling America!

    • Too bad the WSJ didn't also mention that she was named Worst CEO in America and that no one has offered her a position in the 10 years since she was finally flushed from HP.

  • Trump a businessman who doesn't have a clue about how to run the United States.
    They like him because he's rich, says he knows everyone and can do anything.
    A business can run this way but a government can't.

    Carly who outsourced HP 30,000 jobs and walked away with 21 million and 5 jets.
    I won't go into what she did at PacBell or Lucent, but her tenure at these 2 were about as bad.
    Lied about the PP video and she knows it.
    She's fully aware of secretary Clinton's accomplishments but can't admit to knowing them since it doesn't fit with her hatred of her.
    Boxer won by a landslide against her, so CA knows all about her past.
    She did make an off-camera comment about Boxer's hair at the 2010 CA debate, and again she play's dumb about it.

    Ben a nerosurgeon who doesn't believe in healthcare for all and again has no clue on how to run the United States.

    None of them showed any respect for president Obama or secretary Clinton.
    All the republicans would ruin this cou...

  • I remember Carly from a movie scene years ago. Riding a bike thru a dark cloud during a storm, with a sinister laugh.

  • This is something establishment GOP/TP pols and their wealthy backers sowed that they don't want to reap. Serves them right. Cruz, Paul, Rubio, and the others in the GOP/TP Clown Car made their supporters "hate" DC insiders, but they had no idea that they did the job so well that they themselves are being rejected by the voters they need to win the nomination in 2016. Oh, the irony!

  • Michael Tomansky, you've seen him on MSNBC.
    One of his Best pieces on Crackpot Carly:

    "Carly Fiorina, Crackpot Warmonger"

    Clip Quoting Fiorina:
    Iran: “On Day One in the Oval Office, I will make two phone calls, the first to my good friend Bibi Netanyahu to reassure him we will stand with the state of Israel.

    “The second, to the Supreme Leader, to tell him that unless and until he opens every military and every nuclear facility to real anytime, anywhere inspections by our people, not his, we, the United States of America, will make it as difficult as possible and move money around the global financial system.

    “We can do that, we don’t need anyone’s cooperation to do it. And every ally and every adversary we have in this world will know that the United States in America is back in the leadership business, which is how we must stand with our allies.”

    Carly wants War!

  • This isn't September 2016. This is the preshow. The rulers haven't come out.

    Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
    ---Theodore Roosevelt

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