Posted by Brad @ 2:21 pm on November 14th 2011

Anxiously Awaiting the Fred Karger Boomlet

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and start loving Buddy Roemer.

Donald Trump. Michelle Bachmann. Rick Perry. Herman Cain. Now, Newt Gingrich. The lesson? if you are not Mitt Romney, and just hang out long enough, you too will at some point become the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President*.

*Offer only valid if you’re appropriately crazy, but not, like, libertarian-crazy.

Seriously though, this does make me wonder if Jon Huntsman might start getting a serious second look once voters realize that, despite a completely unearned reputation as the GOP’s “idea man”, Newt Gingrich is, in fact, just as crazy and dumb as Bachmann, Perry, and Cain. And I understand why Paul/Johnson will probably never get serious consideration. But Huntsman? It wouldn’t surprise me at all if, come election day, he outperforms his polling five or six fold. Still hemming and hawing about whether I vote Paul or Huntsman myself, btw.


  1. But maybe, just maybe, Paul will benefit, as people that like-him-but-won’t-vote-for-him-because-he-cant-win finally just say “eh, screw it.”

    Latest Iowa Poll:

    Cain 20
    Paul 19
    Romney 18

    Comment by Brad — 11/15/2011 @ 10:14 am

  2. McCotter dropped out several weeks ago, FWIW.

    Comment by Rojas — 11/15/2011 @ 12:44 pm

  3. Oh that’s right. I even did the haiku.

    Edited to reflect.

    Comment by Brad — 11/15/2011 @ 12:57 pm

  4. And now Paul is second in New Hampshire as well.

    Granted, that one’s a distant second, but still. I really do think the “eh, screw it” effect may be in play here.

    Comment by Brad — 11/16/2011 @ 1:56 pm

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