If Republicans keep picking dorks as the running mate, they'll never win the White House

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Why does the Republican Party have such difficulty choosing anyone normal as its vice-presidential candidate?

This year, the religious crackpots in the G.O.P. forced Mitt Romney to accept Paul Ryan, an Ayn Rand–admiring anti-abortion Congressman who couldn't even deliver his home state.

In a devastating New York Times article, Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman derided Ryan as an "unserious man" for his loopy fiscal policies, which would drive down revenues while not accounting in any way for how this would cut the deficit.

"The question now is whether Mr. Ryan’s undeserved reputation for honesty and fiscal responsibility can survive his participation in a deeply dishonest and irresponsible presidential campaign," Krugman wrote.

In 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain's bid for the White House was destroyed, in part, by his choice of another religious fanatic, Sarah Palin, as the vice-presidential candidate.

Palin wasn't even vetted, according to a great book called The Lies of Sarah Palin, by Geoffrey Dunn.

George W. Bush chose the dastardly Dick Cheney, an alleged war criminal, and managed to win twice—though it's widely recognized that the 2000 victory was due to Jeb Bush's efforts to suppress the vote in Florida. The 2004 victory was possibly stolen, according to a well-researched book by U.S. academic Steven F. Freedman and Joel Bliefuss.

Bush's father lost in 1992 in part because of the presence of the lacklustre Dan Quayle on the ticket. Quayle was ridiculed across the country for being unable to spell "potato".

Some Republican religious flame throwers are likely to blame Romney for this year's loss. The reality is that when you choose an extremist as the number two on the ticket, that worries many voters. Especially when, in the case of Ryan, he calls for the end of Medicare and opposes military personnel obtaining abortions overseas.

The presence of a Ryan or Palin on the ticket increases the turnout of liberal-minded voters, who will vote for the Democrats.

It didn't help the Republicans that Obama's running mate, Joe Biden, thrashed Ryan regarding his views on the Afghanistan war in the only televised vice-presidential debate.

The Straight ran an online poll earlier this year asking if Ryan would help or hurt Romney's chance of becoming president.

The result: 61 percent said Ryan would hurt the ticket, whereas only 25 percent said he would help.

Romney didn't lose by much. If he had chosen someone more reasonable as his running mate, he just might have become president.

But the Christian Right wouldn't allow for this. And that's a major reason why they'll have to endure four more years of Barack Obama in the White House.


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Lawrence
I agree, not that I know much about Ryan. If Romney had chosen Ron Paul he would have won.
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Bored
all elections are staged and rigged. nothing but brainless entertainment for dummies
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dave19
Dork or no Dork the Republicans are scheduled to win every eight years to give the illusion that we choose our leaders though voting. The second term is given to the puppet in order for him to inflict maximum damage on everyone with out concern. It does not matter how you spell pawtado.
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Bruther
Paul Ryan will be the next Republican presidential nominee - and probably win!
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SPY vs SPY
Looks, all Republicans are Dorks, so how could there not be 2 Dorks on every Republican Ticket.

It's not so much the folks the choose to run Pres and Vice Pres, it's that everything they stand for is SHIT ON A STICK and then they poke the 47% in the eye with the stick. or maybe they poke the 99% in the eye.

Policies and actions speak louder that the candidates speeches and promises.
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Andre L.
To all those conspiracy lunatics who claim that all elections are rigged and who claim to know what party will win in the next elections, I say, if you're SOO sure go out and make money from it. You can go and put money on a safe online betting site and actually get some $ in return. In other words, if you're so sure, put your money where your mouth is...except that you won't do it cause you know deep in heart that you don't know jack shit.
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nah
The running mate had little to do with it - the platform was flawed from the start: designed to pander to scared old white men it ignored or outright alienated all minorities and women, who as it turns out, are now the majority of voters in the US and they just handed the white men their butts on a plate.
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