Originally Posted by SNR
When have Republican voters ever given a shit about what moderates and liberals think?
If they were truly interested in winning elections, they would have a majority in the house and senate as well as the presidency right now.
Standard Republicans can shit on Ron Paul voters/libertarians all they want for not doing their part when it comes down to crunch time, but they fail to realize that they're just as terrible about voting uncompromisingly on their minority principles.
I don't like this guy either, but Jon Huntsman was the most qualified and the most easily digestible Republican of the field in 2012. Republicans would have voted for him because they hate Obama that goddamn much, and he would have taken a significant portion more of then moderate votes and the weirdo Kotters. I think he was their best chance for victory, and the primary voters acted like he was some sort of communist.
Republicans are also boring as shit. They're perfectly comfortable going with the old familiar war horse over any kind of fresh new blood.
Probably the only familiar candidate they'll see up there in the primaries is Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and maybe someone like Newt. The rest of them will be unfamiliar and a little scary. Guess who they'll go with.
Jeb Bush. He's an old comfortable boot to them. They love that shit.
I have to admit after you bringing Huntman up and looking at some of his positions he could get my vote and be electable. The more the teaparty has any place in the republican party the deeper with be the margin of electoral loss.