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Who can save the Republican Party from itself?
February 23rd, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Who can save the Republican Party from itself?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Republican Party resembles a circular firing squad.

They may manage to lose an election they could win - against a weakened incumbent in a troubled economy.

Which is why many Republicans are dissatisfied with the state of the GOP race for president and the remaining candidates.

There's Mitt Romney, who's been running for six years, has all the money in the world, and still can't get the party to line up behind him. Newt Gingrich seems to have done himself in after a couple spikes of momentum. Ron Paul has rabid supporters, just not enough of them to make a difference.

And of course, Rick Santorum, the current flavor of the month - who has a history of controversial comments, including about Satan, and lost his own U.S.Senate seat in Pennsylvania by double digits.

It's no wonder some Republicans are still looking for a savior.

A new Quinnipiac poll shows New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the top choice of Republicans if there winds up being a "brokered convention." Christie - who gets 32% support - is followed by former Governors Sarah Palin and Jeb Bush at 20% and Indiana governor Mitch Daniels at 15%.

One of the reasons a lot of people like Christie is because he's such a straight talker. Most recently Christie told Warren Buffet to "just write a check and shut up." Gotta love it.

Christie is a Romney supporter who insists he's not interested in running himself. Too bad. You could put the Christie-Obama debates on Pay-Per-View and retire the national debt.

Other Republicans who might still jump into the race include Congressman Paul Ryan, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Here’s my question to you: Who can save the Republican Party from itself?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bill:
The only person who can save the Republican Party from itself is Barack Obama. A Democratic Party perfect storm with Barack Obama as captain of the ship is the only thing that could allow the Republicans a chance at the throne. $6 gasoline, >10% unemployment, a new war with Iran and a terrorist attack on American soil is about the only set of conditions good enough to make the Republicans look plausible.

Mark in Houston:
Jack, A political party that professes destruction of the environment, calls science a hoax, relegates women to a second class status, and wants their religious beliefs to become our laws does not deserve saving.

Sharon in Colorado:
The GOP is like an old stained and raggedy T-shirt. Not even good enough to wear for yard work anymore. Well past it's time. A relic from the past that won't make it through another wash cycle. Time for the rubbish bin. GOP has become their own death panel & their decision appears to be suicide.

Ken in Connecticut:
The Democrats can. Vote Obama in for another 4 years. Then everyone look at the results. And the Republicans will win in a landslide in 2016.

Carol in Massachusetts:
Jon Huntsman could have. He's articulate, reasonable, accomplished, worldly, smart. Never mind.

Althea in Mount Vernon, Missouri:
Chris Christie could do it for sure. At least he will tell you exactly what he thinks. You may not like what he says or his policy but at least he speaks the truth. How refreshing.

Deborah in Colorado:
My favorite was always Christie but, ultimately, my favorite will be whoever is running against Obama since he is, by far, my least favorite.

Riley:
No one I can think of. The Republican Party doesn’t even want to vote for the remaining four. That’s why the president is singing and laughing.

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  1. ranch111

    Ron Paul.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  2. Elizabeth From Toronto

    I wouldn't worry about the Republican party, one wrong move by any Democrat at all and the party will be back on top. Americans love Republicans. This is just a minor setback! I wish Democrats had that kind of loyalty!

    February 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  3. David

    Ron Paul, of course.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  4. Terry, Louisiana

    It may well be too late

    February 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  5. patti simpson

    Methinks you misspoke Jack, the question is "why save the republican party"

    February 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  6. Mary Jo/Brooklyn New york

    After watching the debate I am convinced that the party cannot save itself. These gentleman are the nominees. One of them will have enough at the end of the day to run for president. None of them can win. They have beat each other up sooooo much that it is hard to look at anyone of them and believe in what they are saying. They have become like cardboard figures that you stand next to and have your picture taken with. They are not real people...

    February 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  7. Wm in PA

    Jack you ask: "who can save the Republican Party from itself?

    Why would we want to? The top 10% of the population is hoarding most of the wealth, pay raises, Rolex's, education etc.

    While 90% of us now work 2 or more jobs, for less pay and benefits and are in debt. Why would we want more of this??

    February 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  8. Conor in Chicago

    Jesus. He can save all of us. Just ask all of these candidates...

    February 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  9. Daniel Solina

    Ron Paul. He's the only true fiscal conservative in the group. When he says he supports limited government, personal liberty, and the Constitution he means it. Paul is the only one of the four left with the record to prove it. The GOP needs to realize that Dr. Paul is the best chance for a thriving conservative movement in the country. The media also needs to start giving him the respect he deserves.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  10. tom bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Jesus saves. Never think there is no hope. Revelation through the grace of God saves the sin sick soul.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  11. Elaine Lovitt

    Jack, I can't decide which is worse: the Democrats in my pocketbook or the Republicans in my bedroom. Is it any wonder I'm an Independent?

    February 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  12. Russ in PA

    Ron Paul is the only person capable of saving the Repulblicans, of course. But our society today – raised in the public school system – apparently know nothing of our Constitution, and are too busy playing with iPads or iPhones to pay attention to the one person preaching the gospel of the Constitution, sound money, and a free society.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    February 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  13. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,That is such a great question.I was thinking about that very thing this morning.Its like you have four guys with
    the strangest ideas in a knife fight and are clueless about the bigger picture that is "The United States" its all about them.
    So my answer as to who will save them or their party......................sorry Jack...........They are toast and lost.
    David

    February 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  14. JD in NH

    Their only hope is the resurrecton of a sane Republican like Dwight Eisenhower.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    When you have to savage and bloody your opponents, even those on your side, to appeal to a base fueled by hate, division and lies, how can you be saved? At least all these debates have exposed them for what they truly stand for. The shower needed after that exposure to remove the filth is a small price to pay.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  16. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Jon Huntsman could have. But they rejected him. There are several 'sane' Republicans like Jeb Bush and Governor Chris Christie who could, but they seem to know something the current candidates and the Tea Party haven't realized yet. The ultra-right has so damaged the Repblican brand that there is not enough time left before November to slavage it.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  17. Adam Harris

    You mean other than their God, Ronald Reagan? No one. And here I thought that the Democrats were supposed to be the dysfunctional family arguing at the dinner table...
    Adam, Ruston Louisiana

    February 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  18. james in greenville nc

    Jack, I think Obama can save the Republicans. The Republicans only need to select a candidate and then start talking about what Obama has done while in office, or what promises he made but has not even attempted to keep. It will look so much different when the Republicans take aim at Obama's record. He can run, moan and groan, but he ain't gettin' away from that miserable record.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  19. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Certainly not one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. But then any Republican moderate enough to even attempt to steer the party away from the calamitous edge of constant contention would be eaten alive.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  20. riley oday

    No one I can think of. The Repub party dosent even want to vote for the remaining four. Thats why the President is singing and laughing.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  21. Ed from California

    A morning after pill!!

    February 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  22. Tom in Desoto, TX

    No one, let it runs it's course. Perhaps at some point they may come to the realization they're collective Draconian "My way or the highway" attitude that's been prelevent this century has been counter productive resulting in trillions of dollars of debt. When George W Bush took office the debt was about $4.6 trillion. Tax cuts for the rich, two unfunded wars, all the while neglecting Americans by and large.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  23. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    Rep. candidate breakdown:
    Newt – the smartest (most intelligent) and "sliest" of the bunch but his party is-so-afraid-of him he will never be president
    Mitt – their man of choice because he'll do anything they ask him too
    Rick – not enough political 'clout' for the rich republicans
    Ron – my choice but he'd die while in office of overwork since he'd have to do it all by himself. No self-respecting
    *(( self-centered )) (( I meant to say )) republician is going to go for what he wants.
    "?" 'i' think their "DOOMED!"

    February 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  24. Jenna Roseville CA

    Who can save the Republican Party from itself?

    There isn't anyone in the current Republican Party that can save the party from itself. They have pulled themselves so far to the right that they are strangling themselves. The party of NO needs to do some soul searching.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    February 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  25. Pete in Georgia

    "Here I come to save the day,
    Mighty Mouse is on the way" !!!

    Imagine just for a minute what the rest of the world thinks of our two party system..................egomaniacs, desperate, pathetic fools........................both sides.

    America

    February 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  26. James - Alexandria, VA

    No one can save the Republican Party. They will internally self destruct and I will enjoy every minute of it.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  27. Bill in Ottawa, Canada

    The only person who can save the Republican party from itself is Barack Obama. A Democratic party perfect storm with Barack Obama as Captain of the ship is the only thing that could allow the Republicans a chance at the throne. $6.00 gasoline, >10% unemployment, a new unavoidable war with Iran and a terrorist attack on American soil is about the only set of conditions good enough to make the Republicans look plausible. It'll be interesting to see how Grover, Karl, the 0.001% and John Boehner try to brew up the storm conditions.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  28. Dee

    As they say in show biz – they've jumped the shark. This sitcom will be cancelled.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  29. Kevin in CA

    The 1 percenters that run it.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  30. Leta

    Nobody – as long as the GOP is tied to the special interest groups – THE ELITES – they totally
    surrender their core principles. So sad

    February 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  31. jeff from PA

    Jack: I think their doing a fine job saving themselves! They have already saved themselves for 2016. If they keep up the good work they might be ready for 2020!

    February 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  32. Rich McKinney, Texas

    It is hard to say Jack. About the only thing that might save them is if the current administration blunders terribly and very quickly. Other then that not much with the exception of erasing their hard drive and rebooting from scratch. They need a new formula for success. One that includes some electable people running for president.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  33. Bill of New Mexico

    Who can save the Republican Party from itself?

    With some Republicans insisting on caps and balances!

    Romney and Santorum campaigning on how much taxes they will cut!

    McCain and Graham insisting on saving the rebellion in Syria!

    Last night–Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney justified a pre-emptive strike on Iraan!

    Who can save us from the Republicans?

    February 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  34. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    President Obama has tried to save them from themselves on multiple occasions but they don't want to be saved. Senator McCain and Clayburn and even Congressman Boehner has tried to save them from each other but they refused to be saved. The Republicans seems to insist on a burn and crash scenario which will result in a 20 year banishment from leading either chamber in Congress.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  35. calaurore9

    Jon Huntsman could have. He's articulate, reasonable, accomplished, worldly, smart. Nevermind.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    February 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  36. ken from connecticut

    The Democrats can. Vote Obama in for another 4 years. Then everyone look at the results. And the repubicans will win in a landslide in 2016

    February 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  37. Brad, Portland, OR

    Obama can save the Republican party from itself.

    Once he's re-elected, the Republicans will hopefully become more introspective and realize that they have to stop running radical, crazy clowns if they ever expect to win the Presidency again.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  38. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, on some of the issues it is almost like the Democrats had planted a double agent to sell those guys on extremist positions that immediately offend large segments of American voters, especially women. I've lived 72 years and have never seen a more extreme major Party than today's GOP. It is scary to think what would happen to the country if they got into power.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  39. Terri from Blountville, Tn

    No one. Politicians seem to have problems with history, facts, and reality. Simply calling out the name Ronald Reagan proves nothing. While candidates may think they are making points with the constant game show like rant of "I am Ronald Reagan", people grow weary of the baloney that flows so freely from their self righteous mouths.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  40. gilbert macias/Lake elsinore ca

    No one The Republican Party will soon lose the house but they have a plan b move to Israel since the love it so much .

    February 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  41. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Jack, why would you ever want to do that? Only Obama can save it from itself by ignoring the needs of underwater mortgage borrowers or letting the oil futures bubble go so high that it crashes in October, taking the financial system with it.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  42. David in Tampa

    Why would any sane person want to save the Republican Party?

    February 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  43. Tyler Barnes

    Even as a Canadian, I do not want the Republican Party to be saved from itself. If I were an American, i would be a Democrat. Let the Republican Party self-destruct. They were one of the causes of the present recession with all of the problems it has caused for the American and world econpmy. Then they have the audacity to say only they can solve the U S economic problems. They have increased the American national debt with the war in Irag and tax cuts to the rich initiated by President Bush. Let them commit political suicide. The world, not just the U S would be better off.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  44. Shirley, Parry Sound, Ontario

    I don't know, Jack. But I've got the perfect theme song for them: "Send in the Clowns".

    February 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  45. Ken in Seattle

    The Republican Party as it currently exists should not be saved. The hate speak and stone age thinking of the extremists on the far right need to be exorcized from the party, allowing a return to the civilized discourse the GOP practiced for so long. These extremists seem intent on excluding and punishing anyone who doesn't have the same narrow minded view of the world held in their tiny small minds. Right wing extremism and liberty for all are mutually exclusive.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  46. Kenneth in California

    It is the candidates themselves that can save the party by shutting up. I've been around since President Coolidge, and today's political rancor has our nation angry, and divided, like in no other time. There was a time when we really liked our politicians, no kidding.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  47. Ted Pantelakis

    Jack,
    I have been a supporter of Mitt Romney from grass roots. But after the debate last night, too much time watching two turkeys argue to prove who is better qualified to be the president. What the Republican party is showing through this mockery is their vulnerability through each man.. And the Democrats are going to have a field day on it.. Ron Paul would be the answer to your question..

    February 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  48. Debi, Salt Lake City

    The only thing that can save the Republic Party from themselves is Barack Obama. Once he's re-elected, the lot of them can cease this murder/suicide.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  49. Ted Pantelakis

    Jack,
    The doctor was more in line with what this country needs, Honest response.. Something about someone being a fake?. But, the Republican party has some strong issues on womens pro rights.. They will lose many votes unless their direction changes... I am a man that believes a women should have that right.. How more honest can one be?

    February 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  50. Rick McDaniel

    Only a third party candidate.

    We can't afford Obama.......he is destroying the economic structure of the entire country, in the effort to establish a Democratic party welfare state.

    The GOP has no good candidates who would actually run for the office. We can however, insure that we guard against Obama's excesses, by putting the GOP in control of both houses of Congress. Something that is absolutely, without question, essential to saving our country.

    For President, we will have at least one additional option for President, in a third party candidate, and that may be, the only viable solution.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  51. Adam - Florida

    If Romney would come back towards the center and reassert himself as a moderate conservative who is willing to work with Democrats to get things done then he may have a chance at winning the Presidency. He needs to stop feeding into the crazy radical side of the republican minority and come back around to capture the vote of moderate republicans and indepents. In addition, the republicans needs to stop personally attacking the president and start to show some respect for the position. Radical statements from these canidates needs to be show down by the media, because they really don't have any place in debates or in politics. Also, they needs to stop talking about how bad Obama is and start talking more about what in the world they would do different and how they would actually accomplish it.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  52. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I honestly see no one on the Republican horizon, Jack. the so called "Christian Conservatives" have driven the party SO far RIGHT on social issues that even former moderates like Mitt Romney have to parrot their crazyness which alienates even Republican women.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  53. Mike S., New Orleans

    The first Republican to stand up and disavow the extreme right wing factions of the GOP will save the party.
    I just hope they don't go running to the Bush family for another leader appointed by blue bloods. That didn't work so well the first two times.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  54. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    Hopefully, nobody. The Republican Party has strayed so far to the right, that they are not only illrelevant, but downright dangerous to the well being of the country. Imagine how much progress we could have made as a nation, had it not been for all the obstructionism, hate, quarreling and stubborness. The likes of Rove, Norquist, and Boehner, have done more damage to us than any of our enemies could have hoped for. If the four candidates representing the Republican Party are their best and brightest, then it's probably time to shut the party down.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  55. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    The Picture you posted would indicate it is one of these 4' but you and I both know it is not. They are falling all over each other trying to be on top and guess what it is not working. In the mean time it sounds like the GOP is still shopping around. Can you blame anyone for not wanting to walk into this mess? Good Luck is all I have to say.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  56. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    According to Santorum, Jesus saves.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  57. Ed from Texas

    I don't think it's possible Jack, because they've become bi-polar. They've erased the Bush presidency from their memories and think all this spending only started when President Obama was elected. They simultaneously believed the Bush tax cuts would generate more revenue while also returning the surplus. The individual mandate was a Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Foundation idea, championed by Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and John McCain, but after it was included in Obama Care, suddenly it's tyranny.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  58. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, this Party of the rich is what Ike warned us about. All they talk about is tax cuts for the rich and believe corporate charters are persons and money is its speech. What does that make the Military-Industrial Complex? They would repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. JFK answers your question; “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

    February 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  59. Steve Paul

    If these stupid beside- the- point debates continue the Republican Party will lose. THe Democrats will win by default and the American people will be left in total despair. That may be the upside Jack, 4 more years of this will kill me off before Obama care will put me in front of my "end of life" management team.

    Steve
    Nashville, In

    February 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  60. mak

    Obama is the only person who can save the Republican Party. Four more years of Obama Presidency,then America will not exist as we have known and the Republican will finally wake up and see the light.
    We will become a part of EU.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  61. Doug Ericson

    Its just a hunch,but if we have to have a Military Industrial, Big Corporation, Wall Street, and other big special interest group puppet for President, I like Lindsey Graham. He has President written all over him, so I don't know why others havn't picked him out. Maybe he just isn't interested in the job. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  62. Gordo from NJ

    As a member of the loyal opposition, I would encourage Republicans to fully embrace their inner Tea Party. When the GOP keeps anointing ever-more-conservative candidates over and over again, each time expecting different results, then they're just not trying hard enough.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  63. Michaell "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Accordingly, SATAN couldn't save the Republican party from itself!

    February 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  64. thom richer

    Certainly not Newt Gingrich or anyone who opposes the American worker as strongly, wrongly and hatefully as he. When he blamed all our economic and educational problems and failures on the Teacher's and Labor Unions last night and everyone seated with him and the audience applauded garbage from a presidential candidate, I nearly threw up. So, so scary. This from a man worth millions, has WASTED millions, used our hard earned taxes to pursue his own Quixotic dream of being president, which will NEVER happen, and made millions from a government company that was the main player in our economic downfall, and made thousands of dollars per minute versus the hourly wage of most teacher and union members make in ten or more years for what he claimed was only 36 hours of actual work, is mystifying. Such hypocrisy. Such arrogance. Such deceitfulness. Such dishonesty from a man of government. Not any in the race, Jack will save anyone or anything when they believe they are more worthy than the rest of Americans.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    February 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  65. Karl in Flint, MI

    No one can. The party has hit the iceberg on the far right and has sunk itself to the point anyone that might have saved it a couple of weeks ago wouldn't touch it now. They are stuck with the Four Stooges, Governors Vaginal Probe and Veto Same Sex. They have the convention and then on to November, but they have pretty much cooked their own goose and will have to hit bottom, purge themselves of the "Way Too Far to the Right" crowd and come back in a new, acceptable conservative package. Right now they are trying to fish themselves out of the toilet and it isn't appetizing.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  66. Carla from Alabama

    Jesus himself couldn't save the republican party. They are not worth redemption. They are dinosaurs and should lie down and quietly turn into oil and coal like the dinos did – what a fantastic Karmic turn – they would become the very natural resources they've abused for so long.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  67. LA Belle

    The incarnation of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Anyone who doesn't make up lies as they 'preach', instead of campaigning.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  68. bud rupert

    As long as they keep talking like they are delusional NO ONE. Smalll Government conservatism is an Oxy-moron.
    "Never has been and never will be" The government has grown under every administration since FDR with the possible exception of Bill Clinton. And If they keep referring to Ronald Reagan as their ideal forget it. President Reagan raised taxes 4 time between 1982-84 (because he had to). There was also 350,000 mor people employed by the feds when he left office and the national debt was around 2.7 trillion up from Carters 870 billion.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  69. M. Garnier, Montreal, Canada

    I don't think a single "white knight" can save the process.
    That being said, how does an addict save himself from addiction? By talking to former addicts... Where are the former (public) standard bearers of the GOP? Where are former Pres. Bush and junior? Where is Dole? Who knows best about seeking the nomination, if not the presidency, than these guys? These past figures, warts and all, should be on display and in the public eye to guide the gnomes that are now seeking the nomination.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  70. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Nobody can save the Republican Party from itself in 2012. All of the Republicans-in-demand are waiting to run in 2016 when they don[t have to run against the incumbent President Obama-you know-the Secular Secret Muslim Socialist Marxist Saul Alinsky Radical.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  71. Larry in Houston

    Who can save the Republican Party from itself?
    Answer: Nobody – All 3 of them have already Imploded. And after hearing Obama a little while ago, in Florida, in his speech, during Brooke Balwin's Show – It looks like he may get re-elected. Why ? He's "countered" everything that the Republicans have said, as far as oil / drilling & energy goes.
    The only reason that Ron Paul is In there, is because If he runs as a 3rd party, nobody will pay any attention to him, so even though he doesn't have any of the other guys ideals, he still gets press coverage, in addition to the fact that he's taking some republican votes from the other 3.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  72. Gail, Plano TX.

    It is patently obvious, Jack, that the GOP knows they will lose running against the President! They are afraid of him. Mediocre people are always afraid of anyone who is intelligent. They prefer the dingbats who eat & swallow their extremism. The Republican parry oozes hate from its pores. They are a blight on America. My own sister is a Republican. And a true stereotype of the Republican Party. Clinton hater, gay hater, Bible literist, I could go on infinitim. So to conclude, there is nothing the GOP can do to save itself. But they are good at lying!

    February 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  73. Gary H. Boyd

    The GOP debate Wednesday in Mesa, Arizona before next weeks' primaries in Michigan and Arizona and 10 other states on March 6th, mercifully ended what has become a Republican nightmare. Whoever emerges as the GOP nominee is gonna have a lot of fence mending to do and the Republicans are going to need to circle their torn and tattered wagons because the Democrats are just waiting to attack.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    February 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  74. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Who wants to save the Republicans when they are more fun than a barrel of monkeys, although not as dignified.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  75. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack I was wondering the same thing as I was watching the debate last night. This is not the Republican Party I used to know. Even Ronald Reagan would be considered a liberal today in the Republican Party. All over the country the Republicans are getting involved in issues they should not get involved in and trying to tell people how they should live according to their beliefs. This has turned off many people including a lot of women. It is one thing to want your country to live within its means and cut the deficit. It is another thing to want to have mandatory probing of pregnant women in Virginia. To me they have become a religious cult instead of a political party.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  76. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Every week its the same question. It WILL be a brokered convention. Nothing can save the Republican party in 2012. The three potential candidates -Christie, Daniels and Bush are smart enough to lay low until 2016. I compare this campaign to Goldwater-Johnson. The Republicans have scared the American public on both sides to vote Obama so as not to risk any one of the 4 Clowns being elected. Way too late in the game to save this party

    February 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  77. Cathy

    Not the Republicans, this is a demoratic society- let the chips fall where they may!

    February 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  78. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Would imagine that Ronald Reagean is the only one that the GOP would bow down too but in all reality they don't have anyone that I'd want to vote for of these four. As for the brokered convention, which would be wonderful I'd support Bozo the Clown before a quitter governor and he'd win it all. Jack, why didn't you mention Donald Trump?

    February 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  79. Sand

    "I think that Santorum is a Democrat in Wolf's clothing. Only those that vote GOP, can save the GOP. It's the groupies that are to blaim, they want a miracle now, because they voted for Obama last time."

    February 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  80. Mr D

    I like the pledge of allegiance to the United States of America depicted in the photo. But it's doubtful that the U.S. that is being pledged to is still here. This could also be true of the Republican party.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  81. Sharon, Colorado

    GOP is like an old stained & raggedy T-shirt. Not even good enough to wear for yard work anymore. Well past it's time. A relic from the past that won't make it through another wash cycle. Time for the rubbish bin. GOP has become their own death panel & their decision appears to be suicide.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  82. Mark in Houston

    Jack....

    A political party that professes destruction of the environment, calls science a hoax, relegates women to a second class status, and wants their religious beliefs to become our laws does not deserve saving. My suggestion, let them all fall on their swords.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  83. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Any real (read: “old School”) Republican who holds the same values as Eisenhower, Ford (or even Nixon, who looks good and honorable next to the current pile of bat guano). Tea Party members need not apply.

    The country has gone so far off the tracks that only someone like Ron Paul knows what needs to be done to fix it – if anyone can. Jon Huntsman has good ideas and enough common sense to know when and how to compromise. Christie may talk straight, but is too arrogant and too tough with people who can’t hurt him, i.e. a bully. But the rest of the party is lost in the woods.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  84. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    In this instance I would say let the Republican Party die off. This country will be better off without it. Let it splinter into the factions it is, and allow for a new Moderate party to rise and put some balance back into the system.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  85. Sean, Roseville, California

    I think the answer may be right in front of us. Ron Paul, who has been outside the radar and the drama, for the most part, had his best showing in the debate last night and either won the debate or tied with Romney. I think his poll numbers will go up as a result and he may pick up a good amount of Santorum's supporters, who will no doubt, be bailing after Santorum's poor debate performance. Santorum's answers made him look very much like a Washington insider and i think his momentum is gone now. It's Paul's time to rise, i think. Romeny and Gingrich also benefited by Santorum's self destruction, but i think Paul benefited the most.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  86. Jake in Omaha

    Who can save the Republican Party from itself?

    Jeb Bush

    February 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  87. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Don't the Republicans have someone hiding in the wings with silver hair, a southern accent and a promise to
    drop the price of gas to $ 2.00 a gallon. Seems like its a win win. to me.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  88. Jeff In Minnesota

    Of the lot, Romney seems to be the only one that's not a whack job with a real chance at beating the President. Gingrich panders to whomever he is talking promising the world, but will be unable to deliver. Santorum is supposedly as devout as a monk, but you have to wonder based on his track record if he is also pandering. One also has to wonder if Santorum will run the White House or the Pope. In his speeches he keeps using the phrase "The Church says ..." Ron Paul is, well, Ron Paul. Just as wacky as the last time he ran with a few good ideas sprinkled in to keep people interested.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  89. Rebecca from Georgia

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm No one I think. They are soooo right wing its beyond the bounds of decency.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  90. Nate NC

    Jack, it would have to be your girl Sarah Palin. Seriously, she was honest, integrous, and committed to making MINDLESS comments about America. She has never wavered. Even in the present day she continues to speak while wrecklessly commenting on making changes to America despite not completing a term as Governor or committing to a campaign in the upcoming election. Before President Bush's second term we had a group of DEMOCRATS that no one was really as enthusiastic about. Sen. Kerry, Sen. Edwards, Rev. Al Sharpton. Now the tables are turned but with the same scenario of lackluster candidates for the opposing party. But good'ole could change that, making all the current candidates look stellar.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  91. Patstm Texas

    Jack, as hard as you are trying to help the Repubicans, it isn't working. So, you think "just write a check and shut up"
    is something we "gotta love", think again. I, personally, don't want some bully running all over the World.
    representing the United States. He is no statesman, certainly no diplomat and he can just stay in New Jersey
    where he belongs.
    The Republicans aren't worth saving, unless they get some back bone, tell the tea party to back off, and start
    working for the American people.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  92. curtis in philadelphia

    Since most Republicans seem to only vote on social issues defined by their religious beliefs, only Jesus Christ can save the party, though truth be told, if Christ were alive today, he'd probably be a member of the Green party or an outright socialist. On second thought, who cares? Train wrecks are fun to watch.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  93. Ann from Charleston SC

    That debate last night got on my nerves so bad I had to switch to American Idol. And that is pretty much how I feel about the Republican Party... they just get on my nerves...and I used to consider myself a Republican. Republicans aren't interested in what is best for the country, only what fits their ideology and what will keep them in office. They forget that this is a democracy where everyone's point of view counts, not just theirs. So I say forgt the Republican Party.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  94. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    No one. No serious Republican thinker wants to be in office right now. They know there are only a couple solutions left to the U.S. to save this sinking ship. They would either have to go down with it, or make some very un-Republican decisions. The U.S. has coasted along for too long and the coming years are going to be hard.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  95. Gigi Oregon

    Who can save the Republican party...only God himself. And, in my humble opinion, I do not believe He is very happy with the party using Him and re-writing His word. I believe they have gotten into the Church and made it a den for thieves. And don't blame Obama, the church is not to be in or telling the government, with lobbyist money, how to run the government. That is the best way to keep the government out of the church... don't invite them in. It is up to the individual to walk the straight and narrow. And if women choose to make their own choice so be it. We once had individual choices not any more with both the government and the Church messing in our nest.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  96. John from Santa Maria, CA

    During the last election it was said of Obama that he couldn't close the deal or knock Hillary out of the campaign so the democratic primary dragged on. This is what is happening with Romney and eventually he will outlast his opponents and win the Republican nomination.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  97. Ray in Knoxville

    President Obama. He can win re-election and make moderate Republicans realize that they either have to take the party back or let the right have it and go on to form their own party.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  98. George Stewart

    No one can repair the damage caused to GOP. If so inclined may be a Prez Cafferty and VP Blitzer or vice versa will save the Republicans

    February 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  99. Russ Eppen from Dayton Nevada

    Abe Lincoln comes to mind...and he's been dug up 10 times so another time wouldn't hurt!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  100. ALTHEA VAN DER WAL

    Chris Christie could do it for sure. At least he is a honest Politician which will tell you excatly what he thinks. You may not like what he says or his policy but at least he speaks the truth how refreshing. Mount Vernon, MO

    February 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  101. Ryan

    Stephen Colbert

    February 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  102. Julia

    Romney. The press might not like him, and they even try to get us not to like him, but he keeps winning, whether you all like it or not :)

    February 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  103. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    My favorite was always Christie but, ultimately, my favorite will be whoever is running against Obama since he is, by far, by least favorite.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  104. Jessica

    No one can save the Republican party. The republican party is doomed to fail against Barack Obama. They don't need to get more involved just so they can lose. Romney has no hope and Sarah palin definitely has no hope

    February 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  105. Cathi

    George Costanza.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  106. Pete in Florida

    DONALD TRUMP! Hahahahaha, ROTFLMAO. As long as the inmates are in charge of the insane asylum, NO ONE can save them. Each candidate that moves to the front of the pack turns out to be nuttier than the last. And lurking in the wings – Sarah Palin????? Get a grip, Republicans.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  107. Bill Wimmer, Delaware

    A Bush /Christie or Christie / Bush ticket

    February 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  108. Dennis Moore

    No one, as it is too fragmented. As every special interest group want to be in control.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  109. Mark Page

    Jesus? God? Maybe Satan? Or none of the above.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  110. Jerry in Colorado Springs

    Why save the Republican Party? It is so much fun watching them make idiots of themselves & self-destruct!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  111. Karen South Carolina

    No one can save them,Jack! They are living in the past! We need some one to lead us into the future!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  112. Paul - North Carolina

    Unless Abe Lincoln risies from the dead, the answer is no one. The list of names you just rattled off proves that. The fact that Sarah Palin and yet another Bush even make the list is emblamatic of just how desperate the GOP situation is. As for Christie, he may be a straight talker but he's also 98% mouth, no substance. His comment about Buffet might play well on talk radio or that so-called news network but it only shows how shallow he is. I would vote for Warren Buffet in a heartbeat but would only place my bet on Christie in Nathan's hot dog eating contest.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  113. Greg Brown

    I know it sounds self serving Jack, but me.
    I'm the most fiscally conservative, socially liberal person I know.
    Of course how well would that go over in a traditional Republican primary: abysmally. But given the likelihood of a brokered convention...
    However, I'm only 26. Give me time; I can only get angrier at the state of affairs within the political party whose ideals I support.

    Greg B, finance student and former Marine in Boulder.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  114. pat in michigan

    C'mon Jack. Everybody knows that whoever is going up against President Obama is another sacrificial lamb. For this 4 years any idiot will do and we have a wide assortment of that flavor. The White house is reserved for Jeb Bush and no one else.
    This dog and pony show is just a propaganda campaign for 4 years from now

    February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  115. Win Reed

    The Democrats of course. Can't wait for Obama's second term in office.

    Win from California

    February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  116. bil zen

    Jack, I like your commet "Circular firing squad"...

    Since you said it first...the only one who can help them to help themselves is Samuel Colt.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  117. Emmanuel Hall

    There is no one who could quality for this tea party infested Republican party capable of defeating President Obama, including your hypocrite candidate Chris Christie.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  118. Molly in San Diego

    Interesting, Jack, how you said raising the tax rate on the top 1% would only raise a 'mere' 40 billion, not enough to make a difference in the budget, so why bother, but now you agree with Chris Christie that Warren Buffett should write a check and 'shut up'! And I was raised that telling someone to shut up was rude. Not the kind of prez I'd want representing my country.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  119. The New Progressive

    The Republicans can choose whichever partisan panderer they want to save the party... However, the way the Republicans can save America is to become the party of their name. To be Republican's who are elected to lead for the good of all Americans, not to pander to a party machine, wealthy fundraisers, or even their own constituencies. A true republican is elected to lead by ability, not to be led by the electorate.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  120. Bernie F. Yonkers, NY

    I will lend the party a shovel so they can dig up Honest Abe and let him show them what he KNEW it meant to be a republican.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  121. Shannon Welk

    Republicans can save themselves by uniting behind ONE candidate – start making up your mind folks!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  122. Tim in El Cerrito

    The current GOP platform is so out of touch with the country. They continue to pander to the extreme right wing & the rich & big business. Until they have a more moderate candidate that is TRULY *INCLUSIVE* of Women's Rights, Gay Equality (incl. full MARRIAGE Equality), and stop their incessant war on Illegals, they have no chance. We need AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE for EVERYONE. Obama's HC solution, while not perfect, is a GREAT start. But NO – the GOP is pandering yet again, to the Health Care Industry & Insurance Co.'s This is 2012 for crying out loud – not 1950 where the current platform wants to take us back to.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  123. Hank Corbett of Jacksonville, nc

    Republicans don't care about substance in choosing their candidates, they only look for angry, loud talking, charismatic individuals to fill their needs.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  124. Bob

    Boot all of the religious zealots out and I might consider voting republican again.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  125. Fields P.

    The GOP needs more than one man or one woman to save it. If you look at the Presidential candidates they are all much different. One is conservative socially, one is conservative fiscally, one is conservative constitutionally, and one is conservative rhetorically It will take a massive movement in the party, all in the one of these directions, in order to retain it's once held influence and loyalty.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  126. rockingham nc

    The GOP has demonstrated themselves as being incompetent by voting against anything the president does for the betterment of this country! Now I will pop champagne again on election day because watching the GOP presidental debates are reminisent to watching paint dry!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  127. Brian

    The only reason the alternative candidates seem appealing is because they haven't yet been vetted the way the four current candidates have been, (with the exception of Palin). I'm sure if any of the 'saviour' candidates were to jump in, they would enjoy 3 weeks at the top of the polls and then attack ads and old news stories would drag them back down.

    If either of these candidates were serious about running for President, they should have done it the right way and got in before the primaries started.

    Brian from Toronto

    February 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  128. Juan Estrella

    Clearly, Republicans are waiting for the current debacle to end so they can focus on 2016, when Christie will be their nominee. Added to this ticket will be Rubio, to lock down Florida and bolster the Latino vote. This is a formidable ticket, since Christie embodies what Republicans drool over in a candidate. He is harsh, abrasive, intolerant, and incapable of compromise. He thinks gay marriage somehow infringes on everyone else's rights, blames unions for everything, and has masks a general disregard for civility as "telling it like it is". The Christie/Rubio ticket will be the Republican Party's 2016 leviathan. If Hillary doesn't run, I'm putting my money on Andrew Cuomo for a battle of the east coast mafia types.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  129. dennis

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – He needs to block the Strait of Hormuz so gas prices double or triple. After that Bozo the clown could win the election......

    February 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  130. Kevin Johnson

    Jack,
    I watched an interview with Pierce Morgan and Chris Christie and was so impressed that I think he is our only hope to take back the White House. He is straight talking, logical, makes perfect sense and does not mince words to get to the point. The Republicans are killing themselves and making themselves and others look like fools. Stop the insanity and get to the point and get the country back on track. Send Obama back to "Sweet Home Chicago".

    February 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  131. Paul P.

    The Democrats. If Obama wins re-election it will force the GOP to go back and reassess their own tactics, values and priorities. I cannot say as I have seen a political party flounder around so much on various issues or be so internally divided. Their 'just say no' behaviour of the last 3 years has left then not knowing what they want in a leader or have a unified message and they don't look ready to lead right now.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  132. Name*Deena

    No one can save the gop-except Maybe the Democrats!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  133. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Who can save the GOP from itself? Let's break down this answer, Jack. Jeb Bush wouldn't do it, just look at the last name...Bush. We don't need another Bush in the White House, or it might as well be a dynasty. Sarah Palin needs to stay in Alaska with her family, because if she announces a run for the White House, the media will be all over her family, and we all remember how THAT went. Chris Christie would be too mafia for the White House, and likely get us in a fight. Let's face it, nothing can save the GOP from itself until it stops being the Party of No

    February 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  134. Fred Colby; Menominee, MI

    None of the last four have what the party needs. The idea is right...someone who can beat President Obama. But the race for the base will mark these candidates as too extreme for November voters. Just ask Bob Dole. I want a brokered convention which drafts the party's best Obama challnger...John Huntsman. Fred Colby, Menominee MI.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  135. Sean in michigan

    The situation is dier the only hope for the repulican candidates is to pull a kastanza, that is to shut up and walk away.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  136. Lu

    Unless Superman really exists no one can. The republican party has allowed outside influences to destroy this political party. The people who keeps backing them makes it even worse. They are doomed. The rhetoric has now became their character and is causing republicans to no longer want to be a republican.. Shame on them

    February 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  137. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    I don't know who can save the Republican party, but I can tell you some that can't. Couldn't take another Bush in the White House. Sorry Jeb, but your brother fixed things for anyone with the last name Bush. It's not Rick Santorum. He is scary to say the least. Social Security cuts NOW! Birth Control for none. It's not Mitt Romney – even money can't buy some things. Ron Paul and Newt are not it. The colony on the moon and other radical ideas fixed their wagon. It's not Christie, he thinks we are looking at his weight. Maybe he'll run once he gets the rest of the weight off. The Donald has a show to do – can't run for President Sarah Palin, Peaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  138. Jim in Houston

    Cant be done.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  139. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY

    Despite Jack's bromance with Christie, the Governors' brusque and rude persona plays better as Simon Cowells sidekick on reality TV than being the leader of the free world. As former President Clinton has said, governing is only possible from the center and the since the term Republican moderate is an oxymoron, this ensures a second term for the President.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  140. Kathleen in Maryland

    Dr. Drew can save them. They are all addicts - addicted to the sounds of their own pompous, holier-than-everyone-else right-wing Christian arrogance. Except for Ron Paul. He's just a nut.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  141. Paul P.

    The Democrats. If Obama wins re-election it will force the GOP to go back and reassess their own tactics, values and priorities. I cannot say as I have seen a political party flounder around so much on various issues or be so internally divided. Their 'just say no' behaviour of the last 3 years has left not knowing what they stand for and are having trouble finding a leader with a unified message. They don't look ready to lead right now.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  142. Rocky from New York

    Except Ron Paul, NOBODY! The republicans insist on noneffective political pander that only repulses the Amerian public. We are tired of rhetoric and name calling and are looking for a competent professional who is capable of looking at the world with a pragmatic 21st century view. Biblical interpretations of womens' rights is not going to cut it this day and age; its time that the Republicans concede the long over due recognitions of today's wold, then maybe they can get ahead..

    February 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  143. Craig

    The GOP has a serious image problem. The leadership has to clean house and duistance themselves from these wingnuts on the stage. Ive never seen a ruder and more ungentlemanly group of old white men in my 50+ years on this earth. Its sad, becuase they are becoming dinosaurs in an ever-changing world of diversity and they cant stomach the fact that our world is diverse and they have painted themselves into a corner.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  144. Bernie F. Yonkers, NY

    The truth is that republicans, NOT conservatives need a representative. Shame on all registered REBUBLICANS for not taking back their own party.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  145. andy Lynn, MA

    Am I missing something or is the Republican Party self destructing before my eyes. Have any of these Republican wanna-be read about the separation of church and state? If the Republicans legislate the birth control pill out oi existence I recommend they also make the erection in a pill illegal too.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  146. mike

    As a Republican Jesus himself couldn't win!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  147. Ray d'Entremont

    Ron Paul. The rest are same ole, same ole. The rest are lipstick on a pig! Their stand on Iran is insanity. Everybody forgets that the only country to use a Nuclear weapon on human beings is the United States. And you'll do it again in spades if Iran should be stupid enough to attack you or even give one to a terrorist. Iranians know this & there are enough intelligent people there to ensure it will never happen. Paul is absolutely right and alone currently in the race!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  148. iphoneguy

    The democrats... Just wait... As soon as you think the democrats have the elections in the bag, they'll do some stupid thing, like fighting among themselves, and get themselves defeated....

    February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  149. Barb Hatley

    It is obvious Jack. Only a smiting from the Almighty will bring the Republicans back to earth.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  150. Carol in Florida

    They don't deserve saving.they are-anachronistic and so out of touch. I don't know how a sane woman could consider these chauvinistic pigs. How dare they take control of women's health away whir complaining about regulation

    February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  151. Gerry Iowa

    No one can save the republicans They have destroyed each other. Christie is a loud mouth, sold on himself. Daniels can't even control his own wife. We don't need another Bush. And Sarah Palin, God save us all. Jack , you may not like President Obama but he tops them all.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  152. Daniel

    The only oerson that could save the GOP is Ronald Reagan, but he's dead!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  153. Jim

    Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate capable of beating Obama especially if it comes down to real change you can believe in. You look at all the polls and they have Ron Paul as the guy to beat Obama. Paul has steady supporters. Other candidates in the race, people are constantly changing who they support. The fact that he gets more support from the military compared to the other candidates makes it a joke when citizens question his foreign policy ideas. Apparently the military agrees with him but the business of the military industrial complex doesn't. You are either for big Government or small Government. You either support the Constitution or you don't, you support freedom or you don't. You can't pick and choose and Ron Paul doesn't pick and choose on the issues based on politics. He bases it on principles. I trust having more of a limited Government under him than under the other candidates running. Anyone else gets in it's a vote for the bankers and wall street, more corruption, more spending, more wars.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  154. Jim Green, Seguin, TX

    Jack, if you are talking about the current Republican party—it isn’t worth saving—They have only ONE program—to pander to the GREED of their wealthiest contributors—and to Hell with the 99% rest of us—and the new crop is saying ditto—SO WHY WOULD ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WANT TO SAVE THEM?

    February 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  155. Jeff Scott

    Jack, Jack, Jack,
    I can't believe you have given up on Obama. You know as well as the next guy that Christie, Romney or any of the other Republicans couldnt do one damn bit better with the circumstances Obama faced and still faces. Why everybody thinks the President, any President, can change things so dramatically is beyond me. The American Economy is like a huge rolling stone and the President and others can fire little sling shot rocks at it and get it to move just a tad to the right or left, but nobody and I mean nobody can change the direction that big rock is going when it has so many years of negative momentum behind it. It just takes time. So we can all sit back and speculate and bs ourselves to sleep, but the bottom line is its just going to take time to turn this empty broken economy around. So to answer your question, I dont think it matters if anybody saves the Republican Party, we dont need it saved, what we need is for it to continue to become outdated, stagnant and out of touch as it has been doing for the last decade. Vote Obama, hes our best shot at keeping this economy and our country safe during a very very difficult and dangerous time. If you think about it, hes done a hell of a job. If the Republicans had won the presidency we would have double digit unemployment right now and be in the middle of depression number two. I think your starting to get Alzheimers if you think Chris Christie, whos uncle is a convicted mobster, is the man to lead us out of this mess. Nothing personal. I hate to say it but if a man can't manage his own weight, at least to the point that he doesnt appear ready to keel over, how can he possibly manage our country.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  156. Dustin in Oxford, Ms.

    If the GOP is looking for a savior, they need to acknowledge Ron Paul. He offers the smallest form of Government which bridges the gap with the Democrats on Social issues. Ron Paul believes that people are rational and they should be able to govern their lives as they see fit. Until the Government gets out of everyone's business, people will remain ignorant and dependent on the government. Dependence = enslavement. Don't blame any of the Ron Paul supporters when the United States becomes a 3rd world country. Ron Paul is not only the savior of the GOP, but the Savior of American politics as we know it.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  157. Jackson

    "Who can save the Republican Party from itself?'
    Why not just let it die a natural death?

    February 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  158. Name*janice wynn

    Sarah Palin???? I thought they wanted someone that is not an idiot.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  159. Dawn Good

    Ron Paul is the man! Media doesn't think so, why because he isn't pretty? This country needs to get to the root of our problems. People are protesting because they are fed up with being hard working Americans and getting nowhere. It's time for a change like President Obama said he would do 3yrs ago! We the people...need some real change!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  160. James

    No one. And we do not need to save it.
    They brought it upon them. They did everything that could be done in order to win elections and in turn loss their own definition.

    Now they are lost but turned so 'rigid' than they have lost all the rationality.

    They crop of GOP leaders are not ripened to be harvested and all they have is to hope for 'brain washing' yet one more time the minds of American people.
    - FEAR OF IRAN !
    - FEAR OUR COLLAPSE
    - THEREFORE FEAR OBAMA

    How is this any different to the fear mongers who have ruled the middle east for so long ?

    Their audience is brain washed to the extent they want a 'BISHOP' instead of a US President ? The tea-party wants to slash all the budge ever (how they Govt will function and who will pay the police and first responders and build the infrastructure).
    It almost looks like they have given up on schools they want the parent to take charge of it eventually ! (Last night debate) THIS MEANS WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY AND MONEY TO EDUCATE OUR KIDS RIGHT THROUGH K-12 ! GREAT !!

    So with a party of such followers and such leaders, it is better they redefine themselves and resurrect them selves to serve the country rather than their party and stupid 'brain washed' followers who are in for a ride of their life time..

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  161. Ed Truncale / Erial, NJ

    Jack,
    I don't think anyone can save the Republican Party. And stop talking about Governor Christie. New Jersey really needs him to hang around for a bit long, thanks you, please.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  162. Noah Tucson, AZ

    Unfortunately Jack, the Republicans own ideology prevents them from doing the very thing that would make them all the most happy. Sadly, this one thing is also quite possibly the only way to save the party at this point... Cloning Reagan.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  163. Gary Southerton

    Who would want to save the Republican Party from itself? They made a deal with the far right, let them live with it.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  164. abby in Central Texas

    The GOP continues to prove it's an archaic party of patriarchal and often misogynistic worldviews, a party that has nothing to offer but obstructionism and out-dated and failed ideoogies, and whose candidates lack any sane, sensible solutions to America's problems. Why save a party that cares only about its own agenda: power and money. RIP, GOP.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  165. CR

    Why save it? It would be in America's best interest for the Republican Party to go away permanently.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  166. MaryM

    The GOP/TP/Republicans have moved so far to the right, they need binocculars to see the middle and then they call it the far left. The extreme religious right wing and TP have destroyed the republican party. Why do you think so many "SANE" republicans are sitting out this election . GOP, you have lost your way. You are ill.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  167. Jerome from Louisville

    The Republican party doesn't need to saved from itself. I rather resent the hyperbolic form of asking "Which Republican has the best chance of garnering party and independent support, in order to win the election?" In my opinion, Marco Rubio is that person but he may not be quite ready for prime time. Sarah Palin is just in the way. But the GOP already has some great candidates. Although Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich would all be fantastic compared to Obama, I like Romney because he was smart enough to support the Wall Street bank bailout, and who else can say that they successfully solved his or her state's health care problems? What he did in Massachusetts was nothing short of brilliant. He demonstrated that he can get results while working with the opposition. Everybody in Massachusetts has health care insurance, and the vast majority of Massachusetts (ians? ites?) are happy with it. And with a balanced budget, no less. People need to wake up and take their brain medicine.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  168. Dave in WA

    The GOP can save itself from itself. Republicans can STOP LYING.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  169. George From Raleigh, NC

    Not with these clowns.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  170. Chris in NJ

    Jack, the current Republican circus can't be saved at this point. As an independent, I'm actually embarrassed that these guys represent the best and the brightest from the Right? This is going to be a blood-bath in November. Obama stands heads and shoulders above any of these candidates.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  171. dubrats

    Who can save the GOP from itself? the answer is OBAMA is saving the gop from itself, and his record so far, along with the economy,etc....the pool of rep. to vote for is sad to say the least, but obama's record is far worse to many voters...

    February 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  172. Carrie in Bham ,Alabama

    Jack , so disappointed that you like the crude rude brute Christie for a nominee, but that said he does seem to be more logical and rational about most things than these yahoos running for the position. But he is just not a nice enough to be POTUS. I like nice to go with my smart!
    Now to answer your question , Obama will save this party , this current GOP has little hope of winning anything if they continue on this road they are on. They will hand the relection to him on a platter. And then maybe they will return to their roots and my daddy's grand ole party! Otherwise they are doomed! I will vote for Obama!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  173. Pat, Costa Mesa, CA

    We don't need to save the Republican Party, Jack. We need to ban it!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  174. Dustin in Oxford, Ms.

    If the GOP is looking for a savior, they need to acknowledge Ron Paul. He offers the smallest form of Government which bridges the gap with the Democrats on Social issues. Ron Paul believes that people are rational and they should be able to govern their lives as they see fit. Until the Government gets out of everyone's business, people will remain ignorant and dependent on the government. Dependence = enslavement. Don't blame any of the Ron Paul supporters when the United States becomes a 3rd world country. Ron Paul is not only the savior of the GOP, but the Savior of America

    February 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  175. Mary, Florida

    None of them. They should all just shut up and retire they aren't doing any good for the country or anyone other than themselves and their "Money Hoarders" Obama and his administration is what is best for the country and the people.

    Remember We the People, By the People, of the People, for the People" it is NOT We the Wealthy, By the Wealthy, of the Wealthy, For the Wealthy!!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  176. Nathaniel Webb

    For the republicans to be saved from itself it must part with its present platform of exclusion. Most minorities are conservative but with an anti-minority platform the preference is democrats juxtaposed to racist republicans.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  177. Eric

    No one can save a party that's been been dead for 20 years. Reagan broke it, Newt nuked it, and then neoconservatives twisted it into some kind of abomination. The increasingly comical failures of this party to serve as the counterpoint to Democrats that they're supposed to be has been a sad and tortured commentary on their addiction to fear-mongering, phony outrage, and craven exploitation, and a profound aversion to reality.. I've yet to see a credible idea from any of these supposed paragons of the party. "No more taxes! Cut all spending! Invade the uterus! Unelect the secretly godless liberals before they sell your children to zoos for meat!!", all of this is merely the same tired drivel they've been spouting for the past 30 years. It didn't work under Reagan, didn't work under W. Bush, and it won't work now. Their points failed. Miserably. Frankly, the only people who can save the party are the dwindling and dieing number of actual, real Republicans. They need to clone the last great Republican president and sit him down at the podium and say "This is our party." Eisenhower would win in a landslide.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  178. Chris

    Ron Paul. People just have to vote for common sense. As John King noted after the debate in Arizona, Ron Paul now has the second most delegates of the candidates. Through SuperTuesday, more delegates are going to be awarded than have been awarded, in total, thus far. Every vote counts, however, as even states where Paul may not win, such as Michigan, he needs 15% to get delegates. Add those to states he will win or do very well in, and you strengthen him at convention, for a win himself, or to drag the party back towards sanity.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  179. Ben from South Carolina

    No one other than Steven Colbert!! At least we could laugh about the Republican Party rather than cry.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  180. Mary Holifield

    The President of the United States takes an Oath to the Constitution, not to a party. Ron Paul takes that oath seriously. He pointed that out in the debate last night. By the way Jack, he does have plenty of support, you just haven't been paying attention. I could careless about the party, I'm worried about our country.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  181. Anne

    This is the same Gov that insulted thousands of Gold Star families by equating the death of their loved one with the death of an entertanier by flying the US flag at half staff! Let him stay in NJ

    February 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  182. Michael Columbia, MO

    Who? Who? Nobody in the party, but maybe that guy they always talk about who was born of a virgin, performed miracles, founded the Church, died sacrificially to achieve atonement, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, from which he will return (to save the Republican party).

    February 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  183. Joseph E Brittin

    Ron Paul can save the republican party from itself . He's also the only military republican candidate.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  184. Willie from West Lafayette

    Jack, at this point it will have to God himself!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  185. Saboth

    Christie is a ham. He's also made of ham. All Repubs have now is nonsense about "USA, USA" "real americans" and "God". Not a single one of them has any plan for our country, and not a single one can focus past "get Obama". They've proven that with the debt ceiling talks, the 2% tax breaks, etc. It's hilarious that a party that prides itself on tax breaks as their number one concern was AGAINST tax breaks (or maybe because the tax breaks weren't for the 1%), simply because Obama was for tax breaks. That says it all about this lame duck party.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  186. DavidE7

    Mike Huckabee has the intellect, experience and rhetorical ability to be a great President, but he would have to soften his absolutist positions on abortion and Israel to have sufficiently broad appeal. In my opinion, no one else is even close to him in ability, including Christie.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  187. Tommy

    The question is: Who can save America from Obama? His administration is anti-prosperity, anti-rule of law, anti-Constitution, and anti-military.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  188. Nancy

    If Will Rogers were alive today, he's have to turn over his definition of the Democratic Party to the Republicans. Who'd ever think that a bunch of old white business execs would let things get so messy!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  189. NoWay

    GOP is beyond saving unless some sanity is infused by other than current crop. I have no idea who has the capability to do this.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  190. Baler Twine

    Isn't it clear that they are bankrupt of ideas? They need to go into a managed bankruptcy, and spin off those unprofitable divisions, such as the Tea Party.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  191. SATAN

    My name is SATAN and I can!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  192. Jared

    No savior needed, just someone worth voting for.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  193. Sean Palm Desert, CA

    "What" is more relevant than "who." A general acceptance of reality and common sense would be a good start, something all Republican candidates seem to be lacking.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  194. Norm

    The GOP has become fractured and there is no leader. The truth is that most Americans who ally themselves with the GOP
    are disinterested in the most recent group of Presidential contenders. They all have a small core following, but they can't coalesce behind any one of them. I don't believe that we will see a record turnout in November on either side. It will be Obama by 6-8 points. The GOP leadership such as it is just as fractured as the part itself. They are all over the map. You may think that they will all come together by convention time, but I doubt it. Romney will be the choice because he will have the money to spend, Santorum will come in second (it truly frightens me to think of Santorum as president), Paul 3rd and the Newt dead last. Dems will also regain control in both houses, not because they deserve to, which they don't, but they will.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  195. Bill Baumgardt

    No one can save the Republican Party now!! I say this as a life long Republican, until I had to vote for Obama in 2008. At this time what would be best for the long-term benefit of the Republican party would be to nominate, let's say, Sarah Palin. Then they would get defeated so bad in the general election that the extremists of the Tea Party would be set aside and they go back to being the true "Grand Old Party"

    February 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  196. Kathy, Willcox, Arizona

    It seems to me that Republicans can do nothing to save themselves. They will need to lose in all levels of government in order for them to accept that there is a reason there is an opposing political party. Not everyone in this country agrees with their ideology. Sometimes you just need to punch the bully in the nose and knock him down in order knock any sense into him/her.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  197. Jeb

    The Republican part has moved so far to the extreme right, they are not worth saving.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  198. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    Its too early to think about it. 2016 is 4 years away ! The party will save itself by then.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  199. Calvin

    Ron Paul is the only one that can save the Republicans. He does the best against Obama among independents and leads him in several key swing states. Dr. Paul is the only GOP contender bringing in new voters and trying to grow the party.

    Calvin, Madison, WI

    February 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  200. craig

    Isn't this the party of God? If God wanted them to win, they'd win. Simple.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  201. Edward Sullivan

    Barack Obama must be the luckiest man in the world.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  202. Robert W. North Carolina

    Ronald Reagan if he wasn't gone from among us. If there was another, but he is one of a kind it seems. Neither party can really draft anyone. We get whoever steps forward. We need someone who is solid and not wishy washy. Someone with experience that will instill confidence. I have to say Newt but can he get the middle wishy washy voters to believe in his plans?

    February 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  203. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    What has happened to the once-proud Republican party? Are these candidates the best they have - Romney, a once good man who, in order to stay in favor with the Tea Party wing-nuts who now run the R's, has had to lower himself to the level of the Tea Partiers. Santorum, the religious fanatic who thinks he is running for Pope. Gingrich as greedy as they come with the morals of an alley cat and Ron Paul, everyone's crazy uncle. Where are their Statesmen in the mode of Bob Dole, R-Kansas and John WarnerR-Virginia? All retired or voted out. How can any thinking, intelligent women vote for these men and their Party who wants to set the rights of women back 100 years. How in the world did this happen? No intelligent women could possibley vote Republican.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  204. Peter F,

    President Obama, can save the republicans from themselves.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  205. Jacob Park

    once mitt romney secures the nomination, all eyes will be on obama and his record. mitt won't have to worry about having the support of his party, and the whole party can shift their undivided attention on obama. mitt romney make a great business case on why he'll be such a better president than obama. republicans don't have anything to worry about.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  206. Mark MacWilliams

    Although I am a religious man, I do not believe there is a Redeemer to save the Republican party from itself. As Isaiah says, "We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away." The endless debates we have watched with fascination have revealed how small minded and what few gifts this Republican field has been bestowed by their Creator. Add their endless carping, their serial misstatements of facts, and their love of character assassination of their fellow candidates, and you have a group who are fated to fade away, falling down to the infernal regions instead of up to the Oval office.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  207. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    And we want to find this person because......?

    February 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  208. jo an

    I think we have more debates...I thought Romney did well, (I am for Obama) until the end when he practically gave the FINGER to John King...Romney is not a nice person...the dog on the roof is only one data point...The man is arrogant and nasty... I'd take even NEWT before Romney...

    February 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  209. David in Cincinnati

    The GOP should not be saved.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  210. Randy from Nunn, Colorado

    The more appropriate question is: "Who can save this country from itself?" - We continue to epitomize Einstein's definition of insanity when it comes to running our country - As citizens we really need to take stock of what we want our governments (national, state, county & city) to accomplish for us - if the answer includes retiring/reducing our debt, working collectively for the benefit of the nation as a whole, reducing the size of the federal government (refocusing its priorities), taking positive steps to support all elements of our society, then we need to elect folks that will accomplish these things. If you like things the way they are keep voting the same people into office.

    I'm hoping no one can save the GOP -- or the Democrats, for that matter.

    Can't sit our your butts, folks - as citizens we all need to take action with the vote

    February 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  211. ja

    this slate of canidates have cosmic egos, newt shoudbe running according to his baggage, then it is not in the cards for a republican pres in 2012, so any goper could run

    February 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  212. Kurt from sacramento

    Until the GOP understands:
    that there are two sides to the debt (revenue and expenses) and find a solution that addresses both (Simpson-Bowles),
    that true competition in health care means ending the anti-trust exemption that insurance companies enjoy,
    that oil is not the future of energy but its past,
    that birth control and marriage are personal and private issues,
    that receiving $21M in (unearned) income and paying 14% tax is grossly unfair to those making $100,000 and paying 26% or those making $50,000 and paying 20%,
    they don't have a chance.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  213. Rob

    No, the question is.....Who can save America from Obama and his left-wing extremists?

    February 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  214. Mike in Minneapolis

    Darwin and his theory.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  215. Corey

    That's easy Jack, all they have to do is look in the mirror.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  216. Matt

    Barack Obama will save the GOP from itself. Any of the Republican candidates are better than a president who will apologize for offending Muslims in Afghanistan, but won't apologize for offending Catholics in America.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  217. Concerned in Illinois

    In voting for the election of President Obama, I sadly and reluctantly changed party affiliation to Democrat. This was done with a sense of complete disillusionment with the Republican Party and my unwillignness to vote for yet another four years of the many fiascos that Bush had created (I just couldn't bring myself to do it). The Republicans appeared to be floundering, trying desparately to hold on to their archaic sense of purpose; only to embrace the Tea Partiers out of apparently some sense of "shared purpose". Incredibly, this has resulted in the party moving yet further to the right, successfully alienating FAR more people than the number of Tea Partiers gained. Now, fully half of the "wheeled vehicle" is now WELL off the right side of the road and blowing tires in the "(metaphorically) shoot-anybody-in-sight-even-ourselves-that-doesn't-agree-with-me glass and synamite" mentality now so purvasive in the party. Embacing the Tea Partiers may not have been a "cataclysmic" decision, but certainly a "catastrophic" one just the same.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  218. AB

    Jack, you are a dreamer. No one is going to jump into the race for the Republican nomination at this late date and risk looking incompetent and foolish, let alone Mike Huckabee, who dropped out because he knows he can't beat Obama. Obama would savagely beat Huckabee. Chris Christie is no fool and knows that he would get beaten badly if he tries to take on Obama, who is a very adept campaigner with a very Large war chest. Christie is a political novice with no money or organization. He is wise to stay out of the race. The truth is no one can save the Republican Party from itself!!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  219. coigne

    Why anyone would want to save the Republican Party is a mystery to me. Republicans have devolved into some strange cult. Are they even American anymore?

    February 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  220. Joshua Ludd

    I don't care about the hypocritical, lying theocrats saving themselves from themselves. I care about how we are going to save ourselves and our country from them.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  221. Brook

    I'm still waiting for the day that the middle wakes up and walks away from both parties and their extremist party-centric attitudes, transforming us into a four or more party system. I like the fiscally conservative ideas of the Republicans, but I prefer the social policies of the Democrats. I hate the circle the wagon, us against them mentality of both. No candidate out there has ever represented me. Ron Paul is not the answer because I fundamentally disagree with him on things like the environment and regulation.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  222. NoKidding

    Why save the GOP? The party of lies does not need to exist. The so-called party of family values and conservatism had Mark Foley who went after teenage boys, Christopher Lee who posted suggestive photos on CraigList, Gingrich who had affairs and divorced his ailing wives, republicans presidents who just could not balance the budgets in the last 50 years, not even once... Who wants to believe those lies anymore?

    February 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  223. Jarrod Rager

    Who can save a political party is of little consequence. The better question is who can lead a divided nation while defending the cause of liberty. Liberty is sacrificed daily upon the alter of fear.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  224. marybeth, massachusetts

    None of these candidates, nor any of the former candidates (Cain, Bachmann, Perry). What the Republican Party needs is to remember the "big tent" in order to appeal to Independents (like myself) and moderates. They need to get out of people's bedrooms, out of women patients' doctors' offices, and check their religion at the door. Focus on the economy, on jobs.

    They've banned all "moderates" and now only accept foaming at the mouth, rabid zealots who have zero tolerance for anyone who doesn't pray/worship like them. What they need are moderates–Bill Weld, Silvo Conte, HW Bush types. That isn't happening anytime soon, or even in the next few generations.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  225. dave from michingan

    the tea party has done nothing more than to pass bills that have no chance of passing the senate or the presidents desk. they have wasted their second chance by playing politics and doing nothing with the budget but passing temporary 2 mouth at a time stop gap funding measures. mutch mcconnell has stoped anything from going thru the senate even though he is the minority leader. the only thing that can save all the republicans this fall is to hope that all american voters are stupid and can't see that the whole republican party has failed this country with their same all same all old idea fixes!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  226. Michael from CT

    Marco Rubio would be the best person to save the Republican Party, he knows his stuff and is a very likeable person.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  227. Hadenuffyet

    GOP=gutterball.

    So let's contrive a national crisis to rally around , seems to be how they get elected in the first place.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  228. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Why would anyone want to "save" either party. Look where this nation is!! If one party wants to end it's life, let em go for it !!! Thenb there is only one party to go, anyway, americans have troubles right there in their own "River City USA".
    I was hoping that Mr. Paul would have jumped ship earlier. The cruise is over !

    February 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  229. LouAz

    There is no Republican Party to save. They have cannabalized themselves with the Tea Party and single issue evangelists. They have nothing coherent, substantive, or relevant, just talk about the way we were and should be again.
    Buckley, Goldwater, even Reagan, have rolled over in their graves. Lou in Aridzona.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  230. Jim-Las Vegas

    No one can put enough lipstick on this pig (elephant) to disguise the flaws in the Republican agenda items: tickle-down economics, starting wars without bothering to pay for them, total loss of the concept of the separation of church & state, crony capitalism, letting bankers and health insurance companies go free, and a deficit reduction plan that will increase the deficit more than Obama's plan.

    I am no fan of Obama and his attorney general and treasury secretary, but the Democrats appear the lesser of two really bad choices.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  231. Barbara L.

    I think Gov. Christie is a loud-mouthed bully. It'll take some time for the country to get fed up with his disrespecting citizens such as Warren Buffet, but eventually everyone will recognize a bully is just a bully whether on the school playground or on national TV. Can anyone imagine Pres. Obama telling any citizen to shut up? Of course not. GOP is excited by that rudeness, but we don't elect leaders who are just loud, angry bullies.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  232. Mary, Florida

    People who think Jeb Bush is the answer does not and did not live in Florida. Floridians were not happy with him his last 3+ yrs of office. He never would have been re-elected had he been given the chance!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  233. us1776

    It's not the candidates that are the problem.

    It is the Republican Party itself. It is a far, far different party than the GOP of 50 years ago.

    The GOP has invited into its ranks every rightwing extremist faction out there. You can thank Mr. Rove for that.

    And now all these extremists have taken over the GOP and are trying to drive the centrists out.

    And that is a formula for complete disaster.

    .

    February 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  234. Mark from Las Vegas

    You cant change a cannibal by teaching him anorexia. There is no hope for the GOP.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  235. Mark L.

    The only team I can think of that would be more than qualified to save the Republican party from itself, along with all their right-wing radical supporters, is the team at the Bellevue (Psychiatric) Hospital Center in NYC. It would at least be a good starting point for them.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  236. Michael Stout

    Huntsman. Oh, but he wasn't crazy enough, so he's out.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  237. Robert Yarush

    As long as the blending of religion and politics is prevelent, I dont feel that anyone can successfully serve politically... and run the contry with any logic.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  238. Blanchjoe

    It is my intention to see the most Socially and Economically Conservative Republicans gain both Houses and the White House. The primary problem at the moment is that the American people are having an argument between Social and Economic Dogmas that have all the appearence of Reality, but are instead merely Belief Methodologies. It appears that at least half the country is now convinced the Liberalism in both Social and Economic terms is a philosophy that they do not wish to follow, so it is time for us now to learn what the impact is of real Social and Economic Conservative policies will have on the day-to-day lives of the Country. Perhaps then, and only then, will a real, and larger understanding about what is practical, honest, and appropriate for Americans emerge from this philosophical debate about the larger Social and Economic direction of our good Country.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  239. Cheri

    well, since they'r living in a dream wordl, maybe the ressurection of Ronald Reagan would help, but
    then, even then late President would be shuddering at their current antics.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  240. Cory

    There is no saving it, because they dont believe they are doing anything wrong. If they dont think there is a problem, they are not going to change direction. There only thought is that they think EVERYTHING is too liberal and they need to go more "right". The only benifit to that, is that if you travel in a circle long enough, you end up at the point you started in.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  241. Ron Shrewsbury

    Jack, although a Democrat and supporter of President Obama, I have been an admirer of Governor Christie–until now. I don't "gotta love it," I gotta think it was a stupid comment.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  242. am

    Maybe God if they pray hard enough and with conviction. But after their salvation they need to take a Sabbatical!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  243. John Tinkham

    There just isn't any hope for Republicians in 2012

    February 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm |