July 12th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Michele Bachmann's leading in Iowa and Sarah Palin thinks she can be president. Are the Republicans in trouble?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

For a second straight day, a new poll of likely voters in the Iowa caucuses has Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann as the front-runner of the current field of GOP candidates.
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She's big with Tea Party voters, running on smaller government, no new taxes, but she's come under criticism most recently by fellow Minnesotan and GOP hopeful Tim Pawlenty for not having much of a record on anything in Congress. She also has some strong views on social issues that will likely turn independents and more moderate Republicans off.

Last week Bachmann signed something called "The Marriage Vow" penned by a conservative group in Iowa. It's a vow to be faithful to one's spouse and to the Constitution. It condemns adultery, "quickie divorces," and pornography. It also describes homosexuality as a choice. And the initial draft suggested that life was better for black children under slavery because more African-American children are born out of wedlock now than they were back then. Lovely. That part was later edited out and the group claimed it was a misinterpretation.

Is someone who would sign a document like that really the best Republicans can do? Apparently a lot of voters in Iowa think so.

Then there's the question of who else may enter the race...specifically former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who has been playing games with the media for months now. In this week's Newsweek cover story, Palin says she thinks she can be president. She made these comments following the premiere of a documentary produced by a conservative filmmaker highlighting all the positive aspects of her political career. It's not a long film. Palin also said that even if she's not the nominee - she's not even in the race yet - she thinks President Obama is beatable in 2012. Maybe so…but not by her or Michele Bachmann.

Here’s my question to you: Michele Bachmann's leading in Iowa and Sarah Palin thinks she can be president. Are the Republicans in trouble?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Brandon in Arkansas:
I believe so. As an independent, I find that the Republicans have a problem finding candidates who actually recognize the problems faced in this country. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin may evoke an enormous amount of patriotism, but I believe it takes much more than that. If it comes down to Ron Paul and President Obama, my vote will be for Paul. However, if I have to choose between other GOP candidates my vote will most likely go to Obama.

If even 20 percent of the country really thinks either person is presidential, the rest of the country is in trouble. I don’t believe the country holds that many dummies.

The only way that either Bachmann or Palin should be allowed into the White House is with a ticket and a tour guide! Honestly, their advocacy of a theocratic government frightens me. We have tried it already, it was called "The Dark Ages," and it worked out so well.

Yes, the GOP in trouble. Sarah Palin is a has-been, just looking to make a few more bucks before her looks fade. Bachman is a joke- just lost the black vote with her stupid remarks about black babies and slavery. This black woman will continue supporting our President, even if he does not win re-election. If he does not, the U.S. will deserve a Republican President. The whites will suffer right along with the blacks and Hispanics.

Four years ago who would have thought a first-term black senator from Illinois would beat out Hillary Clinton, let alone become the president? Don't underestimate the President’s unpopularity. Let’s just wait and see.

I am starting a "medical" practice based on the fact I believe, that being a Republican is a choice, not inevitable.

Otis in West Hartford, Connecticut:
Well Jack, let's see: you've got a couple of schizophrenics (Romney and Huntsman), a set of wingnuts (Paul, Santorum and Cain), two certifiable loons (Bachmann and Palin), an insufferable bore (Pawlenty) and a skirt-chasing windbag (Gingrich)! So, yes, the modern-day GOP is clearly in trouble with this group of "luminaries" and, unless sanity is restored, it is headed for extinction!

Filed under: 2012 Election • GOP • GOP Ticket • Michele Bachmann • Republican Party • Republicans • Sarah Palin
soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Jack, forget who is running, WE are in trouble, this country no matter who runs for what party. Why not ask, "will we survive the trouble we are in?

    July 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  2. pat, Idaho

    They may not be the Best or the Brightest, but you have to remember Who they are running against.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  3. Bob from Melbourne

    Four years ago who would have thought a first term black Senator from IL would beat out Hillary Clinton let alone become the president? Don't under estimate the Presidents unpopulatity. Lets just wait and see

    July 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  4. Bill N

    With the full faith and credit of a corrupt 3 stooge govt a 100 mile asteroid would be preferalbe to either of these clowns.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  5. Conor, Chicago

    Palin and Bachmann are simply leading figures that represent a much larger threat to all of us. The Republican Party holds enough elected office to destroy the world economy in the name of some insane Ayn Randian fantasy/philosophy and own the vast majority of media in this country to reinforce their propaganda. This of course says nothing of the utterly corrupt Conservative Supreme Court which has already presided over a Neo-Conservative Coup D'Etat in 2000 and has rendered American Democracy meaningless with Citizens' United. They also have vast swaths of uneducated religiously fervent masses, accustomed to being told what to think when their emotions are appealed to, ready to get out the vote and even take up arms in the name of "Merica" and "Jesus".

    The Republican party is just fine. It's the rest of us that should be scared out of our minds.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  6. Brad, Portland, OR

    A Palin-Bachmann ticket winning the Republican nomination would be ideal.

    The Presidential debates would have enormous entertainment value... better than a day at Disneyland :-).

    July 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  7. David in Tampa

    The Republicans have been in serious trouble since 2001. They are in deeper trouble now with the advent of the tea party and an extreme shift to their rabid fringe groups. Sounds similar to the Democrats in 2006 and 2008.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Bachmann and Palin are proof that the Republicans are their own worst enemy. Rather than trying to rewrite history and reality to suit their rhetoric, the GOP needs to man up (pun intended) and do what's right for the country.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  9. Steve, Clifton, VA

    The Republicans are in trouble but more importantly the Country is in trouble if this is the best we can do with the current field of Republican candidates and the vast majority of the currently elected U.S Congressmen and U.S Senators.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  10. Kevin in CA

    No, they aren't in trouble – as a mater of fact, you just defined the "Dream Team" for the Republicans.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  11. JK (Minnesota)

    If the Republicans keep up pandering to that top 1% and the most extreme 10% of the voters at the expense of the rest of the country, I think they are.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  12. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Leave them alone. Bachmann's last election showed everyone what she is and she wants everyone in the nation to see it. As for Sarah Palin, last I bothered to hear about her she was stalking a moose and something about a documentary to be shown in Iowa. Michele in Minnesota and Sarah in Iowa will ensure sovereignty for our nation.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  13. Jayne

    The Republicans are definitely in trouble, but at the Saturday Night Live studios it's nonstop party.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  14. Patsy, Texas

    Jack, there are too many self-centered egotists in the
    Republican Party to let these two bimbos get in their
    way. However, if the Pubs keep licking the boots of
    the Tea Party, it could happen.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  15. Paul, New Port Richey, Fl

    Tighten your seatbelt there Bucko. It's going to be a bumpy ride. Either of these conservatives can kick your pretender, floundering Obama, to the curb. Remember, Jack. You didn't hear it here first.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm |

    tampa, fl we voting, american taxpayers are the ones in trouble if all we can get for options from either party for the next election is the same bunch we already know can't do the job. you would think that for $4 billion that they are going to spend on the election we would get a better line up.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  17. David of Alexandria VA

    well, if Sarah Palin thinks she can be president, she is definately in trouble. Generally, though, I think the GOP needs to have a real come to Jesus session with what message it is sending to independents with the far right minority out-shouting the moderates in their own party. America does not want "far" anything. People will be afraid...very afraid. Perhaps afraid enough to re-elect Obama who, as a 4 year lame-duck with only a modicum of control on the Hill can wreak havoc in all manner of ways. To borrow a maxim, "Better to deal with the ideologue you know than with the one you don't."

    July 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  18. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack the republicans have been in trouble for the last 10 years. Their party base has deserted them and the memory of Bush is still all to fresh in voters minds. Most will end up reelecting Obama simply because there is no better option offered by the republicans. It will be another 6 years before Americans will be willing to trust the republicans again if even then.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  19. Brandon in Arkansas

    I believe so. As an independent, I find that the Republicans have a problem finding candidates who actually recognize the problems faced in this country. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin may evoke an enormous amount of patriotism, but I believe it takes much more than that. If it comes down to Ron Paul and President Obama, my vote will be for Paul. However, if I have to choose between other GOP candidates my vote will most likely go to Obama.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  20. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Add to these the fact that Tim Pawlenty, who George Will seems to think is viable, is about as exciting to watch and paint dry, I have to ask, Jack, what was your first clue? I suspect that given the possible economic catastrophe and their unwillingness to shake money loose from the rich to stop it, they are throwing this election.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  21. calaurore9

    Ha. You are serving up softballs today, Jack. Bachmann's hubby is giving Sarah lots of space to move into the fray. Oh happy day for entertainment value. TPaw, Romney, Huntsman et al. Yawwwwn.

    Carol in Ma

    July 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  22. sean 1

    oh yes they are Jack. and they do not need them because defending the rich will only get them in more trouble when election season opens.....say goodbye republicans!

    July 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  23. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The republican party is definitely in trouble. I think it is mainly due to the tea party and its members like Bachmann and Palin who have outlandish ideas and are up against the right side wall of the republican party. As for as Palin goes she lives in her own world and thinks a lot of things. My father used to call them pipe dreams. Both women do make me laugh with their version of history of the United States.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  24. pat in michigan

    Those two Ladies are not why the Republicans are in trouble.
    Their open agenda of big talk and no action is what has them in trouble.
    Just refusing to provide for the common good is reason enough.
    To be fair however The Democrats don't seem to be in any better shape.A President with style and swagger but no substance isn't going to help the situation either.
    I think it is" We the People" who are in trouble!

    July 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm |

    Please, yes the Repubs are in trouble, were in trouble before, will always be in trouble. How in the world could the average wage earner vote the Republican ticket? Like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Sarah Palin is a has been, just looking to make a few more bucks before her looks fade. Bachman is a joke- just lost the Black vote with her stupid remarks about blacks babies and slavery. This black woman with a degree from W& M, sitting in my air-conditioned beautiful home in Maryland, great check coming in each month, children attending Howard University, husband works for the great government! Would not consider voting for those stupid women. We are the ones that will continue supporting our President, even if he does not will re-election. If he does not, the US will deserve a Repub. President. The whites will suffer right along with the Blacks and Hispanics.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  26. Ed from Texas

    They are not only in trouble, they are insane. How else can you explain threatening not to raise the debt ceiling for the borrowing necessary to pay for the spending and tax cuts they voted for?

    July 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  27. Pete in Georgia

    Trouble ??

    Yeah, we all know how wonderful our current ivy league, elitist, socialist, idealist with no background, no experience beyond neighborhood organizing.......................with ALL the answers for changing America.....................is doing as President of this once great country. Really impressive.

    On the contrary, by Nov. 2012, if there is an America left standing, the Republicans could run any decent AUTHENTIC American and win in a landslide.

    But do us all a favor. Continue the "lame stream" smirking. It may help cement a double digit win.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  28. Steve

    Sounds like the press is trying very hard to choose an inferior Republican to run for president rather than the voters. The only problem is that the voters get brainwashed by the press. That's is where the problem lies in this country. The press screwed up on picking Obama by giving him too much air time and a pillow to rest his head on when interviewing him.
    I guess the bottom line is who does the press want to win the Republican primary?? By giving Palin all the attention, the Press may succeed in getting Palin elected in the Republican primaries, which equates Obama getting relelected. Remember Palin and Bachman are not electable unless the Press says so. How's that for a comment. Right on the button???

    July 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  29. Kevin in CA

    The Republicans aren't in trouble, but America sure is.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  30. Pete

    Shhh, Jack! Please, DON'T tap on the glass!

    July 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  31. Herman Portland OR

    The reason that Michele Bachmann is leading in the Iowa polls is because she is an excellent candidate. She announced that she is running for the position. Sarah Palin has not announced that she will be running for the position. If Sarah Palin thinks she can be president like many people do that's OK with me. The republican party is far from being in trouble they are focused on what a majority of Americans want and seem very possible.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  32. Greg in Arkansas

    Big Trouble......looks like Style trumps Substance in these early polls,

    Right now, the GOP wants 'Anybody But Obama' ...but unless their candidates come up with actual workable solutions, Obama will win in 2012 because this dynamic-duo of irrational thinkers has gone so far over the edge of accuracy trying to chase down the Tea Party support.

    Give it a few months for the public to "fact check" some of their statements and un-happy voters will be soon looking for the "none of the above" box on the ballot.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  33. Charles

    America is in trouble because they could win, with Palin as the cheerleader. Republicans get people to vote against thier own interests through social issues like abortion or gay marriage to distract from taxes, wars and class war. Democracy is always at risk from simple voters, case in point, G.W. Bush.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  34. barbara in nc

    Oh Jack. Don't be so pessimistic. As an Independent I can honestly say the moderate republicans are in no trouble (except from the extreme tea-partiers - you know, the ones bussed in for all the rallies).

    I guess it depends on how much money Rove, Army, the Koch brothers, etc., are willing to pay to fix the primaries.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  35. Steve from South Florida

    Interestingly enough, either one could very well be nominated....and then guarantee that President Obama gets reelected.

    Ideological purity has made the Republican Party a non factor in big turnout elections. As rocky as things have been, Obama takes the great middle of voters in this election unless the GOP gets smart and nominates Romney or Huntsman...very doubtful at this point.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  36. Steve from South Florida

    For sure. As they say "the fish stinks from the head down"....!

    July 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  37. Rick McDaniel

    Yes, the GOP at present, has only one viable candidate, and that is Huntsman. I don't think any other current candidate, nor Perry, can win. They are ALL too extremist, or simply also-rans from the past, who have never appealed to the people.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  38. Nate NC

    Not unless they turn this into the real housewives of the GOP. Then they might have more luck.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  39. Jackson - Portland, Oregon

    Yes, it looks like they're pulling a "Dem" for 2012. In a presidential-election year when it should be a slam dunk for the Republicans–what with the sorry state of the economy–they seem be doing everything they can to blow it. They have no one who can draw votes from beyond their nutty base, except perhaps Romney who'll have trouble drawing flies, what with his celebrated flip-floppery on all major issues.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  40. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    When two of the most delusional women in the United States are contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it's not just the GOP that's in trouble; it's the whole political culture.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  41. Kenneth from California

    The Republican's big trouble will be if they win the Presidency regardless of the candidate. If they occupy the White House they will inherit the mess their own perpetuated, "Bush and Cheney", like the national debt.
    It was who Cheney Said, "Deficits Don’t Matter". The growing joblessness, that no one seems to have an answer for, adds to the trouble.
    None of this will go away soon, it be better the Republicans elect a non- electable candidate like either of the two nice christian ladies.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  42. riley oday

    If even 20 % of the country really thinks either person is presidential the rest of the country is in trouble.

    I dont believe the country holds that many dummies.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  43. Dennis north carolina

    The republican party is in trouble. they have problems not because they are women but because the lack the brain power the office needs. plus money is their goal.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  44. Tina Tx

    No not yet. At least they are thinking like they can win. With God telling Bachman what to say and who knows who is calling Ms Palin. People may vote either woman in and wake up the next day and realize what in the hell have we done. When you vote for Christian ideas you are a doomed duck. Be careful for what you vote for. Christian ideas and politics do not mix. They are dangerous.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  45. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Since neither of these people know anything about American history, I'd say that the GOP is swimming in an ocean with no life saver within a million or billion miles. They are not in trouble, the GOP is trouble.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  46. Terry in Virginia

    Jack, I have a few young squirrels in my front yard who eat mushrooms every morning, wobble around for a few hours, fall off tree trunks, and by evening clearly have hangovers from their drugged state. Are the Republicans in trouble? YES! Just how many mushrooms have they been eating lately because clearly they've fallen out of their tree?

    July 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  47. Lori - PA


    Given the economic issues the U.S. is facing, and a stalled jobs market, what politician isn't in trouble? If I had to vote today, I would choose the write in option, and then write, "None of the above". I have a feeling that when I do vote in November 2012, unless Republicans somehow manage to strip the right to vote from the middle class, I won’t have changed my mind.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  48. Dave - Phx, Az

    Shhh Jack, don't tell them. This is a good thing for our country that they are putting up such rediculous candidates.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  49. Bryan, Colorado Sprgs

    No trouble at all. Who needs Palin when they have Obama.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  50. Bill in New Mexico

    With Michele Bachmann leading in Iowa and Sarah Palin doing whatever it is that she is doing from her "blind"–the 2012 Republican politics promise to be very volatile.

    I suppose the Republican presidential candidates that are men are in trouble.

    The Democrats have pretty well paved the path to the 2012 Presidency for the Republicans.

    It is impossible to predict who the Republican candidate will be for 2012.

    It could very well be a woman. But, who ever it is–that person will be president in 2013.

    If the Democrats want a chance in 2013, they have got to change their presidential candidate. The Democrats have got to open their eyes to how they antagonised their rank and file–as well as the Independents!

    Excepting the Republican's insistance on no tax increases, the Republicans stand to have record wins in 2012.

    If the U.S. defaults–and whichever party is the primary cause of the default–then that party will pay a price in November 2012.

    Both parties too quickly think that they are a majority and forget about the Independents.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  51. James Lenon

    Chuckey TN

    If these two are the teavangelist darlings, it only proves how empty the GOP's barrel of options is. neither of them has ever uttered a factual statement during a campaign. If they claimed it was noon, I'd check for the sun before believing them.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  52. Dele

    No, they are not in trouble. They HAVE always been in trouble.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  53. Loren

    Is America in trouble? Palin and Bachmann are just a microcosm of failure of the four estates of America, political, business, religious and press, to come together to seek a common basis for moving America forward. Our the four, the press with its consistent spotlight on deeply flawed characters, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, Palin, etc., has kept more worthy candidates out of the spotlight and kept the American people from learning that there are solutions besides those of the far right and far left.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  54. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I honestly don't think either Bachmann OR Palin have a chance of being the Republican nominee in 2012, Jack.

    the Iowa Republican caucus has become irrelevant because it's dominated by a small number of religious right fanatics. same with South Carolina. Bachmann is too radical for even most "conservative" Republicans. IF she won New Hampshire it would be because of Democrate "cross over" voting in that open primary because they would LOVE to run against here in 2012.

    as for Sarah Palin, she is in the "Running for President" business. she uses the "tease" of running to make money off donations BUT will never actually run. her current Newsweek story is just another "Look at ME. Look at ME" ploy to keep the "buzz" going.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  55. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    It may not be good for the country as the ditsy twins make headlines during the 'silly season" of summer, but it will certainly be entertaining... and distracting from the REAL issues facing our country!

    July 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  56. Jim


    "It's not a long film." Oooooh, Jack, that wasn't nice!

    The Republicans were in trouble the minute they handed their puppet strings over to the Tea Party.

    Reno, Nevada

    July 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  57. Otis M.

    Well Jack, let's see: you've got a couple of schizophrenics (Romney and Huntsman), a set of wingnuts (Paul, Santorum and Cain), two certifiable loons (Bachmann and Palin), an insufferable bore (Pawlenty) and a skirt-chasing windbag (Gingrich)! So, yes, the modern-day GOP is clearly in trouble with this group of "luminaries" and, unless sanity is restored, it is headed for extinction!

    West Hartford, CT

    July 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  58. Jim, Denver CO

    If either of them becomes president we are all in trouble. Tweetle Dee and Tweetle Dum.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  59. Joe

    Sorrowfully the Republicans are not in trouble, not because of Bachmann (a collections attorney for the IRS 1988 to 1992), or Palin, but because their (the GOP, backers, corporate lobbyists) see undermining our government as their sole goal. In other words Jack, if the economy goes to ... , then the symbol in power is President Obama, and Mitch McConnell stated clearly his number one priority is to eliminate the President.

    If the Republicans get their way by making our government fall on its face with no jobs available, then they will gain complete power, and what does this have to say about our the future of our democratic process?

    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    July 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  60. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Well, Jack, I don't know.

    But I can offer a suggestion. Call the offices of Republican Senators and Representatives, and express ANY opinion not in line with their current actions, and when you get hung up on by their self-important staff, you will have your answer!

    They are TOTALLY out of touch with the American People (their BOSS, in case anyone has forgotten that little tidbit of info) and it is not only in their campaigns, their 'hopeful' candidates, but in the incumbents.

    But why do we expect anyghint else, when even the DEMMOCRATS are losing touch with reality!

    July 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm |

    Michele Bachmann's leading in Iowa and Sarah Palin thinks she can be president. Are the Republicans in trouble?


    The fact that Bachmann is leading in Iowa takes away all the credibility that Iowans once had in the policital system. And Sarah Palin on the cover of Newsweek with her breast bigger than her head announcing "I Can Win" is enough to make one hurl.

    Lets take a quick look at both:

    Palin and Bachmann each have 5 children that someone else raises.

    Palin and Bachmann believe that how you win elections is with a tight skirt and a wink.

    Palin couldn't finish even half a term as governor of the push button state of Alaska because it was too hard so how could she possibly be president?

    Bachmann has NOTHING to show for her years as a congressperson.. NOTHING. So she will do NOTHING for Americans.

    Frankly jack, these two women give the rest of the women in this nation a bad rap. We are NOTHING like them thank God!

    Roseville CA

    July 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  62. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Two equally delusional women being the GOP's frontrunners certainly spells defeat for the GOP party in 2012.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  63. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    No the Republicans are not in trouble, however we are very much in trouble.

    Here we are giving attention and considering the absurdity of these egocentric mental light weights holding the most responsible office in the world. What does that say about any of us?

    July 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  64. Paul P.

    I can't explain why any Republican bothers supporting extremist candidates who stand no choice in a federal election, but unless someone new comes in, Romney will be the candidate and as long as the economy doesn't start showing signs of improvement, then he has a chance. Stagnant unemployment is the GOP's greatest ally if their opposing internal divisions don't devour themselves first.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  65. David, from Plant City Florida

    Yes they are, They have no good Candidates and their message is quickly becoming shown for the sham that it is, Supply side Economics is a joke and everyone is starting to realize it.

    If the repubs lose big in this next election the party is going to fracture and implode.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  66. Donald in CA

    The sad part about this is there are folks who think this looney should
    be president. Other countries are probably wondering what happened to america.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  67. dan in capitola

    Bachmann is Palin with a longer attention span and a higher dose of religious addiction. Both are rank hypocrites and amoral opportunists.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  68. Adem, Oakland

    Yes, indeed.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  69. Donna from Wisconsin

    If Republicans want a right wing Christian America that looks and acts like Iran, then I think they are in trouble. The Tea Party sure looks good when they want to uphold the Constitution, but only the way they read it. How about the 14th amendment that says we should pay our bills? Or they want less government but not in your bedroom. Can't have women making up their own mind on reproduction! Or gays that won't obey the 'law' and marry the opposite sex! Might as well get the Burcas out now.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  70. Brenda from Ontario Canada

    Do you even need to ask??? I have been totally agast at comments made by both of these women – what century are they living in? Palin and Bachmann in no way, shape or form are capable of being President of a Sorority let alone President of the United States. What are they good for? Perhaps comic relief during an election campaign.

    Please, please, please America, wake up or your country will be the laughing stock of the world.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  71. Karl in Flint

    The Republican/Tea Party now has a wide variety of cliques and none of them can get enough votes to elect anyone. The two crazy ladies and the few male fringers dominate the Tea Party crowd who don’t march in lock step with the Governors Trilogy and corporate Republicans and none of them have a sufficient following with the Independents who will actually elect the president for either party. There don’t need to be a third party; the Republican Party is at least two parties already. Talk about shooting themselves in the foot. Of course they are in trouble.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  72. virginia - Atlanta, GA

    Even worse than the astounding bigotry, imagine a President who signs a document before reading it. Not a good excuse.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  73. Al from Sandy Hook

    Desperate would be an understatement. The outlook for Republicans is gloomy at best if Bachmann and Palin are the best they can come up with. They need stability, not sensationalism. Where's John McCain when you need him?

    July 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  74. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, a great many people left the Republican party and declared themselves "Independents" over the past 30 years because politicians like Bachmann and Palin were gaining the upper hand and the party platform turned so far right that it was unpalatable to the average American. The GOP is counting on these same independents to come back to them over the debt issue, but once the party platform is released and the same old social issues take the forefront, those independents will vote for the moderate candidate, which means trouble for the Republicans in 2012.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  75. Stan Neathery

    They're both wacos and hopefully the Republican Party and the American public will see that. If that's the best that the Republicans can do, they deserve to be defeated. If one of them becomes president, God help America!

    Stan Neathery
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    July 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  76. Rick, Medina, OH


    One longs for the days when political parties represented (and presented) visions about the role of government, and platforms that were consistent with those visions. Now, it is about personalities and shrill extremism. Republicans are in trouble, and so is the nation ... now that politics has become a reality show.

    Medina, OH

    July 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  77. curtis in philadelphia

    No the republicans are not in trouble because they will be running against Obama, who has proven to American voters that he has no spine, just watch how he consistently bends-over backwards to appease house republicans.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  78. Gerry

    The Republicans are in no more stupidity, pardon me, trouble than they were endorsing McCain for President. Luckily Moe, Larry & Curly are no longer with us. Sara Palin hasn't a prayer although its rumored that she will run for Jon Kyl's (R), Az Senate seat. Michelle Bachmann has attracted a lot of attention but her experience is limited as was Obama's. Its a horse race and all the potential candidates have not officially entered the race.

    Ash Fork, Az.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  79. Mike in Denver

    Before us is the best opportunity for the Republicans to take back the White House. Unfortunately, the best the party can come up with is a group of has-beens and never will-bes – the biggest being Palin, who at this point couldn't win a presidential election for the local PTA.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  80. Jake

    If you ask me Republicans were in trouble a long time ago. If Republicans can`t get there act together they might as well have Ted Nugent be the nominee

    July 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  81. Ed from California

    As stupidly as the American people vote now... I say, "Welcome Madam President and Madam Vice-President!! They can take turns at being president for the week or the month. As for me...... I'm taking my retirement to Fiji!!!

    July 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  82. djhtex

    NO, the Democrats and Obama is in trouble, not the Republicans.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  83. Mike

    The GOP is in trouble. They are so scared of their base they don't dare act sane. Palin can win? Maybe in her "real" America but here in the real real America her negatives would almost guarantee a second term for Obama.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  84. lou,So Brunswick NJ

    DUH.....are the Repubicans in trouble how about all of America. This Country can't stand another G.Bush tear down. I'm glad i have due citizenship ,if this Country flys over the cookoo's nest again!

    July 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  85. Observer in Michigan

    It could very well mean trouble for the Republicans. The party seems to be highly fragmented. It mirrors the fragmentation of the Democrats during the 1972 campaign when there were a dozen candidates in the primaries and some 7 candidates with delegates at the convention. The nominee of the divided party, George McGovern, never had a chance. As things look now the Republicans are on course to self-destruct

    July 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  86. Anthony J. Frascino from Swedesboro, NJ

    With tweedledee and tweedledum leading the Republican party down the yellow brick road, I'm sure the GOP is looking for a rabbit hole to climb out of and come back to the real world. I think either one of these women can, indeed, win the republican primary because they appeal to the lowest common denominator in the republican party, independents and tea party factions. The crazies are united in this election and have already usurped the the House. If either twin claims the nomination, The GOP will lose all control of the government in November, thank God.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  87. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Jack, you're kidding right? Obama is the one in TROUBLE! He promised jobs....there are none. He promised to help people keep their homes.....there are more homeless FAMILIES now than ever before. We are embroiled in two major military campaigns with no end in sight and the president is evidently going to have to hold congressmen and senators Hostage in the White House to get a debt ceiling bill passed. Now, who is in trouble?

    July 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  88. Scott Stodden

    If Michele Bachman Or Sarah Palin Become The Republican Nominee Then Yes Republicans Are In Trouble Because Neither One Of Them Will Be Able To Win In A General Election They Just Don't Have The Support To Carry A Win In A General Election! These Ladies Are Way To Conservative And How Sick Is It For Michele Bachman & Rick Santorum To Support Such A Pledge Saying That African-Americans Were Raised Better During Slavery Days That Is Just Disgusting Iam Offended And Appalled That Someone Could Support Such A Measure, It Just Goes To Show How Prejudice These Candidates Are!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    July 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  89. Ralph Nelson

    No. The country is in trouble. It is only a matter of time before someone like this is elected, often because of national economic problems. Remember, in 1932 we elected FDR. But who won the elections in Germany with 31% of the vote because of the Great Depression?

    July 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  90. michelle

    Dems can only hope and pray that either (or both) of them are on the Rep. ticket!

    July 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  91. John from Alabama

    Jack: The Republicans were in trouble when they adopted the motto, "Of the rich, for the rich, and by the rich is our base." The Republicans do not have a candidate or Mit Romney would have gather more in campaign contributions last quarter. Palin is a quitter, and Bachmann's just another pretty face with no substance. Raise the debt ceiling or default is the problem in Washington, not who the republicans will run in 2012. If the House Republicans allow the default to occur they will be mud.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  92. Jim in Gardendale, Alabama

    Yes Jack, the Republicans are in trouble. Not only are they fielding a bunch of candidates who are loosers like Gingrich, Palin, Paul, and nutcases like Bachmann, they still espouse the old supply side, trickle down economic theory which has been so thoroughly discredited. Their refusal to negotiate in good faith on the budget and virtually everything else is going to backfire on them as well as their insistance that the rich not be taxed more to help reduce the deficit while attacking the nation's seniors and their programs instead. This party has become a disgrace to the concept of bipartisianship.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  93. Michael, from Ohio

    Yes, but not just because of Miss Bachmann. The GOP presidental nominees are so spread out it'll be a miracle if the vote isn't split like it was during the election of 1912. On top of that is their current handling of the debt crisis by refusing to negioate, or even raise taxes (if they don't do that how are we suppose to increase revenues.) They've dug themselves into a trap, and who knows if they get out of it.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  94. Jan From DE

    The Republicans are in trouble because they are acting like Hitler....think about it before you criticize this remark. They make a mockery of our constitution. And these two "ladies", with their stellar recall of American history, fit right into the plans ! May God help us all !

    July 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  95. Dale Kerns Jr- Eddystone, Pa

    The entire country is in trouble. The two party system has failed, as our founding fathers had warned us. When you ask a supporter of most candidates who the support and why the majority of the people will tell you who they like but do not always no why. People are not educated on voting records, or on anything at all. For the most part people use the media to educate them. The sad part is the media has a vested interest!!! We are all in trouble until people wake up and research for themselves. Americans need to get involved more than just casting a vote.

    Dale- Eddystone, Pa

    July 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  96. Joseph Leff

    Not only are the Republicans in trouble, Jack - we're ALL in trouble.

    Joe in Delray Beach, Florida

    July 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  97. Mike in Minneapolis

    They are in trouble if Michelle Bachmann is the best they can do. She admires her family for escaping socialism and coming here...to receive farm subsidies. She condemns Michelle Obama and calls her attempt to combat childhood obesity "big government," then turns around to committing to getting that same government into our bedrooms. She rails against government subsidies, yet her district was the highest comsumer of subsidized heating fuel this past winter. This pandering hypocrite needs to remove the log from her eye before she should worry about the speck in her brother's. I bet she even misses the Biblican reference to that. She must have misinterpreted it.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  98. Ken in NC

    Republicans may not be in trouble but if we elect either of these people the country would be in more trouble than we are in now except for Black kids that are more likely to be raised my their mother and father.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  99. richard a. winkler

    The Republicans and not only in trouble, they are sicko.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  100. Christine K.


    Considering how some members of the Republican party see themselves above the law because God has put them in a seat of power and only God will be the one to remove them from that power what Bachman signed is a joke. It's a do as I say and not as I do piece of paper that is only designed to make her look good in the eyes of the conservative base. If she can sign such a document that included degrading language they claimed was a misinterpretation and not think something is wrong about it then maybe she's not the best thing for the Republican party or the nation.

    The only reason she's even leading in the polls to begin with is because people in the Republican party are becoming disenfranchised with Sarah Palin. She's becoming old news and they're looking for the next big fad to follow in Republican politics. It just so happens that Michelle Bachman's Presidential campaign is what they are looking for in political entertainment. With her as the major candidate and Palin thinking she still has a chance yes the Republicans are in in trouble. Besides, Iowa is Iowa and winning it means absolutely nothing in the long run. It's just a single state primary to win out the many more needed to gain the party nomination. It won't matter in the long run.

    Christine K.
    Joliet, IL

    July 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  101. Julie of Virginia

    They are setting themselves up to form a theocracy. We all know how well that's worked in the Middle East. I doubt that most Americans want to live that way.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  102. Abbie, Indiana

    This 'pick-and-choose' small government idea is just ridiculous. If you want the government out of your life, that means abortion and gay marriage too. Bachmann is simply an inflammatory figure with her head in the sand on the real implications of her opinions. If they Tea Party really got what they are asking for, they wouldn't like it one bit. Even though I hate to say it, I think the Republicans are smart enough to stay away.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  103. Bob in Kansas City

    Republicans in trouble, if this three ring circus is defined as trouble then no, they're not in trouble but just refining the clown act.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  104. Donald in New Mexico

    Our country is in trouble. The Republicans are demanding and the Democrats are capitulating. Politicians will get their perks no matter what label you put on them. They are a bunch of drama queens. At the last second they come up with a deal that screws everyone except themselves. When was the last time the politicians put any of their own perks on the chopping block? Congress needs to work FOR the American people. Not against us. Get a JOBS program going.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  105. Brad


    July 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  106. Bob in Florida

    Yes, they're in trouble. Not because these two potential candidates are women, but because the Republican candidates as a whole are catering to the fringes of the party and ignoring the bulk of the electorate. The term "RINO"–a derogatory term when used by "conservatives"–describes most of the swing voters who will decide the next presidential election.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  107. Renee Peoria,Ill

    In trouble is putting it mildly. They have failed to learn from their mistakes. Remember Palin is the reason a lot of us didn't vote for McCain in the last election. And Bachmann is only a shade better. A lot of the GOP candidates keep saying their goal is to make sure Obama is a one term president and yet they seem to be working double-time to get him re-elected. You can't keep making the same mistakes over and over again and expect a different outcome.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  108. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack what we have here is a modern day version of the Wizard of Oz. You have Sarah Palin the wicked witch of the North along with Michelle Bachman the wicked witch of the Mid West trying to fight it out for the ruby slippers. Well Jack if you remember the movie the slippers did absolutely nothing but everyone wanted them. It is not about the magic in the shoes it is about the heart, the brains and the courage to lead a nation. Unfortunately neither Palin or Bachman posses those.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  109. dave in nashville

    They are not in trouble, we are, especially if someone like her gets elected. She evokes the insensitivity that congress has emitted for decades towards the masses, yet she is a throwback to days when racism and race superiority were common.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  110. Susan from Idaho

    Read my lips Jack the republicans have been in trouble since Bush Senior was in office. Let’s face it, they have gone from bad to worse. My guess is Bachmann will be as viable as the Wasilla wonder. Praise the lord and pass the ammunition.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  111. Carol, Washington

    Aw, geez, Jack, you're the one in trouble if you have to ask this question!

    July 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  112. Lea from Idaho

    I am a registered Republican, but it is downright embarassing to admit it with Bachmann and Palin leading the polls. The party has been in trouble since they sold out to the religious extremists. Bachmann is scarey; we should be very afraid if she wins any primary. Right now I am voting for Obama for re-election.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  113. Jacob

    It's not the Republicans that are in trouble, its the nation. If so many people support these characters, we must seriously examine our collective education, culture, and democratic system.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  114. Dan-Eustis,Florida

    No, the Republicans are in Fantasy Land !!!

    July 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  115. Jan K. in Wa. State


    July 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  116. Greg Carlson

    That question is obviously rhetorical.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  117. Gman

    Hey Jack!!! It's actually very funny. Talk about out of touch, The Republicans are....The scary thing is the GOP have been fooling the AMerican public into voting against their own best interests for years. Let's see what happens....
    Michelle and Sarah, just a passing joke......

    July 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  118. Steve

    Forget are republicans in trouble, everyone is in trouble if either of them were ever to be President.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  119. jacki in tampa

    You bet they are! I'm embarrassed to tell people I'm a registered Republican! And it's not they they are women – it's because their airheads! If the Republican Party is going to survive, they need to dump the tea party in the nearest river and go find some real leadership!

    July 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  120. John Griffin

    No, the Republicans are not in trouble. The United States is in trouble. The fact that politicians, like Bachman, who hold extremist and irresponsible positions, are not only considered legitimate, but placed into leadership positions in Congress (!) is extremely scary and a sad reflection on how little progress 1/2 this country has made.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  121. JMD

    More than just the Republicans – the rest of the world might feel the repercussions too


    July 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  122. Deb Kanter

    Not only is the Republican party in trouble, but they're showing their true colors and how moronic they truly are. These two women make Mitt Romney look like a genius. I'm from Massachusetts and know how negative most of us feel about the "Oven Mitt". If he's the best the Republican party can produce, we're safe for four more years with Obama. The Republicans have to get serious and produce a viable candidate if they want too be in the race.
    Deb K
    Yarmouth Port, MA

    July 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  123. Robert H

    Maybe they are in trouble, but maybe not. My greatest fear is that the economy continues to deteriorate to the degree that even moderate voters will consider a candidate like Michelle Bachmann a viable alternative to giving Obama a second term.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  124. Greg, Ontario

    I thought our politics and politicians were crazy but we have nothing on you guys. Don't you guys ever take a step back and consider who is actually running? These two women will only split the vote and possibly ruin the chances for qualified and capable people. Your in more trouble as a country than any political party ever could be. All my prayers America.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  125. momof2boys

    Both of these women are a disgrace to our country. I honestly don't know which one is worse. These two would love to take our country back to the 1700's. Bachmann's husband is just as loony.

    Are the republicans in trouble? Look at who they have running. Most of them are so far to the right that even half of the republicans don't know what to think anymore. They wanted all these people to get votes for the republican party but now they are probably wishing they had never courted these nuts.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  126. Nellie

    Jack, is this a trick question?

    July 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  127. Steve

    Jack it seems like we're the frog in the soup warming up,......We don't know yet just how much we're cooking.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  128. Ryan from Los Angeles

    Jack, Republicans will continue to be in trouble as long as they hold the line on archaic social issues. Social conservatives fear that which is different, and as the country grows more accepting and understanding, Republicans continue to be marginalized. Social conservatives hijacked the Republican party, and they are willing to scuttle the ship before abandoning their ignorance.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  129. John C. - Den. Co.

    If Bachmann is ahead in the polls then thats (so far) probably the best they can do. And Palin is just a celebrity, not a public servant. Her whole life has become "reality shows" and "movies". If she becomes President, She'll treat the job the same way. I really hope one of them gets the GOP nomination for President. Not only would it be hilarious, but it would be an easy win for Obama.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  130. Mary Hamill

    I think the Republicans all just flew in from stupidville. Yes, they are in serious trouble. Thank God.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  131. Susan - McDonough GA

    Jack, of course they are in trouble. However, if Palin or Bachmann were to win.... to quote a CNN host the "Devil will be Dancing" – only this time for real with serious consequences for the rights of individuals, not to mention the economy and foreign affairs.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  132. John Allen

    I think that the democratic party is in trouble. America can not afford another 4 more years of this president. If the debt limit is not raised, I sure hope the dems delay social security payments, You think unions thugs can get riled up. Just wait and see how geezers react.

    Bring it on Obama

    July 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  133. Adam

    Jack, neither Sarah Palin nor Michelle Bachmann have offered anything that remotely resembles a solution to America's most pressing issues. In fact, Bachmann's definition of America's most pressing issue seems to be homosexuality. They are not candidates – they are superstars, and until they begin to discuss practical solutions, their campaigns will never have any legitimacy.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  134. Byron

    No, they're not. Why? Because there are lots of middle class, independent voters like myself who will support Bachmann PRIVATELY because we're tired of the ones who are Ivy League educated and well versed at talking about action. I would definitely vote for either one of them because the others had their chance and ruined it for all of us. The ones with the so-called brains haven't accomplished a thing for America.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  135. Bill Miller

    The Republicans aren't in trouble since the election is still 17 months aways and will definetly come up with a viable candidate by then to compete against President Obama.Michele Bachmann will not be the candidate and expect other candidates to emerge to give the Republicans them the best chance to retake the White House in 2012.My prediction is that the Republicans take the White House next year plus the United States Senate so they complete the trifecta.Obama will be defeated you can count on it.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  136. Jackson


    Yes they are in trouble, Its a field of people who have been unable to even win the nomination in the past. You know there is a reason the republican field is so weak. All the smart republicans out there (I guess there is a few) are smart enough to know that even with the hard economic times the President will be tough to beat.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm |

    Yes the republicans are in trouble. These candidates preach to a very small crowd and they just trying to stay relevant. Neither of these women have any chance of becoming President.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  138. Howard Buckalew

    Yes they (the Republicans) are in trouble, but so is the President. If Mitch McConnell gets his way, and Congress caves, Obama gets the blame, we might have to draft Hillary for some Statesmanship, and the Donald for some backbone. We got a bunch of deadbeats in Washington. Congress has spent the money, they just need to pay the bill. They need to take ownership, and then tear up the checkbook.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  139. Martin Ekene from Santa Clara, CA

    Bachmann and Palin, What a great team huh? I hope Palin gets the nomination and then Bachmann runs with her as her running mate.
    What a bunch of losers trying to govern the greatest nation on earth.
    I bet democrats are putting out ad's campaigning for Bachmann to win the republican ticket. SMH.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  140. Jim from Las Vegas

    Only the Wizard knows for sure, so pay no attention the that black man behind the curtian as Michelle andSsarah keep clicking thier heals and repeating
    "theres no place like Iowa, Theres no place like Iowa".

    July 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  141. Estefani Morales

    In short, yes. I am appalled that someone like Michele Bachmann can actually be putting up a serious go at the Republican ticket right now after the embarrassment that was, Sarah Palin. I am traditionally a democrat but am always open to hearing the other side when it is done by smart, capable, even if simply logical Republican minded candidates. The Republican party is suffering from the hard right pulling far too hard this time, while the more reasonable, intelligent Republicans apparently too worried about simply protecting their pocket books. It is clear the Republican party is in a crisis if people like this can actually garner this kind of attention and "serious" consideration by some.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  142. Margie, Columbia Falls, Montana

    As a dyed in the wool Republican...we sure are in trouble...where oh where is Eisenhower, Reagan and those OTHER good Rebulicans?. However, I don't think either lady can be elected. Palin has shot herself in the foot and Bachmann is who?

    July 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  143. John

    Yes, the Republicans are in trouble. I have gone from being a staunch Republican under Ronald Reagan to being as about anti-Republican as one can get. To Republican politicians: "Can't anyone be separate from the narrow ideology and bigotry pervading your party?"

    July 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  144. Bob Thomson - Southfield, MI

    No Jack – the Repubiicans are not in trouble. Remember they are better at rigging elections and they have a 5-4 split on the Supreme Court. Stop asking silly questions.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  145. William Dunker

    They are in no trouble at all. Once the current crop of losers are silenced Jon Huntsman will become the nominee and he will win because of his proven track record and his stand on refusing to participate in politics as usual which is something we are all sick of.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  146. Margot

    Yes they are.........At some point they moved from being conservative to being radicals. And, they seem to believe that any woman will do. Hillary
    Clinton represented a lifetime of service to her country and had an impressive intellectual resume. Oral Roberts law degrees for Ms. Bachmann and Ms. Palin going to FOUR different colleges-well, it doesn't give me much confidence in either one of them. Serious people with serious ideas are needed to run this country. These ladies may be nice, they may be good family people--but neither one of them could ever sit across a table from Ms. Clinton and hold their own in any way. Republicans need to go back to their roots and re-define their ideology. Too many wing nuts runs the wheel off the road.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  147. Dave in CT

    Jack – I've been registered Republican in CT since I was 18. I'm crushed that the only thing the two potential Republican woman candidates have going for them is physical appearance. Palin's obviously just playing the system for dollars and Bachman's tee'd up to be pressured out due to questionable positions on social issues and basic stupidity. I wish we simply had candidates and not "teh right team" to get someone elected. The only thing Republicans have is a cheerleading squad.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  148. Debbie

    Yes to your question. In the first place neither women have a grasp on American History preferring that they and their Tea Party nuts rewrite it and desperately convince the inept

    July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  149. Bill G in Tucson AZ

    If Palin and Bachman are the best the Republicans can put forth, then they are indeed in trouble. Neither one is very intelligent. Palin thinks you can see Russia from her house and she lives just north of Anchorage which more than a thousand miles from Russia. Bachman thinks the founding fathers in 1776 worked very hard to solve the problem of slavery. The problem wasn't solved until 1863 by Abraham Lincoln. Two dimwits who think they can lead a country. Can you see the elephant in the room? Not yet.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  150. John C


    I used to think the Republican party was the party of big business, but lately it seems like it's become the party of the wing nuts. The party has gone too far to the right with the advent of the Tea Party. The new Republican party wants to mandate my religious beliefs, my sexual orientation, and who I marry, not to mention they have us on a road to fiscal ruin. Yes, I definitely think the party is in trouble.

    John C, VA Beach VA

    July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  151. mark from Boston


    Is water wet? You Betcha republicans are in "trouble". Bachmann believes she can treat homosexuality. What next, trying to cure african americans craving for fornication or Asian Americans craving for rice?

    Republicans have about as much of a chance of winning the presidency with the current tallest midget contest as a mute on American Idol.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  152. David

    The Republicans aren't in trouble Jack. President Obama is beatable in the upcoming election. His weakest point is the economy. Americans are willing to try anything that will get food on the table, even if it means electing a conservative lunatic in office. The Republican party has the upperhand right now because of the Debt issue. They know if they can make sure the economy is bad during the next presidential election that it will guarantee the a republican President.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  153. Blake

    It's appalling how arrogant and ignorant Palin and Bachmann are. It is also surprising that these individuals actually went to college, and got a quality education. They should make a political fact test before they even run for a nomination. Yes, the republicans are in trouble with the type of circus they have to work with.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  154. Adam from Akron, Ohio

    The Republicans aren't in as much trouble as Democrats would like to believe. There is a lot of time between now and the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, and there will be a lot of vetting that the candidates will go through between now and then.

    But the Republican primary voters will have a choice to make: do they want to make a conservative statement and nominate someone like Bachmann, Palin, or Perry, or do they want to win the White House, which will take a candidate who appeals to independent voters and thus is electable, like Pawlenty, Huntsman, or Giuliani.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  155. Matt


    It's often said that the majority of Democrats are spineless, and I agree with this opinion. However the Republicans have their own issues with cowardice – and that is that those Republicans who are actually thoughtful (yes, they do exist ) generally refuse to step forward and confront the new Know-Nothings on their extreme right for the idiots that they are. Yes, they are in trouble, for if they continue to allow these people a platform without questioning them, the GOP will continue to go downhill towards being labeled as the party of stupidity.

    Saint Augustine, FL

    July 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  156. Jacob - New Orleans

    It's not the Republicans that are in trouble, it's the nation. If so many people support these characters, we must seriously examine our collective education, culture, and democratic system.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  157. Hugh

    Well, Jack if "trouble" is a synomym for "irrelevant and out of touch" then they are.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  158. Steve Watters


    Not only are the Republicans in trouble, but we all are! How the media can spend the time following those 2 circus performers is beyond me. PT was right, There is one born every minute.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  159. steve from fort lauderdale

    Rebublicans must have a death wish. They have made it "class warfare" I think it was Lincoln who said "You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time"

    July 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  160. maria cinquemani

    With these two candidates,the Republicans are in real trouble.One is prone to change history and the other does not know history at all.If one of them gets to the White House,it will be the end of America as we know it.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  161. Richard

    Republicans might be, and Americans certainly are in trouble. With the recovery and employment faltering, a litany of broken campaign promises, and some failures in leadership, Obama does not deserve a second term. That the Republicans are having such difficulty finding a candidate with broad enough appeal to unseat him is just sad.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  162. Robert Read

    Jack, Why can't we the voters have a line on the ballot entitled – None of the Above.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  163. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    A better question would be, is our country in trouble? If these people are an example of the best and the brightest Republicans have to offer, then we have a more serious problem than can be imagined. These are indeed sad days for our country.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  164. Roberto in Brownsville Tx

    Republicans are in trouble for the weak candidates they have, but what is troubling is that Republicans are representing the rich and the super rich, not the working class. The phrase "job creators" stinks and they are acting like spoiled children that don't get their way.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  165. violet

    I just finished the book. Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin. This person who wrote it helped Sarah from the beginning of running for Governor only to watch her change from being happy to promote Alaska to happy to promote her pocket book and her new glamorous life style. She is a person to hold grudges and constantly causes turmoil in everyone's life that deals with her. We should not walk but run from such an incompetent candidate. If I would vote for a woman, it certainly would not be her.
    Violet, Steubenville, Ohio

    July 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  166. Lee of Ohio

    Jack, QUIET PLEASE - let the GOP find out what trouble they are in on election night and not one day earlier! Gingrich/bachmann sounds great to me! Just when you think Bachmann/Palin can't find anything dumber to do, one or both surprise us with incorrect history, geography, etc.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  167. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bachmann and Palin aren't trouble, they both represent a total disaster for the Republican party. Next they'll have Bristol Palin as their candidate.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  168. J St. John

    Oh, come on Jack you said it yourself. Neither of these two can win, but that does not mean the GOP is in trouble . Iowa is a caucus and yes they will invest heavily to win it but the race truly does not start until SC. South Carolina is a true conservative state we elect presidents.... Once and when Governor Perry gets in it wil be a totally different race, Perry has a record of success that none of the other candidates can match and he can and will win.

    Mrs. Bachmann is right on one thing, President Obama is a one term President... And SC will start it off right in 2011

    July 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  169. Jeannette

    Someone PLEASE HELP to restore sanity into politicians!!

    July 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  170. Stephanie

    No Jack! I don't think the republicans are in trouble. If the press, such as you, would quit scutinizing, find fault with and putting down every single republican entering the race, maybe the American people could make up their own minds without your liberal view point!! Anybody is better than that unexperienced, know nothing currently in the white house. Read this on the air – the whole thing.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  171. Scott

    We're all in trouble, not just the Republicans. I don't see a Democrat or Republican worth voting for yet. Maybe that will change before the election, but it's shaping up to be another election that "none of the above" will be the best choice any of us could make.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  172. Darrell

    Yes they are in trouble, and they know it. They went from Donald Trump and his true colors came out. They have tried Sarah Palin and her true colors come out every time she opens her mouth. They keep trying to tell lies on our President and of course the lies are found not to be true. America is letting the color of his skin stand in thier way. They know he is right, but they do not want this Black Man to be the one to make it happen. All they want to do is keep helping thier rich friends. This is the challenge question to ask the Republicans; you had 8 years to fix the economy under the Bush, Chaney, Republican led Congress.....why didn't they?

    July 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  173. Joe

    Bachman and Palin seem to have no idea how to handle any serious issue facing this nation, they offer no specific solutions, they just grandstand for the thrill of being on CNN and FOX.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  174. Denny from Tacoma

    I used to be a Republican until George W. Bush was elected President. George must have run all of the good ones off because only the goofballs are left. Our whole country is in trouble. The Republicans mess everything up and the Democrats can't fix it. Which is worse?

    July 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  175. S Litchfield

    I think Sarah Palin believes that she actually is running for president, like it is some kind of media popularity contest. And Bachman leading the polls is an indication that Republicans really will vote for looks over policy, since she has virtually no comment on the latter and the most of the former among the dried-up GOP bunch. Needless to say, if the Republicans aren't in trouble, WE are as a country.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  176. Travis from Earth

    I think we're all in trouble when people with such extreme views and such a need to force those views on others, start infiltrating what is supposed to be a democratic society. One in which the masses decide on what sort of country we live in, not a handful of religious zealots.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  177. Toby

    Between the facts that we're taking Palin and Bachman seriously, the 49% of Republican voters who support fiscal policies that serve their one percent constituency who will benefit most from their 'no-billionaire- left-behind' policies to the detriment of their families, and (while we're at it) the Casey Anthony verdict, I fear that America has lost its reasoning skills and judgement. Are they in trouble? No. We all are.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  178. Ashley

    Mr. Jack, can't the Republicans find some viable moderate candidates? This right wing extremism wont beat Obama nor pay down our debt and keep our economy viable and growing. Bachmann may win Iowa but that doesn't guarantee the nomination. And Palin is playing games and its getting old- plus she has less experience than Obama did when he became President and that was one of her main criticisms of him back then. Pot calling the keddle black. I'm a registered Republican and I don't know who to vote for. They're all a crazy bunch.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  179. Marguerite

    From Seattle, WA

    No, the Republican Party is not in trouble, the United States is when the electorate are so desparate for leadership that they would even give these ladies a second thought and the news media would hang on their every word.

    I agree it may be time for a woman to run the country because the men who are currently at the top are not showing that they can govern but these ladies are not the one talented and experienced professional we need at this critical time.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  180. mike from Pa.

    For the life of me I can't figure ou why we give theese two the air time. They ar eboth rewriting history as they go along and it is not for the better. We have learned many lessons for the past decades and if we elect either one of theese women we are doomed to repeat the failures of the last decade. Theese two give women in politics a bad name and a bad taste.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  181. Gary Haynes

    Basically Jack,,, it's a daily circus event where the performing clowns are not funny at all.

    Take a look at the list!

    Saying things that are so ridiculous, (Black Children were better of under slavery. Palin needing a history lesson).

    I don't know Jack. While congress plays chicken with the American people's future, I hope they reflect a bit on what happens if the USA does default and all hell breaks loose because of it.

    At our expense I can see it now. They'll say... You see what Obama did.

    I hope they are prepared to take the brunt of the responsibility for their constant combatant manner toward everything this President says or does.

    Congress and all the congressional leaders should be ashamed of acting the way they are. It's about votes. Good sound bites, not for the good of the people.

    It's a circus and the clowns are not funny.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm |

    The Republicans are not in trouble and the time is ripe for Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman to become President. Their rise to power is a fulfillment of the prophecies in Revelation that predict that one of the signs of the last days is a union of church and state. Both of these politicans firmly believe that America's problems are spiritual. The frightening thing is that they may not show tolerance for others who may not believe as they do. The Great Controvery, written by 20th century religious author Ellen G. White documents this upcoming union of church and state with American history. An awful economy and urgent unemployment issues give these religious politicans strong openings. People are angry and you really have no where else to turn but to religion. mi We are at the end of time and I believe that this Biblical prophecy may be being fulfilled right before our eyes. How about a Palin-Bachman ticket. All Americans should pray for our country in these closing days of earth's history .

    Rocky Twyman, Founder
    Pray Without Ceasing Political Party
    Rockville, Maryland

    July 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm |