They were richly appropriate… but no more so for Hasselhoff than they are for strategists as they bleakly survey their 2012 field of presidential hopefuls.
The election is over, and it’s time to play “what if” and “who?”
Oops! PANIC!! This is indeed a pretty thin bench.
So… who do we think will be among the hardy group who will soon be schlepping through the snowbound diners and donut shoppes of Iowa? Since past is prologue, let’s take a moment to consider the field in 2008:
After disposing of all the assorted cranks and crazies, Republicans winnowed it down to three tiers of candidates:
Tier 3: the serious declared contenders who, alas, did not make it to the primaries were: Sam Brownback, Jim Gilmore (does anybody remember Jim Gilmore?) and .
Tier 2: the group who withdrew at various points during the primary process were: Rudy Guiliani, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson. And of course:
Tier 1: the actual nominee (who started as a very long shot) was John McCain.
So… go for it, kids. Let’s hear who you think will occupy each of those tiers this time around. Who will declare but not survive into the primaries, who will be the “also rans,” and who will ultimately win the nomination? It’s not going to be a come-from-nowhere dark horse. That’s just not how the GOP rolls. Whoever the eventual nominee will be, its somebody with whom we are already familiar. So go ahead. Feel free to name names. Your guess is as good as anybody’s.