The exit of Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump from the Republican candidacy race for President has left the Republican field in a state of disarray. Newt Gingrich has had several hard days since throwing his hat in the ring. He stuck his foot in his mouth on more than one occasion and apparently there isn’t anyone left taking him seriously. He has been glittered and caught on video with a Republican telling him to get out of the race before he makes a fool of himself. Ouch.
Gallup polling; sensing that Huckabee and Trump might drop out, asked people how they would vote without them. The poll found that Romney barely moved into the lead over Palin and Gingrich. There is just no excitement for the Republicans.
And is there anyone on the planet left who seriously thinks Sarah Palin is really going to run for President? At this point, we are just taking bets on when she announces that she will drop out. My guess is that she milks this cow for a long time.
Is there a candidate that the Tea Party can back? Michele Bachmann has a real chance with Huckabee out of the way but she’s a loser politically, however. She may do well in Iowa since she has roots there but can anyone really see her as President?
I rarely ever agree with George Will but last weekend he said that the only real contenders for the Republican party were Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels. I think Will is correct. I’ll go one step further and rule out Pawlenty as a weak candidate. If Daniels gets in this race, then the Republicans and the Tea Party might stand a chance of winning.
It’s a foregone conclusion that a Republican can’t compete with Obama without the Tea Party. The question is; can Republicans beat Obama with the Tea Party?
- FiveThirtyEight: Who Benefits If Huckabee Doesn’t Run? (fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com)
- GOP 2012 Primary: Still No Frontrunner (Huffington Post)
- Gallup survey shows GOP field treading water in presidential race (hotair.com)
- As GOP 2012 Field Thins, Search Goes On (online.wsj.com)
- Huckabee ‘says no’, widens open GOP field (msnbc.msn.com)
- Trump’s Fifteen Minutes Are Over (538refugees.wordpress.com)
- Romney Becomes Clear Frontrunner (politicalwire.com)