2012: Yes, Maybe, and Unelectable

THE PERIOD is upon us when politicians gaze in the mirror, see a potential president smiling back at them, and imagine that destiny is calling.

Thus it’s time for a (subjective) look at some of the Republican Party’s prospective 2012 candidates. If you start with the assumption that a candidate must have a plausible path to both the nomination and the presidency, the prospects of the might-be candidates fall into three categories: Believable, conceivable, and unachievable.

Let’s begin with Newt Gingrich, who bumbled his way toward launching a presidential exploratory effort this week. Gingrich has never won an election in anything bigger than a congressional district. His mid-1990s reign as speaker was marked by petulance, pugnacity, and backlash-begetting budgetary brinkmanship.

His personal conduct has been, um, Edwardsian. Meanwhile, consider this assertion from his latest book: “The secular-socialist machine’’ — by which Gingrich means the Obama administration and its allies — “represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.’’ If you overheard that on the street, you might well mistake it for the ravings of a lunatic. Let’s label Newt’s hopes: Unachievable.

He’s joined in that category by Sarah Palin. So far over her head in 2008 that some of John McCain’s own advisers fretted at the prospect of having her a septuagenarian heartbeat away from the presidency, Palin has hardly allayed doubts about herself since. If the GOP really wants a lighter-than-air disaster, why not just nominate the Hindenburg?

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah Palin has a serpent's heart
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 16:17:36

    The GOP nominee will be Romney, bank on it. Huckabee and Pawlenty both have Willie Horton moments, Barbour is a racist, Palin and Gingrich would rather grift, Bachmann is too flammable, Santorum doesn’t have the base.


  2. TruthSeeker
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 16:41:07

    “If the GOP really wants a lighter-than-air disaster, why not just nominate the Hindenburg?”

    Perfect line regarding the air-head Palin. Thanks Syrin for staying on top of eveything with your tireless dedication.


  3. earl
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 17:24:29

    First of all, I would like to say that sarah palin equates her new found wealth with intelligence. She thinks just because she made a lot of money that she is more educated and smarter than evryone else. She consider herself now an elitist. Secondly, she will not run for preseident, she will wait untl the last minute and say she is going to work hard for a repulbican to win and reassess her status in 2016. This so that she can contiue to scam money from her followers for four more years.


  4. jk
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 19:15:42

    I can’t even imagine what Santorum is thinking. Someone is playing a mean trick on that poor guy, telling him he has a chance to be president. Well, I don’t really feel sorry for him. I hope he spends every last cent he has on this pipe dream.


  5. akbatwoman
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 20:40:10

    Huntsman is the only one of the bunch who would be acceptable to me, and I doubt if he’ll get the nomination.


  6. sallyngarland,tx
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 22:33:10


    Did you see this about Roemer? http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-03-03/buddy-roemers-long-shot-bid-for-republican-presidential-nomination-in-2012/

    and this-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-lessig/on-the-significance-of-th_b_831166.html


  7. Syrin
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 23:17:42

    He was asked why he decided to become a Republican halfway through his first and only term as governor of Louisiana. He said “You gotta stop asking these questions!”

    Well I’m thinking he really should answer questions, silly as they might be to him..

    This is the best quote.. It could be applied across the board. He said or, worse! That’s Palin’s mode of operandi! She should have been dismissed as a kook! Roemer at least completed a full term as governor. .. A little Dem. a little Repub.
    It’s easy at first to dismiss Roemer as a kook—or, worse, a cynical opportunist looking to cash in a brief, buzzy presidential run for a future book deal or a cushy cable gig.


    • sallyngarland,tx
      Mar 05, 2011 @ 23:50:11

      Briefly, years ago, I lived in La. Roemer was always considered a good guy, likable, smart and a good speaker. I don’t remember alot because it was so long ago, but I do remember him as being very pleasant. I just looked at some videos on youtube. He campaigned for McCain/Palin–ha–and now he may run against her. I hope he does. He is smart in business –and she isn’t smart in anything. I truly want to see her challenged by her own party.


  8. Sarah Palin has a serpent's heart
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:52:31

    One that shouldn’t be overlooked-Joe Leiberman (sp). He is more or less GOP now. He was the losing VP in 2000. One other losing VP candidate came back and was elected prez 12 years later-Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


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