Saturday, June 27, 2009

GOP Sees Narrowing List of Presidential Prospects

From Fox News, "For Republicans, a Narrowing List of Presidential Prospects." My hunch is that Governor Palin will be a much bigger player in '12 than is implied here:
The Grand Old Party's 2012 presidential pool isn't looking so grand these days.

Add Nevada Sen. John Ensign's and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's extramarital affairs to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's unconvincing TV speech and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's family dramas, and the Republican presidential herd is thinning fast -- leaving many to wonder who will lead the party in its attempt to reclaim the White House.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels are the names now being whispered in Republican circles as potential winners -- although observers admit political speculations can change overnight.

"It's way too early to be playing the name game," said Dana Perino, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush.

"I believe it will be a governor," said Nick Ayers, executive director of the Republican Governors Association.

Ayers also stressed that it is far too early to make projections, but he said Pawlenty, Jindal and Romney are among the most promising prospects.

But, he added, "The list goes on and on."

Ayers said Republicans are well-positioned for a comeback in 2012, but focusing on a candidate short list now is "totally irrelevant to the rebuilding of the party."

He added that the nomination could very well go to someone with little name recognition.

"When George W. Bush got re-elected in 2004, Barack Obama was a state legislator," Ayers said.

4 comments:

smitty1e said...

It promises to be an interesting CPAC next year. Are you an attendee?

Donald Douglas said...

I'm going to try, Smitty!

JBW said...

Two words, Don: Run her! Sorry, three words: Please!

The Vegas Art Guy said...

Ensign was never presidential material. He is a good senator but having met him personally in the past I never saw him as anything more.