My supposed arch-nemesis Lord Omlette responded to my entry about Sarah Palin and why she shouldn’t run for President (and why people shouldn’t expect it). He made a few good points, and corrected some of the names I screwed up, for which I thank him.
Everyone says there’s no potential candidates that are doing anything to maneuver to a bid. I disagree. My bets for GOP candidates for the Presidential run of 2012 are:
- Mitch Daniels (Governor of Indiana who is very verbal and appeared everywhere)
- Chris Christie (He denies it so hard, like Hillary Clinton)
- Lindsey Graham (SC moderate Senator who’s campaigned for everyone and visited battleground states)
- Bob McDonnell (Governor of Virginia credited for the most important wins of 2010 – he’s held in very high regard by the GOP)
- Mitt Romney (Very outspoken about how his prediction of the current economic state of the US was correct)
- The Huckabee (He’s still got a huge redneck support base and almost beat McCain)
The one that I can almost see running – possibly a spoiler – and this may be a shocker and point of absolute hatred by Lord Omlette (and I agree with him) is DAVID PETRAEUS. He’s a war hero in the eyes of most Conservatives. I suspect he’ll be either a Presidential or VP consideration, if not in 2012 then in 2016. But it would not shock me if the GOP hoisted him up to run for some government position in 2012.
People that may run, but won’t win:
- Sarah Palin (for obvious reasons, she’s too controversial)
- Rick Santorum (he’s visited the battleground states three times this year alone)
- Jeb Bush (he’s also visited the battleground states a lot in 2010 and seems to be hiding out, waiting)
I think all three may run but drop out along the way when my top picks basically gain the numbers needed to make a strong case for Presidential candidate. Sarah Palin may seem like a top contender, but realistically, so many Republicans shy away from her (or they latch onto her long enough to get a few votes then leap away afterwards). Yeah, it sucks that she might try to run, but semi-smart people can’t expect her to honestly win. Especially after her super goofs during the 2008 election.
My original point was that I found it funny that people think she’s all about the politics. The way she’s acted since her 2008 run as VP is that she’s in it for the popularity and money before she’s actually in it for real politics. She’d rather be a TV personality than one stuck being criticized for her every move in the White House.