GOP May Want to 'Rustle Up a Posse' to Draft Paul Ryan
He's a great 'anti-Obama' for 2012: Charles Krauthammer
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2011 12:00 PM CDT
Rep. Paul Ryan probably won't run, much to Charles Krauthammer's disappointment.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Charles Krauthammer surveys the GOP's 2012 field and lays down his current odds, with Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty the frontrunners to be nominee at 5-1. He says this is "analysis, not advocacy," but ends with a glowing nod to Paul Ryan, who he thinks could emerge this summer as the best "anti-Obama." The problem is Ryan doesn't want to run. "Wants to continue what he’s doing right now. Would have to be drafted. That would require persuasion. Can anyone rustle up a posse?"

As for some other big names in Krauthammer's Washington Post analysis: Mitch Daniels (6-1), Haley Barbour (7-1), Newt Gingrich (12-1), and Michele Bachmann (20-1). Krauthammer thinks Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin have good things going and probably won't risk that by running. Donald Trump? "He’s not a candidate, he’s a spectacle," writes Krauthammer. "The Lions have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl."

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fancygapva
Apr 24, 2011 8:35 PM CDT
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Caps
Apr 23, 2011 1:33 PM CDT
You do know why we are in this mess don't you NDT? If you don't, I will tell you. It was GWB and his cronies, with two unnecessary wars> Boy you have to be dumb not to realize this.
truesoy
Apr 23, 2011 10:03 AM CDT
Q)--Remember the republican's "death panel" cry?. A)-- Paul Ryan has drawn a picture of what "death panels" are: 1) medicare vouchers with insufficient funds to cover 'insurance companie's premiums' = no medical care = death! Warning!.- to those of you not old enough for medicare yet, but, old enough to know better not to support Ryan's plan but do, when you become of age and have nothing for your healthcare needs, who you gonna call?, I'll tell you who you gonna call: the government, that's who you gonna call, but it won't be there for you, 'cause you killed it. Yes, I know you feel it won't happen to you because you'll have a lot of money then, and thus you think 'its the other guy' that's gonna get 'screwed', right? Well, you are for a rude awakening because, whether you, the ones that support the Ryan's plan, know it or not,... you are the 'other guy'!.