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." (Read more 2012 Presidential Candidates stories.)

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