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

(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."

Rep. Paul Ryan probably won't run, much to Charles Krauthammer's disappointment.
Rep. Paul Ryan probably won't run, much to Charles Krauthammer's disappointment.   (Getty Images)
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