Republican voters choose “none of the above” over every announced primary candidate, and their distaste for the GOP field is no surprise, says Salon’s Thomas F. Schaller. Not only is there no heir apparent to Bush—a dubious honor anyway—but each Republican is carrying a critical flaw.
Onetime front-running McCain has suffered a political implosion. The 9/11 image that defines Giuliani is being tried by firefighters and Ground Zero workers. Thompson looks to be too late to gain momentum. And Romney may be the biggest joke of all—playing decades-old Cold War politics with his rivals and mocked to no end by true conservatives.