GOP's Got Nobody for 2012

Not one of the slate of hopefuls is electable, writes Chris Cillizza
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2011 11:04 AM CST
GOP's Got Nobody for 2012
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The GOP's presidential 2012 field isn't pretty. "All—that's A-L-L—of the Republicans considering runs carry at least one major flaw," writes Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post. Mitt Romney signed a health care bill similar to President Obama’s. Mississippi governor Haley Barbour “virtually invented lobbying.” Newt Gingrich is on his third marriage. And Sarah Palin? She’s “done next to nothing” to expand beyond her base.

As for the others:

  • Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has called for a temporary "truce" on social matters. Social conservatives in Iowa and South Carolina won’t like that.
  • Senator John Thune voted for TARP—a "scarlet letter" to conservatives.
  • Jon Huntsman was an Obama administration ambassador, and endorses cap-and-trade.
  • Former gov. Tim Pawlenty has no "pizzazz" and is barely known outside Minnesota.
  • Mike Huckabee is "ripe for a deep opposition-research dive." Remember the Maurice Clemmons incident? His record on taxes isn't sterling, either.

(Read more electability stories.)

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