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Saturday
Jun272009

Who is the GOP front runner?

It's not too early to begin speculating about 2012. Ok, maybe it is too early, but it's fun.

I debated the topic yesterday with Ralph Bailey during our weekly segment, and my basic point was that Mitt Romney is the big winner the past six months.

Bobby Jindal had that disastrous "response" to Obama's State of the Union -- his "Kenneth the Page" speech.  I'm not sure it totally sunk him, but it certainly set him way back.

Sarah Palin has bounced from one PR disaster to the next since the election.  Sure, she has a loyal band of followers within the party, but she's had a bumpy, bumpy, six months, and it's unlikely she can rebrand herself in such a short period of time.

And of course Mark Sanford's career is pretty much over.

So where does that leave us?  I believe the clear front runner is Mitt Romney.  Yes, he still has issues with the social conservatives, but he's by far the strongest candidate on the economy, and the economy will likely still be an issue come 2012. 

There are some (read Ralph Bailey) who believe that Jeb Bush is the front runner.  I think if Jeb's last name was anything but Bush he'd be a very attractive candidate: young, conservative, solid record, good campaigner.  Here's the problem: his last name is Bush.  I'm not sure the Republican establishment is ready to turn to another Bush after his brother drove the party to near extinction.  I just don't see it happening.  I think the party wants a respite for anything Bush, and Jeb just so happens to be the victim.

But there's a long way to go.  We'll see ...

Footnote: Politico.com has a great piece on Romney's "shadow campaign" ...

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I agree. Mitt is the only Republican I would even consider voting for...I think he has more issues within his own party than he does outside of it.

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

2012 is a throw away election for the republicans no matter who runs. they will put out a sacrificial lamb knowing full well they have no chance until 2016. my thinking is Newt, if for no other resson that while he has zero chance of winning, he best rep his party leading up to the next four years.

Obama can lay an egg over and over and over and he still has 2012 wrapped up. Trust me. it isnt policy, it is the American Psyche that has been so battered and bruised these last eight years and nothing will change that for the forseeable future.

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