Mitt Romney was a strong frontrunner out of the gate, but there was just one problem. A large percentage of the Republican base, particularly those belonging to the perpetually agitated and increasingly powerful Tea Party wing of the party, don't really like him.
The door swung open wide in Iowa and in walked Michele Bachmann. But then, she started...speaking, and there was a quick realization that she wasn't going to be the thinking man's Sarah Palin.
Well, thank goodness for Rick Perry. He's just like W in every way, right down to his Texas twang and swaggery posture. But wait, we all know how well that presidency worked out. Besides, this communist wants us to use modern medicine to immunize little girls against disease! The Perry balloon is deflating fast.
|NJ Governor Chris Christie (Mel Evans/AP)|
Recognizing the urgent need to inject some livelihood into the Republican primary race, a group of super-rich white guys (a small subset of the Republican party which is mostly middle class white guys who vote against their own interest) wants to recruit New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to join the circus. Christie has resisted their advances so far, but who knows if his love of party (and the totally predictable patriotic realization that "America really needs strong leadership") will ultimately sway him to enter the race.
With only a few months until primary season is in full swing, Republican desperation is mounting. After three years in the White House, all that President Obama can say (the killing of Bin Laden, notwithstanding) is that he helped America avert a total economic meltdown and things didn't get that much worse on his watch. And still, Republicans feel about as optimistic as the Peyton-less Indianapolis Colts.
It has to be frustrating when you believe that the other guy offers absolutely nothing - but still looks better to most people than anything or anyone you can come up with.