Within the next couple of days Newt Gingrich, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty are all supposed to officially express their interest in running for the presidency in 2012.
In a word: Glub.
Were I a Republican, I’d be running the other way—fast. Quite frankly, these are three sure-shot losers and Pawlenty, who stands out as the best of the bunch but still seems to excite few. Add in Mitt Romney, who has never else to do with his life, and we’ve got four of the most-boring men in America chasing the dream.
If I’m the Republican Party, I’m begging Indiana’s Mitch Daniels to run. He’s a true ideas guy, and even if he’s not overly exciting or dogmatic, he’s conservative enough to keep the base—even if he refuses to evoke God every fifth word. Not sure who else I’d turn to. I still think Chris Christie, while impressive, is riding the wave of good feelings, and Haley Barbour, blessed with good ol’ boy charm, has some skelletons under that hood, eh, sheet, eh, whatever.
Hmm … maybe McCain needs one final shot.