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March 5, 2011

Actually George, there are six. As you will see.

George F. Will - Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and the spotlight-chasing candidates of 2012
Let us not mince words. There are at most five plausible Republican presidents on the horizon - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Utah governor and departing ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former Massachusetts governor Romney and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.

Posted by Vanderleun at March 5, 2011 6:32 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I agree, Gerard. Palin 2012. The look on George Will's face at Noon on January 20, 2013 will be . . . priceless.

Posted by: Punditarian at March 5, 2011 7:23 PM

Sometimes it takes writing down a thought to realize how stupid it is, so either George used to be much better than this or time has just passed him by.

If Bob Dole and John McCain could become nominees of the party that thirst for death, Will's list did Palin a real service in not including her with this bunch.

Posted by: james wilson at March 5, 2011 9:06 PM

Instapundit says:

"GEORGE WILL IS not so hot on Huckabee, Gingrich. I would vote for a syphilitic camel over Barack Obama in 2012, so therefore I would even vote for Huckabee or Gingrich. But I might try to talk the camel into running one more time."

As for Palin, I love her, but her quitting on the Alaska job is a real problem for me. Being Governor of Alaska is not one percent of the stress of being president of the US.

Posted by: Fat Man at March 5, 2011 9:54 PM

In addition to Palin, don't forget Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Jim DeMint.

Remember Huckabee was up for gov't intervention of personal food choices before Michelle Obama. And, he pardoned a convict that went on to kill multiple cops in an ambush. He's more like a pro-life liberal in many ways.

Posted by: Scott M at March 5, 2011 10:07 PM

When you start vetting these individuals on immigration, fiscal positions and social conservatism, there will be a high drop out rate.

When Palin quit the Governorship, she took the press out of the game. Smart move.

Huckleberry, Romney, Gingrich and Barbour are hacks. What do you want to hear, they say it. Mencken's cannibals/missionaries promises thing.

You really want someone who doesn't care if they get re-elected to a second term. They're going to bounce enough critters off marble and granite in the first term to change Congress either by veto or impounding the money Congress authorizes. Just don't spend it.

Wage a war on Congress like Truman did. Find another Truman.

Posted by: Peccable at March 6, 2011 5:42 AM

By their fruits ye shall know them. Hucklebuck has two morbidly obese male children, one of which had something to do with torturing a dog. His record in AR speaks for itself, as referenced by a previous commenter.
Sarah Palin has her Achilles heel(S) too, although definitely cuter than Huck's.

I'd love to see Allen West run.

Posted by: teresa at March 6, 2011 7:02 AM

I've said it before and I'll keep saying it:


Posted by: rickl at March 6, 2011 9:57 AM

God help us if Huckabee is the nominee.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at March 6, 2011 2:23 PM

One of the most annoying traditions of the American Political Experience is the establishment media's quest to "Choose The Republican Candidate Most Likely To Be Beaten If Nominated" that always precedes the actual electoral process.

Dole and McCain are just the two most depressing picks that resulted from this process.

Thankfully tea party activism at the precinct level as manifested in the freshman class of 2010 indicates that maybe the Media choosers have finally been shut down.

I don't follow news much any more; the only polls that matter are the ones I stand in line and show ID to participate in.

Please, PLEASE don't let it be Huntsman. Nice guy, smart, and go - along - get - along country club mook to his core.

We need a president ready, willing, and able to go after the regulatory time bomb that is being planted right now. I can't name a single person who fits my "want" list, but if Obama is on the ballot, I too will vote against him regardless of the R candidate. This is why I doubt he well be the Dem candidate. No, he's doing what damage he can in four years and daring his party to do something about it. They won't impeach, but they might simply abandon him in an effort to retain their fiefdoms in DC.

Media will always be his shield. ALWAYS.

Posted by: TmjUtah at March 6, 2011 6:25 PM

Peccable (And like thinkers)

You've never been involved in a civil suit, have you? Had a friend once who went through one that took two years, before being settled out of court, and cost him somewhere in the seven digits. Don't think he ever fully recovered from the emotional stress.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at March 6, 2011 6:32 PM

Look to the cradle of Presidents, Kasich is Presidential timber.

Posted by: Casca at March 7, 2011 9:39 AM

Any one of George's candidates stands a very good chance of winning the nomination followed by a certainty of losing the election. In my opinion, among those on the scene today, only Herman Cain holds the possibility of soundly defeating BO. Not only does he take the whole deck of race cards off the table, but he is a vastly better speaker, untainted by RINO influences.

Posted by: Chazz at March 7, 2011 2:17 PM

You've never been involved in a civil suit, have you?
Yes, That's why they manufacture lawyers and you hire a shark.
Let them handle it and put it out of your mind.

If you are going to be in business, you're going to get into court at some point. Be the baddest badass in town or lose.

Posted by: Peccable at March 9, 2011 4:49 AM

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