Looking Ahead To 2012
Yeah, it’s early. But the first Republican presidential debate is scheduled for the spring so it is time to start the meaningless analysis. Nate Silver says that there are four clear favorites:
Based on the objective indicators — which is to say, the polls — you have four clear front-runners: Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich. Each has comfortably over 80 percent name recognition among Republicans, and they are about 10 points ahead of any other candidates in trial heats that have tested various combinations of the candidates against one another. Each is also pretty well liked among Republicans. All have strong television presences and the makings of a campaign infrastructure. They all have pretty distinct brands.
Silver says it would be foolish to bet on anyone besides these 4, but I think he oversimplifies things. First of all, three of them (Palin, Huckabee, and Gingrich) are going for the same voters. One of them will emerge as the favorite among the “base.” The other two will fade quickly. That will leave a base candidate (I say Gingrich) against an “electability” candidate. I think Romney is fatally flawed as the alternative to the base candidate. Therefore I think someone else will emerge (Thune, Daniels, Barbour, Pawlenty) as the alternative and have a reasonable shot at the nomination.
The Republicans better hope so. Obama will crush any of the big 4.Click here for reuse options!
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