Less than 10 months away from the Iowa Caucuses!
The Republican field is starting to take shape. Most notably, its seems that Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee don't seem to be making the moves you expect if they were putting together a real run at the brass ring. Now, it could be that Palin is just going to do things her own way, and hope that her celebrity and massive media presence will exempt her from having to trugd throw the snows of New Hampshire. So the fact that two poll leaders may not run scramble things a bit.
So who's going to win this thing? Chait makes the case for Tim Pawlenty, but I'm uncovinced, mainly for the simple fact that Pawlenty is as boring as dirt. Look at the presidential canidates of recent times. Say what you will about Obama, Clinton x 2, McCain, Bush x 2, Palin and the rest, but people rise to national prominence for a reason. The say intesting things, have done interesting thing, have interesting backgrounds and posses interesting skills. Pawlenty just doesn't.
But everyone else in the field has trouble.
Romney passed a health care reform that looked a lot like Obama's, and by the way has no soul.
Newt, lets face it, isn't going anywhere.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is as close to Boss Hog as you will ever find in real life.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is even more dull than Pawlenty.
Now, somebody has to win this thing. I just can't you the story of how any of these guys do it.