You know that thing about truth being stranger than fiction? It’s true. Gallup polled Republicans on their current thinking about who should be their banner-carrier in 2012:
First pick: Mitt (“I hate to say I told you so, but...”) Romney, with 26%.
Close behind him: Sarah (“I’m not a quitter; I quit!”) Palin with 21%. (Important to note that this poll was conducted after her wildly weird resignation.)
Then Mike (“Affable Wingnut”) Huckabee (19%), Newt (“Family Values, Multiple Families”) Gingrich (14%), and far down the pecking order, Minnesota’s own Tim (“Totally Desperate for National Attention”) Pawlenty (3%), and Haley (“Who’s She?”) Barbour (2%). More cogent commentary.
Okay. There you have it. And I believe this illustrates with absolute clarity why the GOP is in such terrible shape. Never mind Michael Steele, Glenn Beck, Fox News, Lindsay Graham, Mark Sanford, Ann Coulter, Dick (“Because I could!”) Cheney, et al. No. The single biggest problem is Rank and File Disease. It’s an affliction that affects intelligence, judgment and sense of smell.
Now to be fair, these are the six candidates Gallup served up as choices to the poll-takers. It would have been interesting to see who emerged had they been offered an “Other” choice.
What’re you thinking about this? (Yeah, it’s interactive time at the Clothesline.) Is there a “good” GOP choice at this early stage (a full six months into Obama’s term)? Enlighten, me, please. Enlighten all of us. Is this really the best the GOP has to offer? Just askin’.