Given the fact that an overwhelming amount of Republicans have been arguing that the policies of President Obama represent a grave danger to the very existence of the United States as we know it, one would think that the best and brightest of the Republican Party would be stepping up to challenge the President in the 2012 Presidential Election. It is true that some of the best candidates will be deterred by the prospects of the financial and personal life hardships, but according to the daily Real Clear Politics average of all major polling information regarding the Republican nomination the leading candidates to secure the nomination are Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Michelle Bachmann. Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels also garner some support.
None of those candidates is going to defeat President Obama. Trump and Palin are too intellectually lazy to win a presidential election. Paul and Bachmann are too extreme to appeal to moderates. Pawlenty and Daniels do not seem to have the charisma or personality needed to win a presidential election. Gingrich has too many skeletons in his closet. Huckabee is going to have the same problems he experienced during his 2008 bid. Many independents are turned off by his background as a minister. He has trouble gathering considerable support outside of the south. His pardon of Maurice Clemmons will certainly be a major problem for his campaign. Lastly, while Mitt Romney would seem to be the candidate the big money supporters of the party would settle on supporting he has serious issues with a perception that he is not authentic which sank his 2008 nomination. Maybe even more damning to Romney’s campaign in the current environment is the fact that Romney, while governor of Massachusetts, implemented legislation very similar to President Obama’s healthcare legislation. Romney is going to have a tough time explaining this during his campaign.
The best bet for a Republican victory in the 2012 presidential election, would be for Republicans to turn to one of their young, rising stars and hope they can emulate what President Obama did in 2008 and win the support of the electorate despite a lack of experience. Unfortunately, Both Marco Rubio and Chris Christie have been adamant about the fact they are not running for president.
The Iowa Caucus, which will be the first primary of the 2012 cycle, is only 8 months away. If Republicans want to retake the White House it should be clear that someone other than the current front runners will need to step up. Is there anybody in the party who can step up and meet the challenge?