Barack Obama… or Mitt Romney
I don't want that to be a prediction which is why I am hurrying to say it before the New Hampshire results are in.
But as things stand, here's how I size up the election:
Were Hillary or Edwards to get the Dem nomination, I not only would not support them at any second during their four years, I would immediately and unceasingly do everything I could to undermine them.
Now I don't matter one bit, but I think I speak for other people who do, and no one on the right would or should give either of those two even the benefit of the doubt much less a break.
On the Republican side, I like Thompson, but he won't be elected and his own attitude is the reason. However, as with the Bush legacy possibilities, that part is fluid. If by some means Thompson could catch fire inside, He might have a chance to win.
But he won't, so that leaves the rest.
And of them, only Romney has a chance, albeit not a good one given the current atmosphere, though a Romney-Huckabee ticket might have greater strength. All the others, including Huckabee, have too many significant negatives. It doesn't show at the moment, but McCain is literally hated, Giuliani is too liberal and his personal life is a weight, and Huckabee is Bush Lite.
And none of them save for Romney look young and strong enough to stand on a stage with Obama and provide a viable alternative. Obama also offers the possibility of a fresh start, and that seems to have a great appeal at the moment.
So in a Romney vs Obama contest, Romney has the name, and Obama has the edge. I don't want to make the call, but those two are the only decent possibilities for both sides, and even I would give Obama a honeymoon even though I hate what he's likely to do afterward.
Of course, my opinion could change as the race wears on, but the viable candidates won't. but I mean it's record warm on Primary day, Do you think Obama ordered it be that way?