Someone asked during yesterday’s discussion about Sarah Palin and her book whom I would consider a good presidential candidate for 2012. Assuming that President Obama will run for re-election and won’t be seriously challenged for the Democrats’ nomination, the focus is on the Republicans. At RealClearPolitics, Tom Bevan and Mike Memoli have compiled a list of five dark horses — by which they mean candidates that haven’t been getting the attention given to former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Their list: Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and…drumroll, please…Dick Cheney. They don’t say why they listed the potential candidates in this particular order.
They also list some “second-tier” candidates (shouldn’t that be “third-tier”?) in Gen. David Petraeus and Reps. Eric Cantor, Mike Pence and Paul Ryan.
Do any of these candidates spark an interest?