Did anyone see today's AP article on the Republican field? Outrageous!Submitted by freeman on Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:08
The title of the article is "With Huckabee Out, GOP Field View For His Backers." It goes on and one about Huckabee needing "God's full blessing" and other such blather, and I'm only posting the part here, taken directly from the article, about the rest of the field. Un-freaking-believable! Of course, this has been published in every newspaper across the country. Fortunately, after some 40 years, I finally just quit paying for my local rag, but they keep delivering it anyway. The marginalization begins in earnest.
The announcement makes an already wide-open Republican field even more unpredictable.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been making a concerted effort to reach out to the right. Although he's been noting his recent conversion to Catholicism, he's hampered by two divorces and an adulterous history. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney must explain his change of heart over the years on positions on guns, gay rights and abortion; health care also is a problem for him. Minnesota's ex-governor, Tim Pawlenty, has had to apologize for backing climate change legislation. Donald Trump? Highly unlikely.
With so many social conservatives looking for a home, the void created by Huckabee's decision could prompt 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin or Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann to get in the race. Palin has yet to say if she will run, while Bachmann is inching toward a bid. Several other possible candidates, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, are in waiting mode.