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That leaves a front pack of four: former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich of Georgia.
Normally, winnowing out pretenders would be a good thing. A smaller group of candidates, and a shorter primary than the 2008 cycle, helps limit self-inflicted damage and internal divisions in the party.
However, the dominant response from many Republicans to their current choices remains one of discontent. It has been this way for months, largely because each of the front-runners has a major flaw many think would keep them either from getting out of the primary or from beating President Obama should they win the nomination.
“There is this sense out there of, ‘So, anybody else?’” said Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform.
A Pew poll released on Wednesday did not help GOP psyches: Results showed 47 percent of respondents hoped to see Obama elected to a second term versus 37 percent in favor of a generic Republican candidate. The Pew poll did note the lack of a consensus GOP candidate helped Obama’s numbers. But nonetheless, Obama’s numbers are similar to how George W. Bush polled about this far from his successful re-election campaign.
They been scared since Obama got in office. They knew damn well that McCain was their last hope of retaining control of the country. Most of the U.S. never even heard of some of these Republican candidates. Another 4 for Obama!
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