For decades it has been a truism that presidential campaigns just keep starting earlier and earlier. The 2012 Republican contest is hitting the brakes on that historic trend.
Even with President Barack Obama’s numbers slipping — and the Republican nomination starting to resemble a prize worth winning — the primary is on track to start later, and more cautiously, than it has in recent years.
There really isn't much said except that there is jockeying for position and waiting games.
Here's the thing. The frontrunner at this time, if any, may have very well been Former Senator and Governor George Allen. That was derailed on November 2006 when he lose re-election. Two years is a long time.
They listed Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, and Tim Pawlenty. On my own personal list, I have eliminated Romney and Palin. Romney is anti-gun and put in his own Obamacare with mandates. I also didn't like how some of his national staffers (who joined McCain) treated Palin, throwing her under the bus even before the election was over. Palin lost me when she quit as governor of Alaska. You fufill your contracts. Besides that, no 08 re-treads.
While I'd like to see Mike Pence jump into the race, I'll consider Barbour, Daniels, and Pawlenty. Barbour is where I'd lean right now, even though he's a little more establishment than I'd like. Barbour however is one thing that Obama is not, or frankly even Bush is not. Strongly Competent. Barbour government Mississippi through its biggest issue since the Civil Rights battles. Hurricane Katrina. Barbour is a contrast to Blanco in Louisiana and the mayor Nagin in New Orleans. Daniels has by all accounts I've seen, done a good job in Indiana. Pawlenty has won twice in Minnesota, a democrat state. None of them are part of the Washington cluster.
There may be more late bloomers after 2010, and I'll look more at 2012 after the 2010 elections when things can be analyzed with hard facts and data instead of speculation.