Quite frankly, the race for the 2012 Republican Nomination for President until now been rather depressing. Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and now Donald Trump have made the field of potential nominees more closely resemble a clown act than a race of serious political candidates. Fortunately, Palin and Huckabee seem more and more reluctant to relinquish their well-compensated sinecures at Fox News, and I am thoroughly convinced that The Donald views his campaign as the greatest publicity stunt ever in the entire history of the world, which will drive the ratings for "The Celebrity Apprentice" to unprecedented heights. Good luck with that, Donald.
As Hugh Hewitt has repeatedly stated, there are two serious candidates, Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty. I am endorsing Mitt Romney. Indeed, I consider him quite simply to be the most qualified Republican on the national scene to be the President of the United States. On the other side of the aisle, only Secretary of State Hilary Clinton matches his credentials. As for the President, he has already demonstrated over the past 29 months that he is neither qualifed nor sufficiently competent to merit re-election. That having been said, he will nonetheless be a formidable candidate, and the GOP must put its best foot forward if it hopes to capture the White House in 2012.
That means nominating Mitt Romney. Above all, this will be an election about the economy. So was 2008, and the GOP made a fatal error in not choosing its most articulate spokesperson on economic issues to be its standard bearer. That mistake must not be repeated. Romney will be able to shred the President in a debate about the economy. I look forward to that debate.
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