GOP prospects for 2012

The Politico's Jonathan Martin gets the speculation game under way.


Thomas Schaller
November 10, 2008 8:58PM (UTC)

The Politico's Jonathan Martin opens the parlor talk on the 2012 Republican nomination.

Too early?

Too bad -- just look around.

Two potential candidates will be in Iowa before month's end, multiple prospects --almost certainly including Sarah Palin -- will make high-profile appearances this week at the Republican Governors Association meeting, and Newt Gingrich's name has already been floated in a Bob Novak column.

For a party anxious to move past a brutal election up and down the ballot, and especially a presidential campaign it would just as soon forget, it's not too soon to start thinking about "next time," as the pros call it.

I have just 20 words to say about the prospect of a Barack Obama-Sarah Palin matchup in 2012: Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please and please.

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Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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