In just over half an hour, we’re going to see the Left Coast push Obama over the top (assuming it even takes that long), and then the Republicans will be sobbing over a national debacle - not quite realizing that they inflicted one on the nation and this was just payback for eight years of their terrible performance.
So, after the whining, finger-pointing, the despair, and the realization that the gods smack down hubris, who will the put up in 2012? Will the old line republicans take back the party, or the the fundamentalists complete their takeover? Palin in 2012? Romney? Someone else?
As Chuck Todd pointed out somewhere in the last couple of days, Mitch Daniels of Indiana is the only GOP governor cruising to an easy re-election this year. He was doing analysis of his state tonight and came across as very moderate and very smart.
If the GOP swings hard right in reaction he’s not going to get anywhere, but if they want to win he’s an interesting guy.
The name I keep hearing is Jinal, the current governor of Louisiana. He’s a popular Republican governor whose usually described as being Clintonesque in his Charisma. On the otherhand, the people who keep saying his name are from Lousiana. That, and he’s a minority (Indian), and I just do not see the Republican base electing a minority candidate.
Other than that, there is still no shortage of Republican governors and Senators capable of running a presidential campaign, and with as many problems as Obama is going to have at his doorstep I don’t see him having a swimming four years.