I have to say, as weak and vulnerable as President Obama may be right now the Republicans are making it much easier for him to get re-elected. The Tea Party and the Republicans in Congress have pushed Congress to all-time lows in approval ratings, but it is the presidential candidates the Republicans are fielding that are truly a joke.
Rick Perry seems to have vaulted to the top - but I doubt he will be the nominee. The guy is clearly not intellectual enough, but it is hard to take a guy who liked the idea of a Texas secession seriously. Questioning President Obama's patriotism and love for the country and calling Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke "treasonous", while calling for Texas independence is pretty idiotic.
Michelle Bachmann has gaffes every single day. It is clear she is not a serious candidate - she is another Palin or Christine "I am not a witch" O'Donnell.
Romney is totally unacceptable to the Republican base, but his insistance that "Corporations are people" will come back to haunt him if he is the nominee. The guy used to be a moderate, but he has tried to move to the right and it just seems so unnatural. It makes him look like a flake.
Newt Gingrich. Everyone has abandoned him and all he is left with is his wife who is very fond of expensive bling. This wouldn't be a problem except that Newt indulges her with his $500,000 Tiffany's line of credit. Not the image you want to project to a country that is economically struggling.
Herman Cain and Rick Santorum - Really?
Thad McCotter - Who?
Ron Paul is a truly traditional conservative and he has some backing from the Tea Party folks - but he is unacceptable to the Republican kingmakers. I find it amazing how they have marginalized this guy but he keeps gaining more of a following.
Frankly, I expect someone else to jump into the race. I cannot believe that any one of these folks will actually be the nominee.
Palin will get in because she will want to raise money - but she has no chance of getting the nomination. She just wants to try to stay relevant and collect more money from the dupes who support her.
I think the two people who are likely to jump in and get some serious consideration from the Republican establishment are Congressman Paul Ryan (Wisconsin) and Senator Marco Rubio (Florida). Ryan may feel threatened by losing his seat in Congress because of his radical economic proposals and the tide that is rising against Republican Governor Scott Walker. He may decide to bail on his seat and try his hand at a higher position. His views on Medicare and SS are likely to doom him. However, Marco Rubio is an interesting candidate. I don't know much about him, but he seems pleasant. As a Hispanic he could bring in new voters to the Republican ranks. As a southerner he could hold on to the base. He would be a wild card entrant who people may find interesting, but it is getting very late in the game to try to build a national campaign. If he doesn't decide by Labor Day, he probably won't get in.