If the moment could be crystallized and maintained, it would seem that the GOP would be able to rectify the mistake that they made last prez election cycle by supporting Mitt Romney. The fact of the matter is that he is the most sensible of the entire group, both in 2008 and now again in 2012. Reports seem to indicate two things: first, he's the man to beat. Second, that he would be the only chance at diversity that the GOP would have.
Michelle Bachmann also quietly announced that she was running for prez. I can only imagine that she feels qualified because she took care of so many foster kids and, oh yeah, GOD told her to run for prez. Because we will live in a country where when we tell others that a voice told them to do something, unless it was child rape or murder, we accept it. Here's a woman who said that God told her to run for the House, but still had to raise the most money EVER for a House Campaign. What, even with God on your side, you don't have the capital necessary? I thought you just need the go ahead from the Big Guy Upstairs?
Also, on behalf of the state of Georgia, I would like to apologize for Herman Cain. People are getting excited about him, but they also got excited about Alan Keyes (which nothing ever came of, I would remind the audience.) The fact that the man hasn't apologized for the comments regarding Muslims and, in addition, hasn't resigned from the campaign entirely is ludicrous and shows that there are still bigots that can run for office and bigots that are going to support other bigots.
Even when given more than ample opportunity to redact the statement, he just doubled-down and said that he wouldn't hire those that were trying to kill him. Well, what a brave fucking position! Unlike Obama, who hired assassins and thugs to surround him... what President would hire people that are trying to kill him? Even for the flourish and rhetoric, Cain is just a distraction. If the GOP is smart, they'll ignore him and drop him like a bad habit. But, as an Obama supporter, I hope he stays in the race through several primaries.
Back in 2008, the GOP had a very simple choice to make: first, they had to find someone who was willing to run for president that didn't have strong or blatant ties to the previous administration. They managed to cock that up relatively quickly.
Second, they had to find someone that appealed to the center more than Bush II. They had (and have) that in Romney. Romney managed to get elected Gov. of Mass. as a Republican! And everyone that I've talked to from Boston that remembers the Romney years all said, "he was a great governor!" Understanding of course that during the primaries and caucuses you have to appeal to the base, but the smart campaigner will be able to appeal to the base and convince them that they have to think about the general election now.
Having said all that, I will reiterate that I'm an ardent Obama supporter and will advocate for his re-election.