Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is Republican Partying like it's 1995, doing his best to appeal to the red meat, most cranky and insulting individuals in his party, but is also rejecting the Paul Ryan Medicare elimination plan. Which John Boehner now claims he's resurrecting with a new "message"...after his House GOP freshmen begged Presdent Obama in a three-page letter to let them be forgiven for having voted for the wildly unpopular Ryan budget plan.
Former Governor Mitt Romney is losing the support of GOP elites, who are finally realizing what we've known all along: unelectable due to his Massachusetts health care reform success (yes, that's how crazy his party is) as well as his appearance of either phoniness or the aloofness of wealth.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is the next Mitt Romney and the pre-John Huntsman, except that he's acting like Hamlet (or Mario Cuomo) about making a decision, possibly due to issues with his wife, which is also (x3) an issue for Newt Gingrich.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is now running and telling everyone he would not have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act on property rights grounds (generally libertarian utopianism) and compares both Social Security and Medicare to slavery. Yes, comparing the institution of forced servitude and genocide with making sure we don't have poverty-stricken grandmothers like we did before these programs were enacted.
Donald Trump...is a contingency over at NBC, which would probably like to replace him in his own series anyway.
And former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's "heart says no" (as in I just bought a really huge new house and love doing my TV show platform to pay for it). I assumed that as he bought the multi-million dollar home and has been putting weight back on again (business meals?) he wasn't running.
My father used to say that you have to be slightly crazy to want to be President. It's that kind of job. Does this make Mike Huckabee now the most sane of the top tier viable Republican Presidential candidates?
And what does that say about the 2011 Republican Party?