There goes another one:
Mitch Daniels is not running for president.
For all the hot rhetoric of the last 2+ years from Republicans slamming Obama and his policies, you'd think there would be a rush of credible candidates to oppose him. Instead, there is a very odd collection (Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum, Cain, Paul) that have the party excited. Romney, who may end up with the nomination, hardly excites the base.
Something doesn't add up.
I think the Republicans who have chosen not to run after all are realizing they have created a base that is delusional, hateful and profoundly ignorant of public policy. They realize they can't govern even if they won, and worse, if they ran for president and had to debate things like evolution, climate change and the new Gilded Age, they would look like fools.
I really want to vote for a third party against Obama in 2012. But it just became a bit more difficult with Daniels out of the race. Too bad Huntsman isn't running as a Democrat...:-) He's got no chance in heck (I did not say the other h word for his sake...:-) to win the Republican nomination with the base the way it is currently constituted.
The Tea Party movement is conducting a hostile takeover of the Republican party. They are not looking for someone to take the reins of the Federal Government and run it. They are more interested in taking over the Federal Government so they can dismantle it in the spirit of the 10th Amendment. Romney isn't the man to do that. Neither is any other establishment Republican.
So the base is looking outside the establishment.