This sums up the situation very well ~
Where are the Republicans who can beat Obama in 2012?
"With a cast of has-beens, nobodies and deadbeats to choose from, no wonder many Republicans are depressed about 2012.
GOP presidential contest begins to warm up," the Los Angeles Times declared. That was on 7 March. In the weeks since then, can you feel the excitement? No, me neither.
In fact the most dramatic thing to happen during the nomination contest to date is Barack Obama's announcement that he's running for re-election. And he faces no primary opposition.
Compared with the same stage in 2007, when the presidential primary season was running at full steam, 2011 is a flat tire. But it's not just the lack of activity – the Republican candidates being touted are a collection of has-beens, nobodies and deadbeats, several of them barely household names in their own households. And those are the most electable ones.
Which is strange because the Republican party has just enjoyed an election triumph in the 2010 midterm elections that would suggest a party surging towards the 2012 contest. Instead, it's more like the Simpsons parody of the football world cup finals: "This match will determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on earth – Mexico or Portugal!"
So far, the 2012 primaries will determine once and for all who is the greatest Republican presidential candidate: Tim Pawlenty or Mitch Daniels?
Mitch who? Exactly. This Republican crop of candidates is a veritable "Who's that?" of American politics.
Despite all that, talking to intelligent Republicans finds them brimming with enthusiasm for their party's candidates. It's a fantastic field, they insist – for 2016. Yes, they are very excited about the 2016 presidential elections, and reel off a list of top-notch candidates: Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, David Petraeus, Chris Christie, even Jeb Bush."