It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the Republican Party has a serious problem in creating jobs. First of all, they can’t seem to give their top job away, namely the presumptive front-runner for the Republican Party nomination for president in 2012.
The mainstream punditocracy has soured on Rick Perry faster than you can say HPV vaccines. And While Mitt Romney continues to hang around the polls in a comfy second or third place it’s increasingly apparent that Republicans don’t want to hold their nose and vote for this guy. The deadline for filing to get into the GOP race for president isn’t until sometime in mid-October, but the resurgence of Chris Christie for President rumors demonstrates how once again no one running right now seems to have the entire blessing of the Republican insiders.
All of this has to be music to the ears of the Obama campaign team, which sees this long haul on the part of the GOP selection process as a sign that Obama’s chances aren’t nearly as bad as the press would like you to think. Increasingly, this demonstrates that there is not a real “Romney base”: There aren’t a lot of voters out there that like Romney the candidate above all others, but perhaps primarily as a reasonable option against Obama. The “reasonable” candidate, though, has never won any presidential election over any incumbent that I’ve ever analyzed. Republicans better hope that Christie catches fire like Texas or Rick Perry can turn it around or it’s going to be a long summer of 2012 for the Republicans.