- Newt Gingrich: the Republicans love character assassination, and that’s one thing that will backfire tremendously if they have Newt leading the charge. One quick mention about his adultery during the Clinton scandals and he’ll be a toxic asset.
- Mitt Romney: Massachusetts. Basically all Obama would have to do here is highlight how he used to be pretty liberal (for a Republican) and that he’s sold his integrity to court the Tea Party.
- Cain/Perry: I put these two together because they’ve fallen so hard it’s almost sad. Watching them flail around, struggling for relevancy after debate disasters and sexual harassment allegations respectively has left them out in the cold.
- Michelle Bachmann: Still a darling of the Tea Party, but so crazy no one will ever vote for her.
- Ron Paul: As he gets older, he gets crazier, and as much as his anti-imperialism and personal freedom policies do ring true, that they’re tainted with a brand of libertarianism that borders on bugfuck crazy means a simple peek into his civil rights records will wreck any potential support he’d get from the left/middle.
- Dark horses? Not gonna happen at this point.
The Republicans are in a worse place than Democrats were leading into 2004. John Kerry wasn’t the most likable, but he had a good record and would have made a good president had he not gotten Swiftboated into oblivion. The current GOP crop is just fucking pathetic.