I still think people are going to be in the mood for a manager, rather than an insurgent, when 2012 comes around. Someone with gravitas. I’m suspecting that gray hair and maleness may play well this time around, since “change” didn’t work out all that well for the nation.
Clearly, Romney’s chances are considered good in some circles, and Pawlenty is well placed in terms of his level of “insider-ness.” I also think that Daniels may run really strongly, given his track record on cost-cutting in Indiana–along with his ability to stay in touch with working-class concerns. (I’m not as happy with his support for ethanol subsidies, but it’s really hard to find someone who is trying to toss their hat in the ring, and is willing to buck the corn lobby at the outset–and Indiana is not the place to look for such a person, either.)
UPDATE: Glenn apparently decided that I should look up “Crisco Twister.”
UPDATE 2: It’s been . . . altered.