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Reference: George Will, Washington Post, March 6, 2011. Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and the spot-light chasing candidates of 2012
Conservative columnist, George Will's article this morning in the Washington Post is highly critiical of Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich for their recent well publicized and false claims about "Obama's Kenyan connections." I won't go into all those details and the Fox News pundits that glorify such absurdities as the "hidden truth." Will sees these actors as harming the Republican Party saying Americans must be "detecting vibrations of weirdness emanating from people associated with the party."
Will doesn't consider Huckabee or Gingrich as viable candidates...nor did he even mention Sarah Palin in his article.
"Let us not mince words. There are at most five plausible Republican presidents on the horizon - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Utah governor and departing ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former Massachusetts governor Romney and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty,"claims Will.
Will also gets blunt with his choice of words when he describes the harm being done to the party by people like Huckabee and Gingrich when eventually a legitimate Republican candidate does actually emerge: "But the nominee may emerge much diminished by involvement in a process cluttered with careless, delusional, egomaniacal, spotlight-chasing candidates to whom the sensible American majority would never entrust a lemonade stand, much less nuclear weapons."
Well at least one conservative columnist sees these pretenders in the same way us liberals do. And one of the reasons they are pretending in the first place is that they are selling their books and pulling in money for PACs...money that will never be spent on a campaign. Hey if someone like Christine O'Donnell can make a living as a candidate always running for office, these high profile people can do even better. Follow the money. There is money to be made by sharing the limelight with the field of contenders, but never officially running.