Rich Galen

The question is: What does Pawlenty bring to the table? Experience - a draw; excitement - none; vision - not yet determined; fund raising ability - he's raised enough to have started early and remain in the game.

Can he win the nomination? Sure.

Fourth among those who have indicated they will run is Jon Huntsman who was Governor of Utah and has worked in the Administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Huntsman has the same advantage as the most popular person in many NFL stadiums: The backup quarterback. He hasn't thrown any interceptions and he hasn't fumbled a snap from center.

Huntsman will have to establish a workable and believable theory of his campaign fairly quickly or he will be relegated to the second tier by mid-June and will have a tough time climbing out of it.

Can he win the nomination? Sure.

So, who will be the GOP nominee? No idea.

At this point in 2007 Hillary Clinton was leading Barack Obama 36 - 28, and we know how that turned out.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.