The outlook wasn't brilliant for the GOP this year:
The economy had tanked; hope and change had morphed to fear.
The strong and swift refused to join the presidential race.
So the weak and doubtful rose -- and tried to take their place.
Our Herman Cain, for instance, flogged his taxing 9-9-9.
To 10 parts cuts but 1 part tax, all said that they'd decline.
Newt brought his wife, who wore her hair as if it were a hat.
Forget the freak show, sages...