Guy....you are 100% right.
Portman, Jindal, Rubio, or Pawlenty will do little to change the race. In fact, those who talk about Palin last cycle even blow her way out of proportion. The Republicans lost because the economy went to poop after we selected a nominee who admitted that economics wasn't his strong suit and the economy went to poop under a Repub admin.
I would like to see Condi, from a governing perspective...but it really doesn't matter.