Benjamin Sarlin, on over at The Daily Beast, has a great post detailing some of the things the GOP has going for it, and listing off some of the assets and liabilities among the republican contenders for president in 2012.
“The Republican field is wide open with no clear frontrunner because they are all, in some respects, flawed,” Mark McKinnon, a Republican strategist and Daily Beast contributor, said in an email.
“I think to beat Obama we’re going to have to have a much better field of candidates than are currently there,” Ryan Rhodes, a political consultant and chairman of the Iowa Tea Party Patriots, told The Daily Beast. His counterpart in the early caucus state of Maine didn’t sound any more pumped. “The modern parlance of ‘meh’ pretty much sums up the lineup,” Andrew Ian Dodge, coordinator for the state Tea Party Patriots, said.
Jeff Patch, a longtime Republican consultant in Iowa currently based in DC, described the situation as a “magnification of the problems with the field in 2008”—when each of the major candidates, including eventual winner John McCain, were unpopular with large swaths of the GOP base.
Check it out.