Why only second-string candidates for the GOP?
Instead of supporting a viable candidate, Republican voters spent months dallying with Donald Trump, Michele Bachman, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and so forth. Now the unhappy choice seems to be between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, a pair of out-of-office fizzlers.
Question: In 2012, with high unemployment and a painfully slow recovery from the Bush Recession, why did Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, et al, sit this year out?
Answer: I think those on my list of GOP darlings were savvy enough to see that the compromise-is-a-dirty-word wing of their party is unhinged. So those men correctly anticipated the Tea Party activists and the backward cultural warriors were going to deliberately sabotage the primary process, as well as the convention.
Analysis: It appears those saboteurs aren't as interested in winning the White House this year as they are in taking over the Republican Party. Perhaps they believe a loss by the shape-shifting Romney will drive the GOP even more to the right, off the map, and into their clutches.
Bottom line: The smart guys knew such party-splitting shenanigans would make it nearly impossible to elect ANY Republican this year.