Alternative Question of the Day

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 4, 2011

Now that Chris Christie has once again said “no” to a Presidential bid, whom will the Republican punditocracy pine for next to enter the race? Or will the reaction be “well, I guess Romney doesn’t look that bad”?

  • Tung Yin

    David Brooks’ recent column lays out a reasonable case *for* Romney, the essence being that he isn’t as exciting as Perry/Cain/etc., but he actually has a good skillset for getting things done.

    • Pejman Yousefzadeh

      I saw that. If Romney had a tenth of Chris Christie’s authenticity–or apparent authenticity–he would win the nomination in a walk, and have only a little more trouble winning the general election if current economic trends hold up.

      • Tung Yin

        As I’m a law professor, I am surrounded by plenty of Democrats, and what’s interesting is that those that I’ve asked (not a lot, to be sure) think that Romney would be more likely to defeat Obama than Perry would, but they do hope that Romney will get the Republican nomination anyway, because they fear Perry more than they would lament Romney instead of Obama.

        Of course, this is a very small sample size, and of a highly unrepresentative sampling. But it does seem consistent with polling about the enthusiasm gap.

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