There’s one presidential political fact that’s abundantly clear: most voters today favor “none of the above.” Fewer than half of all Americans believe President Obama is doing a good job, but the field of contenders for the Republican nomination isn’t exactly drawing rave reviews. Those observers who enjoy a good political free-for-all are no doubt watching that GOP race with interest, as there’s already a host of hopefuls, and others are eying the race.
Republicans who have already thrown their hats into the ring, as political cliché quoters like to say, include Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachman, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman. Additionally, Rick Perry and Chris Christie are being urged by many to run, and Sarah Palin is being coy about her intentions. But despite that plethora of choices, voters aren’t exactly swooning. Polls show there’s not a candidate who’s extremely popular, and many who favor the GOP are looking around with bewilderment for a golden knight to appear.
All that’s good news for President Obama, who’s drawing sub-arctic approval ratings of his own because of the struggling economy. We all realize, of course, that things can change in a heartbeat, as evidenced by Obama’s commanding victory in 2008 and the subsequent disaster for Democrats in the mid-term 2010 elections. Americans say via polls they aren’t optimistic about the direction in which the country is headed, and that’s no doubt coloring their opinions about the candidates. It’s not a pretty sight, but for those who enjoy political turmoil, it’s looking like a pretty interesting race.