2012
It's much too early to begin predicting 2012, but Nate Silver's analysis of possible 2012 match ups demonstrates the weakness in the Republican field:

[It] is a problem for Republicans that no actual Republican can approach the performance of the generic candidate, probably because the generic candidate is Rorschach blot that allows each respondent to create what amounts to their fantasy candidate.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.