Rich Lowry sounds nervous sizing up 2012:
It's not inconceivable that the Republican presidential field could be Gingrich, Romney, and Pawlenty, with Huntsman and Santorum in the second tier (and Johnson and Cain further back). The odds are that Daniels won't run--he said on the NewsHour on Friday that "there are a lot of concerns that are very, very personal and family-oriented" for perhaps not doing it, and compared running to throwing "yourself off that cliff." I wouldn't be shocked if Barbour pulls up short; he hasn't had a great two weeks since he's been more out there.
I'm guessing Huckabee doesn't run, although that's only a guess, and Palin also might sit it out, but who knows? After all the build up about a wide-open, crowded Republican race, a short field would be quite the let-down.
It's hard to blame Daniels for shying away from a run - he's a fiscal hawk, who thinks (are you sitting down?) that revenue matters, that knowing how to govern - rathern than posture - matters, and whose foreign policy guru has long been Richard Lugar, and who wants a cease-fire in the cuture wars.
For me, the same question recurs: who beats her? And how exactly?
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