The Invisible Primary, 1/12

Tracking the GOP race to 2012

Mitt Romney took some jabs at Mike Huckabee over the latter's reported (in "Game Change") assertion that Romney doesn't have a soul; a mildly irritated John McCain said he "wouldn't know" if Sarah Palin's vetting had been adequate, when asked by NBC's Matt Lauer; according to "Game Change" authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, McCain adviser Steve Schmidt said Tim Pawlenty would be a "no-brainer" for the VP pick in a "normal year"; a San Antonio Tea Party event slated to feature Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been canceled; and Mike Huckabee addressed the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative dinner Monday night.