George Will: 2012 Presidential election winner down to Obama, Pawlenty and Daniels

Now that the race for the 2012 Republican nomination is taking shape with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s decision not to run, the view of who could be the next president has become a bit clearer.

Disagreeing with the conventional wisdom the race for the Republican nomination is off to a sluggish start on Sunday’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour,” columnist George Will said only three candidates really have the potential of being sworn in as president in 2013.

“This is the most open scramble on the Republican side since 1940 when Wendell Willkie came out of the woodwork and swept the field,” Will said. “I think — people are complaining this is not off to a brisk start. I think that’s wrong. I think we know with reasonable certainty that standing up there on the West front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2013 will be one of three people: Obama, [former Minnesota Gov. Tim] Pawlenty and [Indiana Gov. Mitch] Daniels. I think that’s it.”


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  • shrinkthestate

    Really Mr. Will? Well someone can make a nice buck on this assessment, as Mitt is by far the odds on favorite.


  • nickel1951

    What is George Will doing sitting with Rachel Maddow and her mother? Is this a family reunion? Was George the sperm donor and we just never realized it?

  • attydomsalv

    Mr. Cabrera is absolutely right. Any discussion of viable candidates that does not include Sarah Palin is utter nonsense – either sexism, a severe case of RINOitis (not rhinitis) and/or PDS (Palin Derangment Syndrome). She has extremely high favorables among likely Republican primary voters, and is the only candidate who can stand in true contrast to the fakey, Chicago machine politics of the current President.

    • RUexperienced

      Why does Palin deserve to be considered a “viable candidate” when she is NOT a candidate??

      Palin has not announced. She does not have an exploratory committee. She does not have an organization.

      (Plus, Palin does the WORST against Obama than anyone else except for Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich.)

      • virginiagentleman

        A STEALTH candidate, possibly? You know, one that sneaks up on ya?

  • virginiagentleman

    An interesting debate going on here. Everyone, individuals, party hacks, and organizations, espousing who can or can’t win, and why they can or can’t win. The one thing all agree to, is to disagree. Yet, winners are already chosen. Sorta like picking a super bowl winner at the coin toss. Conservetive women can’t win because they are conservetive women. Conservetive blacks can’t win because they are conservetive blacks. Rino’s can’t win because they are rinos. Obama can’t win because of the economy. Who’s left?….It’s still early in the process and there is plenty of time for someone to rise to the top. So far, no one has. Have all potential candidates announced their intentions? No, they have not. If you believe the rumors coming out of Washington, Obama may be contested by some yet unnamed ‘ high profile’ dem. This election cycle is becoming one of the most uncertain cycles in our history, and, one of the most interesting….Just sayin’.

  • avery

    George wills and other Elitists are tryingto pick our nominee again.the one he pick are all Rino.We have Herman Cain,Bachman maybe Palin and would it be nice to have allan west to pick from.But i would vote for a Obama lite if that the only chorice i have.