GOP Presidential Field: Odd Game of Where's Waldo/What's My Line
Among the field of declared candidates who have sought or are seeking the Republican Party's nomination for President of the United States in 2012 have been/are ....
Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, Fred Karger, Andy Martin, Jimmy McMillan, Tom Miller, Ron Paul, Buddy Roemer, Rick Santorum, Vern Wuensche, Thaddeus McKotter, Tim Pawlenty, Donald Trump
.... with several of these candidates having dropped out of the race, as in the case of the campaigns of Tim Pawlenty and Thaddeus McKotter.
The Where's Waldo? aspect of this exercise is sort of obvious; many within the Republican Party, including the Republican Party's core constituents evidently, as well as the so called establishment within the Republican Party, are searching for a candidate they want to support for their party's nomination in November 2012.
The What's My Line? game show aspect of this process would be what occurred at the very end of each segment, after panelists had questioned the contestants.
At the end of What's My Line?, after all of the contestants did their best to fool the panelists with their responses, it was the panelists' task to discover who, among the contestants before them, was the real person whose biography had been read at the outset of the show.
The show, What's My Line?, a teaser to the end, had the host of the show instruct the contestants, "Will the real whomever please stand up?" Each of the three contestants, with two being impostors, would take turns rising in their seats. Then, finally, the real person described at the beginning of the segment would stand.
That's sort of how the 'I may be or may not be but, I'll keep 'em guessing' tease game is proceeding, being led by Sarah Palin and Donald Trump. Speculation continues to swirl regarding another possible entry into the race, with many refusing to take New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's 'No, no, no, no, no!' declarations as an indicator he really, really isn't running while still others continue to plead with him to enter the field of candidates.
It is believed by some that Governor Christie, for his part, has been teasing those who ask him his intentions as they cling to hope he will enter.
Before this teasing game is over, there may be even more names bandied about as considering joining the GOP race for presidential nominee.
This early preliminary exercise among the field of the Republican Party's 2012 presidential hopefuls has indicated, through polling data, that the current field of candidates has not tickled the fancy of the majority of Republican or Republican leaning voters. They keep wishing and hunting for someone else. This seems to be occurring throughout the entire Republican Party. The prospect of some GOP nominee appealing to all segments of the Republican Party during the primary process looks bleak.
Those candidates that appeal to the Right Wing of the GOP, those TEA Party supported/ influenced/oriented voters, according to the majority of polling collected, do not appeal to so called GOP moderates and establishment types within the Party.
Inversely, those Republican Party candidates, perceived by the TEA Party/TEA Party influenced voter of the Right Wing as so called moderates or GOP establishment candidates, do not enjoy much support from that segment of the American electorate.
GOP presidential hopefuls attractive to the Right Wing within the Republican Party are also not attractive to so called independent swing voters or the rest of the electorate in the United States.
As the political games continue and until the GOP primaries are concluded nationwide, with this process resulting in a presidential candidate to be announced on the convention floor during the Republican Party convention, scheduled to be held in the summer of 2012 in Tampa, Florida, we'll have to wait to see who the real Republican Party presidential nominee will be, as most of the Republican Party and GOP leaning voters cross their fingers for an electable presidential nominee in the general election in November 2012.
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