Glenn doesn’t like to talk too much about specific candidates, but on today’s “4th Hour” Pat and Stu decided to do a little analysis of the 2012 GOP field. What do they think?
Pawlenty announced his exploratory committee yesterday, so Pat and Stu started off with him. While Stu seemed open to a Pawlenty run, Pat said – without going into details – that Pawlenty stuck him as having an air of “liberalism” about him.
Both Pat and Stu said that Romney would have to explain the Massachusetts healthcare law before they would consider him as a candidate. Stu also pointed out it may be a little too late.
Tied with Allen West as Pat’s number one pick right now, but Stu isn’t so sure that he’s going to run. He might be waiting to see who could emerge as a candidate.
Tied with Rick Santorum for number one pick with Pat. Stu cautioned that he hasn’t been in office long enough and we don’t really know who he is. Pat argued, “Is it too early? No! I’m desperate!” Stu later did say West’s military experience does make him more appealing than most political unknowns.
Stu said that he had heard that Rand Paul would not run against his father. Does this mean that he would run if his dad didn’t? Either way, Stu pointed out that, while he likes Rand Paul, a few weeks ago he was a doctor and that we may now know about him at this point.
Pat said the “shine was going away” for Pat on Chris Christie as he learns more about his views, specifically on climate change. Stu, again, felt it was too soon to tell.
As Stu wrapped up the segment, he pointed out that right now everyone is just desperate for someone else. In the hilarious clip at the top of this article, he likens Americans as being stuck with the ugliest girl at the bar, and are now kind of looking around to see better options. At first glance, some of the candidates look good, but upon closer inspection we may find out we are wearing beer goggles. “You don’t ask the girl to marry you at the bar,” he warned.