Speaking of 2012, the Wall Street Journal throws up another potential GOP candidate:
When conservative activist and former presidential candidate Gary Bauer scans the potential 2012 Republican field, not much excites him… But in considering one candidate, Mr. Bauer sees only qualities that he likes. Indiana Rep. Mike Pence is a military and fiscal hawk who frequently plugs his Christian credentials. To some, he’s the potential candidate best able to unite two wings of the Republican Party—its fiscal conservatives and social conservatives.
“He is definitely the guy to watch,” says Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, a group that opposes gay marriage and abortion.
“The big question with Huckabee is whether he can raise enough money to be a real contender in 2012,” says Tom Minnery, head of public policy for Focus on the Family. As a fresher face, he says, Mr. Pence “is someone who could generate a lot of enthusiasm” in Iowa and other early nominating states and possibly show more durability in the long presidential campaign…
It does not seem to me that Pence came off very well in his previous rhetorical bouts with President Obama, which hasn’t kept him from making bold pronouncements. It may be my feminazi bias, but whenever another professional Talibangelical adds his voice to the Pence choir, what I hear is “Sure, he may be even dumber than Sarah Palin, but at least Mike Pence has the most important qualification for Godly leadership — a penis!”