As I’ve said for a while, I think Republicans are going to nominate some guy who the Village thinks of as serious. It could be an affable himbo (Thune), it could be a GOP daddy (Barbour, Daniels, Gingrich), or it could be some combination of the two (Romney, Pawlenty). Whoever it is, we’ll hear a lot about Burkean reserve and Hamiltonian whatever-it-is-that-David-Brooks-thinks-Alexander-Hamilton-had, and so on. Ben Smith (warning Politico link) claims that the field could just be Romney, Pawlenty, and three weirdos with no chance.
Furthermore, Joe Klein claims “that prominent Republicans have approached Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes about the potential embarrassment that the paranoid-messianic rodeo clown may bring upon their brand”, i.e. that Glenn Beck will be fired before the 2012 campaign really gets going.
Who knows if this is true, but I expect to hear a lot about a “more serious GOP” between now and 2012. Maybe this won’t require a new cast of characters, though, since the media can make anyone sound serious (via Steve M):
It’s possible that Ms. Palin could use the opportunity to deliver a broadly conceived foreign policy speech that uses the turmoil in Egypt to advance an understanding of her national security beliefs that goes beyond her use of Twitter messages and Facebook posts.
But we’re not going to get a freak like Palin or Bolton, I’m afraid. Cain and Santorum may provide some comic relief, but what they have to offer us, that’s as good as it’s gonna get.