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The GOP’s Uninspiring Presidential Candidates

Published February 21st, 2011 by tcarpenter

I had the misfortune of catching Mike Huckabee’s interview today on ABC’s Good Morning America.  When asked about his presidential ambitions for 2012, the former Arkansas governor was cautious, arguing that President Obama would be a formidable candidate.  Huckabee then stated that since 1848, only one incumbent president, Jimmy Carter, had ever been defeated for re-election.

Well, he was almost right.  Except for George H.W. “Poppy” Bush losing to Bill Clinton in 1992.  And Herbert Hoover being defeated by Franklin Roosevelt in 1932.  And William Howard Taft losing in 1912.  And Grover Cleveland coming up short in 1888.  And Benjamin Harrison being ousted from the White House in 1892.

Is it really too much to expect that candidates for the presidency (and let’s remember that Huckabee already ran for the GOP nomination in 2008) know the basics about that office and not make gross factual misstatements on national television?

But one shouldn’t really be surprised.  The probable GOP presidential field for 2012 thus far looks utterly dismal.  The likes of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney inspire no more confidence than does Mike Huckabee.  And then, of course, we have Sarah Palin, whose degree of ignorance on both civil liberties and foreign policy issues is truly breathtaking.  Her most recent gaffe occurred when she was asked about the mounting anti-regime demonstrations in the Middle East.  Her answer was so utterly incoherent that it was not even certain she was speaking English.

Please.  The party that produced Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan should be able to do better than this bunch.