Nor can I imagine McCain, Palin, Huckabee, Giuliani, or Paul getting the nomination in 2012 and having much chance in the general election.
In fact, of all the weird almost-but-not-quite candidates in the GOP primaries in 2008, the only one I can imagine mounting a serious comeback is…Fred Thompson, and that’s not saying much.
But who in 2012, then? Gingrich? Pawlenty?