As for former US Senator Rick Santorum and former Obama Administration Ambassador to China John Huntsman, you cannot call either of them “anyone.” They suffer a paucity of money and organization. Like Gingrich and Paul, they won’t make the cut in the primaries and will deliver inevitable concession speeches.
That leaves Mitt Romney all alone as the someone who can become president. He could be “anyone” except for the fact that he is the son of a former governor, George Romney of Michigan, a former governor himself, and he has been running for president for five years. Romney takes a lot of heat for obviously changing his positions with regularity but it is not lonely at the top when one is running for the presidency.
Romney is the personification of the completed axiom that anyone can become president of the United States. The problem with the axiom is the understanding of what “anyone” means.
Anyone who is committed to public service, who is diligent, who is well financed, well informed, well prepared, well backed, self-possessed, and at the right moment in time may become president of the United States. That cannot be dumbed down by populist rhetoric. Mitt Romney has most of those attributes, which his competitors lack. That is why he will become the GOP standard bearer next year. Unfortunately, the right moment for the Republican Party in 2012 is as much wishful thinking as a Bachmann-Cain ticket. The moment belongs to the incumbent.