The prospect of choosing one of the Republican candidates today – Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, or Ron Paul – is kind of like having to vote for one of the Marx Brothers (and don’t you dare call Ron Paul “Zeppo”). Together they constitute as much presidential timber as Charlie Brown’s poor choice of a Christmas tree, and no one should go thinking that Linus can come along and restore one of them with his blanket anytime soon.
All this “super” talk is beyond ludicrous at this point. Even together these guys are about as super as Don Knotts in Three’s Company. Not one of them is anything close to a “super” candidate, but when one will emerge as the ersatz Clark Kent of the Republicans by tomorrow morning, Mr. Obama will have his Kryptonite ready and he looks unbeatable right now.
The Republicans are really on a roll lately. Take their candidate John McCain in the 2008 race: how could they have even put that man on the ticket? The answer is clearly there was no one else. Four years later we have much of the same thing going on. The Republican party seems to have a lot in common with the New York Mets: bad investments and players who are already out of the race before it even started.
Whoever emerges as the Republican version of a winner on Wednesday morning is going to be a lot like Clark Kent looking for a phone booth in present day Manhattan. I guess the smart money is on Mitt Romney, but putting him up against Mr. Obama is like betting on Rush Limbaugh to win Humanitarian of the Year.
The Republicans will have their convention with their candidate this summer, but in the end Mr. Obama will still stand as the obvious favorite in the election this November. He has that Kryptonite in his pocket, but it is doubtful he will ever have to use it.
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