Only Republicans, of course. The Dems assume their guy will run again. But the GOP? Off and away!
Arkansas' Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses this year, will visit Iowa again November 20th--stops in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, part of a tour promoting his new book. And talk little politics? You betcha, as someone would say. He'll have a bus with his picture on it.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a young hopeful, will visit the state November 22nd, keynoting the dinner of a Christian conservative group. South Dakota Senator John Thune: "I'm just trying to help the team," may be staying closer to home; he's up in 2010. But he knocked off Tom Daschle to win his Senate seat, and he's hot.
The Republican governors are holding their annual conference this week in Miami, and hopefuls will blossom like roses. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will be there making a speech. Florida's own Governor Charlie Crist will be there, also making a speech. He's on all the 2012 lists. Sarah Palin is likely to be there, and likely to talk. I mean, you can't ask them not to talk politics; it's what they do. It would be like asking a preacher not to pray.
Mitt Romney is only a former governor, so he won't be there, but the AP quotes a friend as saying he's keeping his options open. And columnist Bob Novak has just written a piece talking up former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who, face it, would probably not say no.
So it's started again. Already. No, that's wrong. It just never stopped. It never does.
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