Leave the Palin, take the Santorum

If you like presidential politics (and who doesn't) then there's a ton of tea leaves to be read on Fox News Channel's decision to suspend Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich for a couple of months while they decide whether or not to run for president. The biggest two are these: FNC didn't bother to do anything about Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee, proof that when it comes to the hassle of running to be the leader of the free world...they'd rather have cash.

Coincidentally, FNC's announcement came the day after "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart ran its very first episode of "Indecision 2012," a momentous event. Escept that as Stewart pointed out, by this time in the 2008 cycle nearly a dozen candidates had announced, while not a single one has stepped forward unless you count the presumed Obama re-election campaign, which began back on Jan. 21, 2009. It's stunning the lack of enthusiasm for taking on Obama -- especially that when one considers that in the fall of 2012 unemployment could be higher than 8 percent, a traditional death knell for incumbents.

Simply put, this could rival the Bob Dole-Bill Clinton snoozefest of 1996 as the most boring presidential election of my lifetime. Right now, I think it comes down to Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty on the GOP side. Romney would be the proverbial "slam dunk" were it not for Romneycare, and I think that Pawlenty is enoough of a tabula rasa that he might actually re-invent himself as a Tea Partier. That said, I think Romney and his fundraising skills still get the nod -- just so the GOP gets him out of its system and starts 2016, when they could actually win, with a cleaner-slate candidate like Chris Christie or Marco Rubio.

Or Scott Walker.

Yeah, right.

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