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Yeah, yeah, I know it sucks, but this is politics and the speculation is bound to beginning immediately.

In any event, NBC and the Wall Street Journal did a poll and guess who topped their list?

That’s right: Mitt Romney.

I wrote yesterday about how he was already starting his bid during the campaign itself and it actually got picked up by Real Clear Politics.

Here’s more from First Read:

NBC-WSJ GOP pollster Neil Newhouse did a post-election survey last night, and here’s what he found: Just 12% of those surveyed believed Palin should be the GOP’s new leader; instead 29% of voters said Romney, followed by 20% who say Huckabee.

Among GOPers, it was Romney 33%, Huckabee 20% and Palin 18%.

I don’t think she’ll try it. Especially after the Georgetown cocktail crowd getd done destroying her folksy reputation.

No, best to hang back in Alaska for another 8 years and be the challenger in 2016.

  • Ed in NJ

    Palin will be lucky to get re-elected in Alaska after all the post-mortems are written.

    Maybe she’ll do the old switcheroo and resign and have her Lt. Governor appoint her to the vacant seat when Stevens is forced to resign.

  • Avinash_Tyagi

    By 2012, any republican that goes against Obama will be crushed, so i’d say that they’ll send out some sacrificial lamb to face him

  • Trescml

    I think before you can really decide who should run in 2012, the Republican party has to decide what it will stand for going forward. Being against Obama is not going to be enough of a strategy. At some point the Republican party has to either make some changes in philosophy to bring additional people in the party, or needs to make their current philosophy appeal to a larger group of people. Eventually losing 55-65% of the latino vote catches up with the party.

    Of course if they don’t think about these things are just play to the core base, it may take a true landslide Democratic victory to shake the party up.

  • Joshua

    Maybe she’ll do the old switcheroo and resign and have her Lt. Governor appoint her to the vacant seat when Stevens is forced to resign.

    I’ve also read speculation that she might be offered the RNC chair. It would be strangely fitting to see Palin as Howard Dean’s opposite number.

  • rachel

    Yes! Mitt should start running ASAP! (I wonder if he knows what “peaking early” means.)

  • Anonymous

    -Avinash_Tyagi

    I wouldn’t jump to any conclusions. If these next four years are not filled with promises that are delivered, it can be bad. If he does not unite the parties, and govern from the center it will get ugly. If we start to spread the wealth or see any extremely liberal policies, it will be a Reagan Vs. Carter landslide for either Huckabee, Romney, Giuliani or Palin. I feel that if he implements any policies that are Carter-esque, he will face harsh criticism and will not even stand a chance for re-election. I hope I am wrong, and he does a great job, but something tells me that won’t happen.

  • blackoutyears

    RNC chair?!? Now that’s a joke…