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2012 is already ramping up for some folks.

From Radio Iowa:

A friend of mine in Des Moines, Iowa, got a phone call last night, testing out the names of potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates. It was an automated survey and did not indicate who the sponsor of the call might be, “but it was quite apparent it was a GOP call,” my friend reports. “…The survey started off by asking what I thought the most important issue facing America today might be, then rolled right into, ‘Who would you vote for in the 2012 Presidential primary?’ — offering choices of Huckabee, Palin, Gingrich, Jindal, and JEB BUSH.” (Her boldface type, not mine).

The call also gauged what voters thought of Obama’s job performance.

I think it’s pretty obvious that this is the work of somebody in the GOP. In fact, Jeb Bush’s people could be behind it since he’s rarely ever mentioned as a candidate and Tim Pawlenty is more visible at this point.

So that begs the question…would a guy like Jeb have a chance in a post-Dubya world?

More as it develops…

  • http://sidewaysmencken.blogspot michael reynolds

    I was kind of surprised he didn’t find a way into 2008. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him in 2012. He’s head and shoulders above the existing GOP field.

    He says, demonstrating the meaning of, “damning with faint praise.”

  • http://www.donklephant.com Justin Gardner

    Honestly, I’d love to see Jeb in the race b/c I think he’s much more like his dad than Dubya was. And that wouldn’t be a bad thing. I might even think about voting for that guy, but he’d probably hew much closer to the religious right b/c that’s how this game works right now and it would ultimately turn me off.

    Still, the Bush name is radioactive at this point and he won’t be viable until 2016 (if Obama wins 2012) or 2020 (if a Dem wins, but loses his/her 1st term).

    We shall see. :-)

  • superdestroyer

    Any Republican who believes that they can beat President Obama in 2012 is, by definition, not smart enough to be president.

    The Republicans should think outside the box and not waste any resources running someone in an election they have zero chance of winning.

  • gerryf

    The Bush name is so poisened right now that I cannot imagine another being elected president…I dare say it’s nearly impossible for anyone with a name closely resembling anything from the plant family to get elected president for the foreseeable future

  • http://sidewaysmencken.blogspot michael reynolds

    I await Simon’s explanation of Governor Palin’s INSANE resignation rant.