It should be non-controversial to say it, but I don't think it will be. We do not have to find a candidate for president in 2012.
In the first place, it's too early even to talk about 2012. Focus on 2010, and putting small-government candidates in office.
What we have to do, after November 2010, is wait for a candidate to emerge. Picking someone from the top will get us someone the people at the top want. Let the primary system work.
Between now and then, be kind to one another and save your ammo for the Marxists.
Now, I realize there are all kinds of problems with this plan. Why, some former Governor from Alaska or Arkansas might win.
Welcome to representative democracy.