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Off to the races with the horses we have

On Saturday, several thousand people showed up in the humid heat of Atlanta to hear Herman Cain announce his bid for the Presidency.Today, in Iowa, Tim Pawlenty will announce his bid. If you have not seen it already, go watch Pawlenty’s preview. I am actually floored it is so well done.Newt Gingrich is already in.Mitt Romney will make a big splash soon and for all intents and purposes is fully and already in.Then were are Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and a few others with Sarah Palin as a late entrant possibility.I hope like heck that this is it. I hear rumblings of a few wild cards, but let’s take the field as officially announced: Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Tim Pawlenty. Add Mitt Romney in there because it is abundantly obvious he has been in this since at lease December of 2008 and you actually have a solid, relatively conservative field to pick from.Republican angst over a bad slate mirrors the Democrat angst in 1991. But in 1991, the slate that was there went on in 1992 to pick the next President of the United States.We have our nominee in this field. I can live with the field and I hope you can too.Republicans, not just conservatives, are at risk of a self-fulfilling, self-defeating prophecy that the field sucks and cannot beat Obama. It’s the economy, stupid. It always has been. It always will be. And America can do better than Barack Obama with any of the candidates we now have.

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