Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The National Journals 2012 Presidential Power Rankings

The National Journal has come up with a list of who they feel has the best chance at winning the Republican nomination at this point in time.

The criteria they used were:
  • Money: How much do they have? How much can they raise?
  • Campaign infrastructure: Do they have the ability to assemble a competitive and competent staff, both at the national and state levels,
  • Strengths: What issue(s) can the candidate truly hang their hat on? Is there a specific area of expertise they can sell to voters? Do they have a strong track record on one particular issue?
  • Weaknesses: Every candidate has one -- heck, most candidates have plenty -- and the reality is that eventually they will have to address them. This will be easier for some contenders than others: Explaining away one vote for bad legislation is far easier than justifying a major moral lapse or some fatally flawed executive decision. At the end of the day, some candidates will have weaknesses, and others will have albatrosses. It’s the latter group who should be worried.
Here is the list 1 being the best chance 15 the least chance:
1. Mitt Romney
2. Tim Pawlenty
3. John Thune
4. Haley Barbour
5. Mike Huckabee
6. Sarah Palin
7. Newt Gingrich
8. Mike Pence
9. Mitch Daniels
10. Chris Christie
11. Rick Perry
12. Bobby Jindal
13. Rick Santorum
14. Jim DeMint
15. Ron Paul
The National Journal stresses that the list is flexable. Meaning that certain events could move some candidates down and others up.

They also supply the reasoning for their choices. That can be found HERE.


Anonymous said...

Mitt's having a great week!


Ann said...

I don't think that anyone can argue that Romney is the front runner. Current polls seem to agree.

This question is for the Palin and Huckabee supporters:

How is he doing it, without being on Fox 24/7?

BOSMAN said...

Thanks Rev for posting this. More good news for Mitt!