So what did happen to all the heavy hitters? How did the Republican race get populated by all these pygmies? If Barack Obama is as reviled as the GOP contends, he should be easy to depose, right?
Yet, truly credible candidates like Jeb Bush have decided to sit this race out. Maybe Jeb sees something the rabble can’t, because it’s blinded by rage. It can’t all be about his last name, even though his feckless brother is the one responsible for running two wars on the credit card and giving the wealthy a tax cut that further bankrupted us. Some Republicans who yearn for the good old days, when a president actually looked like a president ought to, might think there was poetic justice in a sibling swooping in to clean up his brother’s mess.
Of course, the rest of the Bush-weary public might not agree.
Maybe the serious candidates are waiting for the ultra-conservative wave to crest and then exhaust itself on the rocks. Only after the crazies have had their catharsis can the political vessel be steered off the shoals and back into the main channel.
Good pols like Jeb have ultra-sensitive antennae, and my guess is that they have concluded that Obama has too good a chance of winning this one, regardless of the economy. Best to keep their powder dry and run when the recession’s over. The advantage to that is that once everybody is earning an income again, they’ll get their minds off income inequality, and we can go back to business as usual.