Right now I suspect Obama is rubbing his hands with glee. So what is on offer?
#1 Newt (as in 'pissed as') Gingrich. Front runner (this week anyway). Sometime House Speaker later dumped by his Party. Made history by being sanctioned (fined) $300k by the House of Representatives in a 395-25 vote for ethical violations. Thrice married and reputedly divorced his first wife because 'she wasn't pretty enough to be the wife of the President and besides, she's got cancer'. Thinks his conversion to the Catholic faith and the power of the Confessional absolves him from all past misdeeds. Some may not.
#2 Mitt Romney. Multi millionaire venture capitalist. Rumoured to wear funny underclothes (he is a devout Mormon). As Governor of the liberal State of Massachusetts he pioneered Health Care legislation that supposedly became a model for 'Obamacare'. That coupled with his changing stance on many issues has him at odds with many in the Republican Party and especially the influential Tea Party' movement.
#3 Congressman Ron Paul. 76YO . Could almost be considered a dark horse candidate. Strong Libertarian credentials. Prepared to challenge mainstream Republican thinking on American involvement in foreign wars. More of an isolationist than many of his peers. But really, age is against him and however you dress it up he would be 81 by the end of his term.
#4 Herman Cain. Campaign suspended. Might have been a serious contender if he hadn't had a problem with his 'dick'.
#5 Governor Rick Perry. Popular three time Governor of Texas. From the conservative and Christian evangelical wing of the Party. Burst on the scene with huge creds. Since then it has been mostly downhill. Hasn't shown up strongly in the debates. Outsider.
#6 Congresswoman Michele Bachman. Founder of the House 'Tea Party' caucus and beloved by them. Like Perry she was expected to do well and like Perry has failed to perform. Outsider.
#7 Ambassador John Huntsman. Sometime Governor of Utah and 'currently' US Ambassador to China. Mormon but not overtly so. Solid creds but very much an unknown in Republican circles. Outsider but has the potential to win through. He is my pick of the bunch.
In the final Iowa Town debate yesterday and just 19 days before the Iowa Caucuses the big winners were adjudged to be Romney and Paul with Bachman also giving a good performance.
I think if the Republicans pick either Gingrich or Romney they can kiss goodbye to the While House for the next four years.