“Paul Ryan,” we read today in the Washington Examiner is, “underwhelemed with [the] current GOP field“: “We don’t have the presidential candidates right now,” the Wisconsin Republican told New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny, “The field hasn’t materialized yet, so we’re out there doing it ourselves.”
At least, Ryan acknowledged that the field hasn’t materialized yet, but other pundits gnash their teeth and wring their hands about the apparent weakness of the apparent Republican field. It’s as if the presidential election were this summer and not next fall. “The way things are going,” James Taranto quips today commenting on a Times piece on the absence of passion for Republican candidates, “President Obama will be impossible to beat this year.”
Why all this focus on the 2012 presidential race when we’re barely in the second quarter of 2011? Could it be that those dwelling on Donald Trump want to show us the sorry state of the Republican presidential field? Or could it be that we’re dwelling on the upcoming presidential contest because Americans increasingly feel the incumbent is not up to the job?
It’s way too early to speculate on the 2012 contest. Perhaps some candidates who today sit on the sidelines will toss their hats into the ring when they realize the opportunity a weak economy and unpopular incumbent afford.