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Pence, Jindal, Ryan…. Kristol is Right: The Field is Still Open

By on 10.25.11 | 11:39AM

Here I make the case that Bill Kristol is right that the GOP field is still open. Kristol reports on the latest poll:

"About four of five voters said it is too early to say for sure who they support for the nomination, with just 19 percent saying their minds are already made up." And I argue this: "[I]f Gingrich can rise from the political dead all the way to third in the polls, why can't Santorum catch the next wave? Or why can't a Jindal jump in with just the right finesse and surge like Cain did, and like Perry and Bachmann did before Cain?"

I also will note that Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin still have made no endorsement in the race. In a race so volatile, a key endorsement actually can make a huge difference. If I were Rick Santorum right now, I would be beating paths to both of their doors. Ditto if I were Cain. I'd also be laying the ground work to make nice with Michelle Bachmann. And I'd be calling Paul Ryan "just to chat" about once a week.

Meanwhile, if I were Karl Rove, I'd be looking at all of Mitt Romney's weaknesses and thinking how vulnerable he would be against Obama, and I'd be picking up the phone and calling the Louisiana governor's mansion.

You know, people say Bobby Jindal bombed in his only national speech. Well, the last time somebody famously bombed in a nationally televised speech, so badly that he was all but booed off the stage, was a guy in 1988 whose given name at birth was Billy Blythe. We know him as William Jefferson Clinton, and he bedeviled us for two full terms in the Oval Office (but not in the Lincoln Bedroom, because it was for rent). One ill-received speech does not break a career, especially when the candidate is an incredibly able debater and retail politician.

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