Open Thread: GOP 2012 Roundup

May 23rd, 2011 9:48 AM

With official announcements from Herman Cain on Saturday and Tim Pawlenty this morning, and news of Sarah Palin buying a new house surmised to be potential campaign headquarters in Arizona, do you think a GOP frontrunner will emerge from the pool of candidates any time soon?

Check out a roundup of this weekend's GOP announcements and speculation below, and give us your thoughts in the comments:

And as reported by Newsmax yesterday,

Confirmation of a Palin house purchase in Scottsdale likely would rekindle chatter about whether Palin might run a political campaign out of Arizona, the home state of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who plucked her from relative political obscurity in 2008 to be his vice-presidential running mate, the Republic speculated Sunday.

Palin has been rumored to be considering headquartering her 2012 White House campaign, if there is one, in Scottsdale. She also has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

Perhaps even more important than the viability of any one candidate is whether the current field is a suitable one. For all the handwringing about the absence of a so-called "savior" candidate, prominent right-of-center bloggers such as Erick Erickson and Glenn Reynolds have pushed the "go to the races with the horses we've got" approach. Where do you stand on that question?