No, neither did I.
I’m not all that political, but I think one of the main strengths of the Republican party is that they don’t have Hillary Clinton.
Let’s see the cast of characters included:
Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas)
the former Virginia governor James Gilmore (R-Va.)
the former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani
the former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.)
the former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.)
and the former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson
Other than McCain, Romney & Guiliani; I think the rest have quite a bit of groundwork to do to even be recognized by most Americans at this point. McCain has established himself as a Bush “mini-me”. Romney, I believe, may have to do some convincing to the public about his faith in Mormonism….specifically portions of Christians. I also think that his transition from pro-choice to pro-life is a believable one; others may not be able to follow that. Guliani seems to be down-to-Earth, funny and knowledgeable. Other than having some troubles with his personal life splashed in the NY press, he seems pretty straight-forward.