The participants are:
former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who I like
Congressman Ron Paul, who I respect but disagee on many things
former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who I have met
former Virginia Senator Rick Santorum, who makes me laugh
and Herman Cain, I ate a lot of Godfather's Pizza when I lived in Omaha
Of these guys the only one I can take seriously is Pawlenty.
As Steve Bennen said:
I'd call this a clown debate but I don't want to insult clowns.
As far as the supposed serious candidates:
Mitt Romney declined; Gingrich won't set up an exploratory committee until next week and is therefore ineligible; Huntsman is in a similar boat; Michelle Bachmann hasn't made any formal moves; Mitch Daniels is still figuring out what he wants to do; Roy Moore and Roy Roemer can't break 1% in the polls ; and Palin and Huckabee are still on the Fox News payroll.
It's going to be tough to run against the President that killed Bin Laden.
And speaking for the Almighty we get this:
Karen Santorum says the 2012 presidential race, in which her husband, Rick, is a likely Republican candidate, is "not just another political race. It’s about going on to the battlefield and defending God’s truth in the world." [...]
She says the couple has "prayed a lot about the decision" and the former senator's decision--apparently she's referring to his forming a presidential exploratory committee--"is what God wants."
Pic is for my friend Dan