From a conservative standpoint, here is how the line up:
- Insiders: Former Senator Rick Santorum (PA), Former Anbassador to U.N. John Bolton, Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (GA) , Governor Haley Barbour (MS), Senator John Thune (SD), Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN).
- Outsiders: Representative Michelle Bachmann (MN), Senator Jim DeMint (SC), Former Governor Sarah Palin (AK), Herman Cain, Former Governor Mike Huckabee
As the article illustrates, it is interesting that Jim DeMint and Michelle Bachmann are considered outsiders. Both have been part of Congress for years, but it seems that their enthusiastic support of the Tea Party principles make them at adds with the beltway elite.
The size of the circle depicts the likelihood of the candidate winning the GOP nomination. That is if the field is as depicted. Senator John Thune already eluded to not running in 2012, but may be open to 2016.
So conservatives, do we have our work cut out for us? Remember what we are dealing with now, and why elections matter.