Under the heading, 20 Republican wannabes to watch, POLITICO published its bulging preseason roster of possible GOP presidential candidates, largely rounding up the usual suspects. Several have been around long enough to have shrinking options for their brain throbs. (Santorum? Not again, for God’s and our sake.)

But you might find interesting POLITICO’S brief bios as will the Vegas crowd that will be laying odds while all but one of the 20 will be laying eggs.

In the middle of the list you’ll find Gov.Kasich, who seems to have fascinated the pundits by his crushing victory over an opponent in name only. Here’s POLITICO’s Kasich cameo:

“Had a strong fiscal record in Congress, won reelection by 31 points and could take a heartland hammer to D.C. But GOP insiders say he isn’t great in small groups, a tough hurdle.” Small groups? Given his evasiveness, that can only mean folks with push-up wallets.

The other Ohio prospect, says POLITICO, is Sen. Rob Portman, with these words:

‘”…would love to run and thinks it might be possible to get in late. He’s coming off a great cycle as the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s vice chair of finance. But he has a potentially tough reelection in 2016. He is a favorite of wonks and centrists, who are not a large constituency in the GOP primary.”

Clip and save. There could be 20 more crouching in the weed patch.

  • Portman would actually be a really smart choice for the Rs, IMO. So they probably won’t choose him.

  • anastasjoy

    One thing Democrats need to do is make SURE he has a tough reelection campaign and really box him in. Despite all the whining about our allegedly “decimated bench,” I can think of a number of excellent candidates who could make him sweat.

  • anastasjoy

    Exactly, Angie. He was being mentioned as VP in both 2008 and 2012. He would have been good for an extra couple of points for McCain in 2008, because he’s a lot less scary than Sarah Palin. And he’s a lot more presentable and articulate than Kasich.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Oh, gawd. Hahahahahahahahahaha.

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