Republicans may have formulated a coherent strategy for taking the Presidency in 2012 and it might just work. Hopefully, Democrats are at least "think tanking" this..because if they are not..it's going to be a very tough slog. Republicans are good at this as well. After the dismal presidency of GW Bush, everyone basically thought they were done. They weren't. They did a masterful job of re-inventing themselves as "Tea Party Patriots" and got a good deal of the public to forget who really was responsible for the financial mess. And they did this by both appealing to and embracing a very far right ideology. But this may have cost them And it might have been a bridge to far. My personal opinion is either they've realized this..or that they are completely lost. I don't think it's the latter. Generally, at this point, Republicans have firmed up who they are going to run. That hasn't happened yet. And what they may be doing is this: -Put up ridiculous candidates to attack President Obama on nonsense issues. -Let the "Tea Party" types burn themselves out. -Reinvent themselves as a more "moderate" party. -Finally run a moderate, business Friendly candidate like Romney (Although he did a very hard right swing and may be damaged goods), Christie or Daniels. This works on many levels. 1. It continues to damage parts of the health care reform package. IMHO, HMOs want the mandate without the other provisions. And that's why a "moderate" might work out. 2. Burn out the social issues. Republicans can say, "We tried" without the political damage. This accomplishes the "raw meat" for the far right..and looks reasonable to independents. 3. It allows attacks on Obama by "candidates" that aren't going to run anyway. Appealing to both the far right..without hurting independent support. I seriously hope people are paying attention.