IMHO: 2012 GOP Romney - it's his nomination to lose right now Palin/Huckabee - can be useful but not players The unknown - someone like a Jindal, or Pawlenty, could emerge and be an even tougher challenger to Obama than Romney. The General With the economy rebounding, it's going to be very hard for anyone to defeat Obama - unless there is another economic meltdown. The fact that the GOP has told EVERYONE that their are wagering their future on continued economic distress means no one believes that they are going to try to help solve problems. They are just going to try to create/imagine problems in hopes of regaining some political prestige. I don't think that plays well to independents like myself. 2010 I think the GOP will pick up some seats in the house and senate and some governorships, but they will not be able to overcome Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.