Since the after Obama's election in 2008 there has been media speculation about who the GOP Nominee would be in 2012.
There's an old line that every Representative and Senator in DC see a President when they look in the mirror.
I think over the last two years the media has named most of them, at least most of the Republicans anyway, as possibilities. Seems every time a Republican went on a talk show, made a speech, surprised people by winning an election or visited Iowa the media decided he or she was the rising star that would take on Obama.
There was even some brief speculation about General McChrystal, and a couple times I heard General Peterus mentioned. Most of the media chatter was about elected officials. After all it has to be a professional politician, no non politician has won the the presidency since Eisenhower. Even Reagan had switched from acting to politics years before he became President.
A couple days ago the media and the GOP got a shock, a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Donald Trump tied for second place with Mike Huckabee, both at 17 percent, just behind Romney. Trump holds the lead among people who identify themselves as TEA Party..
Roughly the time the poll came came out, I was in a private message marathon with about forty other people on another forum about who had the best change of forcing Obama into retirement.
I'm not sure if anyone knew about the poll yet or not, if so no one mentioned it. I don't recall if anyone even mentioned Gingrich. Everyone likes Sarah Palin, no one seemed to like the idea of President Palin. The conversation shifted to the pros and cons of frontrunners Huckabee and Romney and most importantly which one had the best chance to send Obama back to Chicago.
Then someone mentioned Donald Trump. Yes he has negitives and they where mentioned, but the tone of the discussion changed. It was no longer a matter of voting for someone just because that someone had the best chance of beating Obama.
People seemed to think Trump could not only beat Obama, he'd be someone they wanted as President.