Palin 2012! You know she'll run.
But yeah, definitely also Romney and Huckabee.
Maybe Jindal? Personally I'd think he'd wait until 2016 so as not to run against an incumbent Dem.
Would also expect Crist to at least test the waters.
I'm sure there are others that I'm forgetting.
Oh, maybe Senator Thune, although I doubt he would gain much traction.
Well I think Crist is far too obviously a real threat to be truly attractive to moderates and to win to ever get a shot at the nomination - unless of course he were to enter as the only "moderate conservative" in a field otherwise filled with knuckle draggers.
And I'm not sure what Thune's hook would be.
As to the governors who would seem possibilities I'd say Palin (yikes, but yeah I guess so), Barbour (the guy who a couple years ago I thought would be the '08 nominee), Perdue, Pawlenty, Huntsman and Jindal. I think Jindal could get a lot of support.
I can't think of any senators at the moment. And it seems odd not to have a Texan in the mix, but I can't think of a likely one (though KBH might be in the mix for Vice).
After a presumed Obama victory, Jindal is the perfect candidate. He's Obama in youth and enthusiasm and diversity, but he hates abortion and teh gays (or at least I assume he did, or else how in hell did he get elected in Louisiana). Sign him up!
But is the "diversity" helpful to him inside the GOP? And yes, he HATES abortion and the gays. He's a giant egghead/policy wonk so he'll play far better with the national press as someone who can engage "the issues" in ways they expect. But as the whole exorcism thing might've led you to think he's as right wing as you can possibly be on social issues. I think he'll definitely have backs in 2011 and 2012 - it's more a question of exactly how much money he can tap (I'd guess a lot) and if he decides 2012 is better than 2016. All of this of course presumes Mitch Landrieu, Charlie Melancon or someone else doesn't beat him for reelection.
Jindal/Palin '12? Youth and theocracy.
I sure hope the far right is sufficiently marginalized by then that it's some more mainstream folks vying for the GOP nod.