The 2012 tea leaf reading is already well underway for Republicans.
Several pundits see significance in that Mike Huckabee -- the former Arkansas governor turned presidential candidate turned talk show host -- started his book tour in Iowa, where the first nomination contest will take place in January 2012.
Many expect vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to run for the top job, despite harsh criticism from outside and inside John McCain's campaign. Palin announced today that she will speak Thursday at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami, another high-profile appearance for her.
And Charley Manning, a longtime adviser to Mitt Romney, poured some cold water on the former Massachusetts governor's ambitions in a radio show appearance.
"I’d be surprised if Mitt ever ran again for president…I sure don’t think it was the best experience of his life,” Manning said, citing anti-Mormon bias in the Republican primaries.
“There are other things he can do,” Manning said.
On the other hand, Romney has been piling up political chits -- both from his articulate and steadfast support as one of McCain's top surrogates and from his raising money for congressional Republicans.
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