Two “Power Rankings” of the 2012 GOP hopeful nominees have come our way in the last 24 hours. The Washington Post‘s “The Fix” has had Romney at the top of the line for a long time running. I’m predicting he stays there until Mitt actually wins the nomination! The top 7 are listed below:
Seperately, The Economist provided their, admittedly, rough rankings in the graphic below:
Two things initially stick out when reviewing these rankings:
- Romney and Pawlenty are #1 and #2 in both (and I like Mitt’s chances against a charisma-challenged candidate who still does not break above 5% in any national or early state poll).
- The other “big name” candidates, namely, Palin, Huckabee, and Gingrich have relatively low rankings at an average of 3.5, 5, and 5 respectively.
Although there’s a certain target that comes with being the front-runner, Mitt’s been leading the pack and wearing that target for some time now. He’s shown that he can handle the attention and fire that comes with holding the “Pole Position.”