South Dakota Senator John Thune announced today that he's opting out of the 2012 GOP Presidential sweepstakes. Thune recently rose to #4 on my rankings, thanks in large part to decreasing likelihood of others running. This is the second month in a row that one of my Top 5 dropped out, following Mike Pence in January.
I'm less surprised at Thune than I was at Pence, who I thought was better than 50% chance of running.
In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix – in print tomorrow, online now – I provide my first in-print rankings of the 2012 GOP Presidential candidates’ chances. You can read that here: The GOP’s Top Dog? It’s T-Paw, Not Mitt.
But that only has room for the Top 10, and my blog readers know that I’ve been ranking the Top 25 for over two years now.
Herman Cain announced his 2012 Presidential exploratory committee formation today, the first (somewhat) significant candidate to do so.
Most importantly, this forces polijournos like me to decide between "Is Cain Able?" "Yes He Cain?" "A Cain Mutiny in GOP?" "Raising Cain" and "Cain-Do Spirit" for our headlines.