Dear Govs. Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal; Sens. Jon Kyl, Marco Rubio and Jim DeMint; and Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and Mike Pence (R-Ind.):
You’ve each declined to run for the presidency or even endorse one of the final candidates. It’s understandable that you’d decided not to run for president. It’s nasty business. You could wind up looking like Simon Legree or suffer a brain freeze on national TV. It’s punishing and harder than anything you’ve done in your lives. And endorsing? Why that requires an expenditure of political capital, some risk taking. Your guy could lose, and there where would you be?
But here’s the thing: The voters in their infinite wisdom have just given a huge boost to perhaps the only GOP candidate who could shift the spotlight from President Obama to himself, alienate virtually all independent voters, lose more than 40 states and put the House majority in jeopardy.