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Poll after poll shows a lack of real passion by a majority of voters on both sides of the political divide. Democrats accept the fact — many of the grudgingly — that President Barack Obama is their incumbent and must be supported but the passion and enthusiasm that propelled him into office in 2008 is gone, replaced by fatalism.
“Sadly, we don’t have a candidate that can generate buzz or passion,” a longtime GOP political operative admitted to Capitol Hill Blue this week. “It’s the worst field of Presidential contenders that I have ever seen.”
Many Republicans support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney not because they like him — in fact most don’t — but because they think he is the party’s best hope to beat Obama.
Newt Gingrich‘s recent return from the political graveyard is a strong indicator of GOP desperation. Few voters actually like or trust Gingrich but he may be the only hope for a rabid right wing that demands one of their own as the nominee.
Ron Paul‘s supporters have passions but not the numbers. He sits at eight percent nationally and hasn’t moved. Most mainstream Republicans don’t trust Paul and are uncomfortable with some of his extremist views.
Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry are just two more has-beens in a growing slag heap of quickie GOP buzz that came and went. Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum never generated enough attention to even get a second or two in the spotlight.
“Pitiful,” the GOP operative says. “Just pitiful.”