By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
It's no surprise that lots of Republicans are laying the groundwork for the 2012 White House campaign against President Obama. There's Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Sarah Palin, to name a few. But here's the rub: None of them are exciting the Republican rank and file, which is casting around for somebody different. "Nobody is there yet," a long-time Republican senator says. Palin's too new, Huckabee too churchy, Romney hasn't played his economy card with a good alternative to Obama's budget or bailouts, and Gingrich is too broad with his proposals.
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