Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum top my list for potential GOP dropouts after Saturday’s straw ballot in Iowa.
As dumb as this state’s influential-for-no-apparent-reason caucuses are, its August straw poll of an insane subset of traditionally bonkers Iowa Republicans is usually good for at least winnowing the field to something manageable.
Cain is already signaling the end if he doesn’t finish in the top tier.
Pawlenty will be so damaged if he doesn’t best Michele Bachmann that he ought to cash in, but I suspect he’ll pretend otherwise in his obvious bid to be running-mate potential for the big boys.
Huntsman, who is probably the only sentient adult in the field, will likely do so poorly that he should just give up and apply for another job with President Obama.
Santorum? He so disappeared in Thursday night’s GOP debate that had to pick a fight with Ron Paul for air time.