Any candidate we get is likely to be flawed. I prefer a Constitutional Conservative myself, which would be Ron Paul for the most part and he is flawed. If America is to survive, a fiscal conservative is the least we can accept or we must sweep both legislative branches as happened during Clintons administration. Then anyone can be forced into fiscal conservatism. The old guard from both parties has to be replaced. Christie would have a lot of corporate backing as they like his actions.
We obviously are in at least a double dip recession and I suspect if all the unemployed were counted we are actually in a depression. The unemployment number for the latter is 25% and that happened only briefly in the 30's. We meet the rest of the criteria.
We are still having bank failures, though they get little attention now. There are no "circuit breakers" in place to insulate Europe, Asia the Middle East and this hemisphere from each other's financial woes so as goes any one country, so goes the world. THAT should make everyone sleep well tonight.
I still believe that the eventual candidate has not signed on yet. The reason for all the interest is that obama is fast becoming a candidate who can not win. I keep hearing poll numbers but popular vote does not elect a president. The Electoral College does and as the economy and the job outlook stand now a number of the R candidates can beat obama.
We have quite a Schedule for 2012 and there will be thousands working on this one. That is where the work during 2010 and since has brought us to today. There is also a lot of money out there for the right candidates. We will be flying less and driving more. After the Tea Party convention where the tarmac was parked full of corporate jets, obama went after those. Several members have 6 passenger "Buddy Holly" private planes and the organization will be renting them. I may get to be the pilot again. Unofficially of course.
We certainly are living in interesting times.