Seriously. I can see a lot of them in Cabinet and other high-ranking positions, but actually as president? It doesn't work for me.
Just for a moment, think about an administration made up of these folks:
Mitt Romney: Secretary of Commerce.
Tim Pawlenty: Secretary of the Treasury.
Newt Gingrich: OK, he can stay home. Or, maybe, Education, if we have to use him.
Sarah Palin: Secretary of Energy.
MIchele Bachman: Health and Human Services.
Jon Huntsman: Ambassador to the UN.
Ron Paul: Ambassador to Mars.
Rick Santorum: I dunno. I just can't get that interested in him. Maybe Secretary of... zzzzzz... huh? I'm awake! What was the question? 42! Blue! August, 1945! Sodium Chloride! Utopian Turtletop! Did I get it right?
Herman Cain: Vice President. Quite frankly, I can't see him "settling" for anything less than the top job, but he might take the number two slot if offered -- and promised a meaty role.
John Bolton: Secretary of State. If there's anyone out there who can bring the rogue State Department to heel and remind them of where their true loyalties should lie, and not get captured by the system and the climate there, it's the 'Stache.
Mitch Daniels: Secretary of Defense. We're gonna need to get defense spending to a reasonable level, and he's got a good fiscal head. Plus, with the whole gays in the military issue, a guy with weak social conservative credentials and a knack for pragmatism could be quite useful.
Donald Trump: Press Secretary. Him versus the White House Press Corps? They deserve each other.
Mike Huckabee: Leave him where he is, in the Saturday night TV ghetto. Please.
Chris Christie: Secretary of Labor. Let him take on the unions on a national stage. Or Attorney General -- he was a federal prosecutor. Or vice president, giving him some good experience for a run later on. He's got star potential, and he's ruled out running for president this time around -- but hasn't said anything about any other position. It would take something pretty tempting to lure him out of the governor's mansion, though -- he's doing very important work and having a hell of a lot of fun.
That leaves us a few key positions unfilled -- Attorney General comes to mind -- but we gotta leave something open for non-candidates. (Imagining Ann Coulter or Radley Balko as AG sends thrills up my leg. Or perhaps Glenn Reynolds, but could he stand the pay cut?)
For the sake of our nation, I hope that a Republican does win in 2012. These folks would certainly do a better job than the current office holders, but there's no chance they'd be appointed by the Obama administration. For one, I'm fairly comfortable saying they've all paid their taxes.