Breaking: World to end, narrowing G.O.P. field.
I'm obviously a day late on this, and I've shamelessly stolen the New Yorker's headline above - I can't improve on that. The magazine's Hendrik Hertzberg, long-ago Dem presidential speechwriter, assumed that all the genuinely devout contenders would be swept up into the Heavens, along with the God-fearing portion of the electorate, helping assure an Obama re-election. (Some God-fearing, or worshipping, at least, folks like me are in the Obama camp, but we're hard to spot without our "I'm with stupid" T-shirts.)
Those who would impose their brand of religion on the rest of us are still in the "ground" game, another bum apocalpytic prophesy come and gone. Meanwhile, Mitch Daniels of the non-looney wing of the G.O.P. has ruled himself out of contention; former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has ruled himself in; and snake-oil peddler Paul Ryan is thinking about it. Ryan's non-Shermanesque denial of interest in matters presidential is a triumph of sophistry.
Oh well, Dems will have to find another way to win. The stunning, near-instant unpopularity of newly elected G.O.P. governors in Florida, Ohio and elsewhere can't hurt.