Let us not mince words. There are at most five plausible Republican presidents on the horizon — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Utah governor and departing ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former Massachusetts governor (Mitt) Romney and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.
Within the context of Will's column, the context for making such a declaration is Will's belief that ostensibly unelectable presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich are undermining the credibility of the conservative movement. Both Huckabee and Gingrich made comments last week insinuating a linkage between President Barack Obama's political ideology and the fact his father was Kenyan — a tactic that Will believes is a surefire mechanism for repelling moderate or independent voters.