Conservatives in crisis

It's easy to surmise that conservatives aren't satisfied with their options for a presidential candidate.

It's easy to surmise that conservatives aren't satisfied with their options for a presidential candidate. But you know it has gotten bad when the editor of influential conservative blog Red State writes these words just weeks away from the first caucuses: "Lastly, and in all honesty, this field of candidates deeply depresses me."

Erick Erickson wrote this blog post while explaining why he doesn't plan to endorse any of the candidates for president in part because of the problems inherent in continuing to blog about the race while having already placed his bet but also due to the depressing options.

And while commentators and Republicans living in the early primary states seem breathless with enthusiasm over Newt Gingrich, the party establishment appears less than thrilled with him as their nominee. Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe called Gingrich "repulsive politically," at the famed 92nd Street Y in New York Wednesday night during an event on the 2012 election. "This is a party at the presidential level that is not well," he added.

Erickson seems to agree:

I can see a day soon on the horizon where I just give up and focus on House and Senate races instead of the top race.

We have two more GOP presidential debates before the end of the year, including one in Des Moines this Saturday. We've seen candidates drop out (Herman Cain), make horrible gaffes (Michele Bachmann's retardationgate), and not live up to expectations (Rick Perry). Most likely there's more drama to come, but what remains less likely is that one of the current candidates can dazzle their base.

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