It used to be that the GOP tended to nominate the man who would be the best President out of those who stepped forward.
This is why the Chicago Sun-Times commentary is shocking for its necessity. In 2000, George W. Bush was the best of those who stepped up. In 2008, the best would seem to be Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani.
Yet, the choice instead has boiled down to an actor who spent an eight-year sabbatical in the Senate, or a former preacher with a checkered record as governor.
One hopes the GOP primary electorate will be smart. I, for one, am disinclined to spend my time and effort to bail them out.