A funny thing happened on the way to the first presidential debate of the 2012 election season.
It’s scheduled for May 2 at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. And all the Republican candidates for president have been invited.
There’s only one problem. Do you know how many official Republican candidates for president there are as of this date? ZERO! NADA! ZILCH!
Sure, there are at least 16 who say they’re thinking about it, including: Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, Tim Pawlenty, Donald Trump, Ron Paul, Mitch Daniels, and, don’t forget, Jimmy McMillan.
Pawlenty and Gingrich have even announced their intention to form, but have not yet formed, exploratory committees.
But not one – not one! – candidate has officially announced so far.
What a difference. Last time, remember, there were so many Republican candidates there was hardly enough room on the stage. This time, the stage may be empty.
Of course, there’s a good reason why no Republican has agreed to become a candidate so far: Because they’d have to run against Barack Obama.
So, I don’t blame ‘em. What’s the fun for any Republican to run for president in 2012 – when they know they’re going to lose?
That’s my parting shot for today.