This morning, in reference to the Republican presidential primary, the boss commented: "The race seems to be more open and fluid than conventional wisdom has it." The boss also noted, according to the latest CBS/New York Times poll, "81 percent of GOP primary voters [are] in play." Considering that the first caucus/primary is only a little more than two months away, it's pretty clear there is room for another candidate--or two.

Quin Hillyer suggests Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal:

In this contest, you would want somebody fairly youthful and energetic because Barack Obama's youth otherwise remains an advantage. You would absolutely, positively want somebody who can beat Obama like a drum on the issue of health care -- and there is no elected official in America, not even Paul Ryan, who knows health-care policy better than Jindal does....He can explain "premium support" and market solutions better than anyone in the business, especially in a debate, where -- unlike, perhaps, in a formal speech setting -- Jindal absolutely sparkles....

He's a leader who somehow maintains solid conservatism without seeming particularly partisan. He's a governor who has overseen the almost total-takeover by Republicans of a once-purple state (all seven statewide offices and majorities in both legislative chambers are now GOP-held) without verbally bashing the other side. Oh, he can fight politically with the best of them -- you must be tough to thrive in Louisiana's infamous political swamps -- but he often serves his revenge cold, as the ancient wisdom advises, and silently, outmaneuvering adversaries rather than bludgeoning them....

Jindal already has endorsed Rick Perry for president. Party leaders still looking to recruit another candidate might want to consider convincing him to renege on that endorsement. This nomination battle is still volatile enough for one more candidate to blow into the race with hurricane force tailwinds.

The only question would be whether there is time for another candidate to establish himself, raise funds, and establish an effective campaign. But those details have nothing to do with the obvious lack of enthusiasm for the Republican presidential candidates.

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