GOP Governors: The Likeliest To Reach The White House

You don't need me to tell you that the Republican brand has not been doing so well lately. They've lost more than 50 House and 14 Senate seats in the last two election cycles, and polls show the public souring on the GOP like never before ... at least in recent political history.

There is a widely expressed feeling that, far more so than with congressional Republicans, the party needs to look to its 22 governors to find its future.

One person on the list, Mark Sanford, didn't do his chances much good this week. That leaves 21 others.

I've decided, in a completely unscientific, data-free exercise, to rate the GOP governors in terms of their likelihood of ever reaching the White House (not necessarily in 2012, but sometime in the future).

I readily concede that my list will not universally be agreed on. You may completely dismiss it. I confess I don't share the optimism about the national future of Alaska's Sarah Palin as many Republicans do. And note that I have Nevada's Jim Gibbons last on the list — even below Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is constitutionally ineligible.

Here it is. Let me know where you agree or disagree.

1. Tim Pawlenty (MN)
2. Jon Huntsman (UT)
3. Haley Barbour (MS)
4. Bobby Jindal (LA)
5. Charlie Crist (FL)
6. Mitch Daniels (IN)
7. Sarah Palin (AK)
8. Rick Perry (TX)
9. Mark Sanford (SC)
10. Jodi Rell (CT)
11. Bob Riley (AL)
12. Sonny Perdue (GA)
13. Mike Rounds (SD)
14. John Hoeven (ND)
15. Butch Otter (ID)
16. Dave Heineman (NE)
17. Jim Douglas (VT)
18. Don Carcieri (RI)
19. Linda Lingle (HI)
20. Jan Brewer (AZ)
21. Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA)
22. Jim Gibbons (NV)

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