Poor crop of GOP 2012 hopefuls could sprout Michele Bachmann (gag) as a viable contender

I know we’re in the midst of March Madness, so please don’t nail me to the nearest backboard and leave me there just because I once again can’t resist referencing the 2012 presidential campaign.

Granted, I realize it’s early in the ballgame but apparently Republican angst about 2012 and its shallow gene pool of candidates is simmering and could boil over.

Nearly three months into the year, it appears the GOP field of presidential candidates is shrinking because Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin look less likely to run.

So that leaves the Fab Four of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and former Speaker of the House and Georgia Peach Newt Gingrich.

Man, that collection of yawn-inducers couldn’t beat an egg, let alone Barack Obama. And that’s with Obama making more missteps than yours truly trying to dance the Paso Doble.

Not only is the aforementioned foursome flawed, it’s about as appetizing as a zucchini and beet sandwich.

May blisters sprout on my fingertips for tying these very words, but that makes Michele Bachmann even more appealing, even if it is by default.

The Minnesota congresswoman and darling of the Tea Party set supposedly is getting serious about running for president.

At this point of time in the political hourglass, a Bachmann bid would seem to be a longer shot than Evel Knievel trying to jump the Snake River Canyon.

Still, her bombastic in-your-face style could strike a chord with socially conservative caucus-goers in Iowa.

I close by hoping you already have digested today’s lunch.