The Republican establishment is sweating. Conservative favorites like Govs. Rick Perry (Texas) and Chris Christie (New Jersey) have long said they won't enter the 2012 presidential race. And now that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is opting out, too, the party is stuck with what many see as a lackluster field of candidates. But former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie tells the party faithful not to worry — the nominee will be someone on the current slate of candidates, led by Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and Jon Huntsman. Weekly Standard editor William Kristol disagrees, saying the GOP's best hope is someone who isn't even running yet. Who do Kristol and Co. want to jump into the race? Here, six GOP dream candidates — all of whom insist they're not running.
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