Sarah Palin is touring the U.S., misinterpreting each landmark she visits. Newt Gingrich is covering up his lavish Tiffany's spending. And Tim Pawlenty is, well, still boring. The GOP field for the 2012 presidential race is starting to take shape, but it hasn't been an auspicious start for many candidates. Before the race gets too serious, here's our completely authoritative, fair-minded, policy driven primer on who's in (and out) and the positives and negatives of each candidate. We tried to say something nice about everybody, but some proved more difficult than others.
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