Actually, I believe it's a tossup between Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin as to whom would make the Democrats the happiest. Either way, I find myself salivating at the prospect such could possibly be. However, I do think the ultra right-wing is not so stupid as to nominate someone for GOP president of that extremist category who could never pass the mainstream test.
I listened to Joni Ernst of Iowa give the GOP response to President Obama's SOTU speech. She presents a nice image, non-confrontational, but that's because she did not say anything worthwhile----anyone the GOP selects will have to have some kind of cross-over appeal because the image of the Republican party is so repulsive to ordinary Americans, that unless they make an attempt at an about-face they are doomed to never winning at the presidential level.