Get ready, get set, GO!

An interesting analysis by Mike Shear of the New York Times states that while D.C. may certainly be clearing out for the holidays, that’s no reason to think Republican politicians aren’t already strategizing for 2012 and looking for ways to knock President Obama off his White House seat.

It won’t be easy, he surmises. But that much we already knew. With a 56 percent approval rating reported by CNN after Obama’s handling of the lame duck session and an overall 49 percent approval rating reported by Gallup, Republicans vying to face off with Obama in 2012 won’t have an easy time taking down the incumbent.

“The 2012 presidential campaign is underway. There are some — including many voters — who will refuse to focus on 2012 until, oh, that very year,” Shear says.

However, he points to Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee, John Thune and, of course, Sarah Palin, as possible candidates in a 2012 presidential run. Campaigning, it seems, is truly never ending.

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