Here's a depressing thought.....
I could stop right there, I suppose, but let's get more specific. Here's a proposal that the 2012 race might well come down to Hillary v Gingrich.
The Hillary part is certainly plausible, with Hill beating O'Bama on a platform of being less corrupt, or at least of not being O'Bama, which may be enough. She has money, friends, and a willingness to pull out all the stops, short of fitting her current boss with concrete overshoes and dropping him in the Des Moines river during the early caucuses.
Newt, on the other hand, may well be qualified to be President, although this alone will get you nowhere. He's also in the geezers demographic, and will get wherever he's going by virtue of his seniority, much like Bob Dole did. For 2012, at the rate things are going, Bob Dole could probably beat the Bamster, assuming he lives that long.
Hopefully 2012 will be the exception to the rule that the Dems pick someone so whack-o that no one in their right mind would vote for them, and the Repubs pick someone so uninteresting that the whack-job wins anyway.