GOP Should Consider Donald Trump, Allen West 'What If' Scenario - Yahoo! NewsCOMMENTARY | Charlie Sheen may provide ammunition for late night comics but he also imparted at least one important message to America: "Winning!" But while Sheen can simply declare himself a winner, the next president will have to go to the voters to get the nod.
For both major parties, the issue to be decided is whether their 2012 candidate will be ideologically "pure," or a stew of conflicting ideas and actions. President Obama would seem to fit both descriptions, and faces no real primary challengers.
Obama's ideological purity was set early on his background as a social activist and a two-year Senate stint during which he railed against the Iraq war and other Bush policies. But the president now has a record to run on, and that makes the race more difficult for Democrats.