This week, we continue to wait for all the people we've been told plan to mix it up in the GOP primary to finally decide to jump into the race. So far, we've got Godfathers' Pizza-man Herman Cain and a roomful of supposition. Still, electoral politics continues to move forward as the Conservative Political Action Conference comes to D.C., affording many of the presumed hopefuls a chance to meet with activists, give early versions of their stump speech, and, eventually, lose to Ron Paul in the CPAC straw poll. The punditocracy still believes that there's room for another candidate to enter the race and take it over. Will it be Chris Christie? Over his dead body -- literally.
Who's up and who's down? Well, Mitt Romney's slowly looking like he might lock down New Hampshire. Tim Pawlenty's shown a willingness to spar with the White House. Jon Huntsman is emerging as the Quiet Man. Meanwhile, Haley Barbour is screwing it up left and right, Rick Santorum is making his problems worse by talking about them, and somehow, Donald Trump managed to make the most news this week (probably because a whole news network is intimately connected with the broadcast network that's rolling out The Apprentice. It's just another dumb week in your electoral politics. For the details you actually need to know, and the stuff you'll want to joke about, please to enter the Speculatron for the week of February 18, 2011.