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Let the king­mak­ing be­gin. The “sig­nif­i­cant” en­dorse­ment derby has be­gun in earnest among Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls. Two have added jew­els to their crowns. Former pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Tim Paw­lenty has thrown his sup­port to Mitt Rom­ney, declar­ing him “alone among con­tenders” who can slay the evil eco­nomic dragons. Mean­while, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jin­dal has en­dorsed Texas. Gov. Rick Perry.

But we’re just get­ting started here. Though the “mighty eight” can­di­dates ap­pear like clock­work at high-pro­file de­bates and town halls, there are some 30 note­wor­thy Repub­li­can hope­fuls — in­clud­ing the ever fas­ci­nat­ing and mys­te­ri­ous Sarah Palin — who can draw press at­ten­tion and steer the pub­lic dis­course with a mere tweet.

One sam­pling of the widerang­ing field can be seen here:

Who will win Ru­dolph W. Gi­u­liani’s cov­eted en­dorse­ment? How about a nod from Don­ald Trump, John Bolton, Jeb Bush or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie? The mind reels. In­side the Belt­way read­ers who have no­tions or pre­dic­tions about po­ten­tial matchups — who’s go­ing to en­dorse whom — send them along, please.

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