Malek's list -- titled "10 Republican Leaders Who Could Be President" -- differs from Cillizza's in that the former Deputy Director of OMB in the Nixon White House wanted to identify "those less visible figures who will emerge over the next five to ten years as leaders in the House, Senate, state capitols, and Presidential primaries." Malek's list grew from ten to thirteen, and most of the people on it are under age 50, though a few are just page that age.
Only two names appear on both lists -- Bob McDonnell and Sarah Palin. Of former Governor Palin, Malek had this to say:
"Charismatic, effective, and beloved by so many in the Republican Party. Since I know her reasonably well and like her a lot, people always ask me about her future plans. The answer is I have no idea, and my sense is she hasn’t ruled anything out and is truly undecided. Maybe her book next month will provide some clues."Palin, along with Marco Rubio and Jon Huntsman, are on Malek's list, but they are not ranked, he says, because "I’m not sure where or how to place them."