The 2012 map could look a lot like the one from 2000.

With increasing and annoying frequency, I’m seeing lazy pieces like this.

Alec Baldwin recently waded into the world of Twitter, and he’s already using it as a platform for talking politics. Weighing in on the 2012 presidential race, the “30 Rock” actor declared Friday that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney  “has the best chance” of beating Obama.

“Unwarranted fear/loathing of Obama is sad, but real. Romney has that Plymouth Rock last name… and Ken doll appeal that a lot of right-wingers go for,” Baldwin tweeted.

“I mentioned Romney because if he can overcome the Mormon issue with the Christian right, he could win it,” Baldwin wrote. “His contradictions re: Health care can be ironed out by clever GOP and conservative think tank types.”

This, after Howard Dean just created a stir after he said that Palin could beat Obama.

I’m not sure why we keep rehashing this. The simple fact is, the map hasn’t changed much since the election of 2000, which was decided by a single state — and the first time the winner in a presidential election lost the popular vote in over a century.

2004 was also decided by a single state, with Bush/Cheney winning re-election by the smallest margin by any incumbent since Wilson.

And despite the fact that Bush failed to achieve victory in two wars, took a record surplus and turned it into a record deficit, let a major US city drown, had the worst job creation record of any post-war president, a raft-load of ugly scandals and presided over gas prices that nearly quadrupled — the weak Republican ticket of McCain and The Quitter still managed to get nearly 46% of the vote.

Now if nearly 46% of the country will vote Republican after Bush/Cheney, they’ll vote Republican after anything, especially when a Kenyan Marxist is in the White House.

2012 is still going to come down to the same states again (FL, OH, PA) — and Florida’s unemployment rate is higher than the national average, which is extremely dangerous for an incumbent — 9.1%.

So yes, a Republican can beat Obama. Pick one.

Can we move on now?