Armey's supporters claim he's got it wrapped up, but that hasn't yet deterred his rivals, who are well aware of the Republican yen for fresh faces to deliver their sound bites. "A lot of Republicans blame Armey for being politically tone-deaf and a bad spokesman," says TIME Washington correspondent Karen Tumulty. But they may not be ready for the alternatives. Largent, the telegenic ex-jock, offers a silver tongue, but his die-hard social conservatism scares the moderates. Dunn's entry, says Tumulty, "is very exciting, but there's a question of whether she'll lose out because of her pro-abortion stance" -- conservatives aren't ready for that much inclusiveness. That may well leave Armey as the compromise that nobody wants -- and Republicans just as divided as ever.