That's the same thing for every country, it seems, unfortunately.
Out of the millions of people making the population of one territory, only the mediocre ones somehow manage to reach the positions of power.
Trump seems to be the defacto candidate for the Republicans, not sure DeSantis has real chances especially since he signed HB269 (which is an instant turn off for many). Other contenders are unlikely to achieve anything, apart from running for the sake of running.
But despite his popularity, all of the stuff that got thrown at him might turn a few against him, no matter how frivolous and nonsensical the accusations may be. Keep in mind people bought into the "pee-tape", the "Trump-Russia collusion" and all of the rest...
The Dems "may" have interesting candidates, especially Kennedy, even more so since he unjustly found himself at the receiving end of the stick regarding covid and the vaccine. Does he have his chances of winning his party's primaries? Meh... unlikely. Even more so since the Dems reportedly announced there would be no debate for said primaries... apparently Joe and/or his handlers decided it was futile to challenge him.
Haven't heard, or looked into in fact, about the Independents. Though I like Rand Paul I don't know if he will run, and even if he does I doubt he would win. Or, in fact, be a good president.
Like Jim Jordan and many others, Paul is a good senator and congressman. He is good at this job.