Unless there are significant improvements in a number of areas including the economy, the deficit, our out-of-control illegal immigration problem, travel security and other issues, we Republicans may well be in a position to win the presidency and control both the House and the Senate in 2012.
I think our biggest problem in winning the presidency is that although there are a number people who have expressed an interest in the job, and most of them are likable, well-qualified presidential timber, they represent leftovers: Romney, Gingrich, Huckabee, Palin, Giuliani, Thompson and others who made attempts to be on 2008 ticket, come across to many American citizens as leftovers, a dish most people don’t get very excited about.
Naturally, all of us Republicans think we know who the best GOP candidates would be, so I will share my picks, knowing that in politics two years can be like two centuries.
• John Kasich, the governor-elect of the “must-win” state of Ohio. He served 18 years in Congress and knows the Washington landscape well. He would be my choice to head the ticket. At age 58, he has the friendly “boy next door” youthful good looks and the needed experience.
• At the age of 39, Bobby Jindal, the popular governor of Louisiana who has also served in Congress, would balance out the ticket very well.
Now if I can just convince them.