PRES­I­DEN­TIAL HUGE­NESS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Some say the of­fice of pres­i­dent is just too much for one per­son to han­dle. A co-pres­i­dency has been sug­gested. But maybe we need a stunt pres­i­dent. Or a tri­umvi­rate.

When Ha­ley Bar­bour dropped out of the White House derby this week, the Mis­sis­sippi gov­er­nor framed the enor­mity of the of­fice as a “10-year com­mit­ment to an all-con­sum­ing ef­fort, to the vir­tual ex­clu­sion of all else.” New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie, who once said he could best Pres­i­dent Obama in the 2012 race, ap­par­ently agrees. So does his wife, Mary Pat.

“We are mov­ing in­ex­orably not sim­ply to news, but to pol­i­tics 24/7/365. And what bet­ter ex­am­ple than our cur­rent part­time pres­i­dent who, with no pri­mary chal­lenger in sight, is al­ready on the cam­paign trail,” won­ders Roger Pilon, vice pres­i­dent for legal af­fairs at the Cato In­sti­tute.

“The pres­i­dency is too-large­for-life be­cause the pres­i­dent is the head of a gov­ern­ment that is sim­ply too large. The too-large­for-life fac­tor also re­port­edly is why In­di­ana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who I’d place well above Bar­bour on my list, has been on the fence about run­ning,” says Atlanta Jour­nal Con­sti­tu­tion po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Kyle Wing­field, adding, “I have to won­der who, ex­actly, could per­form the job as it stands to­day, evolved and mu­tated in so many ways.”

Lots, ap­par­ently. As of April 27, there were 19 pos­si­ble con­tenders on the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee’s on­line straw poll — Mr. Bar­bour, Mr. Christie and Mr. Daniels in­cluded. way reader Chuck Morse, who says he’s not “the” Chuck Morse, a Bos­ton-based talk-ra­dio host.

“Oh yeah. A bonus topic worth 100 points: ‘How will Obama’s birth cer­tifi­cate con­tro­versy af­fect Will and Kate’s wed­ding?’ By the way, Chicago res­i­dents have an ex­tra vote, just in case,” Mr. Morse adds.

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Demo­crat vs. pub­lic work­ers? If Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Jerry Brown wants to take on pen­sions and a spend­ing cap “to at­tract the Repub­li­can votes he needs in the leg­is­la­ture,” re­sults of a re­cent poll “show he’d have very strong pub­lic sup­port.”

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