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.
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.”