Does this sound familiar? Courtesy of elyrics.net:
If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call?
If it's somethin' weird an' it don't look good
Who ya gonna call?
I ain't afraid o' no ghost
I ain't afraid o' no ghost
Now rejigger or reconcile this with the latest findings of the Purple Strategies Poll reported by the BOSTON GLOBE on January 30, 2014:
In a hypothetical 2016 presidential field, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would be the front-runner in the Granite State GOP primary field, with 25 percent of the vote. Behind Romney are Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, at 18 percent, then New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, at 17 percent, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, at 13 percent.
At first I had to laugh, then I took a few minutes to digest this and think it through. Mitt's high rating might just be a result of him being a former Massachusetts governor and his familiarity in the region. Add to that his two presidential campaigns in the state in 2008 and 2012. He's spent time there and people know him. Just as they know him all across the country based on his presidential run in 2012 nationally. Whether a punchline to a joke or a Jeopardy answer, "Who blew his election on his 47% comment?", people know who you're talking about.
So what can we read from these tea leaves? In second place is Rand Paul. He's the acorn that didn't fall too far from his father's tree. If Ron Paul couldn't win over his party with some very outrageous contentions and claims, it's unlikely that the Ayn Rand-worshiping Kentucky senator will gain much national attention. Could he gain enough traction to grab the nomination from the right wing conservative or evangelical Republicans who seem to control the GOP's ultimate nomination? Highly unlikely.
Coming in third on this list with plummeting approval ratings is scandal-plagued Chris Christie. With more and more revelations about the New Jersey governor's leadership coming out daily, his chances are fleeting. Either you believe his associates were wreaking havoc without his knowledge which makes him a poor executive or he was actively involved in the scandal, which isn't the quality a party looks for in it's standard bearer. Day by day, the likelihood of a successful Christie run are diminishing.
Then with roughly half the popularity of Romney you find Jeb Bush. He's been out of politics long enough that he can hope that people have forgotten that he's one of "those" Bushes. The big problem for Jeb is he's just a wishy-washy guy. He came out with a book where he proclaims he's all for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented residents and then he does the famous flip-flop and denies that stand despite it being printed in his book. He has nothing but family name to run on and I'm not sure the Republicans are ready to want to defend another Bush presidency. He'll be running away from his family's disastrous tenures in office. It just doesn't seem to be logical, but these are the Republicans I'm writing about. Logic is far down the road of qualifications for doing or saying anything.
So that leaves the hind titty. Those are Sen. Rubio, Gov. Walker, Sen. Cruz and... that's just it. There doesn't seem to be an 'and'.
What makes this most interesting is that New Hampshire is very important -- it's the first presidential primary in the nation . It follows closely on the heels of the Iowa caucuses. Not to cast aspersions on Iowa, but that's a bought and paid for caucus state. It's hardly a bellwether predictor of the ultimate winner of the nomination. Yet New Hampshire has had some success as a forecaster. Romney won there in 2012 and he ended up with his party's nomination. In 2008 McCain won and went on to get the nod.
Will Mitt make another run for President? He's just rich enough and foolish enough to think he could win this time, "third time's the charm."
So while the Republican party, the party that took four different responses to President Obama's State of the Union speech, continues being a fractured party, there is one constant that they might unite behind. He'll be a bit more conservative this time around, and he's seasoned enough for those GOP voters to consider him viable. He's got the name and face recognition. And he's already putting out feelers. Just last week he was on Jimmy Fallon slow jammin' the news. He wasn't doing that because he loves Jimmy Fallon (or even knew what slow jammin' meant). He's just positioning himself. He's meeting with big investors. He's giving interviews. And his new documentary "Mitt" was just released on Netflix. It was the attempt to make him appear human. I saw it. And surprisingly, it does.
He's ready, willing and able. He's got the infrastructure from the last campaign. And it may just turn out that he gets his third try at the POTUS brass ring. Just sayin'...