Rand Paul wins the CPAC straw poll with Scott Walker second.
I am so Anybody But Hillary (GOOO, JWebb!) I can barely approach this topic and I have no interest in bashing any of the current crop of Republicans, but I prefer governors over Senators, what with the executive experience and all, which means Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio move well down on my list.
And as engaging as he is, politics isn't brain surgery, so Ben Carson will have to hang around as a VP possibility. And on that topic, Jodi Ernst will run for President one day (if she were a Democrat it would be this day) but she is young, time is on her side and I imagine she will get VP chatter but that's it.
But enough with the prevarication and on to the equivocation! I will be all-in for whoever we nominate but my pick du jour is Scott Walker. And he has already driven the media insane, so he has that going for him.
AND BACK TO THE PREVARICATION... This Times article from last week may represent a straw in the wind:
Emails to Florida Reporters Show a Jeb Bush Eager to Engage
The gist - Jeb Bush is willing to talk to reporters. That means that they will prefer him over other Republicans and may give him a bit of a shoulder ride, like John McCain v.2000. His position on immigration (and general post-American demeanor) will also helps his positioning as the progressive reporter's favorite Republican.
Obviously, at crunch time all the MSM will back Hillarity!, but the possibility that they will do so with reduced zeal may count for something. MAYBE. Does that more than offset the reduced conservative zeal a Bush candidacy will attract? Probably not.