Nancy Reagan, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and former President George W. Bush are all urging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run for president.
And after Christie crashes and burns, they will continue to throw anyone else they can at Ron Paul, whose support has remained remarkably steady, even growing, in all parts of the country.
Mitt Romney probably has paid staff in every precinct nationwide. He receives all the glowing press he wants. He can personally pay all his campaign expenses through 2012. Yet the establishment is afraid that he will collapse. All the other candidates have done their best to parrot Dr. Paul, who does not need a puppeteer or a speechwriter. Eventually, the establishment fears, Americans are going to want the real thing.
If Christie stays out, expect Mitch Daniels to be the next Toast of the Hot Tub Crowd. If he refuses, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. When he fades, Senator Marco Rubio. After him, Big-Money heavyweight Haley Barbour, who will fade just as quickly.
That brings us up to February. Plenty of time for Dr. Paul to become the consensus candidate.
Sorry, Mrs. Reagan. We remember Dick Darman and Jim Baker. Thanks, but no thanks.12:21 pm on September 29, 2011 Email Christopher Manion