Who wouldn't want to see a brilliant, experienced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as a part of the Cabinet? Who doesn't appreciate the resolve and moral fortitude of Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum? Who doesn't want to utilize the business backgrounds and leadership of Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney? Who doesn't like the emboldened constitutional spirit and frugal fiscal passions of Rep. Ron Paul? Who doesn't appreciate Gov. Rick Perry's advocacy for Texas jobs and against frivolous lawsuits with tort reform? And who wouldn't want to use the foreign affairs experience of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman?
So herein lies my political jujitsu idea. After a fair fight for the GOP nomination, why couldn't the Republican contenders join together with an unparalleled strategy that could send the Obama campaign compound (including the mainstream media) in a tailspin? Why couldn't the winner create a united front and say, "A vote for one of us is a vote for all of us"? Why couldn't they create a Cabinet that would utilize all their skill sets to resurrect our republic? Why should the next GOP president try to sell the American public on new, obscure Cabinet members when these candidates have been vetted before our eyes for months? Would this idea not also rally those following the various candidates and keep our votes from splitting over a third-party candidate?
I can't think of any preceding presidential race in which this could have been done with the field of GOP nominees, but I also can't think of any preceding presidential race in which an idea such as this was needed more than it is now. This GOP political dream team also would be a true test of the contenders' patriotism and leadership servitude. Do they love and want to save our country enough to take a second, third, fourth, fifth, etc., seat among the presidential administration?
No idea is without its limitations and faults, but 99 percent of those across this country with whom I've broached this idea are certain that it would rally the majority and usher in a new president. Almost everyone who hears it also asks, "Why haven't the presidential candidates thought of this?"
That is exactly my question and challenge. Does any GOP presidential candidate have the courage and resolve to rally the GOP contestants and then the American public behind a political dream team comprising all of them?
Forget the presidential rhetoric. Forget presidential election business as usual. Forget typical GOP infighting. Desperate times call for desperate measures and strategic ingenuity.
I will conclude by repeating the impassioned plea at the end of last week's column. I feel as if we are standing at a crossroads similar to that at which George Washington stood when he wrote to James Madison in 1786, just a few years before the first president's inauguration: "No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was ever more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm."
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