OK, this will surprise: I was a Romney guy. Still am. Would have made a superb president.
But after five years branded as "in the Romney camp" even when I wasn't, I am staying very neutral in the 2016 contest, though this isn't very hard since no one is running yet and none of the would-be non-running nominees have yet asked for even a paragraph's work of help on a speech or a book. (Geraghty and I began on air Monday to speculate on possible titles for possible campaign books for possible 2016 candidates with the obvious "Born to Run" for the soon to be re-elected governor of New Jersey.)
I don't count word-smithing as "throwing-in" with a candidate as I have been doing it so long for so many that helping out with a turn of a phrase just isn't like endorsing, but there are certain to be a lot of campaign books coming out in mid-2014 through early 2015.
Jeb Bush: Changing The Future of Our Children
Chris Christie:Get Off The Beach: Changing Government for the Common Good
Ted Cruz: The Alamo Spirit: Fighting For Change
Bobby Jindal: After The Hurricane: Changing Everything In Louisiana
John Kasich: Buckeye Nation and the Rebuilding Of America
Peter King: Clear and Present Danger
Rand Paul: The Roots of Liberty and The Change That Is Needed
Rick Perry: The Texas Miracle: Changing Course In America
Marco Rubio: Two Nations Made One: Changing The Politics of a Divided Country
Paul Ryan: Do-Over: Changing The Way D.C. Does Everything
John Thune: Plains Speaking: Changing the Tone and the Times
Scott Walker: Remaking Government: Change from the Ground Up
Get the message? A dozen opportunities to steal the president's rhetoric and this time mean it, to lay out the specifics and point to the programs that have to go, starting of course with the nightmare that is Obamacare. Campaign books don't have to be bad, they just have to be funny and specific, full of story and pointers.
And each of them needs to take aim at Obamacare and at Hillary.