Matt Towery

Last week, I was driving down a busy neighborhood street near my home when I spotted a fashionable-looking dog darting about in the busy traffic. Suddenly, she charged head-on into my car.

What would you have done? I stopped, put on my flashers and scooped up the dog to take home with me.

She appeared not to be too badly hurt. But I have no dog of my own, so I had to improvise in finding "treats" to soothe her.

She was clearly loved by someone. She had bows in her fur and a fake diamond collar, although it bore no name or address.

She soon clung to me, and she jumped into my bed that night and didn't budge until morning.

Fortunately, the next day, through much work, we found her owner.

What has this to do with politics? Plenty.

Let's start with Donald Trump. He certainly had the jewels and the bows and the pricey attractiveness of that little dog I rescued. But in the end, his timing proved disastrous in the presidential sweepstakes. Like the little dog rushing to and fro in heavy traffic, Trump darted this way and that, not realizing the dangers surrounding him.

For my money, I believe Trump could have been a formidable candidate. I don't know the man, but I liked his blunt talk, and I believe he could have taught the Republican Party a lesson in reality and toughness.

The rescue dog also reminded me a bit of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, both of whom are now frontrunners in the race for the GOP nomination. As for Newt, he's running headlong from one side of the street to the other. If he doesn't soon focus on his phenomenal achievements as onetime speaker of the U.S. House, he could get flattened by the oncoming traffic.

As for Romney, he picks and chooses which "car" he will challenge, and when. But he gets run over a lot anyway. Exhibit One was his recent speech to justify "RomneyCare" health care reform in his native Massachusetts.

The dog looking most like the blue-ribbon winner right now is Barack Obama. He's the guy that not only caught Osama bin Laden, but killed him. And just I expected, his polling numbers have been rising in the aftermath of the Navy SEALs raid in Pakistan. Beyond that, nobody I know of characterizes the president as mean or arrogant. That's important when you take your case to the American people.

The real "dog" in the 2012 presidential race is the Republican Party. As a whole, they seem too timid to embrace issues that a vast majority of Republican and libertarian voters support.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery