My choice of challenger is someone we don't know -- or someone we
don't know we know. Let's face it: Congress and the statehouse
needn't be the only sources of future presidents. If those
establishments can't do better than
experience-and-brains-doing-business-as-pinocchio," it's obviously
time to widen the prospect pool. I propose a nationwide talent
search for someone not currently on the national scene.
I run into people every day with the smarts, energy and
capability to make a good candidate. A dragnet for attractive
figures with real management expertise, integrity, worldliness, and
strong communication skills ought to turn up possibilities in scores
of venues, from academia to corporations to unions. Lack of national
policy experience is clearly no longer a disqualifier -- everyone
can get his or her own Dick Cheney to lay in the structure and the
team. Add money, and viola! You've got a winner.
New York-based Russ Baker is an award-winning
journalist who covers politics and media.