Methinks there is something Shakespearean in the rush of speculation in the wake of Mitt Romney's political death last week about what leftovers will seek to succeed him four years hence. Alas, politics is forever impatient and doesn't provide for pauses or vacuums.
Amid all of the speculation, a case in point arrived via the Columbus Dispatch that centered on an Ohio dream candidate featuring either leftover Sen. Rob Portman or Gov. John Kasich at the top of the heap.
Or as the Dispatch's Jack Torry wrote on Sunday:
"Less than one week after President Barack Obama defeated Mitt romney, Kasich and Portman are being talked about as serious candidates in 2016. If they run, they could provide that most prominent moment for Ohio politics since 1920, when Republican Warren. G. Harding of Marion defeated Democrat James Cox of Dayton for the Presidency."The article even quotes John Brabender, a senior advisor to Rick Santorum's dead-end campaign (!), as describing both guys as "certainly credible." Some other Republicans gave pro-forma applause to both Ohioans. That much alone could get the juice flowing. Are you ready for it, Iowa?
Oh, about Harding... He was dead-set against taxes, opposed America's entrance into the League of Nations and on other matters raised the generic Republican flag. Some historians also suggested that his rise was clearly aided by the fact that he very much looked like a president.