Early-cycle presidential candidates are like a box of chocolates: You make a little puncture to see what’s inside, then put them back.
Call the GOP Seven Dwarfs roll: Haley Barbour (R-Good Ol’ Boy), Rick Santorum (R-Please Don’t Google My Last Name), Tim Pawlenty (R-TPaw), Michele Bachmann (R-Mama Grizzly), Donald Trump (R-Trump This), Newt Gingrich (R-Hey! Here’s Another Idea!), Mitt Romney (R-We Don’t Need No Stinking Tie).
But wait! Here comes one more: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.
Via ABC News’ The Note:
With many potential GOP candidates taking pains to keep themselves out of the presidential race — at least for now — here’s one who’s all in: former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.
Skipping the presidential exploratory phase, Johnson announced in New Hampshire on Thursday that was launching a long-shot White House bid because, as he put it, the country is “a mess.”
“Today’s mess didn’t just happen,” Johnson said. “We elected it — one senator, member of Congress and president at a time. Our leaders in Washington, DC, have ‘led’ America to record unemployment, a devalued currency, banking scandals, the mortgage crisis, drug crisis, economic crisis, loss of our nation’s industrial might — and a long list of other reminders our nation is way off course.”
Looks like the GOP hopefuls are even more off course.
All due respect, of course.