The country has been kind of half a sleep these past few months-- half at war, half at peace. Politically the slumber is about to end.
The serious swing from your chandelier political scene gets underway just a couple of months from now with the always talked about, always written about Iowa presidential caucuses: the boom in the living room heard around the world. I guess the front runner for the Republicans is still Mitt Romney--ink stained, tear blotted, come on "get the dog off the roof of the car" please, Mitt-- but gee, who knows? Iowa could go to anybody--Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Gingrich…you know the list. What a tired bunch!
I keep waiting for a knight to break loose from the lack luster field. Barry Goldwater did just that in 1964 ("in your heart, you know he's right"). It didn't matter of course. Right as rain or wrong as thunder, he got clobbered. Can Romney win the White House, I very much doubt it. Can any of the rest of them? Probably none.
Maybe that's something they should all be thankful for.
Morton is a retired political reporter who worked in Washington for CBS News from 1964-1993 and for CNN from 1993-2006. He attended his first political convention in 1960 and has been to most of them since then.