As Salon's Steve Kornacki pointed out yesterday, there's still a strong desire among GOP elites for some yet-to-be-named candidate to jump into the race for the 2012 Republican nomination and save it from the current primary field. Kornacki says there's still time for a "white knight" to burst onto the scene, and, to his reckoning, the person who best fits the bill is Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.). But what about Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.)? Huh? Did you ever consider him?
That got your attention, right? Well, it's actually a thing that appears to be happening, at least according to the Washington Times' Kerry Picket:
Conservative Republican donors and grassroots activists, who have raised concerns that there is not yet a true Reagan conservative in the GOP presidential primary are privately encouraging Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Michigan Republican, to look at a potential entry.
McCotter, who led the Republican fight against the Bush/Obama TARP bank bailout and stimulus and is acknowledged as one of the party's foreign policy leaders,
And that's how this brief item ends: on a comma, which only heightens the exquisite tension of speculating that McCotter may enter the race. It's hard to say what McCotter would be like on the campaign trail, though this clip from an interview with conservative news site Human Events suggests that it will be heavy on classic rock guitar noodling. Results may vary! McCotter's take on Libya is pretty lucid, if you ask me. His lamentations over the trouble Silvio Berlusconi has gotten himself into with his alleged underage-prostitute sex crimes, not so much:
So there you have it. If McCotter can't get the nomination, maybe he can pick up a decent rhythm section.