This winter has seen a very interesting boom for Scott Walker, coming just about out of nowhere to be leading the early polls. He has a 27-19 edge over Jeb Bush in Nevada and a 25-13 lead over Rand Paul (with Bush, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee also cracking double-digits) in Iowa. With double-digit leads in two key early states and a photo-finish second (20-19) behind homeboy Ted Cruz in Texas, it's more that an "boomlet."
There's a slight irony there. Lest we forget, the W in George W Bush and George HW Bush is Walker. I can still hear Tom Harkin in his 1988 stab at the White House going after "George Herbert Walker Bush", placing emphasis on the aristocratic-sounding double-middle-name.
Walker the front-runner is now open to grilling on everything from the president's salvation to evolution to a lack of a college degree. Harry Truman was the last president without a college degree, but he turned out better than at least two ("I hear three, three over there, do I hear four, do I hear four?") Ivy League successors of his.
I haven't got my mind wrapped around Scott Walker quite yet. What I see looks OK, but I have yet to get a handle on the man rather than the conservative hero who stared down Big Labor and lived to tell the tale.
Jeb's a well spoken, earnest fellow who would do a solid job as president if given the chance. However, he's more of a manager than a leader, plus has the baggage of having his dad and brother as presidents before him. When he's likely to face down a former First Lady in a general election, a second Clinton-Bush race would leave far too many voters cold and open to opting for the first woman president rather than the third Bush president.
Might they like the option of the third Walker better?