- The Washington Times - Monday, March 31, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Even pundits often reluctantly agree that the presidential election is more than two years away, and that American voters are barely engaged with the 2014 midterms at this point. Some politicians realize this as well.

“The smart candidates aren’t acting like candidates.They’re the un-candidates, careful not to look too eager, too calculated, or too ambitious,” points out Thomas Basile, a contributor to Forces.

“They’re also not going to allow themselves to be clearly defined this far out from the election. Smart candidates know that high name ID is more a curse than a blessing in this era of ‘gotcha’ viral media. Being overexposed at this point in the game for any reason isn’t going to bode well two years down the road.”

Who are they? Among many, Mr. Basile counts Mike Pence, John Thune and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on the list of those who have not shown up, say, in Iowa or New Hampshire yet.

“They are all taking a different - and smarter path than the likes of Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, Chris Christie and to a lesser extent Marco Rubio,” Mr. Basile says.

“They’re all but staying out of sight.They’re at home, doing their jobs and building records to run on. Here’s the news flash - that’s what the American people want. Americans aren’t interested in demagogues and arrogance. They’re getting their fill of that with Barack Obama. They are ready for adult leadership.”

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