Don't Look at Me: I've Got Nothing to Do With Those People

The three outsiders fill that bill. Whatever a voter thinks of the mess in D.C. -- whether they have contempt for defeatist Democrats or adventuring neocons, disgust for pork-addicted appropriators or legislators indifferent to entitlement time bombs, or pure rage at the tens of thousands of illegal border crossers or visa jumpers who enter the country monthly -- that voter isn't going to ask a Beltway demigod to lead the country on a new path.

The last people to see a populist wave rising will be the K-Streeters, the cable talking heads or the DNC/RNC sharpies. The AP's Ron Fournier was musing about how the insiders had missed the Romney organizations quiet gathering of millions (they hadn't read "A Mormon in the White House," obviously), and he's the honest one.

So busy were the pros in setting up the Clinton-McCain race that they neglected to note the countrywide demand for something new, a demand that clearly made itself known in the tens of thousands of contributors to Obama/Romney/Giuliani -- a trio of outsiders that have shaken the old guard to their very roots.

The game is now in full swing, and these three aren't going to surrender their early lead to those comfortable on the side streets of Georgetown and Kalorama.

Even the loyalists to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney want new messengers for the old and true message that this is a real war with real enemies. The net roots of the left want a purity of anti-war zealotry that Hillary will never muster. The Clinton pros might yet humble Sen. Obama the old-fashioned way -- with the politics of personal destruction, but that's not Sen. McCain's style, and any way, he doesn't seem to have the genuine love of the hunt that marks successful presidential campaigns.

Hugh Hewitt is host of the nationally syndicated "Hugh Hewitt" show and author of "A Mormon in the White House? Ten Things Every American Should Know About Mitt Romney." Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox..

The Beltway folks should be in full hurricane mode, nailing on the balsa wood and laying in supplies. The Class of 2006 wasted little time in throwing their snouts in the trough and that will haunt them as well. The best thing to be in 2008 will be to be from anywhere other than D.C.

The trio from Boston, New York and Chicago know this, and so now does the media elite.

Hugh Hewitt is host of the nationally syndicated "Hugh Hewitt" show and author of "A Mormon in the White House? Ten Things Every American Should Know About Mitt Romney." Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox..

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