World War II launched a surge of American pride and patriotism. We chose presidents from national leadership positions. Dwight Eisenhower was a national war hero. Presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon all found their national platform in the U.S. Senate before becoming president or vice president and then president.
After Nixon’s Watergate, Americans were turned off by Washington politics. What did they do? They turned to governors for presidential talent. Except for George H.W. Bush, the path to the Presidency from 1976 to 2000 started in a governor’s office with Governors-turned Presidents Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush.
Where are we now in this post-9-11 and post-Obama election cycle? The answer won’t be known until November 2016. However, the NBC-Survey Monkey snap poll after last week’s Fox News Channel Republican primary debate showed improved numbers for two political outsiders, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson, as well as fresh face Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Ted Cruz, who frequently opposes the “Washington cartel.” Leading the pack but without a jump after the first debate, as of this writing, is political outsider Donald Trump.
Here’s a clip from my O’Reilly Factor segment on this topic: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4413574989001/look-whos-talking-jane-hampton-cook/