I think I once told this story in a column, years ago — it involves my friend Johnny A. and the 1992 election. Johnny A. was an extraordinary athlete, in football and other sports. He worked with us at the golf course, in the pro shop. I said, “Johnny, who’re you gonna vote for?” He said, “Clinton.” I said, “Why?” He said, “Time for a change.”
I wonder whether people will feel this way in the 2012 election: Time for a change, regardless. This position has no real philosophical content: a preference for smaller government, a preference for bigger government. It’s just, as I indicated, a feeling: Time for a change.
The Republicans need all the help they can get.
In 1992, George H.W. Bush had been in the White House 12 years.