Media, self included in this blog, are fond of bestowing legitimacy on the conventional choice, machine-backed type of candidates.
In that world, a guy like Watertown's Danny Francis is out in the cold.
Dan warmed up today on the Hotline on WATN-AM 1240. In fact, the Harris Drive resident and Illinois native was quite lucid on a range of issues.
Francis is the retired Marine and DOD employee who has run afoul of the political establishment, but now he is the consummate rounded pebble in the stream of life. As a USC grad, he even has academic gravitas.
Dan's range of knowledge of issues and the government makes him a legitimate contender intellectually. I am not saying he is the best. He answered the 2012 question the wrong way for me to support him, but I appreciate his cordial demeanor as he came on the Hotline to share a mike with another guy who talks a lot but will never be a Congressman.