In the fifty two years I spent in Washington as a political reporter, I encountered several people in both major parties I thought might make a good president but who never ran for the office.
Two in particular.
One was Colin Powell. To the end of my life I shall continue to believe he would have brought to the presidency mature and informed judgement, personal characteristics of morality, ethics and temperament and the leadership skills that would have served our Country well.
The other was Mario Cuomo, not as well known as Powell, perhaps not as admired as Powell, but a man of like personal characteristics whose views of what leadership in our country ought to be about lifted him above the field.
Here is the link to a profile we did of Cuomo in 1990, when many Democrats were pushing him to run for the presidential nomination of his party.
Watch it and see if you could have voted for Mario Cuomo for President.
“”It might have been” for Cuomo in 1992, and Powell in 1996, and why didn’t they make the try?
I think both had for their generation achieved more than any African- American or son of Italian Immigrants before them and were happy with what they had achieved and not comfortable with aiming higher.
But by the time Barack Obama came along he had no qualms about shooting for the moon.
I trust that the present desperate swing led by Donald J Trump and his band of merry thugs to exclude people by characteristics other than “…by the content of their character (MLK)” will pass so that someday a person of Italian heritage will sit in the Oval office.
She might make a great president.