That Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon House passes 'right to try' drug bill Spending bill rejects Trump’s proposed EPA cut MORE tied for first place doesn’t come as a shock. My dental hygienist, Noreen, said yesterday she liked him, and she is about the best indicator of real life vs. the punditry. She likes Sarah Palin as well.

What Trump and Palin have in common is that they are outside the box. (As author Thomas Woods says: “Not enough to think outside the box, smash it and burn it down.”) It indicates that there is more imagination and vital life force in America than there is in the sclerotic political parties.

And Trump fits in my revised categories of presidential contenders in the second-to-top rank, right up there next to “governor of a big state” (Romney, Perry, Palin) as CEO of a major corporation, replacing this year “military commander,” which is thrown out altogether. Way ahead of most of the others.

I don’t think I’ve ever been in a Trump building, but they look at least as cool as Mormon temples. He might think of bringing in with him Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York as VP or Carly Fiorina for an East/West thing. Fiorina would be my choice, but with Bloomberg they could get a New York Party going. (And did somebody say Rudy Giuliani?) They might model an independent run on the great and venerable AIP, the Alaska Independence Party, but for New York.

Better yet, Trump/Bloomberg (or Trump/Giuliani or Trump/Fiorina) might revive Trump’s old friend Norman Mailer’s idea. Mailer and New York journalist Jimmy Breslin (“That bum is serious!” said Breslin) in 1969 ran for office to make New York City a separate state. Recently, just before his death, the great ambassador George Kennan made a similar suggestion about New York. In our climate today it could become a model for state sovereignty and Tenth Amendment political formulas. They could also revive the Mailer/Breslin campaign slogan, “No more bulls--t!”

Maybe that is why people like Trump: No bull.