Three of the Republican 2012 hopefuls want us to know they play electric guitars and used to jam. Decades before Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman MORE and “Mad Men” and even Kurt Cobain and the Seattle scene, incidentally, so the young’uns don’t get it. As the average viewer I tend to be more impressed that Mitt Romney walked the streets of Paris or Lyon in his young years pitching Mormonism to hippies and French Catholics, virtually at the same moment the Hare Krishnas were pitching Ramakrishna. Or that Rick Perry flew C-130s back then. Maybe some more and better stories from the others like that. Maybe more and better candidates.

The New York Times writes that Republicans are hoping for a wider field: “The wish list among Republicans is wide and varied. Sarah Palin, a former governor of Alaska, retains a devoted following. But activists also express a longing for others to step off the sidelines, including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE of Wisconsin, the chairman of the Budget Committee.”

How about Lewis Lehrman? I don’t think he ever played in a rock band, but Lehrman is smart-as-paint and a stalwart Reagan Republican. He achieved national prominence in a 1982 campaign for governor of New York, in which he ran a close race against Democrat Mario Cuomo.

And in a day when conservatives are divided between traditional Republicans and new directions, including the Tea Party, “constitutional conservatives” and libertarians like Ron Paul, who wants to bring back the gold standard, Lehrman has feet in both camps. And much of that which the 40 percent of young conservatives today find attractive in the libertarian Paul, who is expected to announce today, can be found in Republican Lew Lehrman as well in a more traditional package.

Among the traditionalists, he is, as Wiki reports, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Project for the New American Century, as well as a Trustee to the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation. But he was also a member of Reagan’s U.S. Gold Commission in 1981 with Rep. Paul and co-authored the book The Case for Gold with Paul in 1982.

“Gold puts the money supply back in the hands of the people,” he told Fox’s Neil Cavuto, who called his debates with Cuomo “a Lincoln/Douglas moment.”

A return to the gold standard by the United States within five years seems likely to Steve Forbes, editor in chief of Forbes.

Think of Lehrman as the “thinking man’s” Ron Paul or Ron Paul in a Mitt Romney package or Ron Paul as a better friend to Israel.

Something else in his favor: The war is over. We won. It ended last week when American President Barack Obama killed Osama bin Laden. Marketing-wise, Republicans will do better with new stock. The world begins again. Let go the old.

(Note to Republican rock wannabes: The Tambourine Man was fascinating and transformative, but the collective mentality brought drugs and endless irresponsibility. Dylan later complained that it was “anti-God” and it is clear throughout his autobiography, Chronicles, Volume 1, that he despised the horde which he had created.)