The tea party’s ideal presidential candidate would most likely be someone who combines the right political principles of limited government with a self-effacing approach to the wielding of power — and an aversion to the trappings of the office. A tall order in our day of 24-hour media coverage and political celebrity, when some potential presidential contenders appear on their own reality shows.

But only such a candidate might have a chance to resist the seductions of power endemic in the modern presidency, which allows occupants to issue executive orders affecting millions and to start wars singlehandedly.

That would be a candidate like President Calvin Coolidge.

I’ll take a candidate from either party of even a third-party. Maybe a Democratic candidate can challenge Obama from the libertarian center.