In our Thursday feature, we ask prominent conservatives a nonpolitical question. Last week we asked about their favorite movie.
This week we ask: What would you do if you weren’t doing what you do now?
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio): “I’m pretty sure I’d be still running my small business in Ohio. I honestly never thought I’d be in Congress this long, and I had planned to go back to that.”
Arthur Brooks (head of the American Enterprise Institute): “I can imagine 10 things I would probably love, from working in private equity to doing experimental music. Obviously, some things would pay the rent better than others. Now that my wife, Ester, and I have a house full of kids, I suppose working in the financial industry would be a smarter career choice than writing music that people hate.”
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio): “Working on a cattle ranch.”
Dana Perino (former White House press secretary, now a Republican consultant): “Probably yelling at my TV, wishing I was able to be part of the debate.”
Peter Robinson (former Reagan speechwriter, Hoover Institute fellow, founder of Ricochet.com.): “I harbor fantasies of becoming an accomplished gardener and sailor. The two don’t go together, I know, but there you are.”
Stephen Hayes (senior writer for the Weekly Standard):). “I would probably be a former lawyer. I actually enrolled in the law school at Georgetown and even attended orientation before deciding that I really didn’t want to be a lawyer. If I’d gone to law school, I’d probably have quit and be running a restaurant and/or microbrewery. I’m obsessed with food and grill year-round. That’s my retirement plan.”