By Erin Burnett
I love camels.
It's the reason we do a segment called "The Camel Report" on (some/too few) Hump Days.
So, you can imagine my surprise and delight when on Super Tuesday I heard Rick Santorum say, "The reason that Karen and I ultimately decided to get into this race was because of that issue, and in particular one issue. I've said it almost every stump speech I've given. If it wasn't for one particular issue that to me breaks the camel's back with respect to liberty in this country, and that is the issue of Obamacare."
Look, I know he was probably just using a popular expression – "broke the camel's back" – to illustrate his frustration with President Obama's policies. But it could have also been his attempt to seem more presidential.
Because – and you might not realize this – there's a proud tradition of members of the U.S. administration hanging with camels.
Last year, Vice President Joe Biden got up close and personal with some camels in Mongolia.
In 2009, Obama met some camels while visiting Egypt.
First lady Laura Bush was on a camel in Jordan in 2007.
First lady Jackie Kennedy rode a camel in Pakistan in 1962.
FDR reportedly smoked two packs of Camels per day. (OK, this is a stretch.)
In 1909, President Teddy Roosevelt rode camels in the Sudan.
And, in 1897, a 23-year-old Herbert Hoover went to work for a mining company in Australia. While he was there, he traveled by camel.
And it goes back even further than that.
In 1787, George Washington, our first president and a huge fan of exotic animals, paid 18 shillings to have a camel brought to his home for Christmas.
We've been stuck with two parties – the donkey and the elephant – for a long time. But if we finally want some real change, maybe it's time to consider a new political animal.
Is The Camel Party the answer?
Are you satisfied with the current crop of candidates? Would you consider voting for a third party candidate? Who are you planning to vote for in 2012?