On the increasingly crowded Republican field
Trump wins the Republican nomination for President, even if he does so in handcuffs.
I think the rules to get on the debate stage will help cut out the bottom feeders and as the criteria to get on gets harder, it should help winnow the field.
That and money. But I wonder if Super PACs have allowed candidacies to last way longer than they should. All it takes is one sugar daddy to stake you.
>It's not when you get in, it's when you get out
Title of my sex tape.
As Patterson Hood from Drive-By Truckers said, “the secret to a happy ending is knowing when to roll the credits.”
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On the other hand, consider the Democrats in 2020. It was an awkward 28-entrant dance to get to the perfect compromise candidate, but before Super Tuesday in March, senior figures like Bill Clinton worked behind the scenes to convince top-tier candidates like Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar to strategically drop out (this was reported). What a great example of crowdsourcing!
I am assuming these candidates are in because Trump will be out due to any number of possible reasons from health to DOJ to having to raise money for defense rather than election. The question is who will be the main contenders on he is out and whether they campaign to get his angry base or on some genuine GOP issues (stand by for sarcasm) like lowering taxes for the rich, bathrooms, no men dressed as women reading in libraries, no sex between same de consenting adults, forced birth.
When will we see polls of candidates if trump isn’t included? I predict very soon. Over under 10 days. I take under
A lot of is money, and a lot of that money today isn’t rational, so campaigns can hold on long after they have any realistic chance. Online donors don’t know when it’s over -- there’s something to be said for hedge fund types’ pernicious influence, in that they don’t back lame horses for very long. Online diehards never give up, and their refusal to accept reality in many contexts -- some of it on the Dem side, too -- does real damage to the process.
The current primary nomination process kind of makes me long for the smoke-filled backrooms of yore. I'm pretty sure TheRump would have never been allowed within miles of the nomination.