2016 Presidential Candidates: Go Home Already

2016 Presidential Candidates: Go Home Already

Lauren PesinThursday,21 January 2016

This presidential race feels more like a popularity contest– for strutting peacocks, science deniers, imbecilic tycoons, and TV divas — than an actual political race with serious candidates.

The democratic nominee hopefuls seem to be working it out and dwindling down to a digestibly-sized team.

Meanwhile, the GOP clan (pun intended), although losing in mass, doesn’t seem to be thinning out enough.

So far in the circus that is the 2016 U.S. Presidential race, a handful of Republicans (Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Lindsay Graham, George Pataki) and Democrats (Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee) have called it quits on their presidential dreams.

As of January 18, 2016, three Democrats remain: Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley (I live in Maryland and can’t figure this one out), and Bernie Sanders. While, twelve Republicans remain: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Chris Christie,  Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, and John Kasich.

A few of the cited reasons for presidential dropouts include:

1. They knew they weren’t going to win.

2. Running out of the money to keep campaigning. “Gosh darn it…where are you campaign finance reform?”

3. “Nobody likes me.”

4. “I’m getting out of the way.”

5. They already have a good gig besides running a race they aren’t likely to win.

6. They didn’t run to win, they’re just narcissistic d-bags.

Even if people began recognizing the sheer insanity of voting for the likes of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or Mike Huckabee, it wouldn’t matter to the attention whores. They really like themselves, have money to burn, or really don’t have anything better to do than use the presidential race to once again tell people how awesome they are.

Come on now, Trump loves reality TV… is the campaign trail any different?

Just as the obscenely rich or arrogant can hang around past closing time, the homeless and hungry (with less than $1 million left to run) are often forced or voluntarily admit it’s time to go.

As of Jan. 2016, more candidates are feeling the financial hammer. A late-October 2015 Yahoo Finance analysis of fund-raising data suggests, at least, that five candidates are running short of the money required to stay in the race. It matters not.

Surprisingly, some candidates leave with very little (money), some leave with a lot (of money), and some never leave. A common factor for the candidates who know when it’s right to drop out, it seems, is extremely low-to-non-existent polling numbers.

This complicates matters in 2016, because this presidential election is like no other race that has come before. Consequently, we don’t really know what’s going to happen until voting day.

As far as dropouts go, maybe we’ll see some movement in February. Perhaps Yahoo’s admittedly random poll was right about who will be next in line to drop out: Jim Gilmore, Rick Santorum, and Chris Christie. Also, Mike Huckabee and others have admitted that they are willing to call the race and bow out, particularly if success is not foretold with the results of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses in early February.

Besides ego and boredom, why do candidates with low polling numbers and almost no chance at winning the presidential nomination stay in the race?

Simply put… hope. You never know what’s going to happen.

While the Democratic race may very well stay with a party of three until the primary decides who will ultimately have the left vote, the GOP will likely have some additional causalities. Hopefully mass casualties.

The GOP race remains both a circus and unpredictable. When voting day comes the people will decide and by action expel those who should have dropped out already. Those candidates who had no chance of winning — who knew they wouldn’t win, and who should have known they wouldn’t win — will ultimately be kicked out the door.

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