A Postmortem on the 2016 Republican Presidential Also Rans as of the Afternoon of February 20, 2016

As of the afternoon of February 20, 2016 eleven Republicans have dropped out of the presidential race. Below are my thoughts on the candidacy of each one. I cover them in alphabetical order by last name.

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Chris Christie

Chris Christie’s Liberal policies as governor of New Jersey did not help him. However, as a Republican from the North East he had to adopt such policies in order to win election. I believe the biggest factor in Christie’s failure to win the nomination was his figurative and literal embrace of President Barack Obama just a few weeks out from the 2012 presidential election. It was a shameful act. Christie had to have been aware that putting his arm around Obama and showering him with praise over his handling of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New Jersey would raise the president’s standing in the eyes of the public and make it harder for his fellow Republican Mitt Romney to win the presidency. I feel showing such disloyalty to one’s own political party is disgusting under any circumstance. The voters agree. Christie would make a good Attorney General. For more on Christie see: “My Thoughts on Presidential Candidate, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie” (https://ridethebomb1.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/my-thoughts-on-presidential-candidate-new-jersey-governor-chris-christie/).

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Carly Fiorina

What hurt Carly Fiorina had to be that she has never held elected office. She would be a strong vice presidential pick. For more on Fiorina see “Can’t Figure Out Carly Fiorina” (https://ridethebomb1.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/i-cant-figure-out-carly-fiorina/).


Jim Gilmore



Lindsey Graham

Talk show host Jay Severin refers to him as Linda Graham.


Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee was a Liberal governor of Arkansas. It is nonetheless surprising that someone who had a hit cable news show for many years and so was so good at connecting with the public would have fared so poorly in the race. He could find a place as a future cabinet official. I am sure Fox news would have him back.


Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal was one of the brightest people running. He had all the right positions on the issues. Lack of enough charisma that was his undoing. I hope to see him as a member of the next president’s cabinet or a senator.


George Pataki

George Pataki was a good governor of New York but there was never any reason to be excited about his candidacy.


Rand Paul

I appreciate Rand Paul as a voice in American politics very much. However, he will never be any more than a Kentucky senator and the foremost spokesman for Libertarian ideals. For more on Paul see: “Senator Rand Paul’s Presidential Candidacy” (https://ridethebomb1.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/senator-rand-pauls-presidential-candidacy/)


Rick Perry

Rick Perry did an excellent job as governor of Texas. The economy during the Obama years has been stronger in Texas than in any other state. Unfortunately, he never recovered from his temporary memory loss during a 2012 presidential debate. The type of brain hiccup he had happens to all of us. It was too bad for him his happen on national television.


Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum is a moral man who performed admirably as a senator from Pennsylvania. The people of the Keystone state would be wise to send him back to the upper house.


Scott Walker

Scott Walker has been a great Wisconsin governor. Among other things, he stood up to the public employee unions that are destroying the country. He deserved much more support than he got. It is a mystery to me why he did not get more traction.

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