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The Biggest quitters, How the Republican Candidates Crashed and Burned
Why oh why?
Why do politicians give up so easily? In spite of promises to see it to the end, to go the distance, to deny Trump the Republican nomination, how quickly they all folded under pressure. These are not great lessons to teach your children or the young people of today. Yes I do understand that money plays a role in the race to the White House - or even to the convention, but Donald Trump, according to reports, didn't spend a whole lot of money and he has done quite well for himself. It appears that the candidates gave in to Donald Trump and conceded defeat way too easily.
Those who fell by the wayside
It was a crowded field on the Republican side and we fully expected several causalities along the way. However, I feel like those who dropped out earlier could have stayed on longer and may have had an impact or a path to the nomination as the race progressed. On the other hand, there are those who had such a poor showing and insurmountable odds that they were well served to quit when they did. Then there were those who didn't even make it to the primaries and pulled out before they even got started.
Candidates who withdrew before the primaries
Governor Rick Perry, Governor Scott Walker, Governor Bobby Jindal, Senator Lindsey Graham and former governor George Pataki, all withdrew between September 11 and December 29th. These candidates got the message early and rightfully withdrew to avoid further embarrassment. But for those who went to the primaries and quit after they didn’t do well after the initial primaries, lead us to question whether a little more persistence may have worked in their favor. One wonders if Donald Trump was a little too intimidating for the candidates comfort.
The early dearly departed
Candidates at the Primaries
February 2016 was a bad month for the Republican primary candidates. Reality set in and they just didn’t have the means, the support or the determination to continue. Those who fell in February were:
1) Jim Gilmore Governor of Virginia
2) Rick Santorum Senator of Pennsylvania
3) Chris Christie Governor of New Jersey
4) Carly Fiornia former CEO of Hewlett Packard
5) Mike Huckabee Arkansas governor
6) Paul Rand, Kentucky Senator
7) Jeb Bush Governor of Florida.
Candidates who should have hung in longer
Well yes, the numbers don’t lie but those who hung in after the February exodus could possibly have had a chance if they had just shown a little more intestinal fortitude. Ben Carson, Director of Pediatric surgery at John Hopkins, was the next to withdraw in March with .8% of the popular vote and no delegates. Even though the odds seemed insurmountable at that time, it is possible that if he were able to stay the course he may have been seen as a viable alternative to Donald Trump.
In Mid-March Marco Rubio quit after a playground style fight with Donald Trump. The issue was measured by Size and Manhood and while Donald Trump could say anything and get rewarded for it, Marco Rubio learned a valuable lesson – He is not Donald Trump. When Marco Rubio left he did so with 13% of the popular vote and had won 3 primaries. It is my firm belief that he quit too soon and should have instead reinvented himself and kept the fight going. The funny thing is that Marco Rubio had more primaries under his belt when he quit than Kasich who continued on, promising never to quit and planning to take the fight all the way to the convention.
The fall of Cruz and Kasich
Most surprising is the sudden fall of Ted Cruz and John Kasich. While I am not a fan of either of their politics I was quite disappointed that they both decided to give the nomination to arch rival Donald Trump, breaking their promises of going all the way. There was that disastrous pact with the devil that John Kaisich made with Ted Cruz. When you decide not to campaign in a certain primary, you have already quit. So it was only a formality that they both withdrew from the race after losing to Trump big time in the Indiana primary. Ted Cruz, the Texas senator had won 11 primaries and had 7 million to Trump’s over 10 million popular votes. Kasich and Cruz have given up big time, leaving Donald Trump with a clear path to the nomination.
State of the Republican Party
The Republican Party is in disarray evidenced by the fact that out of 17 candidates, Republican voters chose to support a divisive, violence inciting, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-everyone who does not confirm to the ideal of a minority of voters. While it is hoped that Donald Trump can bring the party together, the biggest obstacle to achieving this is Donald Trump himself. The never Trump movement is still alive and well but as off now, Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. The question is, how many will join him and how many will continue to disown him.
Should Ted Cruz and John Kasich have stayed in the race?
The Biggest Quitters
We have the biggest losers and the biggest quitters. John Kaisich, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson are the biggest quitters. I firmly believe that they could have turned things around or at a minimum, not hand the nomination to Donald Trump on a silver platter. On sheer principle, they could have stayed in the race longer and kept their promise to stick with it until the convention.