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Back in May of this year, WC posted a then-complete list of the 18 or so candidates for the republican nomination for president. It’s probably time to update that list. So as a service to his readers, WC provides the following updated handy guide Republican candidates.1

In alphabetical order. Changes are in red. Names of withdrawn candidate in strike-through face. Don’t blame WC that this is a long post.

Jeb Bush Presently “actively explor[ing] the possibility of running for president of the United States.” Two-term Florida governor, has the benefits and liabilities of being a Bush. Possibly too liberal insufficiently conservative for the GOP primary process. Badly muffed first challenge to his brother’s record. Struggling to draw attention away from the Donald. Indifferent success.
Ben Carson Retired neurosurgeon, the only African American Republican candidate. Has never run for office, but readily serves political red meat. On race relations, “I actually believe that things were better before this president was elected,” he said Nov. 25, 2014. Describes the ACA is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” Hard to take this one seriously. Surprising success but candidacy probably doomed.
Chris Christie Second term governor of New Jersey. And one vindictive son of a bitch. Bridge-gate scandal just won’t go away; recent indictments will test staff and former staff loyalty. Suffered more self-inflicted injuries when he cuddled up to the Great Satan, President Obama, following superstorm Sandy. Presents as a charismatic, blunt-talking governor; acts like a fat bully. May be too moderate for GOP primary process. Currently polling in the low single digits.
Ted Cruz Junior senator from Texas, elected in 2012, top tea party politician. Wants to rewrite the tax code, abolish the IRS, and repeal the Affordable Care Act. In September 2013, he filibustered the Senate for 1 hours in support of defunding the ACA. Was also a leading cause of the 16-day government shutdown a month later. Dual citizenship of U.S. and Canada. Ivy League type who pretends otherwise. Trying to close down the federal government over Planned Parenthood, feeding his Teabaggger constituents while alienating a large majority of voters.
Carly Fiorina Primary credential is gender. Failed and fired CEO of Hewlett Packard. Failed candidate for Senate from California. Advisor to John McCain’s failed presidential campaign. Currently buffing conservative credentials by serving on the board of directors of the American Conservative Union Foundation. Possibly posturing for vice-president. Thinks it is significant that she defeated The Donald in the second debate. 
Lindsay Graham Multi-term South Carolina senator and super-hawk who wants U.S. to invade Iran. A close ally of John McCain, the GOP’s failed 2008 presidential nominee, who has long been talking up “Graham 2016.” South Carolina holds the first Southern primary; Graham may see his home state as the launch point for a successful run. Meanwhile, he has announced if he is President anyone thinking of thinking about joining Al Qaeda or ISIL he’s “not gonna call the judge, [he’s] gonna call the drone. And we will kill you. Four months later: Lindsay who?
Mike Huckabee Former governor of Arkansas, Southern Baptist miniter and Fox News talk-show host. Another candidate aimed at the evangelical right of the GOP. Washed out in the 2012 campaign when couldn’t raise money from his narrow base. Has “readied himself for the current run by attending a series of ‘Pastors and Pew’ events run by David Lane, an Evangelical leader who urges his followers to take a more active role in the political process,” per Christian Science Monitor reporter Peter Grier. Poster child for the right wing Christianists. Deeply confused about the U.S. Constitution. Announced President Obama only “pretends” to be a Christian.
Bobby Jindal The one who sounds like Mr. Rogers. Second term governor of Louisiana. Since Louisiana has an ongoing budget crisis, running to $1.6 billion, and low job approval among his constituents, he’s not gong to run on his home record. Has a gift for putting his foot in his mouth: a son of Indian immigrants, he claimed London, England has Muslim “no-go” zones. Four months later: still sounds like Mr. Rogers. Polls in single digits. Announced plan to “fire all 535 members of Congress.” Bobby who?
John Kasich Who? Two-term governor of Ohio and 18-year member of U.S. House. Primary credential is that he might carry Ohio, a bellwether state. Moderate for a 21st Century Republican; expanded Medicaid in Ohio. Was a 2000 candidate for President; faced name recognition problems. Nothing has changed. Would actually be a plausible candidate if the primary process was sensible. John who? Reportedly running out of campaign funds.
Peter King Who? 12-term house member from New York. A House member is the ultimate long shot for the presidency. Platform is to fight Rand Paul’s isolationism. “We have to go back to being the party of national defense,” he said Aug. 5, 2013, at a backyard barbecue in New Hampshire. Even for a House member, a real long shot. Never officially declared after everyone ignored flag and flagpole.
George Pataki Who? Three term New York governor, out of politics since 2006. Career politician running as a Washington outsider. Meh. Never officially declared after everyone ignored flag and flagpole.
Rand Paul Isolationist junior senator from Kentucky, inherited his father, Ron Paul’s political franchise. Leading voice for libertarianism within the GOP. A headline-grabber, filibustering against drones and floating a SCOTUS challenge to NSA seizure of phone records. Not so good on follow through. Flirts with tea party. Occasionally dismayed by GOP anti-science stands. Not, as they say, distinguishing himself as a candidate.
Rick Perry Withdrew. Four-time Texas governor, famous for the all-time most embarrassing debate gaffé ever when he could not remember which three federal agencies he would shut down. Be ready to hear that gaffé over and over. Boasts of creating lots and lots of minimum wage jobs in Texas. Likely to be even more reactionary when not conked on pain meds. Can the country survive another cowboy from Texas?
Marco Rubio Junior senator from Florida. Somewhat wonkish, prone to serious policy speeches. Famously flip-flopped on immigration, first leading the charge on immigration reform, now supports piecemeal, minimal reform, annoying both conservatives and pro-reform GOPers. Joined tea partyers in supporting the government shutdown to try to force defunding of the ACA. Climate change denier, even though, you know, Florida. Willing to say anything to distinguish himself from The Donald. Increasingly shrill.
Rick Santorum Former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, the candidate for the religious right. Appeals to evangelical Christians who liked his arch-conservative Catholicism. The candidate for those who want a theocracy. Might do well in primaries but likely little general election appeal. May just be running to buff his image. Competing with Huckabee for the right wing Christianist vote. And the Michele Bachmann Idiocy Award.
The Donald Real estate magnate, “reality television” star and serial bankrupt Donald Trump toys with running for president every four years to buff his public reputation, or perhaps just because he craves attention. You can’t take Mr. Comb Over seriously. But an appallingly significant number of Republicans apparently do. Leads the pack, for a given definition of “leads.”
Scott Walker Withdrew. Inexplicably popular governor of Wisconsin, famous for anti-union positions and surviving a recall. GOP has seized on recall survival as an election credential. Dark horse candidate with strong appeal to conservative primary voters. Went from First to Last at record pace.

WC will revisit this list as the Republican primary process proceeds, as often as he can stomach it.

  1. WC announces here that he is not a Republican candidate for President. 

2 thoughts on “Gitcher Updated Program Here!

  1. Why Ben Carson thinks anyone in the GOP will vote for him is beyond understanding. Where has he been for the past 6 years? That he has done so well in the polls says much about the polls & little about Carson.

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