Saturday, December 26, 2015
Maybe the other candidates aren't that good
As The Donald laps the Republican field, commentators offer a variety of reasons for his popularity: He is a demagogue, a celebrity, an exploiter of anger, and supported by a bunch of nimrods.
Let's put the name-calling aside for a moment and look at the fact that this is not a very good field of candidates. Doctor Ben Carson is in third-place in the daily Reuters Poll. Think about that. He is a brain surgeon, true, but he has never run anything larger than a department in a hospital, and is woefully behind in foreign policy. He has shown an inability to articulate his beliefs in an effective manner in five debates now. His campaign is in a shambles. But he is in third place in the Reuters Poll.
Forget Donald Trump. What does it say about such seasoned and polished political veterans like Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie that they are being whacked by a neophyte in the polls?
Yes, I get that the voters are pissed with the Establishment. Yes, I get that Trump is sucking all the air out of the room. Yes, I get that it is a weird year. But what I do not get is how an inexperienced and poor candidate named Ben Carson is ahead of them. John Kasich scored so low that he did not even make the top 10 (beaten out by "wouldn't vote," who finished fifth).
Every single one Republican candidate has had a year to establish himself (or herself in the case of Carly Fiorina) as the front-runner. If at this point "wouldn't vote" is beating you, the time has come to cast your ego aside and pull the plug on your campaign because you ain't the next Reagan; you're Al Haig. There is nothing wrong with being Al Haig, a four-star general. You just ain't gonna be president.
This election is becoming a referendum on Donald Trump. He may not be a giant. He might not be even average height. But he stands tall in this field -- most of whom cannot beat Ben Carson.