Days of Change

Never Have So Many Represented So Little | July 2, 2015

Today, the fifth Democrat has entered the 2016 presidential race. The Republican field is something like 15 now. There are virtually 0 non-affiliated candidates for president. One of the reasons is the campaign finance system itself. Candidates have access to a lot of money if they follow a certain number of conditions. In the last election, the actual federal matching funds were not used in the general election, but rules regarding party funding kept Mitt Romney in the red until the actual nomination. Independent candidates are even worse off. They don’t count until they actually show up in the polls.

Over two decades ago, H. Ross Perot was a contender without a party. His problem was that he never really wanted to be president. I think he really was convinced by Larry King to run. It worked out for Larry because he got a Democrat in the White House out of it. Perot basically fired his campaign team because they weren’t the kind of yes men he wanted. He also didn’t ant to answer questions on platform other than the whole deficit thing. Some states wouldn’t put him on the ballot on Election Day. Even given all of that, he won nearly 20% of the popular vote.

Mitt Romney is really rich, (like a quarter of a billion dollars) but a presidency costs almost $2 billion. I suspect Donald Trump would need to spend $1 billion of his own money if he self-financed because some people would still be willing to donate to his campaign. Winning the Republican nomination is not an option. Even if he were to get a plurality of delegates, the delegates are party regulars. Once released after an initial ballot, they would be convinced to vote anyone but Trump. Now if he really wants to be president, (unlike Perot) Trump would need to run as an independent at some point.

Conservatives like to talk about an imperial presidency, but Obama had a lot of help from a year of nearly 60 Senators and a few weeks with 60 Senators which was just long enough to pass Obamacare. Even if the Republicans in Congress blocked the budget now, the White House could employ stalling tactics for the next year. America voted for this ass, not just at the national level, but when Democrats turned over seats in the House and Senate in 2008.

There’s a horse race coming. I will bet on the horses like any other political junkie. I think some Republicans are better than others (the Democrats are all bad). Sadly, the national party will blunt the effectiveness of any one man (Carly Fiorina also does not have enough money to win) in the White House. Like I wrote before, it’s all over. All we can do is slow the end.


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  1. “Never Have So Many Represented So Little”

    Oh, amen to that! This is downright scary.

    Comment by insanitybytes22 — July 2, 2015 @ 9:52 pm

  2. it’s all over. All we can do is slow the end.

    A reader at WND today beseeched the heavens for an earth-bound asteroid.

    Comment by Mary — July 3, 2015 @ 1:58 am

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