Politics week: everyone, and I mean everyone is running for President


Before we switch to live continuous coverage of the Greek referendum tomorrow, I thought I would do another brief update of the USA presidential race on this July 4 Independence Day evening.

The campaign launches just keep on coming, eh? This week New Jersey governor Chris Christie joined the campaign officially and he is the 14th – count ’em – 14th declared candidate on the GOP side for President. And he won’t be the last, as John Kasich from Ohio is due to announce later this month and perceived front runner Scott Walker hasn’t declared yet. So that’s 16 serious candidates running for President!

That’s not counting the Democratic candidates! While it often seems like Hillary is the only candidate at times, in fact there are five serious candidates in the running on that side (excluding the fringe element).

I don’t recall a year in which there have been so many “serious” declared candidates for President. I know that back in 1976 there were a ton of candidates, but not as many as this. There are so many that I don’t know if I can keep track of all of them or remember them all. Let me just see if I can name all of them from memory, just for fun. 

On the Democrat side there’s Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb. Wow, that was tougher than I thought. 

Now on to the Republicans: there’s Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, the aforementioned Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Dr. Ben Carson, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, and coming soon, Kasich and Scott Walker.

So that’s a grand total of 20 people. That leaves one more. Who am I missing?  

Oh, yeah, I remember now. Mr. Trump. Whether you can call him a “serious” candidate, though, is another question.

You know, going into this race I thought the Donald’s campaign was sure to be the most entertaining, because this guy is just too politically incorrect to be President of the United States. He is just too blunt for his own good, and too willing to shoot his mouth off. 

I’m not the first person to mention this but I’m with the people who say that Trump is Rob Ford — without the drugs. 

I didn’t expect how swiftly his campaign would descend into controversy, though. His xenophobic “rapist” and “drug dealer” comments towards Mexican immigrants have everyone in the GOP running for cover. You had people like Pataki on the attack against Trump this week. Trump responded by trashing Pataki and calling him a terrible governor of New York. So Pataki got 15 minutes of campaign fame this week, thanks to Donald Trump. 

Trump has problems way beyond politics, like with these countries continuing to protest and pull out of the Miss Universe Pageant. Colombia has withdrawn its bid to host the pageant, and Costa Rica has pulled its representative from the pageant, and just today Panama pulled out, too. Moreover, people are starting to boycott Trump’s properties. NASCAR just pulled out of the Trump National Doral Resort over this controversy.

Trump claims to be surprised by the backlash. Yet these polls have Trump seemingly doing well in spite of his controversy. I don’t take much stock in these polls, they are simply reflecting name recognition. Let’s see what happens once people really start campaigning and start putting ads on TV in Iowa and New Hampshire.