There’s really no need to beat around the bush here; the 2016 GOP presidential primary has been an absolute embarrassment for this country. The world is laughing at us right now because not only are sixteen Republicans running for their party’s nomination, but the leading candidate just so happens to be Donald Trump. It’s as if conservative voters want to turn the movie Idiocracy into reality.
But the truth is, it’s not just Trump who’s been embarrassing. Pretty much every single one of these candidates has made a fool out of themselves at one time or another during this whole process.
Honestly, the GOP has near limitless resources and these are the best candidates they could find? It’s a sad state of affairs when you look at a group of Republican candidates and Jeb Bush is probably the most moderate of the bunch.
Let’s just take a look at these folks, shall we? Among them we have:
- A reality TV star who just admitted publicly that he isn’t up-to-date on global threats facing this country (Trump).
- A neurosurgeon who is woefully unqualified to be President of the United States (Carson).
- A former HP CEO who was fired after nearly running the company into the ground (Fiorina).
- The brother of one of the worst presidents in United States history (Bush).
- A Florida senator who doesn’t even believe rape victims should have the right to have an abortion (Rubio).
- A guy who once said on video that he’s willing to climb a mountain and “call down fire from Heaven” to apparently rid the country of those who support same-sex marriage (Huckabee).
- A guy who closed a bridge down out of spite because a mayor of a small town didn’t endorse him during his last re-election (Christie).
- A Canadian-born senator who’s anti-immigration and seems incapable of saying anything that’s true (Cruz).
- Two governors (Jindal/Walker) who’ve turn their states into dumpster fires, who apparently want the entire nation to feel the wrath of their incompetence.
- A senator who only got elected to public office because of who his dad is (Paul).
- A senator who might not even qualify to be on the presidential primary ballot in his own state (Graham).
- Someone who couldn’t even defeat Mitt Romney in 2012 (Santorum).
Then you’ve got candidates like John Kasich, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore – three candidates who are somewhat level-headed, but stand absolutely no shot at even being taken seriously with the vast majority of conservative voters.
Normally I would just sit back and laugh at all of the absurdity, but the reality of all of this is just too overwhelming to simply laugh off. Not only do we have to endure several more months of this nonsense, but one of these clowns is eventually going to win the nomination and have a chance at becoming our next president.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love covering politics, but the thought of sitting through more of these sideshows with 10-12 candidates standing on a stage acting like fools makes me want to go into hibernation until March when things actually start to matter. I won’t, but I can dream.
It’s like I said the other day, I’ve never been more proud to not be a Republican.