What a campaign season 2015-16 is turning out to be! I can’t wait for the Republican debates. The first will be on August 6. I know the candidates will put on a great show. The liberal Commentariat is already sharpening its knives and chomping at the bit.
Yesterday Jeb Bush announced. I guess he figured he had raised enough cash extralegally to fill his campaign coffers for now. (While he was not officially running, he raised millions without the restrictions that constrain an official candidate.)
Today we were treated to Donald Trump’s rambling and often incoherent announcement — yes, the same blowhard who was “proud” to be a birther and claims climate change is a hoax. He boasts $9.2 billion in assets and a net worth of $8.7 billion — “I’m really rich,” he told the crowd in the Trump Tower, many of whom had to be coaxed in off the street with the offer of a t-shirt emblazoned with Trump’s name. Wealth is his best qualification, though no one knows how much he exaggerates and how much on his labyrinthine balance sheet really belongs to him.
Trump is a monster spawned by a campaign finance system that makes free speech equivalent to money. Money talks and more money means more speech.
In 2011, when Trump was threatening to run, Seth Meyers commented, “Donald Trump has been saying he’s going to run for president as a Republican, which is surprising, because I just assumed he was running as a joke.”
The roundup of Republican presidential candidates as of today:
Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, former Senator Rick Santorum, Rick Perry
Governors and former Governors Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Bobby Jindal (announcement pending)
Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mark Everson, Jack Fellure, Donald Trump
Governors Chris Christie, John Kasich, Scott Walker are formally exploring a candidacy
Governors Bob Ehrlich, Jim Gilmore have publicly expressed interest along with Rep. Peter King.
Stay tuned. I promise you it will only get better and more entertaining.