Tuesday, May 5, 2015

2016 GOP Clown Car Got Bigger? Yes, But Emphasis On Clown

Why do they run? It's hard to say. But take note: Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee aren't in it to win it. So why do they run?

Money is a pretty obvious motivator. Carly's releasing a book timed with the announcement of her campaign. Also, uh, ego?

Ben Carson has been raising money all along, even if an a serial political grifter formed a super PAC and raised millions before people figured out little or none of the money was going to Carson. Oops! But it appears Carson's doing all right.

Mike Huckabee's the only politician of the three, but raising money through "running" for president has been almost as lucrative as pushing biblical cancer cures.

Here's a good rundown from Political Animal's Ed Kilgore.

A thing to keep in mind as the size of the Republican 2016 field grows larger is what effect it has on the issues, the narrative, and the push-and-pull as candidates jockey for position and their own slice of the GOP electorate. But one thing is clear: With Huck, Carly, and Ben, things didn't get more serious. They got seriously more hilarious. You can bet they didn't get nicer! And that can't be good for the GOP debates. No wonder they cut down the number of debates way ahead of time. Anticipate much? (Ha...)

Hmm, I wonder who's going to be this year's Rick Perry. Oops. Maybe Rick Perry?

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