The kids table early debate has been interesting, but ineffectual. Has Sen. Graham’s exit also set the course for Kasich and Paul to pull the plug as well?
I submit that any candidate with less support than Carly Fiorina should gracefully exit and allow their followers enough time to find a new favorite. The most recent average of polling data suggests that a few others might need to consider bowing out:
Pataki’s campaign has been an illustration of how to “phone in” a run for the presidency. Kasich is weak on … well .. everything. take those two out and at least one or two votes might go to other candidates.
The next tier of also-ran candidates will likely include some highly-visible choices like Sen. Paul and Dr. Carson.
Rand Paul always does well in online polls, but struggles outside of his home state. Other than tiny base of loyal followers, Paul is suffering from his father’s challenges – active, but small, the numbers are .. not enough.
Ben Carson enjoyed front-runner status for a time, but just never expressed a concise and intelligent foreign policy view. His demeanor is pleasant, but his lack of understanding of the workings of the world are not.
The next tier of candidates are hanging on, but barely.
Jeb! hasn’t managed to do anything and is now copying Trump’s tactics of name calling in a last-ditch effort to save his campaign. Bush today called Donald “a jerk” formally inviting Trump to be … “a jerk.”
Fiorina did the whole puppy-mercial that no one, not even her, can figure out why it was made. She also struggled with which generals were or were not embattled with Obama. She was a riser when she had her ducks in a row, not so much with her puppies and generals running astray.
Christie is an outlier. Tough to tell if he can entice the base after some difficult political choices as the governor of New Jersey.
One way or another, here’s who’s left.
The question is how many of them should follow Sen. Graham off the also-ran debate stage.