Now that the Republican debates are mercifully behind us, the media has their work cut out for them. They’re going to have to work doubly hard at their specialty — creating news out of thin air. There’s no question that they are very good at their craft, but it’s going to be an increasingly difficult job for them.
One of the things that dragged out the suspense and excitement of the debates so long was the fact that there were originally seventeen candidates in the Republicanfield. One wonders if it was arrogance or simply ignorance (Or perhaps arrogance of the ignorant?) that prompted guys like Ron Pataki, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Santorum to have the chutzpah to throw their hats in the ring in the first place. And, to boot, they also did their best to pretend as though they seriously believed they could win.
Yep, every one of these characters staunchly stated, right up to the moment they dropped out of the race, that everywhere they went, people were excited about their candidacies, that they were going to surprise the world in whatever primary was next on the docket, and that they felt confident they would end up being the nominee. Self-delusion is such a blissful state of mind, is it not?
As time went on, the same routine was followed by the likes of Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, and Jeb Bush, to name but a few of the more high-profile casualties along the way. Bush was the second most embarrassing dropout case, insisting, after yet another last-place finish, that “we like where we’re sitting.” Sure, Jeb. It was one of the great comedic lines of the campaign, especially when Bush shortly thereafter dropped out of the race.