You have to ask yourself why someone like a Lindsay Graham, or Jim Gilmore, or Bobby Jindal would even bother hanging around the GOP primary race. I mean, don’t these guys have something better to do with their lives? They are polling so low, that two of them didn’t even make the GOP undercard debate Tuesday night on Fox Business Channel. And you gotta feel for people like Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie, who up until this point have spent their entire campaign on the Big Boy’s Stage with the front runners, and for this debate, since they were numbers nine and ten, were relegated to the kiddie table.
There’s a reason behind their madness.
It turns out they’re putting their eggs in one basket. For Christie, it’s New Hampshire. For Jindal, its Iowa. For Graham, it’s his home state of South Carolina. They don’t have the resources that Trump, and Carson, and Rubio, and Cruz and Bush have, so they have to pick and choose their spots. And not just the states they want to run in. Where they eat, where they sleep at night, the type of transportation they use, where they go to hold their rallies. There’s a HUGE difference in Iowa say, from where Bobby Jindal stays and campaigns, and were Donald Trump does. Trump has his own jet (you heard that before, right?), and flies in and out from New York City. Jindal, has rented a bus and goes from town to town, hitting all 99 counties in Iowa. He sleeps in a Hilton Garden Inn at night, not some posh big-city hotel. And while Trump may be dining in splendor, Jindal is having rubber-chicken at another county Republican dinner somewhere. It’s what you do when you’re running low in the polls.
The strategy is simple, though somewhat confusing. These guys that are running down the street from the big boys feel that if they do well in one of the three early voting states, and aren’t totally white-washed in the other two, they will attract donors to their cause. And in this game, donors are the big ticket. Just ask Jeb Bush.
Bush has all the money he needs to get to the convention. That isn’t his problem. Voters don’t seem to care for his style, his ideas, or his name much. But, oh, he’s got the bucks behind him. And so, even at 4% in some polls, he’s going to hang around for a good long while. Meanwhile, the Chris Christies and Rick Santorums of the world have to carefully choose where they eat their next meal…how many voters can they personally visit in their homes today…what second-tier hotel chain is close to where they need to be tomorrow. It starts early (Jindal is up and doing his daily workout routines at 6am), and ends well after 11pm. But that’s the life of a lower-tier candidate.
Why they do it, with it being a long-shot to actually attract not only voters, but some billionaire that is going to back them is unknown. But then again, if I were at less than 1% in the polls and couldn’t even qualify for a presidential debate, I think it would be time to toss in the campaign and head back home. I’m kind of like Jeb Bush in that regard. I’ve got a lot better things I’d rather be doing!!!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!