Well, you knew it had to happen. Just a day after the New Hampshire primary after she told Bret Baier that she was going all the way to Cleveland, Carly Fiorina suspended her campaign for president. Of course, she could be telling the truth. I hear Cleveland is lovely in July. Actually, wait. I’ve been to Cleveland in July several times. Forget I said that. Cleveland is Cleveland 12 months of the year.
As we were just getting over the shock of the only true woman in the race (oh, come ON…you’re NOT going there are you?), we get further word that Chris Christie was going home to New Jersey and not going to South Carolina. He had decided that enough was enough and hadn’t figured out how to win a presidential primary with only 8% of the vote. For Chris, who didn’t make foolish statements about going all the way, it made sense. His showing in New Hampshire was a disappointment I’m sure. I mean, there are several others that need to follow suit. Like Jim Gilmore. Yup. I bet you forgot about the former Virginia Governor, didn’t you? He’s still there, plugging away. So far, in one primary and one caucus, he’s received two dog bites and one vote.
This is just the winnowing process that we are going to be going through for the next couple of weeks. Don’t expect South Carolina to be any different. What I WOULD expect in South Carolina is for John Kasich to make the long flight back to Columbus and call it quits. I mean, he spent all of his time and money in New Hampshire. He did well, but now he’s got to do well everywhere else. He doesn’t get six months to spend in each state. It doesn’t work like that!
Right now on the GOP side, you’ve got Trump, Cruz, Rubio, and Bush as your top four. Kasich will hang around for another week or two. And then you’ve got Ben Carson who said he’s waiting for a message from God to tell him when to get out…Ben…I’m a religious man, but I think you got your message in New Hampshire. Just look at the vote count! God was trying to tell you something, and so were the good people of New Hampshire!
My hunch is that Kasich and Gilmore will be gone after South Carolina. That leaves five candidates to head out west to Nevada. Trump is cruising in South Carolina, but there hasn’t been a poll taken recently. He’s also way up in Nevada, and I can’t imagine anyone beating him there…Las Vegas IS Nevada, and it’s his town. So, by Super Tuesday, Trump wins three of the four states already contested. Is there any stopping him at that point? Only if he stumbles big time in one of the debates. I don’t see that happening. He’s playing defense in debates, as he should.
Overall, the field is coming down to two lanes…Trump and whomever will go up against him be it Rubio or Cruz. I don’t think Jeb! has it in him to finish the race, and so it’s really just a three horse race.
Of course, I could be wrong. You know, I’ve been wrong once or twice before!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!