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“Republican clown car”–how soon before that driven-to-death meme runs out of gas?

May 28, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Are we laughing yet?

Send in the clowns!

Since the 2016 presidential election is a full 17 months away, and the Democrats have exactly one viable candidate–Hillaryhillaryhillaryhillary–they seem to be aware that the electorate may already be getting a tad bored. Time for a distraction: the Republican Clown Car.

The idea is that there are so many candidates vying for the GOP nomination that it’s just plain side-splittingly hilarious!


I’m sure that liberals are still rolling in the aisles over the clown car–but 17 months is a long time, and that vehicle is going to run out of gas eventually. And then there’s not going to be a lot to distract the audience from Hillaryhillaryhillaryhillary–and more Hillary.

Actually, the crowded GOP field for 2016–in contrast to the dull mono-candidate Democratic field–is an entertaining relief. It’s a throwback to the way presidential elections used to be, before the “reforms” in presidential nomination procedures of the 1970s. Back then, there was only a handful of state primaries, so, unless a president happened to be running for reelection, it was the rule for large numbers of candidates to jostle for selection up until the eve of the nominating convention. States typically threw their governors into the ring as “favorite sons” who would subseqently throw their votes to more viable candidates after rounds of horse-trading in smoke-filled rooms. Presidential conventions were thus exciting and fun. Today’s big, rowdy GOP field promises to bring back some of that fun to election politics.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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