Trifling with the American Presidency – Trivializing the Political Process

So far there are nine declared Republican candidates for President of the United States:

  • Ben Carson
  • Ted Cruz
  • Carly Fiorina
  • Lindsey Graham
  • Mike Huckabee
  • George Pataki
  • Rand Paul
  • Marco Rubio
  • Rick Santorum

So far there are six waiting in the wings:

  • Jeb Bush
  • Chris Christie
  • Bobby Jindal
  • Rick Perry
  • Donald Trump
  • Scott Walker

So far there are two standing by:

  • John Kasich
  • Rob Portman

This means that as of this writing some 16 men and one woman genuinely believe, or are making believe that they genuinely believe, that both of the following are true: first that they are inordinately well qualified to be President of the United States; and second that on November 8, 2016 they have a reasonable chance of being elected President of the United States.

If all of them genuinely believe that they are inordinately well qualified to be President of the United States, and if all of them similarly believe that on November 8, 2016 they have a reasonable chance of being elected President of the United States, then at least some of them are delusional.

As to those who are making believe that they genuinely believe that they are inordinately well qualified to be President of the United States, and that on November 8, 2016 they have a reasonable chance of being elected President of the United States, they are debasing not only themselves but the office to which they claim to aspire. The perceived rewards of running without a snowball’s chance in hell of winning are further damaging an already damaged brand: leadership in America.

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