So they had that Iowa Freedom Summit get-together yesterday, and the general consensus is the big winner was Cheesehead Governor Scott Walker:
In the 2016 sweepstakes, the standout performances would probably go to Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, and Rick Perry. For Cruz, that’s delivering on expectations, as he’s well known by the grassroots for his oratory skills and passionate commitment. Walker, who has spent most of his time the last few years fighting for his reforms in Wisconsin, may have made a bigger impact with a surprisingly passionate speech, starting off with some self-deprecating humor and ending up giving something close to a stemwinder.
If you have been listening to the media the big players for 2016 are Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Mike Huckabee. Well, they had a little poll over at Hot Air, and guess what? The media is full of shit:
Those results aren’t scientific, but neither is the stuff the media pulls out of its ass.
As you can see, none of the media favorites even managed to score double digits. Bush and Christie got only 1% between them, and if you add in Huckabee that still only accounts for 2% of the votes cast. The big three were (in order) Scott Walker, Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney.
Roger Simon of Politico has already dubbed this the “GOP clown car” primary, even though there isn’t a single person officially running yet.
In 2008 there were eight Democrats officially competing, and a couple more (like Al Gore and Russ Feingold) who teased but ultimately didn’t run. In 1992 there were nine candidates, not counting Mario Cuomo. The Democrats won both of those elections.
It’s gonna be a long year, and my prediction is the final field of GOP candidates will include more than one serious contender.