As Col. West wrote earlier this week, he’s looking forward to “natural selection” thinning the herd of GOP candidates. There’s no doubt 17 is an unwieldy number — especially when they can’t all fit on the same debate stage.
We’ve already reported here about the strange machinations CNN (and possibly the RNC) are going through to justify NOT having Carly Fiorina on the main stage next month.
In the meantime, at the very bottom of the polls, no matter how you look at it, are Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham. The Quinnipiac poll release late last week gives all three a total score of, well, zero.
But Roll Call is already zeroing in on just one: Lindsey Graham. They write, “in the national poll — which says that 13 percent of Republican or leans-Republican voters said they’d never vote for him and zero percent said they would vote for him — shows that things are not improving.
Even “someone else” polled at 1 percent (cue the joke about how hard it would be to find someone else who isn’t already in the race). The highest Graham polled nationally was at 2 percent, according to Real Clear Politics.
In Graham’s home state, he’s polling at 5 percent, and in New Hampshire, where he hoped to get a bump from the prior success of his buddy, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Graham is polling only at 1 percent, according to Real Clear Politics averages.”
So why stay in? Roll Call surmises it’s because there’s really nothing to lose, and as long as his campaign still has money, why not? Some have suggested Graham is only in the race to position himself for a Secretary of State position should a Republican win the White House.
Roll Call says Graham’s campaign, “centered on hawkish defense positions, has now largely devolved into a sideshow of Graham vs. GOP front-runner Donald Trump.”
Seems like a position in a President Trump’s cabinet might be a long shot for Graham. And speaking of long shots, will the vultures soon begin circling for Pataki and Jindal as well?