That time has arrived when prospective presidential candidates are “on the road” once again in densely populated states like Iowa and New Hampshire speaking to and eating with the regular folks—you know, the common working people these politicians would never deign to rub elbows with unless it was absolutely necessary. And, of course, it’s absolutely necessary for presidential candidates to get up close and personal with the folks who get their hands dirty or who work for minimum wage if they hope to serve as Commander in Chief of these United States. Photo ops are essential for every candidate!
It’s looks as if there will be a surfeit of Republicans seeking the presidency—probably more than can be count on two hands and two feet. Some members of the GOP–Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio–have already officially announced their candidacies. There are still plenty more who are definitely entertaining the thought of a presidential run. Think: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, and “The Donald.”
As political cartoonist Mark Fiore noted, people are now active delving into presidential candidates’ eating habits, transportation habits, and hair styles. Fiore said, “Never mind the policies, now is the time to talk about the nothingness of the very early stages of the campaign.”
Time to watch for gaffes and try out those gotcha questions, all while running frantically to the next sad little roadside cafe in Iowa. If a candidate talks about substantive issues too much or doesn’t spit out a sound bite soon enough, they are “boring.” We want to see saxophone-playing and baby kissing!
It’s a weird way to choose the leader of the free world— we want them to be our friend and be “human,” never mind the shady fundraising going on behind the scenes…So let the circus begin, I just hope the circus involves some real insight into how the next president might govern.
Candidate Kit (Mark Fiore)