Handwringing has never been so vigorous in American politics. Call them vanity candidates, protest candidates or, heck, qualified candidates -- the likes of Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are not supposed to happen in presidential contests.
Get ready to hum the lyrics from the song, "Get Happy!" You can forget your troubles, and get ready to chase all your cares away, because on October 9th Mercury retrograde is officially over. The planet Mercury goes "direct."
So we're down to the paltry number of "only" 15 Republican candidates for president, as Scott Walker has now joined Rick Perry on the sidelines of the race.
I'm not one to invoke Higher Powers, but for those of us watchdogging corporate welfare, the early departures of candidates Rick Perry and Scott Walker are enough to suggest Divine Intervention. Two of the most outrageous subsidy sinners are gone. If Somebody Up There is meting out economic development justice, who's next to drop?
Individual-candidate Super PACs are used to allow a candidate and the candidate's supporters to circumvent these candidate limits and to provide six and seven-figure contributions to directly support the candidate.
The money problems in Walker's official campaign are a symptom, not the cause, of his collapse. Trump, over the summer, changed the political landscape; that affected not just Walker and Perry, but the entire field. And the genesis of Walker's decline predated Trump's entrance into the race.
Looking ahead, MSNBC should preserve CNN's candidate sparring format for its October 28 debate in Boulder, but there should be more of an effort to provide each candidate with comparable time, overall. Let's rewind to summarize the eleven major candidates.
CNN was (obviously) baiting everyone into getting into little personal spats, which did happen a number of times, but more than just fireworks this did provoke some interesting back-and-forth exchanges between candidates with differing (even, at times, opposing) viewpoints.
Perhaps as the primary season wears on, those backing more experienced candidates can hope that more educated voters will value the competence of their candidate over the show and lack of experience of the current front-runners. But it is too late for Perry, and possibly for others.
The second debate of the Republican nomination race is fast approaching, so in preparation I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the entire GOP field once again. First, though, a word about the debates themselves.
Even if you haven't paid attention to the effects of the 3-week period when Mercury goes retrograde, this time you should, because major events are about to happen. I have some important predictions for you to consider that may change your life, on a personal, relationship, financial and political level.
No doubt, the bombastic Donald is an unlikely president. Yet what may be most extraordinary about his campaign is that on foreign policy, at least, he may be the most sensible Republican in the race.
President Obama had some fun this week, and by doing so actually forced the media to tackle a serious subject on his agenda.
Little wonder that candidates increasingly do their best to rehearse and rehearse and stick to prepared talking points. However, there are plenty of other opportunities besides the debates for missteps to go viral on the web.
Scott Walker tells voters, "I'm a tough guy, too!" (Right...)
Coming off his embarrassingly disastrous "oops" run for the presidency four years ago, Rick Perry announced this week that most staffers will no longer receive salaries due to much lower than expected financial donations in his current crawl to the highest office in the land.