Posted by: JanF | July 7, 2015

The Running of the Bull: Today’s 2016 GOP Presidential Primary News

The annual San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain known as The Running of the Bulls often features accidental gorings as thousands of sanity-challenged people run alongside the fighting bulls in the streets of the village.

In America, we have the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary where the running of the bull is not restricted to 9 days in July but started in January 2015 with the Steve King Iowa Pigslop and will last 543 long painful days until the Republicans crown a “winner” at their national convention in Cleveland on July 21, 2016.

As of today, there are 14 announced candidates and 2 waiting to jump into the fray. One of those two, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, is trying to ratchet up the enthusiasm by releasing his logo over 9 days … one day at a time (hello? is your PR person a 13 year old girl???). It started out with what looks like a toilet plunger in the lower right hand corner and here it is 4 days in … with yesterday’s “piece” unveiled on Twitter:

There were several guesses made as to how the logo would end up and this one, while lacking in madd photoshop skillz, looks juuuust riiiiight:

Today’s question: how do you include 10 candidates on one debate stage without the debate looking ridiculous?

What’s gained from what veterans of past mass gabfests variously describe as a circus, a cattle call or a hot mess?

A big field does not allow in-depth discussion of issues — “these are debates for the age of Twitter,” said Princeton political historian Julian Zelizer — and encourages grandstanding and showboating by candidates desperate for attention.

HAHAHAHAHA!!! As if “grandstanding” and “showboating” are somehow different than what we have been seeing on a daily basis from this group!!!!

Here is one suggested format – the “Cutoff Ten” are highlighted:

But the short answer is: You cannot possibly avoid them looking ridiculous! But it does not really matter whether it ends up being a “circus, a cattle call or a hot mess” – all you really need to know is one word “LOSER“.

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