We have a winner!
As previously mentioned, “Bread and Circuses 2016″ was in the lead as the theme name for the
upcoming ongoing presidential campaign, but when I came across this phrase, I thought Yessss.
To inaugurate this chariot race, let’s (re) consider the contenders:
Republicans, short- to long-shots:
Legit politician, could affect debates/win a state or two, no chance:
Update: *Included in “legit” category only because have actually held office and have chance of affecting the chances of other candidates; otherwise would, like Jindal, be slotted as “entertainment”.
Do note that this list is near-completely impressionistic, i.e., I did no additional work beyond the mostly-casual reading I’ve been doing of the race thus far. Jonathan Bernstein is a clear influence (even if I don’t always agree with him) in terms of the significance of the invisible primary, and I did look at Larry Sabato’s list in compiling this one—although, again, I don’t necessarily follow his line.
Look to the “Know Yer Politics” links to the right for more-than-just-horse (chariot?)-race coverage. In the meantime, get your togas cleaned and your sandals resoled: it’s gonna be loooong 20 months.