The number of potential Republican Party candidates up to 16. There are some people and publications that have called having so many candidates as a “clown car“. However I feel that just like in 2008 when there were 10 Democratic candidates before the primaries started that this really much ado do about nothing.
The last time I checked the Constitution of the United States1 there is nothing there stating you are not allowed to have more than a specific number of candidates. All is says it the person who is President of the United States needs to be certain age and a U.S. citizen. Therefore, anyone who meets those two requirements is allowed to be considered for the position of President of the United States.
Something else we need to consider is that these are the candidates who have declared before the primaries and caucuses have started. A good number of these candidates will not be able to make it to the primaries because of the lack of fundraising. I can guarantee you that the whole group won’t be around by the time the Iowa Caucus happens in February. In essence they are not running for the presidency but they are running to get a cabinet position.
Moreover, I think a good number of people and publications who are doing this are letting their bias show2. Personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with being biased. We all have our biases3 an if we just admit where our biases are people can then judge the information they presented in a fair manner. Just trying to act neutral as the press does is really the wrong way to do get it done.
- One of the advantages of teaching 8th Grade American History is that I teach the constitution to my students every year. While I am no constitutional scholar I know what it says in document. ↩
- To be fair the republican side of the press did this in 2008 ↩
- Look at all of the newspapers out there with the word “Democrat” or “Republican” in the title. ↩