Ok, so it’s not really like a fancy NCAA March Madness bracket. Cruz is declared and other candidates are approaching the starting gate. After all, the Iowa caucuses are just 9 months away, and the actual election is only 19 month away! For a little perspective, John F. Kennedy announced his 1960 candidacy in January 1960, and his brother Robert announced his in March 1968. Is the system so much better now with all the caucuses and primaries, endless television debates and non-stop talking heads on 24-hour news channels?
I can identify 29 men and women who may want to run for president in 2016. They are a very diverse group, which is an improvement over the 1960’s. But is the caliber any better? Are egos even bigger than they were in years gone by?
Hopefully the following list includes all possibilities at the moment, but I will be happy to edit the list if someone was left off. Take a look and see who you think will be still running after Iowa/New Hampshire/South Carolina. For convenience sake I have placed most of the candidates in a “division” of their party. Think of it like divisions in the NFL. In fact, it might be better if the NFL did something like putting the Patriots in their own division to give the other AFC East teams a chance. But I digress.
I’ve marked my guesses for which candidates will survive past South Carolina with a _________ next to their names. I’ll update the list from time-to-time.
Presidential Campaign 2016 Bracket
Who will make it past Iowa/New Hampshire/South Carolina?
Base Division Progressive Division
Ben Carson __________ Bernie Sanders
Ted Cruz __________ Elizabeth Warren
Need Attention Division Vice President Division
Sarah Palin Joe Biden
Establishment Division Mid-Atlantic Division
Jeb Bush __________ __________ Martin O’Malley
Chris Christie Jim Webb
Governors Division Hillary Division
Bobby Jindal __________ Hillary Clinton
Rick Perry __________
Scott Walker __________
Rand Paul __________
Why Are They Doing It Division (you may need to google some of these names)
March 28, 2015