Another Democrat quits presidential race- now what?

EditorialBy George Miller


Now, it’s Lincoln Chafee.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee waves at the conclusion of his State of the State address in the House chambers of the Statehouse, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 in Providence. The annual speech traditionally sets out a governor's priorities for the year. It is Chafee's fourth and final such address. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Former RI Governor and ex-Democrat presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee


Dem Presidential candidate Jim Webb mobbed by reporters while entering “Spin Room” after 10-13-15 Dem presidential debate in Las Vegas. Video frame grab:

Video: Jim Webb triumphant entrance to Spin Room 10-13-15  Last week Jim Webb dropped out of the Democrat presidential race, not long after the 10-13-15 debate in Las Vegas. It had finally become apparent to him that there was a huge gap between what he believed and current Democrat ideology. Although a really fine man, his statements supporting the Second Amendment, defense, rational foreign policy and “all lives matter” went over like a lead balloon at the debate. Many people, at least those who ever heard of him and knew who he is, thought he was a pretty good candidate. But hardly any of those people were Democrats. Not many campaign donations were coming in either. It is unknown why he persisted as long as he did when he knew the party direction was so different from his own. Perhaps he thought he could influence it. He now has his answer.

Today, we heard that Lincoln Chafee also dropped out. This appears to be a smart move, considering he had nearly no donations coming in, has not much of a record to run on, is not catching on with party members, is not especially charismatic and has pretty much the same political views as three others still running who do it all better.  His weak statement on dropping out mainly bashed Republicans, paid homage to politically correct positions and pledged to work for a Democrat victory.

As for Martin O’Malley, he lacks name recognition, stature, track record and popularity to take on the remaining two candidates. He had hoped to enhance those by campaigning. Maybe he is hanging on, hoping that will occur, while the other two self-destruct, leaving him as the only viable choice.


Candidate attrition- 2 have dropped out since we took this 10-13-15 debate photo in Las Vegas. Photo: Marc Langsam/

So, the Democrat nomination race is basically down to Clinton and Sanders right now. It is a question of who will be eliminated first- Sanders for his honest embrace of Socialism (and some other wacky views), or Hillary for her more cloaked embrace of it, her crushing load of scandals and poor track record. Unless another ticking time bomb goes off, or a yet-unannounced tough challenger surfaces, she’s on the way to the big debates with the Republican nominee next fall. Even allowing for my bias, it’s difficult to comprehend how voters could regard her as the nation’s best possible Commander-in-Chief. But, then again, this is a nation which supposedly elected Obama- twice.

With over half of polling totals going to two non-politicians- -retired superstar brain surgeon, philanthropist and multiple corporation board member Ben Carson – and real estate development mogul and TV personality Donald Trump- the Republican presidential race is unprecedented. Add in non-politician Carly Fiorina’s totals and it is phenomenal. Clearly, this is a massive rejection of establishment politicians. Even some of the politicians polling the highest are definitely not standard establishment types- Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.  Also consider that Jeb Bush just ordered across the board cuts in his campaign.

It’s anybody’s guess how the complicated primary races will shake out and what will happen in the general election. Some say that establishment politicians, media and corporate interests will somehow turn it around and send one of their own to the general election next year- Bush, Rubio or ____?  Others say that a non-politician will be nominated in 2016 and inaugurated on 1-20-17. 

It also occurred to us that something is wrong if the office has become so powerful that so many regard the election as a make-or-break decision for the nation. The presidency was never supposed to be that powerful. All manner of “checks and balances” were devised to prevent that very danger.


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George Miller is Publisher of and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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