What's Happening: Is Anyone Not Running for President?
Rick Perry, George W. Bush’s successor as Texas governor, has entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination. George W.'s brother Jeb looks likely to follow suit in the next few weeks. The 2016 presidential race is starting to sound like a Russian novel, which for American politics, seems like a pretty unpopular proposition.
Second time’s a charm?: Of Perry’s ambitions, David Graham writes in The Atlantic that the former Texas governor “seems to hope that he can graft all the qualities that made him a good paper candidate in 2012—a conservative record, a long tenure in office, military service, and a little bit of swagger—onto a more sober, measured image.” His entrance grows the Republican field to ten candidates with a few more still likely to jump in.
Who else?: On the Democrats’ side, Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode Island governor, entered the race on Wednesday and immediately called for the U.S. to adopt the metric system—also an unpopular proposition. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley also announced his bid on Saturday.
Megan Garber: “The Duggars are selling themselves, in other words, not just as paragons of virtue, but also as paragons of the very thing that would seem to contradict it: what Jim Bob referred to in the interview as their ‘public shame.’”