Could Jim Gilmore be the sneak attack candidate for the Republican Nomination in 2016? Stay with me here. I know what you are thinking. . . Jim Gilmore? is he running for President? the guy isn’t even registering in polls and has no money, he’s not going anywhere.
As the other flies start falling in earnest, what does Gilmore have to lose? He can stay in the race indefinitely and start making moves much later than others. As the pool of campaign staff is gaining experience working for the Jindals, Walkers, Santorums, Pauls, etc. and they drop out, a stealth campaign like GIlmore’s would be wise to start picking even low-level staff members up from the fallen campaigns. As the top contenders beat and batter each other on the national stage Gilmore would be wise to make his way around early and 2nd round primary states introducing himself and picking up support. If he could pull off a miracle like picking up a 4th or 5th place win in a 2nd round primary state like SC or NV or even have a showing (of any sort) in a couple March 1 states he could gain momentum and carry himself into the Spring. Eventually the Cruz’s, Rubio’s, Christie’s – if they aren’t moving up in the polls are going to have to get back to their day jobs. Gilmore – as the head of the Free Congress Foundation he has access to donors and he has plenty of flexibility to take time away to run for President.
If Trump sticks around long enough to cause lasting damage to Fiorina and Bush other guys like Gilmore could be damage free enough to step into the light. Of course then they’d have to deal with Trump.
Okay enough with the speculating of the long shot what if’s . . .back to your regularly scheduled programming.
(and who knows an announcement of his withdrawal – now that I’ve written this – is probably imminent)