Long Shots, part 2: Why Do They Do It?

Source: RealClearPolitics
by Eric Felten & Carl M Cannon

“Presidential scholar George C. Edwards III suggests a few reasons that the longest of longshot candidates enter the race: ‘Some have delusions of grandeur; some have wealthy friends who want to keep him or her busy.’ And it isn’t always the candidates who are ambitious, Edwards says: ‘Some have a wife who wants to be First Lady.’ Take the long shot and ‘you will always be a person who ‘ran for president,’ Genovese says. ‘You are in the elite of the elite. Even unknown outsiders get attention and some coverage.’ … Perhaps the question isn’t why so many run for the top office, but why so few do.” (05/15/23)