Better late than never to report this, for those who didn’t already know. Jim Gilmore has given up his quest for the GOP nomination for President. It’s a shame, in a way, that we didn’t really write anything about him. Although I did quote him in one of my blog posts, so it has been properly tagged. We’ll let The Right’s Field sum things up. From the cleverly titled “Gilmore is No More” comes this:
Gilmore’s campaign had hoped to leap into contention by positioning their candidate as a true conservative amongst a herd of RINOs, but while they could pull off the trick in experimental push-polls, they never had the money or the name recognition to do it on a large scale. Conservative pundits — those few who took note of the Gilmore candidacy — differed over how strong his claim to the conservative mantle might be, but he never even managed to generate the modicum of interest that Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback have achieved.
Gilmore, in his own way, did however make his mark on the 2008 campaign. To the best of my recollection he coined the term “Rudy McRomney” for The Three RINOs. That, in itself, is something. And if he did not, I’d like to believe that he did.
It takes a lot of guts and self-assurance to dare to run for President of the United States. But more than that, it takes money and media coverage. Gilmore just didn’t get enough of either to go on. So the campaign ends for Jim Gilmore and this will be our farewell post.
Goodbye, Jim. We hardly knew ye.