The only real surprise here is that it took this long. The wooden, embarrassingly awkward and spectacularly underperforming presidential candidate, Eric Swalwell (Gun Grabber-Calif.), has announced that he’ll hold a press conference this afternoon.
According to thehill.com, all the speculation is that he’ll be putting a merciful end to his ill-conceived campaign.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) will hold a press conference Monday afternoon amid speculation that he may be dropping out of the Democratic primary contest. …
Swalwell announced his campaign for the White House in April but has struggled to gain traction. Speculation has swirled in recent days that the California congressman could be preparing to exit the primary.
Apparently a campaign for the highest office in the land that’s built around radical gun control proposals including outright confiscation and waging war against those who resist isn’t a particularly attractive prospect, even amongst the Democrat electorate.
Breaking: freight ship laden with “President Swalwell” t-shirts seen steaming toward Bangladesh
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 8, 2019
Who could have possibly seen that coming?
Most public polls show him in the low single digits or, in some cases, not registering at all. And while he met the polling threshold to qualify for the first set of primary debates, he could face trouble in the fall, when the bar for participation will be raised.
Last week, he abruptly canceled two days of campaign events in New Hampshire, further stoking rumors of an impending exit.
That’s a shame. We’ve at least appreciated the oleaginous gun grabber’s candor about what he’d do if he ever attains the reigns of power.
But don’t have any illusions about the other 19 candidates left in the race. They’re every bit as ardent about their opposition to civilian gun ownership. They’re just politically savvy enough not to advertise the fact.
If Swalwell does depart the presidential race, we will all laugh at how much he flopped, and deservedly so. But have a bit of sympathy – probably everyone he knows lacked the guts or the courage to tell him he would flop.https://t.co/CkQA6pNAs0
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) July 8, 2019