Steve Chapman on The GOP Field's Shortcomings


The Republican presidential race now moves from New Hampshire to South Carolina, but it's really taking place in an upside-down Lake Wobegon—where all the men are homely, all the women are weak and all the candidates are below average. Voters are often told that modern campaigns generate rivers of pointless trivia and shameful misinformation, writes Steve Chapman. But this one has served ably to do something that is as valuable to voters as it is unwelcome to the Republican Party: put a merciless spotlight on the mammoth flaws of every aspirant.