While Griffin didn’t mention the name “Sarah Huckabee Sanders” in his announcement, the candidacy of former President Donald Trump’s press secretary was, without any question, the reason Griffin bowed out of a contest he had been running in since last year.
While Griffin saw the writing on the wall, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge remains in the race against Sanders. But it’s hard to see how her chances are much better than Griffin’s against Sanders. Which is to say, her chances are not good.
Candidates aligned with Trump — especially those as closely aligned as Sanders — are playing up that connection and benefitting politically from it.
The Point: Trumpism isn’t dead. It’s still the dominant force within the GOP.