Peter King Wins the Losers’ Game

From the annals of presidential candidates who shouted “First!”

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is seen at a news conference about the proposed move of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
National Journal
Lucia Graves
Sept. 11, 2013, 2 a.m.

You may have missed it in the tu­mult of Syr­ia cov­er­age, but Rep. Peter King an­nounced this week­end that he is run­ning for pres­id­ent.

In an in­ter­view this week, the Re­pub­lic­an law­maker from New York who’s per­haps best known for pro­tect­ing Amer­ica from scary ” rad­ic­al­ized Muslims,” told a New Hamp­shire ra­dio sta­tion that he was in the state “be­cause right now I’m run­ning for pres­id­ent,” ac­cord­ing to the New York Daily News.

King has been try­ing to gen­er­ate buzz around the idea since at least as early as Ju­ly, when he sent an e-mail to sup­port­ers say­ing he’d been “floated” as a pos­sible pres­id­en­tial pick by prom­in­ent mem­bers of his party.

The an­nounce­ment makes King the first Re­pub­lic­an to of­fi­cially de­clare his in­ten­tions to run for pres­id­ent in 2016. It also puts him in the du­bi­ous com­pany of a whole host of oth­er can­did­ates who, as Wonkette put it, were first to shout “First!” in the pro­ver­bi­al chat room of pres­id­en­tial elec­tions.

For your view­ing pleas­ure, Na­tion­al Journ­al has com­piled a re­cent run­down of oth­er can­did­ates to de­clare earli­est in re­cent years.

2012:

The first Re­pub­lic­an to an­nounce that year was long­time polit­ic­al act­iv­ist and cam­paign con­sult­ant Fred Kar­ger. Ever heard of him? Neither have we. But Tyler Kingkade wrote about him and he sounds like a nice guy.

2008

John Cox, a “Ron­ald Re­agan-style Re­pub­lic­an,” an­nounced his can­did­acy after ” get­ting a stand­ing ova­tion when he out­lined how he will solve the il­leg­al-ali­en de­bacle.” Ever heard of him? Thought not.

The first Demo­crat to an­nounce that year was then-Iowa Gov. Tom Vil­sack. We’re guess­ing you have heard of him. Gal­lup polls placed Vil­sack at 1 per­cent in Decem­ber of 2006. It fell to 0 per­cent on Jan. 7, where it re­mained un­til his he with­drew from the race. He is now the sec­ret­ary of Ag­ri­cul­ture.

2004

To re­call the 2004 pres­id­en­tial elec­tion is to re­call Howard Dean. And in­deed, he was the first to an­nounce his can­did­acy. Dean, if you re­mem­ber, polled in first place throughout much of the pres­id­en­tial primary, oc­ca­sion­ally polling second to Dick Geph­ardt. But we all know how that ended.

2012:

The first Re­pub­lic­an to an­nounce that year was long­time polit­ic­al act­iv­ist and cam­paign con­sult­ant Fred Kar­ger. Ever heard of him? Neither have we. But Tyler Kingkade wrote about him and he sounds like a nice guy.

2008

John Cox, a “Ron­ald Re­agan-style Re­pub­lic­an,” an­nounced his can­did­acy after ” get­ting a stand­ing ova­tion when he out­lined how he will solve the il­leg­al-ali­en de­bacle.” Ever heard of him? Thought not.

The first Demo­crat to an­nounce that year was then-Iowa Gov. Tom Vil­sack. We’re guess­ing you have heard of him. Gal­lup polls placed Vil­sack at 1 per­cent in Decem­ber of 2006. It fell to 0 per­cent on Jan. 7, where it re­mained un­til his he with­drew from the race. He is now the sec­ret­ary of Ag­ri­cul­ture.

2004

To re­call the 2004 pres­id­en­tial elec­tion is to re­call Howard Dean. And in­deed, he was the first to an­nounce his can­did­acy. Dean, if you re­mem­ber, polled in first place throughout much of the pres­id­en­tial primary, oc­ca­sion­ally polling second to Dick Geph­ardt. But we all know how that ended.

What We're Following See More »
NO BATTLE OVER SEATTLE
SCOTUS Won’t Hear Appeal of Minimum-Wage Law
48 minutes ago
THE DETAILS

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a sweeping constitutional challenge to Seattle’s minimum wage law, in what could have been a test case for future legal attacks on similar measures across the country. In a one-line order, the justices declined to hear a case by the International Franchise Association and a group of Seattle franchisees, which had said in court papers that the city’s gradual wage increase to $15 discriminates against them in a way that violates the Constitution’s commerce clause."

Source:
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Sanders Looks to Right the Ship in Indiana
51 minutes ago
THE LATEST

Hillary Clinton may have the Democratic nomination sewn up, but Bernie Sanders apparently isn't buying it. Buoyed by a poll showing them in a "virtual tie," Sanders is "holding three rallies on the final day before the state primary and hoping to pull off a win after a tough week of election losses and campaign layoffs." 

Source:
CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IN JUNE
DC to Release Draft Constitution as Part of Statehood Push
1 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

"The New Columbia Statehood Commission—composed of five District leaders including Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and D.C.'s congressional delegation—voted today to publicly release a draft of a new constitution for an eventual state next Friday, at the Lincoln Cottage." It's the first step in a statehood push this year that will include a constitutional convention in June and a referendum in November.

Source:
ALZHEIMER’S OUTCRY
Will Ferrell Bails on Reagan Movie
1 hours ago
THE LATEST

Amid outcry by President Reagan's children, actor Will Ferrell has pulled out of a movie that makes light of Reagan's Alzheimer's disease. A spokesperson for Ferrell said, “The ‘Reagan’ script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means an ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project."

Source:
THE QUESTION
How Many Surveillance Requests Did the U.S. Spy Court Reject Last Year?
1 hours ago
THE ANSWER

Zero, out of 1,457 requests by the National Security Agency and the FBI.

Source:
×