Despite a pathetic result in the Ames Iowa Straw Poll Saturday (dead last, 41 votes out of more thand 14,000 cast) fringe candidate John Cox said he is continuing his race so he can get some more attention.
As he told KCCI-TV:
Those of us who have been following Cox's hopeless, often comical, bid for the White House - after losing three minor elections in a row - can't help but feel sorry for him.
"In the straw poll, I think my chances are pretty bad. I'm probably going to be in the bottom somewhere," said candidate John Cox. Cox said a less-than-stellar showing at the straw poll does not mean he will drop out.
"You're not getting rid of me that easy," Cox said.
Cox said he sees the poll as a chance to be seen by national media who flock to Iowa for the historic event, and to get Iowa voters to take notice before they cast a more meaningful vote in the Iowa caucuses.
We also feel sorry for 41 people who paid $35 a piece to attend the event, only to vote for such a fraudulent candidacy as Cox's.
Finally, we feel sorry for his business associates, his wife, his daughters and yes, even his bitch dog (it's in his stump speech) all of whom must be very embarrassed by this man's antics over the last 17 months - 17 months that has yielded him very, very little. A few fourth-place finishes at a few poorly attended straw polls, less than 1 percent in the polls (often no mention at all) and now this 41-vote disaster.
It's hard to get inside the head of someone who would put himself and his family through so much for so few results. If he thinks his campaign is "taking off," his has completely deluded himself.
We also wonder how, for someone with $11,000 in the bank at the end of June, Cox could have raffled off an $11,000 vacation. Hmmmm.