April 13, 2016
Dropouts From Presidential Race. Where Are They Now?
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spends much of his time these days driving his children to sporting events. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley plays guitar sing-alongs with college students. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker presented a proclamation at the World Dairy Expo to the 2015 "Cow of the Year".
Leaving the national spotlight can be a pride-swallowing experience for politicians who have grown accustomed to being in constant demand as guests on nationally televised Sunday shows. Some never recover their relevancy, and it can take them months or even years to adjust to their diminished statuses.
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They've spent, in some cases decades, traveling back and forth between D.C. and their home district, constantly reminding their donors and constituents of what they've done for them, he said.
But unless a politician can find a compelling way to talk about ideas and the future he has a shelf-life in the media of about 18 months after leaving office, Tyler says.
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But Tyler says Gingrich quickly became master at remaining relevant. He hasn't fallen into the politician's trap of hanging on to his past achievements, which limits a former politician s appeal to cable TV bookers and public speaking agencies.
"He doesn't sit there saying, 'when we passed the Contract for America... '. Even though that s a huge part of his legacy," Tyler said of Gingrich. "He's always been able to stay interesting It s sort of scary [that]... there are very few politicians or former politicians who are successful at this."
Staying relevant is a challenge for former campaign operatives, too, after their boss drops out of a presidential race.
Candidates who have dropped out of race face long, hard fall
March 26, 2016