Wikipedia quotes another web source, one calling itself "Green Papers," as reporting that over one hundred individuals have already declared themselves to be candidates for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination. Fortunately (I suppose) almost all of them will never qualify to get their names onto any official state ballots.
However, that does not mean that there still won't be plenty of crazies for Fox News Nation to choose from.
As of today the Republican Party has eight announced candidates for President who have the potential to be quasi-serious contenders. Ted Cruz announced on my birthday (March 23), and he was quickly followed into the ring by Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Little Ricky Santorum, and today - former governor George Pataki of New York.
Announcements are expected from Lindsey Graham on June 1st and former Texas governor Rick Perry on June 4th.
Six additional Republican candidates are "formally exploring" a run for the White House. They are Jeb Bush, Chris Christy, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Donald Trump, and Scott Walker. In addition to those, three other notable politicians have also said that they are thinking about entering the race. Those three are Bob Ehrlich, a former governor of Maryland, Jim Gilmore, a former governor of Virginia, and Congressman Peter King of New York.
So, let's see: eight - plus two - plus six - plus three? We are looking at nineteen semi-serious GOP candidates with several more whack-a-doodles still in the bleachers who are undoubtedly still thinking about rushing out into the fray. If everyone is strictly limited to one overnight bag, one pair of floppy shoes, and one bottle of seltzer, we could probably still get them onto a single 55-passenger school bus.
But if I were Reince Priebus, I would have a second one standing by just in case!