Instead, the campaign this summer has been denominated by just one candidate – Donald Trump, who has made it virtually impossible for other candidates to grab any attention of the voters or the news media.
That has not been any clearer than earlier this week when Ohio Governor John Kasich, likely the last major GOP candidate entering the race, announced his bid only to have Trump overshadow home when he delivered his latest series of provocations directed this time at a rival South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
The speech Kasich gave was hyped heavily and anticipated by members of the establishment wing of the GOP, but was swept away.
Scott Walker the Governor of Wisconsin whose kickoff of one week was just a faint memory by Saturday, when Trump belittled the war record of Senator John McCain.
Trump’s role as the barb thrower initially was an annoyance for fellow GOP rivals, but is now giving them their first challenge in the campaign as they try to develop a strategy to deal with the real estate billionaire who is currently No. 1 in the polls.
Some of the GOP candidates have criticized Trump, which could be helpful to them with donors who find Trump’s language as destructive and aid them in breaking into the spotlight.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is not sure of making the cut for Augusts’ initial primary debate based upon the national polls, is one of them.
In a Washington speech, Perry opened up on Trump calling the Republican rival a cancer on conservatism, whose opinions reflected a toxic mix of mean-spiritedness, nonsense and demagoguery.
Graham, for his part, released a video online Wednesday where he destroyed his own cellphone in many different ways, a rejoinder to Trump’s publicly revealing his cell number Tuesday.
Other GOP candidates resorted to an array of tactics to remind the voters they are still running for the nomination of their party.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul lit the tax code in the United States on fire and released his own video.