Jeb! inspired pity from some for his “please clap” moment, but his fellow GOP POTUS hopeful Jim Gilmore has evidently decided to make the best of his own setbacks. Because why not?

Following his last-place finish in Iowa, a chipper Gilmore touted this HuffPo story:

And then today, after more of his competitors suspended their campaigns, he tweeted this:

So, he’s a glass-half-full kind of guy, then.

Wonder how long he’ll stick this one out.

It’s hard not to smile at a guy who can laugh at himself. That’s a pretty rare quality in politicians these days.

Plenty of people aren’t quite feeling it:

But he’s still got his fans out there:

  • Booj

    oh no! it’s MechaGilmore!

  • ArmchairMike

    My opinion on him is the same as anyone else I have never heard of.

    • Jesse-Messy Hammer

      ..He’s well-known enough (elected Gov of Virginia in 1997 to succeed George Allen)…But I’m wondering when the he11 he got into this race to begin with.

  • TugboatPhil


    • MarciaTheMurkyMuse? Variegated

      “Never Give Up! Never Surrender!”

    • Petrucio14

      But those little arms get tired very quickly then …

    • IronButterfly

      Never get out and eventually you are one of two. My question is how does he even have enough money to tweet?

      • TugboatPhil

        I’m not sure that he even travels anywhere. His photos could just be staged from Richmond.

  • FreedomFighter

    Off subject but, did anyone catch Kimberly Guilfoyl on The Five say the reason the media was saying Rubio was the real winner in Iowa was because no one expected him to finish 3rd.
    Every poll predicted Rubio would finish 3rd. Even the last Fox News poll. Fox News can’t even be trusted to tell the truth.

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      Point of order: what no one expected was Rubio getting 23% and coming about within 2% of 2nd place. A week before that, he was polling on average about 10% in Iowa–just barely above the other candidates. Couple that with the fact that he overcame a barrage of negative ads–far more than anyone else. That’s why he got a lot of good buzz out of Iowa (whereas Trump is a YUGE loser because he constantly led in polls and underperformed). Simple as that, but then the truth is rarely ever complicated.

    • Petrucio14

      Yet all the polls predicted a landslide for Trump but nobody wants to say that Cruz is the real winner. Start a narrative and push, push, push. I think Rubio’s 3rd placement is good, one point behind Trump; but nobody expects that Iowa is going to pick the next presidential candidate. The best that can be expected out of Iowa, now and in previous caucuses, is a shuffling of the deck. Thankfully some of the low percenters have dropped out. A thinning of the Republican herd will add some focus to the rest of the campaign.

    • Knitwit

      Heard about it. Also heard from Mark Levin the Meggy-Rubio slobber fest should have been rated “M” for mature-audiences. Can’t trust an over-rated host who also looked like she wanted to suck face with Michael Moore.

      Cruz wins, but Rubio is the story??? And who the he11 is gilchrist? Uh. Yeah. Him. Or her. It.

  • MarciaTheMurkyMuse? Variegated

    Oh boy, he can put Rising Presidential Candidate on his resume!

    • Lamontyoubigdummy

      Rising Presidential Candidate?

      I think that was Bill Clinton’s pick up line in 1992

      *ducks frying pan*

      • MarciaTheMurkyMuse? Variegated

        Lolz, you bad thing!

  • Wanderer

    And nobody cares if he gets out because his twelve votes don’t make any difference.

    • Petrucio14

      Did he get one delegate?

  • Petrucio14

    Started out as one out of seventeen candidates. Now is one of the clueless who doesn’t know when to quit. The people have spoken, but not to you.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Gilmore is what Santorum’s 2012 campaign would’ve looked like if Rick hadn’t won Iowa.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Sounds like a Borg designation: 1 of 9.

  • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ
  • MoxieLouise1

    “Listen to the musn’ts, child.
    Listen to the don’ts.
    Listen to the shouldn’ts
    The impossibles, the won’ts.
    Listen to the never haves,
    Then listen close to me…
    Anything can happen, child,
    Anything can be.”
    –Shel Silverstein

  • Christa Siobhan Cartwright

    He’s got GilMentum!!

  • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

    God bless him…

    • Lamontyoubigdummy

      He seems like a nice guy.

      I think he just did this so he could say to a smart aleck grandkid, “Have you ever run for president of the United States? No? Then shut up and pass the mashed potatoes.”

      • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

        Sounds about right. ?

    • Emily B

      I admire his tenacity.

  • Dan Abbett

    You know, sometimes there are no consequences for being the Turtle. Slow but steady won’t win it for Gilmore but hey, at least he can say he didn’t drop out of the race.

  • Fingolfin

    I like his attitude, but this isn’t really a die-on-this-hill occasion.

    • Deplorable Nigel Pinchley

      His campaign plane is a short bus!

  • Forza Trabant

    Wouldn’t it be a hoot if he actually outlasted Jeb!?

  • Lamontyoubigdummy
  • Chuck Vipperman

    He is like a NASCAR driver sandbagging, waiting for everyone else’s engine to blow. His genius is beyond our comprehension.

  • Deplorable Nigel Pinchley

    Maybe he’s doing performance art. Like the (ahem) “artists” who strip naked in some kind of loft space with about twenty spectators who watch while an assistant pours paint all over him/her. At the conclusion the artist explains what the hell he was doing and everyone claps and says how important the artists “message” is. Of course no one understands it and it’s completely futile and pointless, but there it is!

  • san rafael blue

    To Dream The Impossible Dream…To Love, Pure & Chaste From Afar!!


    Jim who???

  • ToyZebra

    He’s hoping to stay in long enough to be the only alternative left. Then the establishment will have to back him. Very clever.

    • Knitwit

      Not a bad idea. Wait for the rest of the circus to pack up their tent and be the only adult left in the field. Stranger things have happened. I mean, what if a guy who’d been senator for 10 minutes took on Hildabeast and won?? Oh, wait….

      • Kamelhaj

        Especially if that senator almost never showed up to vote, and he believed that a baby who survived an abortion should be killed.

        • Knitwit

          Absolutely. It’s the only way he WOULD have a chance of winning. *sarc*. Fortunately I don’t think we have much to worry about, what with his massive 12 votes.

  • wharfrat

    When Gilmore was Governor of Virginia he pushed a bill through the State Senate to do away with the State car tax,saying it would help the citizens but all it did was nearly Bankrupted the State with a four Billion Dollar reduction in revenue,he is not a popular figure in that State and if we were dumb enough to elect him as President he would make Obama look like a two year old,America would be a Forth World Country,where now thanks to Obama and the Democrats we are only a Third World Country.

    • Dan13

      Evidently, you don’t know the difference between a revenue problem and a spending problem.

  • Kate

    Well, I’ll give him this…he’s got a positive attitude.

  • Kamelhaj

    Looks like all the RINOs are still in, however. Do they know something?