John Cox has given his Ames speech. I understand why he’s not taken seriously as a candidate — I’ve seen this video, for example — but I don’t understand why he’s not taken at least as seriously as Morry Taylor was in 1995-96.
Taylor, you might remember, was a businessman and political neophyte much like Cox who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in ’96. Taylor never had much of a shot but he was included in all the early debates and most of the candidate forums. He had more money to self-finance than Cox, and — a ’92 Perot voter himself — he might have been thought to have some ability to tap into the Perot phenomenon.
Then again, given Taylor’s disastrous performances in the debates, the caucuses, and the primaries, maybe Morry Taylor is why we ignore John Cox.