I looked at the candidates and stand by my statement, lol. In sports terms, that was a deep, deep bench.
Not one real estate developer, pediatrician, deposed CEO, or one-term Governor in the bunch.*
And if Walker and Kasich declare, the field will be up to 16.
Lastly, the Republicans were running against Jimmy Carter who is widely acknowledged to be the weakest Democratic President since...who? Wilson? Van Buren? Any one of the top 6 Republicans could have beat Carter. We can't say the same about the current field.
*Except for Stassen who entered every primary for 40 years.