2012 Republican National Convention

Crowded field seeks GOP nomination for 2016

Never in memory have so many presidential hopefuls plunged this early before an election year into the money chase to put themselves on the path to the White House. And for whatever reason, all of them are Republicans.

The latest to announce an "exploratory committee" is Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, close disciple of a failed GOP presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and the nearest thing to a clone of the war hawk in the Senate.

Although President Obama will not be on the ballot, his foreign policy is certain to be a centerpiece of the 2016 election debate. Mr. Graham would add a strong voice to the Republicans' primary-state debates on the...