John Hickenlooper has insisted since Day One he was not taking the long road to the U.S. Senate via the presidential campaign trail, and that his intentions for the White House were pure and well within his grasp.

So when Hick returns home with his tail between his legs in about five minutes — marked forever as the last of the also-rans — you media people and the Colorado political press need to do some serious soul-searching.

This presidential campaign is the first time in Hickenlooper’s entire political career he’s actually had to answer real questions.

And he failed at it, miserably.

Hick was actually asked follow-up questions, called on to explain himself in the debates, and there was nowhere to hide behind a silly grin and talk of beer and banjos.

John Hickenlooper was completely exposed as a has-been who never was about anything of substance.

The man is an inch deep and a mile wide.

Hickenlooper embarrassed himself, and the Colorado political press corps that let him get away with doing whatever he wanted in the governor’s mansion for eight years without a hint of real scrutiny.

So don’t waste your time, and ours, trying to resurrect Hickenlooper’s political career, because it’s finally turned to ash.

It’s passed on. That career has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone on to meet its maker. Bereft of life, it rests in peace, pushing up daisies. It’s kicked the bucket. Shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the choir invisible.

Hick, is an ex candidate.

So no one is interested in your soon-to-be-made-up excuses for Hick’s failure — the national press just didn’t understand his unique Coloradaness, or, his failure to launch was planned all along because what he really wanted was to be senator, and we’re lucky to have him.

Yes, we’re looking at you, Megan Schrader.

This is a man who didn’t even know whether he was a socialist or a capitalist.

Who tried to be coy with the media by claiming he never wanted to be a good debater to begin with to explain away his flailing-arm moment with Bernie Sanders.

Which, by the way, is how Hick will be always be remembered through social media GIF history.

Hick is the man who stunned America, in what was likely his final debate, by admitting the Democrat campaign was not about principles or ideals, plans for uniting the country or offering any kind of health care solution.

He’s the man who told fellow candidates to stop promising “Medicare for all.” Not because he doesn’t think it will help Americans, but because the issue doesn’t poll well.

So when your cell phone starts buzzing with details of Hick’s planned return and announcement to run for Senate, remember this: The only media who took Hick seriously as a presidential candidate, was The Onion.