I didn’t watch all of the Democratic candidate debates. But I saw enough. It’s time to thin the herd. Be merciful. Cut out the slackers.
There are only 4 people who have a chance at the Democratic nomination.
Warren. Harris. Biden. Buttigieg.
The rest are toast. Window dressing.
Warren because of her command of the specifics. Her ability to take complex issues and explain complex solutions in a way most folks can understand. She created the Consumer Protection Agency and was prevented from leading it by Moscow Mitch and his gang of pirates. So. She simply ran for the Senate and now leads the charge for progressive policies. Sweet revenge. Moscow Mitch can’t get rid of her.
Harris. Smart. Able. Organized. She can articulate why Trump has devastated the nation and how she will fix it. A former prosecutor , she understands the legal and judicial systems. Not afraid of a fight. Willing to do whatever it takes.
Biden. The last gasp of the old guard. He has plenty of favors to call in. He still wears the mantle of his vice presidency under Obama. And Obama is still the most popular president alive. A long time liberal who is willing to negotiate. Thinks he can bring folks together after the travesty of the Trump years.
Buttigieg. Young. Gifted. Articulate. Brilliant. If he represents the new wave of Democratic politicians we are indeed in good hands. He will bring in voters of his generation and younger. He looks to the future and grasps the mistakes of the past. Time to move on.
Only a fool makes predictions about politics, especially over a year ahead of time. So, here are mine.
A Harris-Buttigieg ticket. The best of both worlds. Progressive but also practical. Ethnic woman from California; young military veteran from a farm state. Being gay won’t even enter into the conversation on the Dem side.
A perfect foil to the Trump-Pence fiasco. Two old, fading authoritarians versus forward thinking, intelligent democrats. What could be better?
And you can be sure that Harris-Buttigieg will not make the same mistakes that Clinton’s handlers did. They understand that the US election is not a popular vote, but a state by state contest. They will not ignore Michigan or Wisconsin or Pennsylvania.
Why not Biden? He looks like he’s done. His time has passed. He does not project the energy needed to defeat Trump, Putin and the American oligarchs.
Why not Sanders? Warren has the same basic policies but articulates them better and in more detail. Bernie is long on gesture but short on substance. That will be exposed in smaller debates, as it was in 2016.
Why not Warren? She is almost too aggressive. People, especially suburban women, do not like that in a woman. Nor do many men. I would not count her out if given the chance to defeat Trump, but I don’t think the primary voters will give her that chance.
The rest of the pack? They should go home right now and run for the Senate of House or Governorship in their own states, They had their time in the limelight. It was nice, but now it’s over. Don’t waste our time or money.
2 responses to “Then There Were Four”
It may well be too late, but I would like to see more of the governors—Inslee and Bullock. Both have strong records of progressive accomplishments they can point to. Before Obama, the Dems’ recent electoral successes were with governors. I think there’s much to be said for having someone with executive experience enter the White House.
I do think Buttigieg is amazing and I’m glad he’s ambitious: his intellect, wisdom, and instincts will surely enable him to rise politically in the near future.
Almost any combination of candidates should be a winner if Democrats care enough to support the ticket, with the possible exception of the combination we do choose. Trump will run with foreign help on falsehood, insult, mockery, racism, and misogyny, which worked once for him and might work again.
If Warren is too aggressive for a woman, why wouldn’t that be true of Harris?