Last November we elected the most unlikely, unqualified, unfit person for the highest office in the land. Now, people are looking around and saying, “Sheesh … if that ignoramus can win, anybody can … maybe I’ll take a shot at it!”
According to David Axelrod, who was Barack Obama’s chief strategist in 2008 and 2012. “It is more expeditious to put together a list of Democrats who are not thinking they are running for president in 2020, than ones who are.”
Last month, The Hill published a list of 43 of the most likely Democratic candidates to run in 2020. Many are predictable … some who ran in the early primaries in 2016 but dropped out. Many are stodgy old white men, already well into their 70s. A few stand out as what I would consider viable candidates: Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Senator Tim Kaine. There are certainly some others on the list who are worthy, however I discount anybody who is already over 70. Age discrimination? Well, yes and no. The election is still 41 months away. Take, for example, Bernie Sanders, whom I consider well-qualified and who I would love to see in the Oval Office. But, he is currently 75 years of age, so he would be 79 by the time he took office, and 83 upon finishing his first term. I have concerns with that.
Among the more ludicrous (but hey, Trump was as ludicrous as they come, and …) potential candidates are Oprah Winfrey (sure, I would love an African-American woman in the office, but prefer one with experience in government!), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (apparently he is a wrestler and an actor), and the CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz.
I actually considered a run once upon a time. I was four years old, and my father told me that if I would stop sucking my thumb, I could grow up to be president. I took him literally for a time. Four-year-old’s are naïve.
I find it disturbing that we are already discussing an election that is nearly four years away. But I also understand it. Some unlikely candidates, apparently encouraged by Trump’s equally unlikely win, may be thinking “why not?” But the reason goes deeper … we made such a huge mistake last November that those who are actually taking this seriously are determined to get it right this time. Unless Trump is removed and somebody, be it Pence, Ryan, Hatch or Tillerson, can turn things around 180° from where we are today, the Republican Party might as well run Mickey Mouse for all the chance they will have of a win in 2020. But it is not too early for the Democratic Party to start collecting their ducks and putting them in a row.
Some predict that the democrats will lean toward their own version of Trump, a wealthy business mogul like Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, or Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. I think this would be a huge mistake, and David Axelrod agrees: “I don’t think you beat Trump by coming up with our own version of Trump. What is it that people find lacking in Trump? They find him lacking in experience, and lacking in knowledge of how government runs.”
The other trap that democrats must not fall into is that of having too many cooks stirring the soup. Remember when there were some 17 republicans running in early 2016? Remember them on the stage in a debate, yelling and shouting each other down, critiquing hand size and other irrelevant details? Bad idea. There need to be 3 or 4 viable candidates. According to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, if the democrats have too many candidates, it would mean “a 55 percent chance he [Trump] gets reelected.” Let us hope that he is not still president by then, although he apparently believes he will be and is already soliciting funds and holding campaign rallies … on our time & dime, I might add.
Don’t worry, folks … I do not plan to start writing about the 2020 elections just yet, but this came onto my radar and I thought it might be worth a bit of thought. I shall now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.