The Circus Is Coming To Town …

Yesterday, Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that she will be running for president in 2020.  Well, to be fair, she announced that she has launched a campaign “exploratory committee” to determine whether she has a chance at winning.  Rarely, if ever, has such a committee in modern times concluded that the potential candidate stands no chance and should go back to the farm, so in essence, Senator Warren announced her intent to run.  There are at least 32 others who have either announced their intent or are said to be considering a run, namely …

  • Joe Biden (former Vice President under Obama)
  • Senator Kamala Harris (California)
  • Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont)
  • John Kerry (former Secretary of State under Obama)
  • Julián Castro (former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Obama)
  • Senator Cory Booker (New Jersey)
  • Michael Bloomberg (former Mayor of New York)
  • Eric Holder (former Attorney General under Obama)
  • Michael Avenatti (attorney for Stormy Daniels, Trump’s former paramour)
  • Senator Kirsten Gilibrand (New York)
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
  • Deval Patrick (former Governor of Massachusetts)
  • Governor Steve Bullock (Montana)
  • Representative John Delaney (Maryland)
  • Beto O’Rourke (former Senate candidate from Texas)
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles)
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
  • Senator Michael F. Bennet (Colorado)
  • Senator Jeff Merkley (Oregon)
  • Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania)
  • Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut)
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, Indiana)
  • Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks sports team)
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio (New York)
  • Representative Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii)
  • Andrew Gillum (former candidate for Governor of Florida)
  • Governor John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
  • Governor Jay Inslee (Washington)
  • Mitch Landrieu (former Mayor of New Orleans)
  • Terry McAuliffe (former Governor of Virginia)
  • Representative Seth Moulton (Massachusetts)
  • Richard Ojeda (West Virginia State Senator)

And those are just the ones who are already talking the talk.  I actually left a few out, such as Howard Schultz, the former Chairman of Starbucks, and entertainer/philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, for I think they are beyond the realm of what is reasonable.  Then again, I said the same about Donald Trump four years ago.  Sigh. Some even speculate that Hillary Clinton might give it another shot.  Personally, I think (and hope) that she is far smarter than that.

Now think about this.  There is just over 22 months until the 2020 election.  That is 672 days, folks.  672 days of listening to the ranting, the babbling, watching the mud-fest and slinging of dirt.  Donald Trump on one side and all these others on the other side.  Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro will be in their element. For 672 days!  Shoot me now, please. The title of a podcast on The Washington Post yesterday sums it up: “Goodbye, 2018. Hello, 2020.”  In other words, welcome to 2019, the year that wasn’t.

The above list of candidates all have some positive attributes, with the possible exception of Michael Avenatti, who I believe is saying he will run mostly as a publicity stunt anyway.  But along with the positive, each one also carries with him/her some baggage.  Okay, nobody is perfect, but this is the year the democrats really, really need a perfect candidate, one with no skeletons in the closet, no dirt hiding in their past.  Donald Trump’s campaign will be brutal this year and next in digging up dirt and buried skeletons.  They will leave no stone unturned.  And we will have to listen to it all … every day … ad nauseam.  And you thought 2019 would be an improvement over 2018?

Unless I miss my guess, there will likely be somewhere around 25-30 candidates in the running initially.  Some will be weeded out in short order, whittling the list down to around 10-12 by the end of this year.  Folks … Barnum & Bailey might not be around any longer but trust me … a circus is coming to town.

A circus is exactly what we don’t need.  The Democratic Party needs to be the responsible one with candidates who can stand up to close scrutiny and who are focused, who have strong ideologies, well-communicated platforms, and who will not be distracted by mud-slinging and name-calling.  They need to be above the fray of the GOP and not wallow in the hog pen with Donald Trump.

Given that there are 22 months yet until the election, and given the above list of potential candidates, some of whom I’ve never even heard of, and in light of my disastrous predictions in 2016, I make no predictions at this point as to whose name will end up on the ballot by November 3rd, 2020.  I will make one prediction, however, that alcohol and tobacco sales will increase dramatically this year!  It is going to be a looooooong and ugly 22 months.  And I voice a serious hope that whoever ultimately becomes the Democratic candidate can stand firm and defeat either Donald Trump or Michael Pence, whichever name is on the GOP ticket by then.  Welcome to the never-ending election season!

32 thoughts on “The Circus Is Coming To Town …

  1. It seems to be a waste of energy to try to keep up with the endless mudslinging that will take place in the next two years. I will be increasingly gloating however as Trump’s poll ratings dramatically decline.

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    • It is a waste of energy … I wish I could say I will simply ignore it, but we both know I won’t be able to. I do hope to see Trump’s poll ratings decline to about 15%, but I cannot figure out why that hasn’t already happened!

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    • Yes, my friend … hang onto your hat, for this year is likely to be a roller coaster, the likes of which we have never seen. Frankly, I dread it … but … it will likely keep me in plenty of material for this blog!

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    • Yes, I keep saying that “It would be funny, if only … ” Happy New Year to you, my old friend! It will be a bumpy ride, it will be a contentious year, but … together we will (maybe) survive this!

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  2. Dear Jill,

    Your predictions ring true for the year of 2019. The only Democratic Party candidate who I’m not interested in listening to, is Michael Avenatti,

    I had some interest in Sen. Sanders’ candidacy until his operation started negatively targeting a possible future candidate Beto O’Rourke. We do not need Dems eating their own.

    Otherwise, I’m open to hearing from all of the candidates as I believe in the competition of ideas.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I fully agree with you on Avenatti … he is a publicity hound and nowhere near qualified to lead a nation. I also agree that the very last thing we need is for the democrats to be attacking each other, especially this early in the game. However, I think it is inevitable that it will happen. As for Sanders … I concur with much of his platform, for I have slid from moderate to democratic socialist views in the past decade. However … his platform is not viable, or at least it wasn’t in 2016. Democratic socialism is going to be a very hard sell in the U.S., and I don’t think Bernie would have stood a chance two years ago, nor will he in another two. Like you, I plan to research and find out as much as possible about each candidate. I just wish the field were a mite smaller!

      Hugs!!!

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  3. This is a very educational and informative post. No snark intended, really. I would say believe me, but we both know what that really means. I do, however, have one question…is this the good news or the bad news? Just checking! Thank-you!

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    • It’s too soon to tell. I’m going to do some research into each of the candidates. Some I am very familiar with, such as Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, but others I’ve never even heard of. The first thing, though, that troubles me is that the ones who I believe are best qualified, have too much baggage and are likely to be picked apart by Trump and the GOP. It troubles me that there is no ‘squeaky clean’ candidate. And it bugs the heck out of me that we are starting so early!!! Ulcers! Rather than 30+ candidates of average qualifications with a few skeletons hanging about, I would much prefer a few candidates with solid platforms and enough charisma to ‘play well in Peoria’. Beto is a maybe. Gillum is a maybe. Harris is a maybe. Sigh. Back to the grindstone.

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  4. We have such creeps in our lives. Price creep is part of modern American times. Christmas creep has grown as the holiday season edges closer toward Labor Day, along with Black Friday creep, which is now more than the Friday after Thanksgiving, and Cyber Monday creep, which is creeping all over the place. NFL creep has become endemic as the NFL creeps out to other countries, continents, days of the week, and more months, just as we went through baseball, basketball, and hockey creep.

    I’ve been dealing with my waistline creep for a decade and my hairline creep for a few years. Bad television creep gets worse every year, but election creep might the creep that shoves me into the abyss.

    Brought to you by the original C.R.E.E.P. – Committee for the Re-Election of the President. Remember how that creep went?

    Well, happy 2019! Toddles.

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  5. Jill, I agree with Hugh. Senator Warren is a serious candidate, I hope she moves toward the center a little bit more. She can debate the pants off Trump or Pence. Sanders is a serious candidate as well. One that Dems should seriously consider is Michael Bloomberg. He is a huge champion for climate change and environmental issues. Keith

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    • I agree also, but … as I said to Hugh, she has some of the same problems that Hillary had, and the latest stir over the DNA test will surely be used against her. Bloomberg is a possibility. I need to look at them all a bit closer, but I’ve liked Kamala Harris, also.

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    • You are right, Warren is smart, savvy and well-qualified. But … she has some of the same fatal flaws that Hillary Clinton had, and like Hillary, she has some baggage, not the least of which is her latest faux pas over the DNA test. I think if she is the nominee, we could well see a repeat of 2016.

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