Happy New Year; are you happy it’s an election year? The Democrats have saddled themselves with an impeachment. Saddled fits because of its extremely partisan nature. It was from inception born of hate and lies. The Democrat primary debates, sans American flags, are still going on. Their audience is the most limited in history.
Bye, bye, my baby bye, bye
Gone from the presidential primary scene are Kamala Harris, Steve Bullock, Bill DeBlasio, Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Seth Moulton, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan and Eric Swalwell. That is ten down and fifteen remaining candidates. Rolling Stone ranks these fifteen candidates, so let’s use that as a starting point.
Starting from least likely, the bottom five are John Delaney, Marianne Williamson, Deval Patrick, Michael Bennet, and Julian Castro. None of this group has a chance going the distance. Their dreams will likely die in Iowa or New Hampshire. Let’s take a moment to pass out the participation trophies.
Snowball’s chance but not dead… yet
In snow ball’s chance in hell category there are Tom Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard, Michael Bloomberg, Cory Booker, and Amy Klobuchar. Steyer and Bloomberg are billionaires. They bought their way in and for them it is all about getting beyond the middle of the pack. That may be more expensive than their ego will allow. They’ll last as long as they want to spend their money.
Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar are senators who had high hopes and have little traction. They still have hope, but only if a top candidate falls. Tulsi Gabbard has shown a willingness to buck her party’s dishonest attack on President Trump. She won’t be the Democrats nominee. She will likely remain an interesting wildcard, maybe all the way to the convention. Are you happy it’s An Election Year?
The best of the rest…
The best the Democrats have to offer are: Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden. Look for Yang to be the first to drop out. His signature policy is a “universal basic income” plan. Critics say it just doesn’t add up but what does in this group? Sanders and Warren both champion “Medicare for all.” They are recognized socialists and/or support socialist policies. Say it however you like.
Buttigieg claims to be the moderate Democrat. He’s championed changing the Supreme Court. He also wants to get rid of the Electoral College. Moderate might be a stretch. He does not resonate with African American voters. He once had the temerity to declare “All lives matter. ” Of course he has since become a waffle on that. Peter’s principles are negotiable. Or maybe they are for sale… who knows? The moderate mayor is pro-abortion (it’s okay to kill babies), against the death penalty (it’s not okay to kill murderers), and favors restricting gun rights. Can you follow the logic of all that?
Uncle Joe is the favorite of the establishment Democrats. He says and does a lot of strange things. A photo of Joe Biden with Jill Biden’s finger in his mouth went viral on social media. His “No Malarkey” Tour has been a hoot. He told a story about how children petted the hair on his legs… when he was a lifeguard at a swimming pool one summer. Which qualifies you for the campaign’s Epstein award?
Biden is corrupt. His dealings with Ukraine and his son Hunter’s position at Burisma are real issues. Joe is running only as a media distraction. The media will never say that. We know that, “At a public forum, Biden is seen bragging on camera that he warned the Kiev government in early 2016 that he would withhold $1 billion in American aide[sic] unless a Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was fired.” Not good Joe. Maybe you should stick with the hairy legs story.
It seems unlikely that the Democrat primary will be over before July 13th. It is certain the attrition rate will average 2 per month until we get there. It’s possible that the socialists will somehow self-destruct. It seems unlikely they will drop out. Simply stated they have no shame and will tell any lie necessary to get elected. The Socialists have a lot of financial support from laundered Islamic money. There are no moderates left in the Party hierarchy.
Putting a bow on it…
Possibly the Democrats will struggle and unify but it’s not likely. Neither Biden nor Buttigieg will get progressive support. Sanders and Warren’s socialism causes many voters to recoil. Democrats are increasingly alienating blacks and Hispanics. Both groups were part of the traditional Democrat base. Neither has been well served by the Party. Both groups know it and are increasingly trending Red.
Impeachment will continue to be an issue. The question is who does it work for? Are the candidates embracing it? The opportunity to hold the Senate and recapture the House will drive Trump supporters. Keeping a great economy and jobs outlook are bedrock issues for the regular folks. Are you happy it’s An Election Year?