2020 Candidate Circus
The election may seem far away but it looks like it will be another long, nasty, convoluted fight that is certain to confuse voters to the point of giving up by the time it comes to pressing “VOTE” in the booth.
The Democrats are visibly scrambling to become a front-runner. This creates a confusing state of issues as they each try to distinguish themselves from one another by taking aggressive positions knowing they will never be accepted by rank and file lawmakers. Nonetheless, they need to raise their poll numbers to qualify for the stage at a debate. That requires headlines. Headlines do not happen to candidates with moderate views.
The most notable exception may be Joe Biden. He received a lot of buzz after his announcement. Then for several weeks, women came forward and claimed they experienced “uncomfortable interactions” with Biden in the past. This led to a rehash of the controversial treatment Anita Hill received from Biden and others at her appearances in 1991 before the Senate Judiciary Committee discussing claims of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas in his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. After profuse apologies from Biden, the tempest seems to have calmed. However, it is assuredly something that other candidates and the media will raise again. They will exploit the vulnerability. With Biden currently viewed as the front-runner, all the other candidates must knock him off that perch if they hope to win the nomination. Do not expect civility in that endeavor.
Then there is the returning progressive, Bernie Sanders. Sandbagged by the Clinton campaign, he may be again from the Biden front. We shall see.
Other Dems in the running are puzzling. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bill de Blasio — none of them have a national following and de Blasio has a hard time generating an audience at his campaign stops. The rest of the list hails from various states and cities with disparate backgrounds and notoriety. So far, it looks like all have earned nicknames from President Trump as he goads them into losing focus.
My question is, do people in this country really know who these candidates are? I bet most know only one or two. Even more do not care. So with twenty-three democrats running (so far), how will they all fit on stage in a debate? They cannot all fit. That is why the solution appears to be two nights of debates. The first night for the candidates who poll the highest. The second night for the rest. An A Team and a B Team. Look for the B Team to be the more entertaining of the two debates. The B Team has nothing to lose if they hope to get elevated to the A Team as the debates move forward.
In truth, is this not simply more of what we saw in 2016 when the Democrats mocked the size of the Republican list of candidates?
That is politics as usual. Behavior that Democrats decry one day because the Republicans commit it suddenly becomes acceptable when they later engage in the same conduct. When that happens, the Republicans, of course, condemn the Democrats. It is a never-ending circle of lies and hypocrisy.
Yet we wonder why Americans have no respect for Congress or Washington. Our politicians have no one to blame except for themselves.