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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Who will be the 2020 nominee?

Recycling from Monday so I can work on the sequel. Not one word is changed.

Trump's election will almost wipe out the Democratic Party.

At the state and local level, Republicans have crushed them, controlling both houses of state legislatures in 31 states (including West Virginia for the first time in 82 years). The damage to the party by Obama and the Clintons mirrors their damage to the country.

Looking ahead, who do Democrats have to offer as a candidate to try to stop Trump's re-election?

The first place Democrats look is the Senate.

Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, and Michael Bennet of Colorado, are relatively young (in their 50s) and attractive. Booker's black, Gillibrand's female, and Bennet is from the West. It's the Mod Squad all over again.

Tim Kaine of Virginia is nuts. His debate ended his presidential ambitions. Mercifully, I might add.

Too old are Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Al Franken of Minnesota, all of whom would have been better candidates than Missus Clinton this year. The first two are from states Trump will carry. Nice job, Hillary.

Chuck Schumer will be 70 in 2020, as well as the top Democrat in the Senate. Why would he risk that for a longshot presidential bid? Especially with Cousin Amy having moved to Canada to live with Lena Dunham. Those two lost votes are deal breakers.

The last time Democrats nominated a governor was 1992. Maybe after 28 years, they will try again. Best bet may be Andrew Cuomo of New York. He'll be 62 but could hit the trails early, has national name recognition, and has a lot of rich friends. I see him as someone who could unite his party. He can show that he can work with Republicans because he had to.

Beyond that, the pickings are slim.

There are no up-and-comers under 50 right now. The bench is short and filled with old rags.

Who will Republicans nominate if Trump loses?

I won't care.

Let the National Review and the Weekly Standard pick over the carcass. A Clinton win means we lose the Supreme Court for the rest of my life. The political purges -- Trump will be ruined -- and the expansion of the central government will turn states into provinces.

Trump is the last hope, like it or not. The gains will be awesome. A Republican Congress. A conservative judiciary. A central government at bay.

Plus he will say stuff all the time that will entertain us and give the media fits.

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31 comments:

  1. Good analysis. Except Cuomo is too overwhelmed with criminal investigations against him, if I recall right. Anon Anon

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    1. He'll be the only Democrat with name recognition who won't need a walker.

      Right now I'd make him the Democrat front-runner.

      His ethical troubles here in NY pale compared with the utter corruption of the Clinton crime family. So barring an actual indictment (not gonna happen), the media will have no problem sweeping his problems under the rug.
      --Burnsie

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    2. Corruption and democrats go hand in hand. Honest democrats don't win elections, and they don't steal them either. fwiw, do they actually exist?

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  2. If memory serves, Booker has a few problems of his own.

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  3. As I see it every Democrat has problems. They are the minority when it comes to military, economic, and social policies. They have burrowed within the system by brainwashing our schoolchildren and college students, therefore corrupting downstream products such as politicians, judges, and many more. But the great Silent Majority is still the majority and quite conservative: strong military, strong economy, low taxes and regulation, anti-abortion, etc. They just seem to be too busy making a living to be bothered to fight those who would force them to act against all they believe. If the Silent Majority made a stand the Democrats would be crushed for at least a generation and forced to change many of their "wish list" items. . - Elric

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  4. "A Clinton win means we lose the Supreme Court for the rest of my life."
    Gee, you had a long-standing SC majority of judges selected by Republican presidents. As recently as 2009, it was 7-2 R majority and nearly all of those 7 identified as Catholic (Roe v Wade anyone?). How did that work out for you?
    So the Clintons ruined America? So you are saying then that W was totally ineffective. Obama ruined America. So then you are saying that both R majority-led houses of Congress are ineffective. Interesting. Rs have unprecedented control of statehouses, governorships, until a few months ago - the SC - and both federal branches. Yet, three people have ruined the country. This blog is comedy gold.

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    1. You're just jealous because he doesn't include you in the list.

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    2. @Anonymous
      The author of this blog -- published under his real name -- worked as a journalist/political columnist for 30 years and has published 2 books.
      You are an anonymous commenter on the internet.
      Your "opinion" on anything is worth less than zero just on that basis. The fact that you support a corrupt 30 year politician who made millions "in public service" and who left dozens of Americans to die in Benghazi (4 actually did), lied about it & then jailed an innocent man to cover it all up shows how morally bankrupt you are as well.
      Hillary should have spent more $ on higher quality trolls.
      ~Angie

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    3. Angie, he is the highest quality troll liberal money can buy. If they have a second functioning brain cell, they are a republican.

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  5. If Clinton loses tomorrow, Michelle Obama will be the nominee in 2020. If Clinton wins, Michelle Obama will be the nominee in 2024.

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    1. You think Hillary will live that long?

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  6. Like Don, I also don't care about the Republican nominee in 2020 since it won't matter anymore, but it is likely to be another Bush.

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    1. I'm hoping most Americans are fed up with the idea of political dynasties comprised of familiar family names. Enough of Clinton, Bush, Kennedy and so on. We need fresh citizen-leaders and more importantly- Ideas.

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  7. In which case he would lose.

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  8. Steve in GreensboroNovember 7, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Who will be the 2020 nominees?

    I am in regular contact with the ghost of Lee Atwater and existing in the spirit world Lee has all the answers to such questions.

    The Republican will be Donald Trump, running as the incumbent.

    The Democrat will be Cory Booker, running as a black person.

    Steve in Greensboro

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  9. What about Liz Warren? Not mentioned, why not.

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    1. Hahahahaha. Age. Good one Don. Warren is three years younger than Trump. Congrats on insulting everyone who holds an AARP card.

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    2. Many of us older folk know AARP is not on OUR side, and didn't renew. I forget how long ago I dropped it. 15+ years, anyway.

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    3. AARP is a commie outfit. My Dad belonged, and I remember them having Harry Belafonte on the cover of their propaganda sheet. When Obamacare was being foisted on us, I saw a video in which an AARP worker walked out on some seniors because they expressed skepticism about the "Affordable" Act.

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    4. You have to be a lib to hold an AARP card after they backed Obamacare to the hilt—so yes, PLEASE nominate a 71-year-old Elizabeth Warren in 2020. I will laugh until the tears roll down my face.
      —Burnsie



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  10. The democratic party will die and the GOPe will take their place. A financially conservative party will replace the GOPe and will control the legislature. Ryan will run as a democrat and get it handed to him by the conservative candidate....a guy named Don from West Virginia.

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  11. I'd guess the woman from Hawaii... Tulsi Gabbard. Repubs should recruit her to flip.

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    1. I looked her up. Very hot, but I don't vote for even hotties with a "D" by their name.

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    1. Walker was my first choice, but he ran away from Trump like a little girl afraid of cooties.

      If Trump doesn't want a second term, Mike Pence will do.

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  13. Mike Pence may be the most logical nominee, if Trump opts out.

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  14. The dems will need to nominate another "first" candidate. The first Latino. The first gay man. The first lesbian. The first Asian. The first transgender. Whatever it is, it will again be identity politics, not issues, because they lose on the issues.

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  15. Note to future leftist candidates: Avoid "celebrities" like a pile of radium. They only appeal to those who wouldn't vote for conservatives in a pink fit anyway, and they monumentally p*ss off those middle ground voters whose votes you are trying to flip.

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