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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

"They don’t have anybody who can win the general"

Two weeks ago, I assessed the Democrat presidential candidates by citing an Old Gold cigarettes slogan, "Not a cough in a carload." There is not a president in a carload of Democrat candidates.

Democrats have begun admitting it.

The Washington Post reported, "When the 2020 Democratic presidential contest kicked off earlier this year, the massive field was hailed as the most diverse in history, with candidates who spanned the ideological spectrum and offered enough in a broad buffet of options to excite any voter. But after 10 months of campaigning and 15 hours of nationally televised debates, another emotion is rising: anxiety.

"Party leaders and activists are citing weakness in all of the leading contenders, including former vice president Joe Biden, who has been forced on the defensive about his family’s ethics, performed haltingly in debates and set off alarms with his poor fundraising. They also fret that the two other top-ranking candidates, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), are too liberal to win a general election. Other candidates have had moments to shine, but none yet have fully transformed that into anything approaching momentum."

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The story also said, "John Coale, a major donor to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, was more blunt. 'They don’t have anybody who can win the general,' he said."

Of course not. Consider that the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is running fourth in the polls and second in money raised. He's 37. I have glasses older than that. He's a novelty act.

No one believes he would make a good president, but there he is battling for the nomination against an Indian, an old socialist, and a crook -- plus 20 other people besides Elizabeth Warren.

The Post reported, "In conversations with 17 state and national party leaders, nearly all expressed some level of unease with where the field stands and a deepening concern that, even as Trump suffers through one of the darkest phases of his presidency, the leading presidential contenders would struggle mightily in a one-on-one contest with him. For all of his challenges, Trump commands a gigantic operation that has vacuumed up unprecedented sums of money, an unparalleled megaphone to lure in voters and a lock on most of the Republican Party. Democrats face the possibility of a long primary fight that could cleave the party along ideological and generational lines and leave the nominee campaigning against an incumbent whom Democrats see as simultaneously weak and hard to beat."

Democrats wonder if that is all there is but there is no more. This is it. Unless Michelle Obama pulls a Lurleen Wallace, Democrats will nominate one of these fools or Hillary.

The money men have looked through the party's governors and senators, and even its mayors, and this is the best they came up with. Democrats are like the Cleveland Indians of the 1980s when the farm system was the team itself, as it fielded minor leaguers.

Where have you gone, Joe Charboneau? Cleveland turned its lonely eyes to you. Woo woo woo.

Democrats did this to themselves by going coastal. They produce senators who know Washington like the back of their hand but know little about the country they would lead.

The party has been unable to convert a governor of California or New York into a president. The last big state governor Democrats elected president was FDR -- 87 years ago.

The poor quality of presidential candidates shows a party out of touch with America. The problem may extend beyond 2020 if Democrats are not careful.

But the plan is to nominate a lightweight and bring down President Donald John Trump with impeachment. This has never happened before, and I believe it is for good reason. The flaw is that this strips the election of any policy debates, reducing the race to a celebrity death match.

President Trump will win that handily.

David Winston wrote, "Base Democrats may be getting what they wanted with impeachment, but they are sacrificing precious time that could be used to make their case to independents. That situation isn’t likely to change until these independent voters hear something of substance from Democrats, which is why the Schiff 'parody,' among other impeachment missteps, was such a disaster for them."

In 1872, the Democrat Party nominated no one, instead it backed a third party candidate, Horace Greeley, the journalist now best known for writing, "Go west, young man." The party regrouped and four years later won a majority of the votes under Samuel J. Tilden. The Supreme Court and the Electoral College did him in.

Instead of impeachment, Democrats should look five years ahead. Foolishly they pursue a folly marinated in stupidity. The 2020 election is beginning to look a lot like Monday's Patriots-Jets game.


  1. They really did not span "the ideological spectrum". Not by a long mile.

    Everyone devolved to the lowest common denominator, Communism and Orange Man Bad.

  2. I'm sure the Dems will find someone worthy to oppose President Pence.

    1. Pence won't run for re-election as president until 2028. Stay focused on 2020, troll

    2. Baby Trudeau may be out of a job by then.

  3. It is not a carload of democommunist candidates. It is a pantload.

  4. But the plan is to nominate a lightweight and bring down President Donald John Trump with impeachment.

    But El Rushbo thinks otherwise, and what he says makes sense.

    I think they'll keep this going for 13 months, just to keep the blowout from being horrific.

    Don't think that's gonna work, either.

  5. The Democrats know they have no one who can beat Trump in 2020. That is why they are focusing on Plan B: removing Trump from office before the election.

    1. And Plan B consists of several parts: B.1, B.2, B.3...

    2. Even if he is somehow removed from office, Trump can still run again and those 20 Republican senators who voted to remove him would end up looking for another line of work.

    3. If impeached and removed from office, one cannot hold federal office.
      "The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law."

    4. The sites I checked misinformed citizens saying the exclusion from office was an optional punishment. My comment above is quoting the Constitution.

    5. I"ve been thinking that any potential candidate would wait until 2024 when they might stand a chance. If you lose once, you're pretty much done. One bite at the apple like McGovern, Romney, Mondale etc... The smart ones will wait until after the Trumpster and hope things are more favorable for them.

    6. amrOctober 23, 2019 at 5:31 PM
      The sites I checked misinformed citizens saying the exclusion from office was an optional punishment. My comment above is quoting the Constitution.

      The thing is though that Alcee Hastings was impeached as a judge and then became a congressman. How could that happen?

  6. The plan B has always been to actively provok an assassination attempt by some fool. Another more recent recent ploy was enticing the military to take him into custody.
    They have always admired dictatorship. Obama gave them hope that a Mugabe like presidency was possible and Clinton that an internationally funded nation state of bribes under their control could eliminate popular government altogether.

    1. I don't see the military doing that because the command would be divided and the official code of conduct excuses the lower ranks from obeying unlawful orders.

  7. Gawd, the Amazon Post is a sack of garbage. These Democrat clowns all want to give free healthcare to illegal aliens, and they brag that they want to raise eneegy prices. Trump's campaign ads write themselves.

  8. Span the ideological spectrum? At first I thought they went from far left to nucking futs, but now I think they only go from nucking futs to nucking futtier.


    Mark Wauck believes Trump will wear impeachment as a badge of honor and pummel Dems on policy issues.

    Bill Clinton is precedent, but Bill had the press and Hollywood behind him.

    Today, Trump only had Fox News and that itself is qualified. Hollywood? Fuhgetta bout it. They support assassinating Trump.

    Problem is NeverTrump Senators and other Repub Senators who use Trump, but, so far, do not appear to support Trump's America first policies.

    If Trump is removed from office, it will be done so on non-Constitutional means cloaked under Constituonality and procedure.

    In essence, a communist show trial and removal.

    What happens after that?

  10. It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees...


    1. Hmmm,, I should have thought of that...

  11. Well it is interesting that Dems admit their candidates are crap.

    Everyone thought we would be on version 2 of Queen Hillary now, Not chapter 2 of King Trump.

    This is why many of the farm league Presidential hopefuls were playing for 2024 not 2020. (yes looking at you Cali Gov)

    Anyway, I did not expect the Dem field to be like a barrel of monkeys. They should have gotten to 3-4 viable contenders by now but they are still doing a wide casting call. Not a Governor or Moderate in the bunch. But they still are playing footsie with having the Gay Mayor around.

    Times were that some elder Dem statesman would have tapped Mayor on the shoulder and say... "look you don't have a chance, fold up your circus tent". Unfortunately this Should have happened in 2016 with Bernie. Bernie was the prototype of this circus of presidential pretenders. Bernie was enjoying a solid 30+ percent up until he quit. Everyone took note of that AND noticed you can get silly money just being a circus.

    The race is now between a old pol with obvious corruption and foot in mouth disease. Or a woman who it can be proved that she faked she was Indian for minority consideration.

    I really hope Liz ends up as the nominee because the Trump hit ads will be hilarious. I mean Indian cliches, Custer's last stand, Pocahontas riffs. Trump will be merciless. He will make it THE issue if she's his opponent. Debates will be comical as Trump patiently explains that South Asian Indians are NOT Cherokee and she should not say any "Paleface" memes when meeting them.

    Elizabeth Warren IS the Democrat candidate that could win the nomination. And Trump will destroy her.

    I'm buying popcorn now.

  12. If a fair and free election was held in 2020, Trump would win in a landslide. That's why the disloyal opposition wants to remove him from office before then.