OK, yesterday I announced that I wasn’t going to run for president. I mean, why would I? My guy is already in the White House and has announced he wants to go for another four years. It would be fool-hardy to jump in.
However, on the other side of the fence, it’s getting crowded. And until I started looking at the field a little closer, I didn’t realize exactly how crowded it was. Remember in 2016? Remember when Bobo Obama was getting out of office? The Democrats were all set to have a coronation for Hillary. Then along came Bernie, and former Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley, and they actually had to have a primary. On the Republican side it was even worse with a total of 17 candidates running!
Well, the Democrats this year are going to try and beat that record. Already, by my count, there are eleven declared candidates, with another five sitting in the wings at this point just biding their time. Now, that’s only a total of 16, but if you think someone else isn’t going to jump in between now and this December you have another thing or two to learn about presidential politics!
So far John Hickenlooper is running. He’s the former Governor of Colorado. Jay Inslee is in the race. He’s the current Governor of the state of Washington. Of course you’ve got Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand which have all been talked about ad nauseum. You may not have heard about San Antonio, Texas mayor Julian Castro. Or Tulsi Gabbard, the Representative from Hawaii. You probably didn’t know Maryland Representative John Delaney was in the field. And how about South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg? He’s there too!
And then you’ve got Smilin’ Joe Biden, who the smart money says he’ll announce before the end of March. Beto O’Rourke, who wasn’t able to beat Ted Cruz in Texas for a Senate seat is thinking of joining the race. And, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is mulling over a run. Then you’ve got Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, and California Rep Eric Swalwell. That brings the total to 16. And again, all of the hosts of the televised debate are going to have to see which of these candidates will “qualify” by their poll numbers to have a spot on the stage…just like the GOP did last time.
And just like last time, you’re going to forget most of these folks. I mean, how many of the candidates from the GOP side can you remember running? Certainly, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush. Who else? Did you remember Jim Gilmore? Or Ben Carson? How about Carly Fiorina? Who could forget Marco Rubio or John Kasich? And of course the George Pataki’s of the world, the Rick Santorum’s, the Scott Walker’s or Bobby Jindal’s. My point is, by the time you get to March, 2020, you aren’t going to be able to remember the names of half of the Democrats either.
And in the end, will it matter? That’s the important question! Or, has Donald Trump already solidified enough support to win re-election?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!