Politically Speaking – August 28, 2019
Democratic voters, what do they really want from the 2020 elections? I think that answer is pretty cut and dried, to beat Trump.
A better question is how many Democratic Presidential candidates are really running for President? In my opinion, not many. After watching the debates so far and checking them out, I personally don’t believe most have a chance — or at least I would hope not.
So what’s their goal? That’s simple. In my opinion, they want the name awareness so they can go back to their home states and run for office.
To start, proving my point of those dropping out, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA 6th District) reportedly plans to seek re-election for the seat in the House that he currently holds. Moulton is the fourth candidate to drop out so far. However, I predict there will be more than four.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA 15th District) suspended his campaign in early July. Bingo. Swalwell’s future plan is to seek a fifth term representing his northern California district.
Then come former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Both announced their own decision to bow out in recent days. While Inslee will seek re-election to the Washington Governor’s Mansion, Hickenlooper has decided to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the Republican-held Senate seat in Colorado.
So that makes four, all with future plans of running, as I said earlier.
Ten of the sixteen remaining candidates have qualified for the third debate. But I look for more candidates in the coming days to drop out on their own and cut their losses.
But back to the big question: Which of the Democratic candidates can beat Trump? I predict not one of them, and that includes Biden.
But what are the candidates’ core values? Who knows. We do know that nearly all of the candidates stand on free, free, and more free. The majority stand on health care for all, including for illegal immigrants. They stand for free college, the climate crisis and closing the wealth gap — in other words, killing the goose that lays the golden egg.
This, in my memory, is the most diverse group of White House hopefuls since the modern primary process began. The field offers your pick of seven senators, three members of the House of Representatives, three mayors, two governors, a handful of former lawmakers, a former vice president, a former tech executive, a self-help guru, six women, six people of color, and a 32-year-old trying to become America’s first LGBTQ President.
But just as diverse are the candidates’ prescriptions for how to cure America’s woes.
And frankly, there’s only one candidate that has caught my attention, that being Tulsi Gabbard, who doesn’t have a prayer. I come the closest to her because of her stand against war.
But putting all this aside, most know I’m a Trumpster. That doesn’t mean I like everything he says and does. But I also understand he’s not a politician, he’s a businessman. He doesn’t live or think like he’s on Fantasy Island.
Last but not least, Illinois lost another law enforcement officer late last week. State Trooper Nick Hopkins, 33 years old, leaves behind a wife and three small children. This has to stop. These officers risk their lives every day for us. It’s time to enforce a law — murder a law enforcement officer, automatic death sentence. When you see a law enforcement officer, tell them thank you.
Until next week.