If there is one thing I’ve been sure of, it’s that the conventional wisdom of the past few months that Joe Biden was the locked in choice for the Democratic nominee for President, was wrong. At no time, did I ever think that Biden had a chance. Not because he was a gaffe machine; that’s something that plagued him his entire career, but that he was too old and it would show on the campaign trail, and Democratic Primary voters just wouldn’t think he would be up to the job (the job of beating Trump, not being President).
However for the longest time I wasn’t sure which of the many Democratic candidates was going to rise to the top spot, but now I think I’ve gotten an idea of who could win the nomination, and that candidate is Senator Elizabeth Warren. Yeah, it’s a surprise to me too. Going back to 2012 I had pretty much discounted Warren because of her “Fauxcahontas” scandal, one that has provided many hilarious updates since then. But actually running in a Presidential race provides a great opportunity to separate the Presidential wheat from the chaff.
Four years ago if someone had asked me who was likely to get the 2020 Democratic nomination I would have guessed…Hillary? For her second term? But Corey Booker would have been my second choice. As Mayor of Newark he seemed a dynamic Obama Part two, but since becoming Senator, he’s revealed the truth of the Peter Principle; Booker is not up to his current position and looks a good deal weaker and less consequential then he did as a mayor. Apparently Democratic donors and polled Democratic primary voters agree. He doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Kamala Harris who started out the gate strong, also seems to be faltering. I would have given her much greater odds earlier in the race. The Democratic primary voter seems to want a socialist, just not a white male one (sorry Bernie). In 2016, Bernie was the only socialist in the race, now, when there are plenty of socialists available of every color and sex…err I mean gender, voters can be pickier. CNN’s Don Lemon disputed that Harris could even be called an African American. That’s actually a fair point since Harris, whose mother is Indian and father is mixed, is about as black as George Zimmerman. However Harris identifies herself as African American. Why she doesn’t identify as Indian American I don’t know, since that would be more accurate, but I suppose there is more electoral cache in that than in identifying as Indian. That didn’t help Warren.
However Warren has managed to get through three debates without saying something stupid, or at least stupid for a Democratic debate. That may be a new candidate record. On the other hand, Biden can’t get to a commercial without saying something stupid in every debate. The only thing keeping his candidacy afloat is the idea that he can beat Trump, but the more he turns into Grampa Simpson, the less likely that seems, and it gives the opportunity for other candidates to rise.
And, as this NBC/WSJ poll shows, Warren is catching up with Biden. At this rate, Warren could catch Biden in a month or so, and then even talking heads will have to take notice. Fair to say, some of them have. I’ve noticed the pro Biden Morning Joe starting to turn to highly complementary things to say about Warren. It looks to me that they are preparing their MSNBC audience for a new front runner. Biden won’t fade out quickly however. He has a lot of money behind him, and I for one wouldn’t mind hearing more rambling stories about Biden fighting “Corn Pop” with a chain.