Democratic Primary 2020 -Goldilocks and the Imperfect Candidates
The Democratic party would be stronger if some of these candidates joined forces
Anyone watching the democratic primary knows that there is a serious problem happening in the battle for the leader of the left.
There continues to be “winners” of the primaries, but when they are winning by less than 30% no candidate can truly claim that they are getting most of the votes, just a greater chunk.
When you look at what people say about the candidates on the news, the biggest thing that continues to be spoken over and over again is the discussion of their electability and their ability to beat Trump in 2020. As everyone is searching for the candidate that everyone will rally behind, they are quick to point out the reasons that each top candidate won’t be that person.
Bernie Sanders is written off as “too left,” with his radical ideas, and socialist policies. He also sometimes gets the comment of “too old.” But his rallies show that he does have a good chunk of supporters, just like he did last time against Hillary.
On the other hand, Buttigieg is considered by some to be “too young,” or “too inexperienced.” He also is rejected by some for having a husband instead of a wife, which seems like an odd thing to reject a candidate for, but that doesn’t stop people from talking about how it might effect “others” votes. His youth, and his experience being limited to just that of mayor are more valid points against him, but shouldn’t stop his potential ability to lead the country.
Both Warren and Klobuchar have the same problem of being considered by some “too female” to win against Trump. I think that Hillary’s defeat in the electoral college in 2016 makes people doubt the ability of any woman to win the highest election in the country. As much as I personally wish as a society we were past these sexist ideals, there are still many people in our country who believe that only men should hold the highest positions of leadership. However, I think that allowing Hillary, with her own cloud of corruption, to determine the election possibilities of all future women is a shame.
After these top 4, at least in the last two primaries, everyone else falls under the “too unpopular” category, as they don’t appear to have enough people out there promoting these candidates to get them to the top. Even Bloomberg, whose money might get him noticed in the future tends to be “too moderate” or “too rich.”
My point is that all of these candidates are stuck with the Goldilocks problem.
The voters are looking around, throwing out their “too ___” labels and struggling to find one that is “just right.”
None of them are the stereotypical “just right,” which is apparently a man, who has significant experience, and whose policies fall in the sweet spot of embodying everything that Democrats throughout the United States agree and stand for.
The problem is that first off, Democrats don’t actually agree as much as the Republicans seem to, with their couple of really strong points that resonate with everyone who votes right. Within the Democratic voting contingent are people who think and vote everywhere from Biden/Bloomberg’s philosophies to Sanders’ philosophy.
Plus, the candidates aren’t helping close the divide either, as they seem to be so focused on getting to be the headliner who gets to compete that they seem to forget that in less than a year, they need to get not only the majority of the Democrats to vote for them, but also take some from the Republican side too.
Personally, I think we are at the point that the Democrats need to do something radical and unheard of- join forces.
Before a winner of the primaries is announced.
Get together as a group of front runners and come up with a plan, set egos aside, and choose to run as unit. Warren and Sanders would be fierce together, uniting two very large, strong populations of democrats.
I also think that Buttigieg and Sanders would make a great team, balancing out each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I think that the two women, Warren and Klobuchar, running together, could be a powerful force to reckon with, and could really ask the nation if they are ready for female led White House.
I think that any single candidate, for now, is going to struggle to get all of the people who think that they are disqualified for one reason or another to come over to their team once the primaries are over. Especially with the divide between the moderate and the far left candidates. I fear that when it comes time to vote, the #votebluenomatterwho will go out the window, and people will not easily forget the battles fought during these contentious months.
Honestly, I think even with the quintessential perfect candidate it would be a hard road to get an incumbent president out, especially one as popular with his base as Trump. With the blue forces divided as they are, it appears to be an insurmountable task.
But as a unit, combining a few of the thirty percents together, these separate nominees could become stronger together.
The fact is that come November, there can only be one presidential nominee from each of the main parties. On the road to get there, if these men and women have convinced their supporters of the flaws of the other candidates to a deep enough extent, this divide will last long after the nominee is chosen.
This is a serious problem for the left.
The candidates have a narrow road to take for now, because they need to ready to preach to their followers to vote for whoever the chosen candidate will be come July.
I think that would go over significantly better if some of these leaders joined forces and started uniting their followers now.