As much soul-searching and reinventing our party must do in order to reconcile the progressive populism that is occupying the soul of of the party with the “big tent Democrats” that are supposed to handle the levers to national electoral success, I am encouraged by the fact that the Democratic Party has no heir apparent for 2020.
And why aren’t we making a bigger deal about that, by the way? I have no idea who the Democratic candidates will be in 2020, never mind the eventual nominee. I haven’t been able to say that since the years leading up to the 2004 presidential, when the party was tacking right.
Now we’re tacking left and it looks like Elizabeth Warren is an early favorite in the New Hampshire presidential primary. From the Boston Globe:
The results show the potency Warren has by just showing up. Her presence on the ballot uniquely changes the game, to the point where whether she runs is one of the biggest question marks of the 2020 election.
In the same poll, Warren leads the field of possible candidates with nearly 26 percent, followed by Vice President Joe Biden, who came in second with 20 percent, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who had 13 percent. Kamala Harris? Kirsten Gillibrand? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Anyone?
Thoughts? Good that we haven’t anointed anyone, right? Or do we need to start figuring out who some of the likely candidates will be and encourage robust primaries?