I Would Vote For A Smart Slab Of Cement In 2020

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This week the political news that has made for many conversations is the possibility that Michael Bloomberg will enter the Democratic presidential contest.  Some think it a good idea since the former New York mayor will bring pragmatic ideas along with the perfect way to needle Donald Trump.  Others feel that the currently announced contenders are getting tested in the early states and from their ranks, a nominee will emerge from a forged consensus of voters.

From the perspective of my blogging desk, it would appear a Bloomberg entry would happen for two reasons.  One reason, should the candidacy of Joe Biden falter, and a sense grows among the party that he could not prevail in 2020, it then becomes vital to have someone with centrist capabilities to carry the party to victory.  Secondly, there would be a need, should Biden lose steam, to have a nominee that will speak to the middle-of-the-road voters which Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders can not do.

While I very much concur with the basic outlines of what Warren espouses I am aware that it will not sell in a general election.  Her trouble with messaging in the lead-up to the primary season where Democratic voters are being sought should alert all to the larger problems she would face when asking for support from a national audience.  Big and bold feels good, but pragmatism tells Democrats they must do everything in their power to stop the current reign of international chaos and illegal behavior from the Trump White House.  Making sure the fundamentals are restored to our republic is far more important than any policy push which excites progressives. 

On the flip side of the Bloomberg candidacy is the fact he is a billionaire–an actual one–as opposed to using bankruptcy laws for wealth-making purposes such as Trump has done.  I am not comfortable with someone who has such means to lead a nation.   I have always felt Bloomberg has a solid character and integrity.  But exceedingly wealthy people, in high office, tend to see the world in very different ways than the vast majority who struggle to make their way in it.  Therein lies the problem.

Perhaps the best outcome that Bloomberg can provide for the nation is to sharpen the focus of Democratic voters as we head to Iowa and New Hampshire.  We need to select a nominee that does far more than warm the hearts of certain factions of the party.   We need to select someone who can prevail in November 2020 and stop the abuse of power,  close the door on the Trump family, and work to return reason and logic to policymaking at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

If that meant I needed to vote for a smart slab of cement, then that is what I would do.  After all, it would have a higher IQ than what now sits in the Oval Office.

Elizabeth Warren Would Set Donald Trump Backwards On Debate Stage

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I always enjoy watching how politicians demonstrate their skills. Last night it was most interesting to watch the Democratic presidential debate as they all tried to thread the needle in their own way to press advantage with the time allotted.

After it was over there was no question as to whom had dominated the stage.  Elizabeth Warren. I was only waiting for the numbers to underscore what was most evident.

Warren utterly dominated the conversation. She talked the most, by far, with 23.1 minutes, compared to 16.6 minutes for Biden and just about 13 minutes each for Klobuchar, O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders and Buttigieg.  Partly this is because Warren, once the Oklahoma state champion in high school debate, would never let the moderators cut her off and finished every point she wanted to make.  It was a debate performance to use in classrooms.  It was that good.

Let us view that take-ownership of the stage from a different perspective.  If she is the Democratic nominee there will be a hard time for anyone to walk up behind her on stage, as Trump did in an attempt to intimidate Hillary Clinton. Warren would set him back verbally.

Perhaps even leave him a monorchid.  And that is what will be required to turn the page on a very horrifying chapter in American history.

It is Warren’s firmness in standing by the issues she has long advocated, the resolve not to allow detractors to move her off a campaign game-plan, and her ability to use old-fashioned meet and greet skills which deeply impreses me.  One does not need to agree with any policy goal Warren has set forth to know. when watching her, there is an intensity and determination that might very well carry her to the White House.

I have watched politics for well over 40 years, and at times it seems to take more and more to truly impress me after having seen and heard so much.  But Warren has cut through and demonstrated there is something very real and powerful in her bid to become president.