Trying to Choose My Candidate

Folks, all of these debates about policy are fun but beyond the point. The only real issue is, who can beat Trump? Isn’t that the most important thing, honestly?

We all know it’s not somebody with the most detailed policy papers. It’s got to be an inspirational leader. Somebody who can rally a crowd, fire people up, draw huge audiences and hold their attention. Somebody serious and passionate who can’t be browbeaten by Trump’s taunts.

Folks, that’s obviously Bernie. He makes people fanatical, in a good sense. I’m still thinking about this but the more I do, the clearer it becomes that he’s our best chance.

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34 thoughts on “Trying to Choose My Candidate”

        1. No, he’s the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, he has zero chance. I think he knows this, and is running in hopes of rubbing shoulders with the eventual nominee and possibly being appointed to their cabinet. He knows he has no real political future in Indiana.

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          1. The mayor of South Bend called Buttigieg? I don’t think I’ll stop laughing until tomorrow. I know it’s not his fault but it’s so funny.

            What’s his mom’s last name, I wonder, that he clings to this one so badly.

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  1. Ability to take on Trump (that is having charisma) is criteria number one if the democrats want to win and not put up a good fight and lose honorably. I’m not sure if I get Bernie’s appeal (not sure if I’ve ever actually heard an entire speech) but he does have a track record in getting crowds excited (unlike the democratic final nominee in 2016) and the other democrats put together have all the charisma of Monday’s macaroni and cheese on Thursday morning…

    So unless some other candidate has some great reserves of charisma (and are carefully hiding it for some reason) Bernie’s would seem to be the Demos best shot so far.

    AOC has charisma (at least in social media, not sure how she’d do in person in front of a hostile crowd) but she’s too young.

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  2. I think Sherrod Brown has the best chance of beating Trump, should he run. He can connect with regular people in a way I haven’t seen any of the current crop of candidates manage to do. He’s the only candidate I’m confident could beat Trump; he’d easily win Michigan, etc. and could possibly even win Ohio. However, out of the current field, I think Bernie may be the most likely to win a general election, even if I may personally prefer someone else like Klobuchar. Bernie certainly isn’t one of the worst people running, so I’d be open to voting for him (whereas if Beto was the most electable choice, I still wouldn’t vote for him in the primary.)

    Because the field is so crowded, I’m not choosing a candidate; I don’t wanna get overly attached to one person and then have them not make it past Iowa or something. So I’ve chosen a few candidates, and hopefully one of them is still in the race by the time the Ohio primary happens.

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  3. I agree, on the charisma front, it seems like Bernie or AOC. I agree AOC is too junior. I’m still worried Bernie has too much baggage. For the Hope+Change/MAGA/desire for anything different voters, the fact that he’s been in government for so long (albeit as somewhat of an outsider) might be too much for them.

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  4. Guess what? Bernie is on MSNBC right now being interviewed by host Chris Hayes. Hayes asked him what socialism is, AND BERNIE DOESN’T KNOW THE DEFINITION!! 🙂

    The old man gave a rambling five minute answer about “economic rights” and how the government has an obligation to take care of every citizen from birth to grave and how billionaires have too much money, but he made no attempt at all to define “socialism.”

    He also won’t criticize Maduro in Venezuela except to say that the country needs new elections.

    I agree with you, Clarissa — I think the Democrats should definitely make Bernie their nominee!

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      1. “what kind of politician just blurts out exactly what he wants?”

        Bernie doesn’t know exactly what he wants yet, because he hasn’t read AOC’s latest Tweet!

        And did you see where Kamala Harris’ professor father publicly smacked his daughter down for her comments about Jamaica and marijuana??

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          1. She said (in an interview on the “New York Breakfast Club” radio show): “I have, and I did inhale [referring to smoking marijuana while she was in college],” and then added, “Half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”

            Her father said ( in a written statement to Jamaica Global Online): “My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics.

            “Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”

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  5. Bernie does not have a great chance of beating Trump. Bernie does a great job at exciting white Millennials, but he doesn’t excite African Americans or Hispanics and no Democrat can win without strong African American and Hispanic turn out.

    I also don’t understand how you can constantly ridicule AOC and turn around and support Bernie, I find them remarkably similar in how they posture with vague proposals and no real plans for implementation. I also have a real problem with the fact that Bernie wasn’t a Democrat the last few years. The party has some problems, but you don’t fix problems by dropping out.

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    1. Who’s the alternative, though? Elizabeth Warren? I like her but she can’t excite a crowd to save her life.

      The rest are the identity wing. Obviously, I can’t be for those. There’s nobody left!

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      1. I don’t have a good answer for you. I am not wild about any of our options and Bernie’s weakness with blacks and Hispanics is a real problem. There are also people who supported Hillary last time who feel that his attacks in the primaries weakened her for the general and they have not forgiven him.

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        1. I see Bernie’s defects very, very clearly. And they are oh, so many. But he did get $6 million in donations immediately after announcing. People do seem enthusiastic.

          I don’t know, I got to believe that somebody can do it.

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    1. “there is no point in discussing AOC.”

      Except that she seems to be setting the Democratic Party’s campaign goals for all the adults over 35 who can run for President. If you watched Bernie tonight on MSNBC, he’s altered his talking points to match hers.

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  6. “debates about policy are fun but beyond the point”

    It’s also important to remember that debating skill does not transfer into votes (where they are needed). Hillary Clinton was easily the most skilled debater in 2008 and 2016 and…. In 2007 she regularly wiped up the floor with Obama (and some were calling for him to pull out and stop embarrassing himself already) and then Iowa happened and their debate performances meant nothing.
    Debating requires a certain skill set, campaigning requires a different skill set and actually doing the job of president requires yet a different skill set.

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    1. Very true. Back in 2008, I wasn’t getting it. She was slaughtering him in debates, yet he was winning.

      But this doesn’t mean you can be a bumbling loser in debates. Remember how Trump wiped the floor with Jeb, Cruz, and Rubio? That was very enjoyable.

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  7. Against right-wing populism progressives should turn their hopes to left-wing populism. Therefore, Bernie Sanders was and still is the best choice.

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