Here Come the Dems for 2020

I’ve always assumed that Elizabeth Warren is too progressive to win a national election, but that may simply be a tag put on her by the worried wealthy and the banking industry. She’s a genuine policy expert, articulate, and can explain economic inequality better than anyone I’ve ever heard. She has passion. She’s quick on her feet. She’s not intimidated by Trump. I think she made a mistake with the DNA thing, but if so she’s made it early and has time to recover. Her platform adds up to something: our economic system has to be made to work for the middle class.

We all know that the country has difficulty with ambitious women, and that expressions of power in a woman are perceived more negatively than they are from men. That said, Hillary actually won the popular vote in 2016. I’m beginning to believe that absent Russian interference, she would have taken the Electoral College too.

I’m glad Warren got in early. Now she has her chance to be in the race for the long haul.

Sherrod Brown is apparently deciding whether to run. I don’t know much about him, but I saw a CNN interview with his wife, journalist Connie Shultz. She’s a pistol. She’d make a great First Lady. Reminds me how much I miss having a real First Family in the White House, and a First Lady known for something other than her clothes and her ability to remain unseen and unheard.

Senator Amy Klobuchar had a strong response to Trump’s ten minute Oval Office teleprompter read. I like her a lot, thought she did well during the Kavanaugh hearings. She’s quick on her feet, articulate. I think she’s a leader like Angela Merkel, which the country might be ready for.

What we need, sooner rather than later, is a strong Democratic voice countering the Trump nonsensical stream of consciousness routine. Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer are stepping up, but we need a presidential candidate too. I’m starting to feel glimmerings of hope that the Trump nightmare will come to an end. Our next president will have a lot of work to do in repairing the damaged institutions of democracy.

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