Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Picking a President - the hows and whys

Over the weekend I posted on Jennifer Rubin’s advice on How Dems can win in 2020.

This morning Judd Legum (popular.info) offers more advice on How to pick a president.

Welcome to 2019! Yes, it’s the start of a new year. But it’s also the start of a critical 18 months in American politics. During this time, Democrats will select their nominee to take on Donald Trump in 2020.

The first major candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, didn’t even wait until 2019 to declare. But there are dozens of other serious contenders contemplating a run. Likely entrants include several of Warren’s colleagues in the Senate (Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand), the former Vice President (Joe Biden), a rising star in the House (Beto O’Rourke), current and former governors (Steve Bullock, Terry McAuliffe), Obama administration alumni (Julián Castro, Eric Holder), a couple of billionaires (Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer), and a bunch of other folks.

Faced with such a large and diverse field, how are Democratic primary voters supposed to decide? I presented that question to some smart people from across the ideological spectrum.

There are both common themes and significant disagreement within the group. I don’t agree with all of their answers. But I hope their perspectives help you start thinking about your priorities.

It’s a good read, albeit lengthy, and one that should be required of members of any organization with designs on taking the presidency in 2020.

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