Dear Democratic Presidential Hopefuls,
Thank you for your interest in representing your party in the 2020 election. It’s a long haul to the nomination, and a lot can go right – or wrong – in that time. So here are three thoughts to get you through to the nominating convention…
First and foremost, know your enemy.
Quick quiz. Fill in the blank: My party should nominate me because ________.
Did you answer “Because Bernie’s too old”… “Because Joe always has his foot in his mouth”… “Because a gay man is unelectable”… “Because Elizabeth is too much of a wonk”… or with a comment about any other contender(s)?
If so, you should not be the party’s nominee. In fact, you should leave the race now.
Why? Because your opponents for the nomination are notthe enemy. But every time you run one of your fellow Democrats down, you’re just making the GOP’s job easier. You don’t think the DNC’s favoring Hillary last time around didn’t hurt? If so, that’s another reason you shouldn’t be running.
Stop telling us what’s wrong with your fellow Democrats… and tell the voters what’s rightwith you. In relation to Trump.
Would you be a better president than Donald Trump? Absolutely! But you won’t beat him by cutting fellow Democrats to pieces before we even get to the convention.
Second, your ego does not count.
Nobody wants a mass of Democrats vying for the nomination more than the GOP. Why? Because you’ll tap out your financial support that much sooner. Nothing looks better to a well-funded GOP than an opposition party with a begging cup in its hand.
So, as hard as it may be, it’s time to put your ego aside. If you’re polling in the single digits now, you have no chance of beating Trump. So why waste the time and money?
Sure, you know you’d make a great president. But most Democrats don’t think so. And they’re the ones who’ll make the nominating decision. Don’t suck resources the party will desperately need come next year on a vanity project.
Here’s an idea: Pick a House or Senate race in your state currently held by a Republican. Or even a statewide job, like governor, attorney general or secretary of state. Run for that office. We need qualified Dems to run in those races, too.
And your chances of winning in those races are a whole lot better.
So, put your ego aside. Leave this race to the contenders with a chance of actually winning.
Third, Don’t Forget the Team.
Trump’s team, I mean. Yes, you should call out Trump when he makes inflammatory and racist remarks. You should contest his many lies. But you should also focus on what Trump’s party is doing while we’re pre-occupied with his slash-and-burn rhetoric.
Mitch McConnell has blocked virtually all meaningful legislation put forth by the Dems since the mid-terms. Including multiple bills meant to protect our election process. It’s almost as if he’s fighting with Trump to earn Putin’s favor.
Trump’s cabinet secretaries – and acting secretaries – are dismantling key protections piece by piece. Our education system, our environment, and our social safety net are all under attack. And Trump’s attorney general has abandoned all pretense of defending the Constitution.
Name names. State facts. And make noise. Our Democracy has never been on such thin ice. At least tryto act like that’s more important than your presidential run.
Finally, Prepare Yourself to Support the Eventual Nominee.
Look… Only one of you will win the party’s nomination. If you’ve run down the competition for months leading up to the nomination, who’s going to believe you when you throw your “support” behind them?
Look at Lindsey Graham. In 2016, he said Trump would make “a terrible commander-in-chief.” He boycotted the GOP convention. And announced he would not vote for Trump.
For his part, Trump called Graham “…an embarrassment to the great people of South Carolina,” and “…one of the worst representatives of any representative in the United States…”
Now, Graham defends Trump like a life-long friend, golfs with him, and supports virtually every hare-brained scheme Trump proposes.
Lindsey Graham has become a national joke.
Are you prepared to be the next Lindsey Graham? To be the poster boy (or girl) for trading integrity for political capital? To become a laughingstock?
Graham, Rubio, Cruz… Almost all of Trump’s mud-slinging opponents are now sycophants. Toadies who kowtow to Trump’s every whim… and defend his every racist rant.
Don’t let your party sink that low. If you don’t have a snowball’s chance in H*ll, got out of the race now. And prepare to support your party’s candidate whole-heartedly.
Because, if you don’t, we can expect four more years of Trumpian disaster. And our democracy may not survive thatassault intact.