Who is next?

18 Apr

So who is the democratic candidate that will face Trump next election? Quick, name a likely (or even possible) person off the top of your head.  And if you cannot, that should tell you a lot. It usually takes more than one election cycle in the public eye to become popular and well-known enough to make a serious run.

In past years I have had some idea of what is coming down the pike.  But not this time.  OK, name one up-and-coming democrat. Now take Cory Booker out of the running. Tim Kaine? (It took me a half hour to even think of his name! And it’s only been six months…) Maybe you can come up with a 1 or possibly even 2, but almost for sure not any more than that, and very likely not even that!

I mean, last time the Democrats had to revert to ancient relics like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (and Fauxcahontis)!  And they did so for a very good reason–there were simply no other decent choices.

Now, I am quite certain that more will bubble up as time goes on. There is no way the Republican will run unopposed. But what non-political-junkie can even name a single possibility now? Hillary will probably not be alive for the next election, anyway. And Fauxcahontis is a total loser and a sick joke. And either one would be a sure loss for the Democrats in any case.

That tells you just how weak the Democrat bench is.  It also speaks to the fact that their ideas are old and tired and nonsensical and do not resonate.  It is the party of grandmas who remember their parents talking about how cool hippies were. They love throwbacks like  Crosby, Stills, and Nash. They gush about the days when The Beatles were still together and had a new hit, “Come Together.” The Viet Nam war was a big deal.

I agree, there is a kind of frenzied intensity among many run-of-the-mill leftists today, but there really is no good logical argument for their leaders’ positions. And the fact that Trump is doing things that help out the country in terms of the economy and foreign policy means that he is a pretty sure bet for the presidency again. And if not him (becauase of age or desire), then certainly Mike Pence.

But if Republicans hold the presidency for the next 16 years, the Democrats are finished.  A new party will arise and replace the Democrats.

Plus, understand that there is a “pull” for Democrats to become even more extreme, so what replaces them may well be ever worse! The chasm between the parties will then continue to get wider and wider, in a recapitulation of the “Rekhabite Principle” that we have seen over and over in history. At some point groups within a population get so far apart philosophically that they can no longer stay together physically. That is the “Rekhabite Principle” in a nutshell. And that is what I am talking about.


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  1. Oregonian

    April 19, 2017 at 9:51 pm


    • Gregor Mendel

      April 20, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Yeah, no. He has NO chance, and has never displayed an inclination to run.