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Sizing Up the Democrats

Jeff Hall

Posted on June 30, 2019 17:21

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Like many, I watched the two Democratic debates last week. We all have our opinions. Here are mine. Could there be a Mark Cuban "October Surprise" in our future?

Let’s start by eliminating ten who look weakest at this point.

Cory Booker.  Something keeps me from warming up to him. Not sure what it is.

Kirsten Gillibrand: She interrupted too often. Seemed unpresidential.

Beto O’Rourke. He strikes me as being more a pretty face than a candidate of substance.

Bill de Blasio.  I understand he’s quite unpopular in NYC, and NYC is pretty unpopular in middle America. I don’t see it.

Jay Inslee. This election can’t be just about climate change.

Julian Castro. Do I want to have a beer with this guy? No, I don't.

Eric Swalwell.  Bye! Enough said.

Tim Ryan.  If you want to be Commander-in-Chief, you should know the difference between Al Qaeda and the Taliban. 

John Delaney. He seemed reasonable, but nothing about him caused me to want to leap from my chair and yell “YES!”

Andrew Yang. The "Great Communicator," he's not.

Here are some observations about the “top ten” remaining:

Joe Biden. He seems old, rooted in the past. People want CHANGE. But Biden also seems centrist by nature in a field that’s quickly pulling hard left. Let’s see how this plays out. 

Kamala Harris. An ability to ask tough questions is not enough to move the country forward. I'd sure like to hear more of a forward-looking vision.

Bernie Sanders.  I genuinely admire his righteous anger, but I think his moment has passed.  The sooner he embraces Elizabeth Warren, the more he can play a longer-term role if EW makes it.

Elizabeth Warren.  I like that she has “a plan for that,” but she reminds me a bit of Hillary Clinton, and that’s not a plus. She needs to connect with real Americans more.

Amy Klobuchar.  She seemed real, sincere – but I don’t see her as “presidential.” She might make a great chief of staff.

Michael Bennet. I dunno. Wait and see. 

Pete Buttigieg. He seems very smart, grounded and calm. I don’t know if America is ready for a gay president, but many said before we weren’t ready for a black president. I find it hard not to like "Mayor Pete."

John Hickenlooper. He says he has gotten things done in Colorado, but I know many there aren’t big fans. Let’s wait and see.

Tulsi Gabbard. She was tops when it comes to the “Commander-in-Chief” side of the equation.

Marianne Williamson.  She is to spiritual bankruptcy what Bernie is to economic inequality.  Let’s listen what she’s saying, even if her chances are nil.

October Surprise?  I think the person who could be reasonable, centrist, stand up to Trump, appeal to young people -- and actually win – is Mark Cuban.  

He’s obviously successful, he’s got star power and he won’t be intimidated by Trump’s tweets. He's got Trump's strengths, without all the baggage. 

Maybe Mark Cuban – as a Democrat or an independent – can be persuaded to play the role of white knight.  It's still early.

Jeff Hall

Posted on June 30, 2019 17:21


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