With the 2020 presidential season soon to be underway, Democrats apparently have a rather significant problem on their hands. Their crew of potential candidates has yet to connect with the party’s base, meaning that it will be a long uphill climb for whichever White House hopeful wants to secure the nomination…and especially to defeat Donald Trump in the general election. While the Republican base has rallied around Trump in a way that hasn’t been seen since the days of Ronald Reagan, the Democrats are lacking that one big star who might actually have a shot at victory.
According to a poll run by American Barometer and The Hill, party loyalists cannot even choose among the candidates expected to run. In fact, when presented with a list of them, more voters chose “none of the above” than any other candidate!
From The Hill:
Thirty percent of the sample said they would prefer that “none of the above” become the Democratic nominee when asked to choose among former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D), California Sen. Kamala Harris (D), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Twenty-five percent of respondents said Biden would be their preferred nominee. Sanders, who ran in the Democratic presidential primary in 2016, came in second with 18 percent.
Twelve percent of the independents and Democrats surveyed picked Clinton, Sanders’s one-time presidential rival, who signaled a willingness to run again, saying in an October interviewer that she would still “like to be president.”
Ooosh, that stings.
We continue to believe that Hillary is going to make another run for it, as ill-advised as that may be. The reason is two-fold. One, there really is no one else to take the fight to Trump. Biden is at the top in this poll (well, second after “none”) because he’s the one people have actually heard of. Meanwhile, as Rush Limbaugh said, he can’t “fill a phone booth” at his rallies. He thinks he’s got a shot at beating Trump? Um, no. Sanders is a non-starter, too. He’s popular with the one demographic guaranteed not to vote: College-aged liberals. That leaves Hillary as the only viable candidate with a shred of name-recognition.
Mark our words, she’s going to try again.
Only because “none of the above” can’t actually get a spot on the ballot.