Democrats are facing a nightmare. Donald Trump, the one Republican they were sure could never win, completely trounced them at the polls. After building himself up for eight years, Barack Obama has left their party disorganized and leaderless.
The Democrats likely to run for president in 2020 are so old that “we’re going to have an old-folks’ home,” Senator Harry Reid said in a depressed voice. How on earth are they going to win back the presidency in 2020?
Here are a few of the people the buzz tells us are most likely to throw their hat in the ring in four years:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts senator, the left-wing party base’s dream candidate, has made a career of bashing Wall Street and trying to regulate small shop owners out of business (and lying about her “Cherokee” heritage). She has brutally attacked Donald Trump as a “loser,” a “racist bully,” and a “small, insecure, money-grubber.” Her decision to sit on the Armed Services Committee has led to speculation that she’s eyeing a 2020 run, at age 71. Her candidacy could unite the Obama and Clinton wings of the party, as a far-left senator running to be the first female president.
Sen. Cory Booker. Democrats hope this energetic New Jersey senator could pick up the mantle of Barack Obama. Booker has a huge social media following, is a young African American, and has a reputation of doing good deeds in the inner city. But some of his neighbors say he doesn’t actually live in their neighborhood, he’s never fully addressed rumors that he’s gay, and he’s awfully cozy with Wall Street elites. He’ll take a seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next year to build up his foreign policy credentials. If he runs in 2020, he’ll be 20 years younger than Warren.
Michelle Obama. She wouldn’t be the first woman to try to go from first lady to the Oval Office – but she just might be more successful. President Obama’s supporters in the Democratic Party – and there are plenty – love this angry, bitter woman. After Trump won the election, she told Oprah, “Now we are feeling what not having hope feels like.” Don’t be surprised if she tries to wage a revenge campaign in 2020 – and if Barack’s ego doesn’t push his wife every step of the way. Obama has said recently that he could have beaten Trump, and that he will feel free to criticize Trump anytime he violates Obama’s ideas of our “values and ideals.” And he’s staying in Washington, D.C. Obama has shown the trappings of a tin horn dictator. Installing his wife as president in his place would complete his corrupt legacy.
Gov. Tom Wolf. Wolf is a sleeper to watch. He’s the governor of Pennsylvania, a blue state critical to Trump’s victory. A lot of the manufacturing jobs President-elect Trump wants to create would be in Pennsylvania – so Wolf could use a Trump-inspired economic recovery to run against the president! He’s liberal enough for the base, but he’s also an old white businessman. Still, beating Trump in Pennsylvania is critical for the Democrats in 2020.
Senator-elect Kamala Harris. Harris hasn’t even been sworn in as a senator yet, but the buzz around her is enormous. She checks all the party’s boxes: She’s far-left, half-black and half-Indian, and a woman. And Barack Obama once called her “the best-looking attorney general” in the country, for what that’s worth. The trouble is she’s done nothing so far and she’s from California, a safe Democratic state. But if she can establish a national profile, she could be tempted to go all-out in four years. If not, she’s a likely vice presidential candidate if a white male is the nominee.
Gov. John Hickenlooper. John Who?? . If the Democrats want to nominate someone who doesn’t seem like a coastal liberal, the two-term Colorado governor could be their pick. Hickenlooper has little name recognition, but he’s popular in a swing state and comes across as a normal person. Whether or not he runs for a third term in 2018, look for him to spend lots of time in Iowa over the next four years determining whether he’s got a shot. His Achilles heel: He proudly announced that Colorado would continue to receive Syrian immigrants, even after the terrorist attacks in Paris last year, calling Muslim immigrants “the world’s most vulnerable” people.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo has a lot of things the party is looking for – at least, on paper. He’s governor of a large state, has instant name recognition, and told conservatives he’d like them to get the hell out of New York state. But he’s from a safe Democratic state – and right now, he’s facing a fight for his political life. Three of his close aides steered government contracts to their buddies as part of a scandal that has already toppled other state leaders. He could be the next domino to fall. If he survives, Cuomo might want to turn the 2020 election into a subway series.
Hillary Clinton. Never count Hillary out. She’s power-hungry, ruthless, and never, ever quits. She’s also an unpopular, two-time loser. Still, her aides have already hinted at a third presidential run in four years. Her former staffer has a plan to get Donald Trump impeached. And Clinton has personally whined that she lost the election due to “fake news,” the FBI investigation into her e-mail server, and Vladimir Putin’s personal vendetta against her. The problem is, no one wants Hillary – a fact this election should have taught her.
–The Horn editorial staff