State of the 2020 Democratic Party

Over the past couple of weeks, multiple Democratic candidates have announced their intentions to run for President of The United States in 2020. While this is an exciting time for the Democratic party, I still think something is missing.

So far the following candidates have announced their campaigns to run for The Presidency:

  • Sen. Cory Booker (New Jersey)

  • Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro (Texas)

  • Rep. John Delaney (Maryland)

  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii)

  • Sen. Kamala Harris (California)

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont)

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)

  • Spiritual Author Marianne Williamson (Texas)

  • Businessman Andrew Yang (New York)

  • South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (Indiana)

  • Sen. Kristin Gillibrand (New York)

Wow. As I am writing this, there are already 12 Democratic candidates and it is Feb. 26, 2019. This list doesn’t even include the candidate who actually leads the early polls, former Vice President Joe Biden.

This is what I referred to as the problem. While it is exciting and refreshing to have so many candidates entering into the race, it is also scary. Each candidate has their own beliefs and ideas on how to beat Donald Trump and take our Country forward.

While this may seem like a good thing, I think multiple different messages is going to prove detrimental to the Democratic party. The more ideas, the more Donald Trump has to exploit and attack the eventual nominee on.

To succeed, before the reality TV show starts, I believe the Democratic party needs to rally behind one message and a few candidates to take into the Primary and then the General Election.

When the message isn’t focused, the voters aren’t focused. When the voters aren’t focused, disappointment can set in and the polling results aren’t what they need to be. I believe this is exactly what happened in 2016.

If Democrats succeed at accomplishing unification, I like their chances. If they successfully navigate the tweets and “leaks” that are sure to come from the White House, I like their chances. If they have even an ounce more of focus than they had in 2016, I like their chances.

If these 3 things are not accomplished, I think we need to brace ourselves for a second President Donald Trump White House term.

Blake TarmannComment