2020 Democratic Challengers; a lot of good talent.
Gary William Hallford
According to published reports the following have announced candidacy: Officially in: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, ex-San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Rep. John Delaney, Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam, author Marianne Williamson, and former tech executive Andrew Yang. (Chicago Tribune) Others have announced and already dropped out, and still more are considering running as Independents or even as Republicans, but we will focus on the Democrats.
As noted in a previous story I wrote elsewhere, there are some very talented personnel in this list and the victor could fill some cabinet positions excellent people. Corporate news media and assorted social media sites have been trying to formulate a false narrative stating that Joe Biden is leading the race, or that Pete Buttigieg or Beto O’Rourke are the new fresh-faced leaders, or Kamala Harris will triumph. They can somewhat be excused because very few newspapers or other media outlets have enough personnel to follow every lead and rely too often on larger scale outlets as their primary resource based on the political leanings of the editorial staff. If we look back at the 2003 California recall of Governor Gray Davis, there were 135 candidates on the ballot to replace him, and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger became the new Governor. How many of these potential candidates were actually polled as to their beliefs of issues? How many media published these results? None that I have found yet.
So, the confusion over the 2020 Democratic ticket is to be expected, but what most of both the media and old-school politicians do not quite understand is that their polls no longer matter to most of the electorate. “Polls” are usually done by calling a landline telephone and asking some short questions. Any statistics student knows that for accurate statistical analysis you should be governed by the “Human Subjects License”, which requires that all questions are formatted to give the result without any bias. Anyone with any legitimate understanding of these facts knows most of the posted data is either faulty or fraudulently obtained.
The following is my personal pick for the 2020 Democratic campaign and the following cabinet positions. One in particular is not a current candidate, but I think her inclusion in the cabinet would be an absolutely great idea:
President: Bernie Sanders.
Vice President: (tie) Elizabeth Warren or Tulsi Gabbard.
Secretary of State: Kamala Harris or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Secretary of the Treasury: Elizabeth Warren
Secretary of Defense: Tulsi Gabbard
Attorney General: Steve Bullock
Secretary of Labor: Wayne Messam
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Pete Buttigieg
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Cory Booker
Secretary of Transportation: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Secretary of Homeland Security: Beto O’Rourke
Several other positions have been deleted for brevity but that does not negate the importance of having the proper person in those posts. The time for career politicians should come to an end and they should be replaced with people who have the expertise and experience to bring new life to stagnant organizations. Most of all, they need to serve all of the people, not a select few.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them and I will respond as soon as possible.