Maybe it’s a good thing that all the campaigning and whoop-dee-do started so early this election cycle. I do hope it’s an aberration and not a permanent change, because the race for the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination basically started the moment Hillary lost, and the idea of permanent presidential campaigns is even more depressing than Christmas in July. But, there are signs that, in this case, it’s a good thing.
Some of the DNC’s early darlings have pretty much been knocked out of the race already. Kamala Harris, for one, is stumbling in the dark and clearly has no chance. Pete Buttigieg has had his 15 minutes of fame. Bill De Blasio and Kirsten Gillibrand are both out. Tim Ryan, who was never really in, is out.
It has made for a very crowded field, but maybe that’s a good thing, too. I don’t take Yang seriously as a candidate, but he has got people talking about UBI, his candidacy has moved the Overton Window to a place where Bernie isn’t to the left of, and that’s a good thing.
For, the most part, though, it’s a drab field, and Bernie sticks out, like a unicorn in a parking lot.
As more and more candidates drop out, it will be more and more obvious that his base is rock solid, and that’s because people have looked at his policies and like them.
It’s still about four and a half months before the Iowa caucuses, and I suspect senile old Joe Biden will have run out of steam by then, and Elizabeth Warren, in turn, will have the spotlight shined on her, and that will not be pretty.
So, I’m optimistic.