Friday, June 28, 2019

Democrats debate, discuss and dream: Countdown to the Presidential Election

Installment #8

494 Days (as of June 28, 2019) to the Presidential Election
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

A useless guide to the first Democratic debates.

Two nights. Ten candidates a night, 20 different politicians and wanna-be politicians. 
Each candidate, handsomely attired, stands behind a podium. The backdrop red, white and blue patriotic images. Moderators eager to engage lead the charge...The men and women, some youngish – Mayor Pete, 37, the youngest, as well as the more mature – the oldest Bernie Sanders, 77, stand before a live audience. Millions of additional viewers ensconced in homes and bars throughout the nation await the show. 

The goal: to persuade voters they look, act and speak Presidential. 

Who are these brave men and women eager to unseat a sitting President? Some are well-known, others unknown to most viewers. The run-down:

Representatives in Congress:
Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Tim Ryan of Ohio, Eric Swalwell of California, former Maryland Rep John Delaney, former Texas Rep Beto O’Rourke.

Michael Bennett, Corey Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren. 

Bill De Blasio of NYC and Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana. 

Jay Inslee of Washington state and former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper.

And others:
former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Human Development Julian Castro, 
former Vice President Joe Biden, 
ex-tech executive Andrew Yang, 
author Marianne Williamson.

The candidates sparred on a variety of topics over the two nights: healthcare, education, immigration, Medicare, Roe v Wade, gun control, the Supreme Court, climate change, Iran, China, Mitch McConnell, and of course Donald Trump...but lots of interesting questions were not broached by the moderators, including:

Can a woman win the 2020 election?
Will people NOT vote because the candidate is a woman? Will some vote BECAUSE the candidate is a woman? Will these votes cancel each other out? Is it too soon for another woman after Hillary’s defeat? Did Hillary open the door to the possibility of a successful woman contender? Must the candidate wear designer clothes or definitely NOT wear designer clothes? Can she wear sleeveless tops? Does she color, highlight, tint or paint her hair (only her hairdresser knows for sure)? 

Is bald the replacement for carrot-top in this election cycle? 
Corey Booker would be the ideal candidate if baldness reigns.

Can a minority candidate win?
There is Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris and Corey Booker. I bet one of these (or another one of the women) will be the VP candidate, if not at the top of the ticket.

Another New Yorker?
No. NYC Mayor De Blasio is the tallest, and that’s a plus, great for photo ops and standing next to DJT in future debates. But another major East coast city candidate? How is the one now in the White House working out? 

Is steady and a tad boring the way to go? Are people tired of a barrage of constant breaking news from the White House?
How about a low-key, quiet guy or gal interested in doing the job and not hogging the headlines. No surprises, scandals, secrets exposed, hearings and reports would be a relief after four years of hyper-political activity. Less-than-dynamic possibilities include Bennett, Delaney, Inslee, Ryan. 

The young versus the old...
Mayor Pete, 37, and Salwell, 38, are the youngest candidates. Biden, 76, and Sanders, 77, are the oldest. Warren is 70. Still in their 60s: Inslee, Hickenlooper, Williamson. Candidates in their 40 and 50s: Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar (just makes the cut at 59), O’Rourke, Ryan, Yang.

What about a Presidential candidate with some eye candy and intelligence, a contrast to DJT?
A number of candidates qualify. Who is your favorite?

Favorites? I want to see a young, articulate, moderate candidate, a sharp contrast to the barely intelligible senior citizen currently residing in the White House. I like Beto O’Rourke (low-key, thoughtful), Julian Castro (good ideas), Mayor Pete (down-to-earth, honest, realistic), Kamala Harris (well-spoken and knowledgeable), although this is NOT an exclusive list.

By the 9:35 commercial break during the second debate (aired from 9:00-11:00 PM Eastern time), I was tired. I fought the urge to doze off. Candidates’ voices and views merged in my mind. Next time I should probably take an afternoon nap to remain awake and alert late into the night.

And in case anyone is sitting on the edge of their chairs eagerly awaiting the next round of Democratic debates, the dates are July 30 and 31. Mark your calendars!


  1. I was impressed with Kamala Harris and believe she could win the nomination and be our next president. I can hope at least. I also like Warren, Buttigieg and Booker. :-)

  2. We, too, watched the first hour of each debate, couldn't bear to stick around for the second hour. I mention B's favorites on my current post, but not mine. B is more outspoken than I am.

  3. I believe a woman can win. Hilary had 3 million more votes than DJT and they just have to get the electoral college right. Right now I'm looking at Harris. She's the right age and can kick butt. I love Mayor Pete too. He's brilliant but not sure he could win. It's just nice to listen to intelligent people speaking in complete sentences.