So You Want To Run for the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States?

If you’re running for the Democratic presidential nomination, you have to sound like a progressive to get primary voters on your side and govern and vote like a right-winger so the centrist establishment will tolerate you.

8 thoughts on “So You Want To Run for the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States?

  1. Meh, at this point, the Dems could run various kitchen appliances and still beat out the GOP.

    I figger on a D majority in two of the four branches* of government come 2020. At which point, we can concentrate on dismantling the Democratic Party …

    *Executive, Legislative, Judicial, and Propaganda (formerly, “Press”)

    • Ah, but can the Dems actually run kitchen appliances? George Bush Sr. famously was amazed by supermarket check-out technology… 😉

      On a more serious note, I am afraid that they will try their hardest to run someone who consistently polls below a refrigerator, let alone a dishwasher. To be fair, dishwashers have a clean image and great name-recognition, they actually work at least some of the time, and their loyalties are rarely in doubt. Plus they are even environmentally sound.

    • To CrazyH:

      Are there a particular two branches in your prediction that will come under the control of the Dems?
      If so, which two?

      How many branches, in your system, do you regard currently under control of the Dems, if any?

      • > Are there a particular two branches in your prediction that will come under the control of the Dems?

        “Yes.”

        I”m tempted to leave it at that, as it does answer your question as posed. 😉 But to answer the subsequent question: “Legislative and Executive.”

        > How many branches, in your system, do you regard currently under control of the Dems,

        “Zero.”

        I was under the impression that was self-evident.

      • To CrazyH:

        My main problem relates to your assertion that the Dems will go from control of 0 to 2 of the 4 branches of government of your system.

        To do this the Dems will need to keep the house, win back the senate and win back the presidency.

        NOTE: Main Question >>> If the Dems were to do so, are you claiming it will be engineered and accomplished mainly by the new crop of young “progressives”???

        If not, then it will have been done by the, standard, establishment, corporate-owned Dems thus giving them a considerable increase of power, inside and outside of the party.

        I fail to see the logic by which you claim, if the corporate-owned Dems reassert themselves in this fairly dramatic way, that the path is thereby clear for us to ” … concentrate on dismantling the Democratic Party … ”

        I totally agree that dismantling of the Dem party is sorely needed but I’d expect it to be done more readily starting from this moment rather than after the Dems, as you predict, pull themselves up (0>2) out of the ashes of their 2016 attempted self-destruction.
        ——
        I’m not at all surprised that you assign control of your “fourth branch” of government (the press) to (the party of ) His Hairness.

        But the question of which party controls “the press” has been under heated, partisan, debate for decades. So: no, it was not at all self-evident. I just wanted to be sure. I have no intention of engaging in debate on this point.

      • Main Question >>> If the Dems were to do so, are you claiming it will be engineered and accomplished mainly by the new crop of young “progressives”???

        “No.”

        Although the young blood will (hopefully) be a contributing factor. – Both in making the party more attractive and in driving it in a somewhat more lefterish direction. I do not believe that radical change is coming any time soon.

        I base my prediction less on the D’s behavior than the R’s. The president is a complete & utter dumpster fire, and the electorate is fed up with the R’s in congress.

        So, yeah, I think that the “Blue Wave” will continue on into 2020. This is purely handicapping the political horse race, not necessarily what I want to see happen.

        > that the path is thereby clear for us to ” … concentrate on dismantling the Democratic Party …”

        I don’t think I said the path would be “clear.” 🙂

        But in any case I meant it in a tongue-in-cheek manner. As above, I sincerely doubt radical change is coming any time soon.

  2. I’ve always identified as a trans-to-cis bisexual/lesbian-inert Irish/italian (biracial), so I understand the struggle.

    Thanks, Ted – it doesn’t get much better than this….

    Henri

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