D’ya like that as a theme? Too much?
I’ma play around with themes for a bit before I settle on one for the Long March.
You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? Now that the midterms have ended, it is officially Not Too Early to discuss the presidential election—so let the games begin.
They have, pace Jonathan Bernstein and the “invisible primary”, already begun: prospective candidates have already been sussing out talent and numbers and lining up the money folks like a bank of ATMs. Absent such resources they will be relegated to either to sentimental/puzzling sincere long-shot (Buddy Roemer, Dennis Kucinich) or clown-candidate status (Herman Cain, Donald Trump)—the latter of which at least helps plump future revenue streams.
In any case, let’s consider who on on each team is maybe-possibly assembling to beat each other bloody before reaching center ring:
Republicans: Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan
This site lists many more, but I don’t think Nikki Haley or Susannah Martinez will run—no resources—but could end up on VP lists.
The Half-Guv deserves no comment.
Whatever you think of this bunch, you can at least see it is a bunch, and thus likely to create the kind of conflict and bloodletting that makes primary politics such a delight.
(As a side note, I generally hate cringe-comedy—I cringe too much to enjoy it—but I do loves me some cringe-politics, especially when it’s the other side creating the cringe.)
Democrats: Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, Brian Schweitzer
Again, there are more possibilities, but what is so notable about this bunch is that they are not, in fact, a bunch. Barely even a handful.
This is bad.
It is true that most folks don’t pay attention to primaries, but I think they serve to prepare the candidates, and the candidates’ operations, for the main card fight: primaries are where weaknesses are exposed, where one learns how well a candidate can take a hit and how well s/he recovers, as well as how well they can hit.
In addition to get-out-the-vote and money-raising and message-honing and all that, course. And good candidates can bring in fresh volunteers who, after their preferred candidate does lose, nonetheless may stick around to help the nominee.
That’s party-building 101.
So, yes, I want more contenders because I’m not enthused about Hillary Clinton, but also because I think the fight would do the eventual nominee (which may very well be her), and the party, good.
Thus, while Democrats try to rustle up some contenders for the White House, I’ll do my part and try to rustle up some lyrics for blogging about that contention.