will be a lot of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination
in 2020. None of them will be perfect. Most, if not all of them,
would make Democrats happier than the current situation. Many
of those running (or considering it), however, will make poor
things have to be considered that may not be pleasant to acknowledge,
but standing on principle accomplishes nothing if it results
in putting the direction of our country into the hands of someone
far less principled. Barack Obama could never have picked Hillary
Clinton to be his running mate. There was (and is) a segment
of the population that would never vote for a black man, and
a segment that would never vote for a woman, and they are not
all the same people. Picking a Jewish running mate may have
cost Al Gore the White House. It's not right, it's not fair,
but it's the way it is. In 2020, Democrats will have a difficult
balancing act they will have to follow. With a woman on the
ticket, they will lose votes from people that won't vote for
a woman. Without a woman on the ticket, they will lose votes
from women that feel they are being ignored. To allow for that,
the eventual nominee must be knowledgeable and honest, must
care about the common person, and must be someone who doesn't
make a lot of gaffs (Joe Biden has strengths that would offset
candidates on the ticket must eloquent. Choosing Tim Kaine as
her running mate may have cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election.
Democrats have another built-in disadvantage in that stupid
mistakes will drive away supporters. Republican supporters,
especially Trump supporters, will stand by their candidate no
matter what he says, no matter what he does, no matter how often
he flip-flops, and no matter how many obvious lies he tells.
President Trump is on camera saying he was going to shut down
the government, that he would take responsibility for it, and
that he wouldn't blame the Democrats, and he still gets his
base to believe him that the Democrats shut down the country.
That's even with the fact that Paul Ryan and Republicans were
in charge of the House when the government shut down.
Democratic voter in this country has responsibilities over the
next two years. They have to pay attention. They have to protect
their credibility by verifying articles before reposting. They
have to carefully scrutinize candidates and make a true determination
as to whether their chosen candidate can win the general election.
Otherwise their stand on principle is meaningless.