Bill de Blasio About to Add Some Much-Needed Diversity to Dem 2020 Field
Finally...a Democrat who can really stand out from the crowd:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will declare his bid for the presidency on Thursday, a campaign spokesperson said Wednesday, joining the almost two dozen other candidates already competing for the Democratic nomination.
De Blasio will make the formal announcement Thursday morning and then travel to Iowa and South Carolina for multiple stops over four days. His wife, Chirlane McCray, who has been a highly visible presence and close adviser during his six years at City Hall, will join him for part of the trip.
The mayor plans to highlight his record of liberal accomplishments in the nation’s largest city, including enacting universal pre-kindergarten, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and overseeing a drop in crime to an all-time low.
Hizzoner becomes the 427th (OK, the 24th, but seriously people) candidate to join the Democratic field seeking to unseat President Trump.
What de Blasio thinks he brings to the table is mystifying. His universal pre-kindergarten may get the fetish juices of the public education indoctrination crowd flowing but still pales in comparison to Bernie's promise of free everything for everyone.
It's difficult to figure out what any white guy not named Biden thinks he's bringing to the identity politics hot tub that is the Democratic Party. If Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep does end up being the nominee, it's an almost certain bet he'll be playing Diversity Checklist Bingo when choosing a running mate. De Blasio's only play there is that he is a Boston Red Sox fan running New York City.
There is a long-standing belief that some people jump into a presidential race knowing they have no shot but see it as an opportunity to sell books that are either being written or will soon be written.
There can't be that many Democrats who read.
If, as is often the case, many of these candidates are merely positioning themselves for 2024, that still makes for a crowded field then, even if only half of the vanquished run.
There is also the very real possibility that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will have become Speaker of the House, crowned herself queen, and gone full Daenerys Targaryen on her foes by then. She will ride her mainstream media dragon and rid herself of any challengers for the presidency she surely covets.
At this point, there really isn't any reason to believe that any of the males in the race can beat Biden. He's just been sitting atop the polls, smiling that gropey idiot Biden grin of his ever since he got into the race.
Watching from the other side, the fact that Democrats will be divvying up their campaign donations for a while will be quite enjoyable. The debates should be a real clown-car affair, with most of them trying to move left of each other and ultimately running off of an ideological cliff. I'm on a low-carb diet and I may have to get some popcorn for that.
Those screams you hear in the distance, by the way, are television news programmers charged with scheduling those debates.
Happy 2020 everyone.