The majority of this article will deal with a developing pet peeve of mine. I also think I may have detected one candidate getting a bounce in recent days. Time and political polling will tell if I’m correct on the second and I’ll go to the end confident that I am correct on the first. Let’s explore.
While I still want to keep my powder dry I am closer to an endorsement than I thought I would be at this point. I promise to declare one prior to Super Tuesday but it could come well before that. I will confirm that in the long run I will both support and vote for the Democratic nominee regardless of their name.
Shortly after he became president Lyndon Johnson was advised not to make civil rights his number one legislative priority. He was told it was too difficult and not to put all his political capital in that fight. He responded with words to the effect of; what the hell good is the presidency if you don’t do anything with it?
Round two of the debates was disappointing to say the least but one line from Elizabeth Warren sticks in my mind. “I don’t understand why anyone goes to all the trouble of running for President of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”
As the CNN moderators tried their best to start fights among the debaters only Cory Booker called them out and tried to unite the field around the greater cause. Eventually he succumbed to the temptation by fighting with Joe Biden.
I don’t know who is telecasting the next rounds and I am far from trying to play favorites among the networks. I’ll compliment a good job and call out a lousy job when I see either. Here is the bottom line for the participants: do not start infighting over what are generally minor points. The superordinate goal is to beat Donald Trump, full stop! The leading candidates basically agree on policy (I really don’t care about the bomb throwers at the far ends of the stage) their differences center on just how to get there.
As you fight you give the Trump campaign raw footage to deceptively edit and present in future commercials. They will have foreign governments helping them; they certainly don’t need your help. Remember what team you are a part of and play the position you are eventually assigned. Country over ego!
Now to a hunch/observation: In the wake of the tragedy in El Paso, Beto O’Rourke has received much more TV time that his polling numbers warrant. Despite spicing a few appearances up with a salty word or two (as my friends will tell you, I’m not the one to cast the first stone on that account) he has resonated with a lot of Americans and his anger appears to be genuine. What I’m wondering is if that gave his presidential campaign a much needed boost. My thought is that he is too far behind, but it could do great things for him if he decides to challenge John Cornyn for the Senate seat from Texas that is up in 2020.
The advice is invaluable. Who drives in the winning run is not important. What is important is that the team wins. As to the “Beto bounce” we’ll see if he played himself back into presidential contention or much more likely a Senate seat.
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