The 2020 elections are now about 16 1/2 months away, but the first Democratic debates will be held next week – plus the current President, Donald Trump, announced his intent to run for a second term last night in Orlando.
I’m not a big fan of the setup for this first debate NBC is hosting in Miami next week – where only 20 of the 24 candidates will be allowed to debate based on polling. You would think after the 2016 elections and a Democratic primary series that left many noting how Hillary Clinton got all the breaks at the expense of Bernie Sanders – that the DNC would be a bit more transparent, but I guess not.
Speaking of transparency, if there’s going to be some sort of random draw to determine who debates in which debate – why not do that publicly? Again, a lack of transparency – and the appearance that the DNC has their thumbs on the scale. I guess there are some things that never change. Heck, I remember Ron Brown (at the time, the head of the Democratic National Committee) making remarks in 1992 that he hoped Bill Clinton would win the nomination – before the series of primaries had ended.
As for Trump running again – we haven’t had a President decline the chance to run for re-election since Lyndon Johnson in 1968, and there was nothing to indicate POTUS wouldn’t be running again. I kind of wonder how he’s doing it health-wise, but if he can do it – he should be allowed the chance.
Who wins? I have no clue.