WrigleyField 22 wrote:If the goal is the get the Dem base energized, I dont know if a two year build up is the best route.
I guess I just don't understand this approach; there's no "anointed" Democratic figure like you had in Clinton going in to 2016 and 2008. If it was up to me, I'd want the DNC pushing for more potential candidates to be making more of a prospective sale job at this point to try and gauge the public response since we're clearly at a point, IMO, where the Democrats can't just take it for granted that enough Left-leaning voters will show up. So much of this just seems hinged on a combination of, "anyone but Trump can win this pretty easily," and, "the Republican voters will apparently be too shamed by Trump to show up as much as they usually do, I guess." Both seem incredibly flimsy at this point, especially the latter; using something like, say, Roy Moore as being indicative of the public being will to reject Trump I think is hugely faulty since Republicans overwhelmingly are supporting Trump even as he is more and more embroiled by scandal. The Democratic approach to the WH has to be almost completely focused on getting Left-leaning voters to vote; banking on Republicans staying home or switching sides because of Trump is, IMO, a fool's errand. People like Booker and Harris and Warren seem to only exist within the realm of potential candidates in other people talking about them as possibilities as opposed to anything they're doing or saying themselves, which largely leaves them off of the radar for a LOT of people. For better or for worse, potential candidates need to get the media at large interested in them as potential candidates to get the word out there. Again, I'm looking back to Obama in 2006 and 2007 as what I would like to be seeing more of. Heck, maybe it is just a matter of everyone playing coy until one person declares and sets the stage.
I mean, I WANT them to win; people reply to me on things like this like I'm trashing the Democrats because I want them to lose, or some misguided notion of longing for an unrealistic political or ideological purity. That's not it all; I'm genuinely terrified of the idea of the Democrats not swinging anything significantly in November, and very, very worried about the race for the WH in 2020 because of that. I think too much of the assumption is that they're going to make huge gains simply by showing up, and this is going to end up being much more of a fight.