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A Tale of Two Candidates

Since we last left the Dem field things have happened that make the group more interesting. Klobuchar got in, whining about global warming during a snowstorm. Oh, by the way, in a past article I got her all wrong. I heard she was easy going and said so. Her staff thinks otherwise and they would know.

A rich guy named Yang got in. Silicon Valley type, I think. His thing is the universal basic income proposal. Somebody named Delaney is running. I’m so interested in him I won’t even do a Google search to find out who he is. Okay. He’s a former Maryland congressman who likes socialized health care. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper looks like he’s joining the race. He loves gay rights and gun control. Plus Senator Merkley of Oregon and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu are considering the move. Merkley is very left wing and into an open border. Mitch is a Bolshie culture warrior. Montana Governor Steve Bullock is a gun control guy and campaign finance reform maven who is probably going to run. Gubernatorial losers Abrams and Gillum are thinking about it. As is far lefty former AG Eric Holder. Reps Tim Ryan, Seth Moulton, and Eric Swalwell round out the tribe of political pygmies.

All of the above are third tier and getting in for the name recognition, enhanced PR exposure, and/or as a shake- down cruise for a later run for something. They could also be angling for a cabinet post.

There’s even a potential Republican or two who may challenge the president in the primaries, Weld and Kasich. They are both predictably prissy and anti-Trump in the usual blah, blah, blah fashion.

But I left out two Dems. One is somebody who just got in the game and the president would love to run against. For us conservatives, if she somehow on God’s green Earth got the Dem nod, it would be a hilarity-filled several months of political schadenfreude.

The other guy is not in yet. But he is talking about it, planning for it, and in my neck of the woods the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) he is well known and respected for his political chops.

First, her.

Marianne Williamson, well preserved for her 66 years, is a quite successful self-help guru and New Age sham shaman who is the dumb upper middle class divorced suburban female “spiritual” candidate for 2020. That’s her base, not her resume. Though, it might as well be, as she entered the race highlighting slave reparation and just plain silly West Coast weirdness. That’s very disappointing coming from a cute girl born in Texas. She’s been a fixture on “Oprah,” and that tells you most of what you need to know about her. Nevertheless, got to give her some credit. She has done some good things supporting AIDS patients and the hungry.

So, this is a GOP dream. She’ll probably come out with stuff that makes the GND look rabidly right wing and then Hollywood and bitter feminist yoga instructors will fall all over themselves praising her and annoying the rest of the country. Hell, up against her Trump would win Massachusetts in a landslide. This is the sad state of the Dems. A New Age televangelist will be sharing the debate podiums with less accomplished hucksters.

But, there are a lot of stupid leftist women in this country and they could browbeat some of their wives, husbands, and basement sex gimps to support this cretin in and out of the voting booth. She also brings out the covert view in American men, the dirty secret only voiced in the company of other men, that women are not temperamentally suited to positions of executive political power. They being, well, mostly like Marianne in thought and logic. This holds true aside from my daughters, of course.

Then we think of Margaret Thatcher, Nikki Haley, Marsha Blackburn, Martha McSally, Joni Ernst, etc., and that feeling subsides. We remember, while simultaneously being beaten with household objects by our wives or girlfriends; it’s not that the Williamson gaggle are chicks, it’s that they are Bolshie chicks.

Wish the other guy was as funny. However, Terry McAuliffe could be a less than mirth-filled threat to the president if the former VA governor decides to run.

At a youngish 62 he’s an old Clinton hand and former DNC chairman who knows his way around DC and national politics. McAuliffe has the Bill Clinton quality of seeming a lot more moderate than he really is due to shaping his personal image one way and his politics another. His record as VA governor, especially compared to today, is considered generally good. He quickly called for heads to roll in the Virginia mess of late. As DNC chairman his fundraising prowess was legendary and he could stand out in gravitas and seeming moderation from his screaming meemie fellow Dem candidates in any debate showdown. Against the president, at least he would come off as a grownup, in stark comparison to other Dems in any face to face with Trump.

I actually kinda met him once, at the Dem convention of 2016 in Philly. We were at the same lobby bar at Loew’s at 12th and Market, dozens in a cramped space trying to get the attention of the bartender. With aides in tow, whom he had laughing, he ordered a drink and made his way back through the crowd. Normal guy, it looked. At any rate, that night.

But he’s also a perceived comparatively moderate former Southern governor and straight white male who has longtime ties to a failed and dying political machine. As I saw in Philly, that machine is hated by the hard left of his party. That could spell trouble in the airhead socialist identitarian Dem party of today and cause him not to make the run at all.

If he does, and made it through the primaries, he could be formidable. That’s assuming Schultz doesn’t run in the general as an Independent and reelect the president.

Personally, as the ultimate nominee, I prefer Marianne. More entertaining, a chakra-bending car wreck waiting to happen. And from the majority of Dems these days, entertainment is all you can ask for.

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David Kamioner

David Kamioner is a veteran of US Army Intelligence, serving with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked as a political consultant for over fifteen years and ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia for four years. He is a public relations consultant in Washington, DC and lives in Annapolis, MD.

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