Some of the lesser known Dem candidates for president are a bit miffed. They understand that Biden gets advantages in the primary season because of his record and past post as veep. They comprehend, but would never admit (as the Dems are a sexist and historically racist party, giving unfair advantage to some because of their gender or race) that the party will give women and blacks precedence over others so as not to upset their gender-obsessed and race-hustler base.
However, what is getting to the poll number pygmies is that even after the debacle of 2016 when the DNC colluded with the Clinton campaign to shaft Sanders, that their own leaders are up to their old tricks and are attempting in upcoming debates to separate the media and party-anointed candidates from the perceived also-rans. They want to put the already tagged losers at a debate kid’s table, if they get to the banquet at all.
Two of the kids want to sit with the grownups.
Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado and Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio think the DNC is stacking the deck yet again. DNC rules for the debates, which will happen on a monthly basis starting next month (remember when presidential election years actually happened during presidential election years?), is that you have to get one percent or more in three legit polls as of two weeks before the debate. The other option is to have 65,000 total donors and 200 donors per state in at least twenty states. They’ll be two debates each month with ten candidates having at it during each debate.
Seems fair on the face of it. Except that established candidates like Biden, Harris, and Warren will have a massive advantage, as they are known enough already to get the poll numbers and have a wide donor base from past campaigns. Others who will likely compete at the first level are Booker, Buttigieg, Gillibrand, and Sanders. Palookas like de Blasio, Swalwell, and Beto (how far have the mighty fallen) could be exiled to relative oblivion.
It’ll be interesting to see who is in what debate and in what company. They can put all the front-runners in one and indeed go the main bout and undercard route. Or they can mix and match and hope for the best. Each has its dangers for the leaders, as the dark horses all know the only way to get a march on the big beasts is to get attention. And the best way to do that is to attack, spill rhetorical blood, and then turn to the audience with a metaphorical, “Are you not entertained?”
Political junkies like me see this as sports. Especially if the fix is in, to watch non-coastal non-elite Dem demographically-challenged candidates like Bennett and Ryan try to crawl out of the pack to no avail promises to be good fun for most.
For them, not so much.
No matter who wins, eventually they will face in the fall the oratorical buzzsaw that is the current president of the United States. If they think Joe Biden or the unintentionally amusing Cory Booker are problems overcoming in debate, their nightmares are only just beginning.