Senator Amy Klobuchar ended her Presidential campaign this afternoon; she and Sunday bailer Pete Buttigieg plan to endorse Joe Biden. South Carolina Democrats wisely rejected billionaire Tom Steyer’s ploy to buy the nomination; if that example doesn’t fry billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s ill-advised campaign, his palsy-walsiness with the opioid-peddling Sackler family should. Senator Elizabeth Warren just got Emily’s List’s endorsement, but barring a shift the polls don’t see coming, the Democratic nomination is now likely a contest between Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders.
But I won’t let Warren go just yet, because she is part of a triad of truly remarkable candidates, each worthy of the White House. Senator Warren offers the best policy chops in the field. She really does have a plan for that—Indians, health care, you name it. Elizabeth Warren would make a spectacular Teacher-in-Chief at a time when America desperately needs a President who can explain things and make the nation smarter, not dumber as the current occupant of White House does with his ever utterance.
Biden offers the most experience for the job. He worked in the White House for eight years, which is eight years longer than the current occupant of the White House, who hasn’t done one darn day of work since taking the oath. He has done foreign policy. He knows world leaders. Biden knows how to bring America back to the world stage as a respected, reliable ally.
And then there’s Bernie. A hundred years after working man Eugene V. Debs last ran for President (from prison!), an honest socialist has for the second election in a row an even shot at winning the Democratic Presidential nomination. Senator Bernie Sanders appeals to my unshakable love of the underdog and the unlikely. Senator Sanders offers a genuine challenge to the establishment—not the fake populism who tricked a few extra voters in just the right states in 2016 into thinking that a Manhattan billionaire would drain the swamp and fight for anyone other than himself and rich favor-doers, but a real political agenda, attested by a career of speaking up for workers’ rights and economic justice and big ideas that big business does not want you to think are polite conversation. A President Sanders would lead America in conversations about how to invest our common wealth that no Republican since Teddy Roosevelt has dared and that many Democrats (Biden… Clinton… Obama?) will say are too radical for Americans to handle. After four years of listening to a clueless blowhard shout at us under the noise of his helicopter, would could use a good conversation, a real conversation, about real principles and policies.
I don’t care one whit for trying to divine which of our last, best three Democratic candidates will perform better in a head-to-head contest with Donald Trump. Forget handicapping the interview process; Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders would all do the actual job better than at least five out of six of the last Republican Presidents (think about: Trump, Bush, Bush, Reagan, Ford, Nixon—that’s the best you Republicans have to offer?). We don’t have to sweat our primary choice; we can have vigorous debates (maybe even at the Corn Palace, and maybe even with Elizabeth Warren hanging on!), we can cast our votes in the 46 remaining Democratic state contests, and we can let the nomination process play out, knowing that at the end of the convention, we will have a well-qualified candidate who will beat Donald Trump and make America proud again.