“You have a bunch of Celine Dions but there’s no Beatles”
Democrats and many people in media mocked the GOP for having 17 candidates in the 2016 Republican primary. Now that the Clintons are out of the way however, Democrats are expected to have a massive field of candidates in 2020.
Amie Parnes writes at The Hill:
How Dem insiders rank the 2020 contenders
Democrats predict that as many as 30 candidates will compete in their party’s presidential primary in 2020.
And while it’s still too early to say who might come out on top, buzz is building around some potential candidates, even as other hopefuls fade to the background.
A year after a devastating 2016 defeat, Democrats are craving new faces with fresh ideas. Yet many of their leading contenders for the White House in 2020 are politicians who have been around for decades.
There’s also no clear standout in the potential field.
“You have a bunch of Celine Dions but there’s no Beatles,” said Phil Singer, a Democratic strategist who served as press secretary on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run.
The fortunes of potential candidates can change quickly. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), for example, was regarded just a few weeks ago as a potential dark horse candidate in 2020, but that changed instantly when sexual misconduct charges surfaced against him.
Parnes singles out six names that came up when Democratic insiders were asked about the race.
The problem the Democrats face is that the only people with national name recognition will be senior citizens by the time the election rolls around.
Former DNC chair Donna Brazile agrees on the question of quantity.
David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon:
Brazile Predicts at Least 25 People Will Seek Democratic Presidential Nomination in 2020
Former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile predicted a massive field of 2020 presidential candidates on Tuesday, telling MSNBC’s Chris Matthews she foresees 25 potential Democratic contenders.
Matthews asked Brazile about possible candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Joe Biden, who are 76 and 75, respectively, and wondered if there should be an “outer age where you’re just too old to run” for presidents.
“Chris, I predict tonight that there will be literally over 25 people who will consider running for president,” she said. “Perhaps Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders.”
Other rumored contenders include Sens. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
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