We all know the Stormy Daniels story is not about Stormy Daniels.  It’s been about undermining President Trump (not that this has happened because no one cares about his having a consensual one-night stand a decade ago), but it seems that it may also be about Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti and his own political aspirations.

Avenatti has been busily positioning himself in the public eye and among the leftstream media as an anti-Trump avenger.  Fearlessly, his interior pep talk goes, he’s challenged a sitting president and held himself up as a defender of righteousness and of porn stars.  He’s getting face-time and developing national name recognition.  He’s a valued (if thus far ineffectual) member of the #Resistance.  He is, in his own mind, the only thing standing between a second Trump term and a nation in pieces.  Or something.

Avenatti, as you may have guessed, has declared that he’ll run against Trump in 2020 if he deems no other Democrat candidate viable.

Who can possibly be the only one who fills the Avenatti “take no prisoners street fighter who is prepared to go 15 rounds in a VERY brutal campaign” bill?  Why Avenatti, of course!  But only if he’s forced to run . . . you know, to save the republic and stuff.

The Guardian reports:

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents pornographic actor Stormy Daniels in her ongoing legal dispute with Donald Trump, said in a tweet Wednesday that he would consider running against the president in the 2020 election.

“IF (big) he seeks re-election, I will run, but only if I think that there is no other candidate in the race that has a REAL chance at beating him. We can’t relive 2016. I love this country, our values and our people too much to sit by while they are destroyed,” Avenatti tweeted on the Independence Day holiday.

During a CNN appearance later in the day Avenatti stood by his tweet, saying he had “three things” that he believes Trump lacks: “brains, heart, and courage”.

Avenatti sees a career in public office as pointless, so he’s got “ZERO interest” in these lesser jobs.

The top job, however, Avenatti doesn’t find beneath him.  After all, he’s not a “career politician,” he’s framing himself as the left’s answer to President Trump.  He’s not a politician, but so what!? Neither was Trump.

Avenatti claims he’s hoping someone else whom he deems capable of beating Trump steps forward.  Interestingly, based on his description of this person, he is the only one who actually fills that bill:  a street fighter without political experience who comes up with Twitter hashtags even the regressive left mocks.  Okay, the hashtag thing wasn’t on his list, but it’s clear that Avenatti thinks a great deal of himself and is not kidding about running for president in 2020.

Politico reports:

Appearing on CNN later Wednesday, Avenatti hinted at a potential presidential platform focused on dismantling Trump’s immigration policies, bolstering the United States’ international reputation and targeting unemployment in America’s heartland.

“I am interested in talking about ripping kids from the sides of their mothers. I am interested in having allies laugh at us around the world. I am interested in where all those jobs are that he promised Americans in key electoral states. I am interested in pro-choice and a whole host of other issues,” Avenatti said.

“So look, I hope somebody that’s competent enough to beat this guy — and that’s the question, who can beat him? I hope that person steps forward,” he added. “If they don’t, I will.”

There are about a zillion things wrong with Avenatti’s reading of Trump’s win, but it’s not necessary to look beyond the obvious.  Avenatti may rival Trump in ego and in showmanship, but Trump was not elected on either point.  Americans didn’t rush to the polls on November 8, 2016 to vote for the “reality TV star” or the biggest ego.  We rushed to the polls to stop the exact agenda Avenatti proposes.

Trump was elected to rewind the debacle of the Obama years, to fulfill his campaign promises, and to Make America Great Again; he wasn’t elected because he was a “street fighter” or whatever caped crusader vision Avenatti has of himself.

And lest you think Avenatti’s just kidding; he’s not.  His latest tweet sounds suspiciously like a campaign platform.

One thing is certain: 2020 Democrat presidential candidates will be numerous, likely historically so.  It’s doubtful that Avenatti will be among them, but it will be amusing to watch Democrats flip from mocking the dysfunctional “historically crowded GOP field” of presidential candidates to championing the “diversity and vibrant democracy” inherent in an historically-crowded Democrat field.