The field of Democratic nominees in 2020 is going to be massive. It is also going to be a pro-level competition in identity politics and a contest to see which candidates can out-left each other politically. Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti is positioning himself early as the candidate who will “fight” Trump.

His approach is working with some people on the left.

Eric Levitz writes at NY Mag:

The Case for Michael Avenatti 2020

Michael Avenatti should not be running for president. The exuberant attorney might have acquitted himself well representing Stormy Daniels in court — and the resistance’s vindictive id on cable news — but the road to the White House shouldn’t run through CNN’s greenrooms. As Donald Trump has ably demonstrated, the skills required for establishing a strong Twitter presence and those necessary for governing the world’s most powerful nation are not perfectly identical. And regardless, the Democratic Party already has more conventionally qualified 2020 hopefuls than they can reasonably ask the Iowa State Fair to accommodate. If Avenatti wants to try his hand at public service, he should run for city council (for a first-time candidate, municipal office should be #basta).

But American politics in 2018 isn’t as it should be. So, by all appearances, the lawyer representing Donald Trump’s former porn-star paramour is really, earnestly running for the nation’s highest office.

And, at the end of that day, that might actually be a good thing…

The celebrity attorney knows that he can’t win any intra-party debates over policy or ideology. He doesn’t have the record to run as the most authentic champion of any Democratic constituency’s cause, or the policy chops to “own” any high-profile issue. What he does have is a total lack of reverence for Capitol Hill’s norms, and a personal brand as an uncompromising advocate for the clients he represents.

When it comes to the Supreme Court, the object of the left’s latest mania, Avenatti is saying things the resistance wants to hear:

During a recent appearance on MSNBC, Avenatti said he would make a decision about running by this March.

There are a lot of people who want that nomination. It’ll be fascinating to see how he is received by his competitors.

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