Now that midterms have ended our eyes have strayed to the 2020 presidential election. The Democrats have shown eagerness to do all they can to unseat President Donald Trump.
That eagerness means anyone with a D after their name will say anything to get their name out and most of us respond, “Who are you?”
For example: Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick announced he will not run for president in 2020.
I work in politics and I barely know Deval Patrick. He is a close ally of former President Barack Obama and tried to grow his brand during the midterms. From Politico:
A close ally of former President Barack Obama, the Democrat rejoined the private sector at Bain Capital after serving two terms as Massachusetts’ governor. But he ramped up his political activity this fall in advance of a possible presidential bid, traveling to a handful of races across the country.
Close advisers to Patrick launched a new political action committee in August, the Reason to Believe PAC, aimed at “promoting Governor Patrick’s positive vision for Democrats to rally around in 2018.”
Patrick, who was encouraged by members of Obama’s inner circle to run in 2020, met with the former president earlier this year as part of Obama’s string of meetings with prospective candidates.
Patrick‘s supporters saw him as having the right resume to challenge Donald Trump — someone outside the fray of Washington politics, with a background in business but also as a seasoned prosecutor, a mix of experiences that could blunt some Republican attacks. His relentlessly upbeat style and lofty rhetoric could serve as an antidote to some of the bitter divisions of the Trump era, they said.
But even Patrick acknowledged that his name isn’t as big and fancy as others expected to enter the field. From CNN:
Patrick also expressed concerns about standing out in what is expected to be a wide-open Democratic field.
“It’s hard to see how you even get noticed in such a big, broad field without being shrill, sensational or a celebrity,” Patrick told David Axelrod, a former top Obama adviser, in September. “And I’m none of those things and I’m never going to be any of those things.”
Patrick has a point. A Morning Consult/Politico poll from November found that nobody selected Patrick as their choice for the Democratic 2020 nominee. Others who received 0% included former Attorney General Eric Holder, Michael Avenatti (who decided not to run), and Rep. John Delaney (D-MD).
Delaney announced in July 2017 that he planned to run for president in 2020.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has had her name tossed around, but some believed Patrick would be a better candidate than her. From The Hill back in September:
A Suffolk University Political Research Center/Boston Globe poll published Thursday found that 38 percent of likely voters think Patrick should run, compared to 32 percent of likely voters who think Warren should run.
Both Patrick and Warren are considered potential candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
The poll’s results were based on interviews with 500 likely voters in the state between Sept. 13 and Sept. 17. The margin of sampling error for the poll was 4.4 percentage points.
Patrick received support from those “who helped Obama vault into the White House in 2008.” Obama’s former senior advisor gushed over Patrick to the New Yorker, claiming that he “would make an outstanding President” and the men “are very much alike in terms of their core values, what drove them into public service, their willingness to lend a hand, the responsibility to give back.”
Remember when the media went insane over Melania Trump plagiarizing Michelle Obama? Well, a few publications reminded everyone that history has a long list of those who have plagiarized others. That list includes Obama plagiarizing then-Gov. Patrick in 2008. From Boston Magazine:
Of course, we’ve been through this in Massachusetts before, too, although the circumstances were very, very different. Flashback to 2008, when Hillary Clinton’s campaign, then battling with Barack Obama’s for the Democratic nomination for president, accused Obama of stealing lines from then-Governor Deval Patrick.
A rundown, as presented by CBS at the time:
Obama’s speech Saturday sounded similar to a speech given by Patrick in his 2006 campaign for governor, according to the video.
“Don’t tell me words don’t matter! ‘I have a dream.’ Just words. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ Just words. ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words, just speeches,” Obama said in his speech.
Patrick used many of the same phrases in his speech.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’-just words. Just words. ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself’-just words. ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country’-just words. ‘I have a dream’-just words,” Patrick said in 2006.
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