Updated below (on Sunday, November 3, 2019)
We’ve got a lot more culling to do…
Beto O’Rourke lasted longer than I’d probably thought that he would — way back in December of last year I wrote that I hoped that his presidential campaign would fail — but he finally dropped out of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential race yesterday.
Des Moines — Beto O’Rourke, running out of money and flat-lining in public opinion polls, abandoned his presidential campaign [today], exiting the contest just as a crush of better-funded, higher-polling candidates arrived here for an Iowa Democratic Party event.
Speaking to a group of tearful supporters on a lawn across from the convention center where O’Rourke had originally been scheduled to appear, O’Rourke pointed to the campaign’s inability to raise sufficient money in recent months.
“This is a campaign that has prided itself on seeing things clearly, on speaking honestly and on acting decisively,” O’Rourke said. “We have to clearly see at this point that we do not have the means to pursue this campaign successfully.” …
A campaign adviser said O’Rourke will not run for [the U.S.] Senate next year, despite persistent prodding. Leaving the gathering, O’Rourke declined to answer several questions about his departure from the race. But he said he will do “whatever I can for this country, no longer as a candidate, but with my fellow Americans.” …
Before his exit yesterday, O’Rourke had been polling, on average, at only 2 percent in nationwide polls.
But also still polling at no more than 2 percent on average in nationwide polls is Amy Klobuchar, who also should take a fucking hint already.
And Andrew Yang, polling only around 3 percent nationwide on average, also should drop out, but he’s become a bit of a cult candidate, so I don’t expect him to drop out until he at least fizzles out in Iowa on February 3.
I have no special animosity toward Yang, whom I’ve never had the desire to research since he’ll never be president anyway, but, like O’Rourke was and like Klobuchar still is, he is taking up oxygen from the room when he has no long-term chance for survival.
When you absolutely cannot win, then your continued presidential candidacy is just your little vanity project, and I’d say that solidifying support for one candidate (or, OK, for right now, anyway, for up to no more than two or three candidates) to take on “President” Pussygrabber is far more important than is any one individual’s little vanity project.
On that note, several candidates are even below 2 percent in nationwide polling averages yet they still plague us with their “candidacies”; among these bottom-bottom feeders are Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Tom Steyer and Julian Castro.
All of them should drop out now.
Most of them probably won’t, so hopefully the increasingly higher requirements for the subsequent Democratic Party presidential primary debates will shut them out of the debates, and their campaigns will die the natural deaths that they deserve.
Indeed, The New York Times recently reported that thus far, only four candidates have met the significantly stiffer entry requirements for the December debate: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
That’s not surprising, since those four are the top four nationwide-polling candidates.
I’m not on Team Buttigieg — that he’s a fellow gay white man isn’t nearly enough for me; I find his Clintonian centrism to be way off-putting — but right now his national polling average is around 8 percent, putting him at No. 4.
Because Boy Scout Pete is doing this well, I can’t really say that he should drop out right now.
But Kamala Harris is the black female version of Beto O’Rourke: Why, exactly, we’re supposed to support her message-free, inspiration-free candidacy remains a fucking mystery.
(Well, maybe not such a mystery: Like with Cory Booker, I’ve always believed that Harris’ “tactic” all along was her stupid belief that, because of toxic identity politics, it would be a cakewalk for her to be Obama 2.0 — even though [like Booker], unlike Obama, she has zero charisma. [I mean, Booker tries for “charisma,” I guess, but it comes off as what it is: insincere, complete and utter goody-goody-two-shoes bullshit that is far more nauseating than it is anything remotely like heart-warming.])
The news yesterday that Harris’ campaign, apparently in panic mode, is putting most of its resources into Iowa now indicates that she’s desperate.
She’s doing poorly even in Iowa — she’s now at sixth place there, with only 3 percent — and even though she supposedly was going to do great in South Carolina because of her race and identity politics, she’s at only fourth place there, with only 7 percent.
And losing your own home state is never a good thing, so how is Harris doing here in California? Oh, she’s in fourth place, with only 8 percent.
Stick a fork in Harris because she’s done, but she’s probably still hoping for an undeserved No. 2 spot on the 2020 Democratic Party presidential ticket — I mean, the top four candidates all are white — and so I expect Harris to linger for a while longer, at least through Iowa.
How is my man Bernie doing? As I’ve said about a billion times before, as long as he remains in the top three and in the double digits in the nationwide polling averages — and he does — I’m fine with his chances of becoming the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nominee.
Now what we need is further culling of the herd.
O’Rourke was a nice start; hopefully, the others who have a snowball’s chance will follow his lead and relieve us of their bafflingly continued vanity projects.*
Update (Sunday, November 3, 2019): Politico reports today that Kamala Harris has made the December debate, keeping her campaign alive. (Well, “keeping her campaign alive” is my analysis, not necessarily Politico’s…)
So thus far that’s five candidates who have qualified for the December debate, in order of their nationwide polling: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Harris.
If the December debate consisted of no more than six or seven candidates, that would be swell. (If it were only five, that would be even sweller.)
*The New York Times also recently reported that nine candidates have made it to this month’s Democratic Party presidential primary debate: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.
Again, in my book, Booker, Klobuchar, Steyer and Yang don’t belong on that debate stage because of their tiny level of support, but I don’t expect more than one or two of them to drop out before this month’s debate, and, indeed, none of them might drop out before then.