If you look at presidents over the past 40-plus years, one thing is clear: Most of them come from outside the swamp.
Jimmy Carter was governor of Georgia.
Ronald Reagan was governor of California.
George Bush was governor of Texas.
Donald Trump was a businessman.
All of them ran AGAINST Washington.
Only George H. W. Bush was a true Washington insider. Barack Obama was marginally an insider as a junior senator from Illinois.
That’s 32 out of the past 44 years in the hands of outsiders.
So how can journalists take seriously the cast running or may be running for the Democrat nomination?
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Beto O’Rourke are insiders trying to be outsiders.
Simply put, voters are smarter than these people think they are. Just look at the insiders who have fallen by the wayside: Ted Kennedy, Bob Dole, John McCain, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton.
If I were a Democrat, God forbid, I would try to convince Mark Cuban to run.
He and Trump are cut from the same cloth. Cuban is a businessman who knows how to run companies. He’s brash and outspoken. He’s never held elective office and comes from Texas, a key political battleground in a presidential race. He is the consummate outsider.
The 60-year-old Cuban was born in Pittsburgh to an automobile upholsterer. His grandparents came to the United States from Russia.
His net worth stands at about $4 billion, having made money in computers, entertainment, and sports. He even worked as a bartender and a dance instructor!
As the principal owner of the Dallas Mavericks, he helped to create a winning team from a perennial loser. He’s also been fined more than $1 million for his persistent criticism of how the NBA operates.
Cuban is also an admirer of libertarian guru Ayn Rand and has created a fund, The Fallen Warriors, to support the families of those killed or injured in the Iraq war.
I’m not sure anyone can stand toe to toe with Donald Trump, but Cuban is probably the Democrat’s best chance.
Fortunately, I doubt the Democrats will take my advice.