A recent headline in The New York Times Magazine read: “23 Democrats Are Running for President. Do Any of Them Know What They’re Doing?”
According to DaTimes, Amy Klobuchar likes to recount how she announced her candidacy in the middle of a snowstorm. “Yep, I could’ve gone inside, but is that what a good Midwesterner would do?” she told a crowd in Iowa City. “Nooo!” the crowd responds.
I grew up in the Midwest. I stayed indoors when the going got tough.
Mayor Pete uses Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Up Around the Bend” as one of his campaign songs because he’s from South Bend, aka The Bend.
Someone should tell him it was one of CCR’s worst songs.
Lizzy Warren refuses to appear on Fox.
Someone should tell her she doesn’t have a chance without appealing to people like me. Well, she would never appeal to me. Maybe she’s right in not appearing on Fox.
DaTimes’ writer Mark Leibovich sounds alarms about Joe Biden:
“In the event of an emergency, as many Democrats view the prospect of a second term for Donald Trump, it’s natural to gravitate to a security blanket, no matter how itchy: Joe Biden, in other words.
“Like the Democratic field he leads, Biden’s stump speech, at the multiple rallies where I heard it, was an unruly mess. He name-drops ‘Barack’ a lot. The rest is a familiar-for-him mishmash: several references to his family tragedies, calls for national unity, and vows to not to ‘get down into mud wrestling’ with Trump.”
Other media opinionators are pushing against Biden.The Washington Post, for example, has ordered its reporters and columnists not to use the term “frontrunner” when referring to him.
Margaret Sullivan, one of my least favorite columnists, throws down the gauntlet against Biden in DaPost.
“It’s common across the national media to see Biden pegged as the safest candidate for Democrats to put up to unseat Trump. He’s got that secret sauce: electability,” she writes. “But this thinking — much of it driven by early polling — creates a self-perpetuating effect: Biden is the front-runner, so he gets more media coverage.”
As I often say: A broken clock is right twice a day. Maybe it’s one a day for Maggie.
Buckle up, boys and girls. It’s gonna be a long year.