The Democratic 2020 Watch


Unofficially, the next presidential campaigns start in just two years.

So, let’s take a look at the Democratic Star Wars lineup.

Bernie Sanders –still the number one contender and viewed by some as the heavyweight champion of the world.  He’ll be 79.   He hasn’t ruled out a 2020 run.  In Star Wars terms, he’s Yoda.

Elizabeth Warren—age isn’t a factor, but some progressives in the Democratic Party have not forgiven her because she never gave Bernie a full-throated endorsement during the primary.  And, the “never-Hill” individuals don’t like that she endorsed and campaigned for HRC in the general.

Still she’s a powerful figure and the force may be strong with this one.   Probably, if she was a Star Wars character, she’d be Princes Leia.

Keith Ellison—currently running for DNC Chair and a powerful master Jedi.  He’s a progressive and has been endorsed for Chair by both Bernie and Elizabeth Warren.  If he wins his fight for DNC Chair—he’ll have name recognition and would be a top contender coming into 2020.  He’s kind of like Luke Skywalker.

Howard Dean—the centrist choice.    Also running for DNC Chair and has the backing of the establishment Democrats.  He’s the creator of the 50 state strategy that was highly successful when it was used.  He’s favored among many grassroots activists.  Maybe an Obi-Wan Kenobi on a good day.

Cory Booker—former mayor of Newark, New Jersey.  He’s a powerful speaker and he commands a room.  He doesn’t quite have the name recognition as some, but that could change quickly.  He would be Finn or maybe Chewbacca.  A cross between Admiral Ackbar and Finn.

Julian Castro—from San Antonio, Texas.  He gave the keynote in Charlotte, NC at the Democratic Convention.  He’s the Secretary of HUD and well-liked by Obama. Okay, I’m sick of the Star Wars narration, pick your own.

Michelle Obama—also well-liked by President Obama.  But, don’t hold your breath on her running for a political office.

Martin O’Malley—got as far as Iowa during the primary.  He’s widely expected to run as some saw 2016 as testing the waters.

Al Franken—yes, you read it right.  The Senator from Minnesota was an actor and writer on SNL.  He started his career at Second City.   Considered left of establishment, he could very easily be a champion on social justice issues in the coming years.  It might him put in touch with the center and left of center enough to make him decide to throw his hat into the ring.  Definitely a Chewbacca or maybe a Han Solo.

Hillary…Clinton?  Don’t rule it out.  She still thinks she is a viable and attractive candidate to lead the Democratic Party into the future.  Some Dems, although it’s unclear how many, would see vindication in her running again.  Still, others are tired of the Clinton dynasty and want new blood, younger blood and less established blood in the race.

The unknown—there are several candidates I didn’t mention.  Some are conserva-Dems, some moderate and a few progressives.  But, there are at least 4 to 5 other candidates who might seek the holy ring.



About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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