When to get out
We really do not want to be the ones to tell people to stop running for president, but what we are seeing right now from the Democratic Party is hard to watch.
During the “debates” last week that took place in Detroit and were broadcast by CNN, we saw two consecutive nights of 10 candidates stretched across a stage and working for attention.
Through the course of two and a half hours, even without commercial breaks, it is nearly impossible for a viewer to gain much from this. Each candidate is forced to try to come up with a clever sound bite that may remain in the minds of viewers and, perhaps, be replayed on TV and the internet.
As of this writing, there are still 25 official Democratic candidates running for president. That’s right — even with 10 on the debate stage for two consecutive nights, five were still left out because they did not meet the minimum polling and donor thresholds.
At this point, it is our opinion that there are probably about seven candidates in the entire race who have any realistic chance whatsoever.
Conversely, there are candidates who have been running for, literally, more than a year, but are polling at less than 1%.
If you have spent more than a year running for president, but still cannot even register 1% in the polls, perhaps it is just not your time.
Therefore, we hope that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will do voters a tremendous favor by finding a way to make sure that future debates feature fewer contenders. If people have been in the race for multiple months and still cannot reach at least 1% in national polls, they should simply be out of luck.
It is sometimes hyperbole when politicians talk about the next election being the most important in his or her lifetime. However, consider the perils whoever is elected president in November 2020 is likely to face:
• A mad man with rockets in North Korea;
• The never-ending powder keg that is the Middle East;
• A Russian dictator who is determined to interfere in our electoral process;
• The enigma known as China;
• Massive unrest in Latin America that continues to push refugees toward our front door;
• Untold trillions of national debt;
• Millions of Americans who have no health care at all, or have health care that is too expensive to bother using; and
• A domestic society that continues to see its rich get richer and its poor get poorer.
Our point is that this is the time for serious discussion of the problems we face in both the nation and the world. The DNC owes it to America to make sure voters can make an informed decision about who is best equipped to deal with this myriad of problems.