Two thoughts on a theme – National first and Howard County-specific second:
- The 2020 Democratic presidential field should be bereft of candidates who sought the office previously. Invigorated blood is what is needed. Sorry Joe, Hillary, and Bernie. Grab a seat, Martin. The last three Democrats to win the White House were all first-timers when they sought the nomination (’76, ’92, and ’08). Most of the folks who ran before (and whose names are bandied about as possibilities in 2020) are hauling about heavy baggage, fairly acquired or not. We can’t waste time fighting old wars. That said, I am certain we will see a doomed-to-failure sequel from someone. Unfortunately for them, and the electorate.
- Turning from national to HoCo news, I am getting more than a little irked at the namby-pamby-ness of the Invisible Campaign for County Executive. I recognize that September is the time when this battle is likely to be joined but I am seeing Kittleman dominate the earned media space this summer. It reminds me of how the Clinton re-election effort, oh, excuse me, the DNC spent the entire summer prior to the ’96 GOP National Convention beating the ever-loving tar out of the Dole campaign, defining the Republican nominee before he had a chance to establish his own narrative. Folks can’t expect to win in ’18 just because they have a D next to their name. Democrats in HoCo need to roll out a progressive platform, provide a solid rationale for their candidacy that appeals to voters, and show an ability to frame a debate. Right now, it feels like an opportunity was lost. As former British MP Dr. David Owen said about the struggle over the direction of the Labour Party, “it will have to be a fight of passion and of conviction…we are fed up with the fudging and the mudging, we are fed up with slush and mush, we want courage, fight, conviction, and hard work.”
Stay tuned, as more will follow.