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I can't fully get behind any of them, but gun to my head........
By:  Paul (Moderators; 66464)
Posted on: 06-09-2019 09:43.
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...I see Sanders and Warren as the only folks who have experience, depth, and electability while pleasing the ascendant progressive wing.

Warren is a woman obviously, and made herself look like an utter tit with the Fauxcahontas thing, but as a child who was raised to believe he was some significant portion Native American (with good reason, my grandparents' birth certificates both read 'Indian Territory,' now Oklahoma), I can see how it happened, and the rightwing media REALLY misrepresented her on that one. Still, she's wonky as all fuck and whoever comes after Trump is going to need to be serious about policy given the dismantling via design and utter incompetence that's occurred in the past two+ years.

I think Sanders could do it too, but he's been tone-deaf here and there with some attendant baggage, and "old white guy" is a problem at the moment. I could get behind him however, and I do think he could beat (and could have beaten) Trump.

I like Buttigieg's positive outlook and youth, but he's frankly too inexperienced, however great his story is. I also like Beto, but feel like he's an empty suit a la Obama who would probably govern center-right. Moulton's story is great, but again... too young. Kamala Harris is another center-righter, ditto Tulsi Gabbard and Hickenlooper to greater degrees. I like that Marianne Williamson too, but as a sangha leader, not my President. She has no shot... America is too angry for her message right now.

Yang is interesting as hell. I think he's nailed the job loss issue as Trump's big selling point in 2016, and while I'm not sure $1,000/mo x 300m people is gonna fix that, it's a topic I'm not hearing from anyone else. We're going to continue to shed jobs to automation/AI in the short term and though too much is made out of the idea that these jobs are never coming back (I do think the ship will right itself), it's not gonna get fixed immediately. I hope he sticks around long enough to get the issue into the minds of voters, but don't think he has a realistic shot.

Same on Inslee... massively important to focus on the environment, and I hope he drives the platform toward a focus on that topic, but I don't think he will take it over the line.

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