Here we were, thinking that the Democratic Party had all but wrapped up their 2020 primaries. How foolish of us.
For the better part of a week, former Vice President Joe Biden has been the presumptive 2020 nominee for the left. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, his only remaining opponent, has all but thrown in the towel. Sanders’ campaign has stopped running ads on Facebook, and many of his resources have pivoted toward the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the longtime democratic socialist’s insistence that he isn’t yet bowing out.
But Biden is far from the ideal candidate for the left. He’s old, rich, white, and male for starters, with enough skeletons in his closet to put a cemetery to shame. Young voters despise him, and have begun insinuating on social media that he is suffering from dementia.
The Democratic establishment may finally be taking these concerns to heart, as gossip surrounding a secret usurper has been permeating the mainstream media this week.
Democrats are publicly talking about “contingency options” for their July convention in Milwaukee in case the coronavirus persists in being a public-health threat. But privately, some are also talking about needing a Plan B if Joe Biden, their nominee apparent, continues to flounder.
Some Democrats are openly talking up New York governor Andrew Cuomo, whose profile has soared during the crisis, as a Biden stand-in. Yesterday, a Draft Cuomo 2020 account on Twitter announced that “Times have changed & we need Gov. Cuomo to be the nominee. Our next POTUS must be one w/an ability to lead thru this crisis.”
Charles Pierce, the politics blogger for Esquire magazine, wrote a piece headlined “With Two Words, Andrew Cuomo Established Himself as the Leader This Country Needs Now.” He enthused that Cuomo’s news conference last Friday “essentially (shutting) down the economy of his state . . . was a master class in leveling with the public.”
Cuomo has already been exploiting his time in the spotlight to attack President Trump, making the transition from the governors’ mansion to the campaign trail all the simpler.
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