One of the worst things about Donald Trump winning is now being revealed in political coverage across America. Because Trump won, the media seems to want to treat everybody as an equally serious contender for the Presidency. Doing so not only ignores that Trump tapped into something and built a movement, but also that many of these candidates cannot.
From the Butter Judge of South Bend, Indiana to the Assad Apologist of Hawaii to the Woman Who Polls Where Her Shadow Should Position Itself from New York, it ain’t happening.
If Pete Buttigieg were a lesbian, he would have more of a shot, but still wouldn’t really have one. A gay white mayor from South Bend is not going to jump ahead of the desire for the first female President. Maybe in four years he will have a shot. Gabbard? Seriously? Her own party hates her and she seems to be the only person in American who does not know it. Gillibrand? She can’t even figure out what her brand is. I have never seen a candidate try to focus group where her shadow should position itself on a campaign.
They are not happening. Butter Judge may have a fundraising network of gay activists who want him for Veep, which will get him ahead of the other two, but nah.
Kamala Harris has California. Bernie Sanders has the Bernie Bros. And Joe Biden is Barack Obama’s veep. There are other candidates as well who are far more skilled as politicians and have deeper wells of support. But we don’t need to treat them all seriously. We don’t need to give them all maximum exposure.
Trump’s win has shaken up how politics is covered in the United States and not at all for the best. The media seems to think it must give equal weight to a bunch of candidates who will not even make it to the Iowa caucuses and others who will get there only to drop out after meager support.
Candidates for President require real grassroots support, real fundraising prowess, and real organizational skills. All of that starts with filling niches and seeking votes and we should be really honest that a lot of these people do not fill any significant niche, some of them will have to fight over niches, and only a few of them will have what it takes to beat Trump. That’s what most Democrat voters really want and you’re nuts if you think a mayor from Indiana or a congresswoman from Hawaii is going to be seen as having what it takes while in the shadows of Biden, Sanders, and others.
The media should quit trying to make these candidates happen.