Please don’t mistake this for a Jennifer Rubin article. You know, Rubin the “conservative blogger”
for the Washington Post who actually posted an online Twitter poll recently as she fantasized about the potential “dream
ticket” for the Democrats: Stacey Abrams/Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris/Jim
Mattis, Joe Biden/Heidi Heitkamp, Beto O’Rourke/Amy Klobuchar.
Yes, she pretends to be a conservative and the Washington
Post pretends that we all buy that. Rest
assured, I haven’t gone mad and that’s not what this is. But given that I think the path to
re-election victory for President Trump is thin-bordering-on-non-existent, it never
hurts to consider the best possible outcome of a Democrat primary.
Again, let me be clear: I don’t want ANY of these people to be the President of the United States.
Without exception, I think they all are bad choices. But given that one of them is more than likely going to fill that position starting in 2020, it doesn’t hurt to ponder the best possible of these less-than-desirable options. And yes, I’m including former Vice President Joe Biden in this list despite him still not openly admitting that he’s running.
Oh, and one last thing I should add. This is not a prediction as to who is going to win the Democrat primary. On that front, I still say it will be Kamala
Harris despite her currently low poll numbers.
But this is a ranking of the best possible outcome for those of us who
don’t really want to see the country fall apart in the coming four years.
So here’s my “please don’t make me pick, but if I have to
here it is” list:
18. Wayne Messam – Dude actually proposed just cancelling
$1.5 trillion in student loan debt as if there would be no economic
17. Julian Castro – He’s a socialist that doesn’t admit
it. Medicare for all, universal pre-K,
and open borders. Pass.
16. Bernie Sanders – He’s a socialist and does admit
it. Slightly better than Julian because
he knows open borders is untenable.
15. Marianne Williamson – Frankly this lady seems a bit off,
but I do like that she has a heart for charity.
The problem is that with her call for reparations, she likes being
charitable with our money, not just her own.
14. Tulsi Gabbard – A former Bernie Bro herself, her
affinity for meeting with murderous tyrants is a bit alarming.
13. Kamala Harris – Her primary objective seems to be
pushing a liberal social agenda, with lip service paid to things like middle
class tax cuts.
12. Kristen Gillibrand – She’s a political chameleon who has
shifted from holding some conservative positions to being a progressive
champion. But hey, at least she once believed some good things.
11. Andrew Yang – Eccentric and likely unable to accomplish
much besides becoming overwhelmed in DC.
His push for a universal basic income for all Americans is bizarre but
isn’t to Bernie’s level yet.
10. Elizabeth Warren – Think of the Native American jokes
that will write themselves for four years.
That said, her call to “tax the wealthy and corporations” is always what
precedes the middle class getting hammered with taxes.
9. Jay Inslee – All the man seems to care about is climate,
climate, climate. With any luck, he would chain himself to a tree midway
through his first term and we’d be set.
8. John Hickenlooper – He certainly holds some leftwing
positions on gun control, LGBT promotion, and Medicaid expansion. But he also governed a state with a lot of
Republicans and thus he has a history of moderating more than most on this
7. John Delaney – I know, I know…who? But still, Delaney appears to be a fairly
moderate Democrat with some admittedly leftist tendencies…like universal
6. Robert O’Rourke – I’m convinced Beto would be interested
in having the third term of Obama. He’d
be the celebrity president. But his pet
issues like hospital access for rural communities and pot legalization aren’t
things that keep conservatives up at night.
5. Pete Buttigieg – He’s not a moderate. No one who abides third term abortions and
says the Green New Deal is a “good start” is a centrist. And his recent shadow boxing with Mike Pence is
off-putting to be sure. But his rational
demeanor and his call for economic opportunity are refreshing in a sea of
4. Cory Booker – I understand he’s a bit of a comical
character, but I don’t mind his call to unify the country one bit. We could use some of that. And his pet issue has been criminal justice
reform, not instituting a command economy.
3. Joe Biden – He’ll run, and he won’t win. But if he did, it’s one of the best options
Republicans could hope for. Joe is stuck
on promoting a Rust belt manufacturing economy.
He’s an old-school Democrat and frankly, that’s preferable to the new
2. Amy Klobuchar – She’s focused on growing the middle
class, and I think just like JFK, she is persuadable on the importance of tax
cuts to do it. Fighting opioid addiction
is her passion and I’m good with that too.
1. Tim Ryan – The man was once pro-life. Granted he has shifted to the requisite
“woman’s choice” position that any Democrat has to maintain in order to get
elected. But his hard line on China, his
demeanor, and his lack of passion for the liberal social agenda make him the
best of the not-so-greats in my eyes.
So I’m sure I’ve made some kind of grievous error here. Please feel free to correct me in the comments