I have a new theory. "Electability" has not yet become an issue in the Democratic presidential race because no one in the Republican clown car, least of front runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, seem electable. How would the Democratic race be different if John Kasich and Marco Rubio were leading?Here's an interesting thought exercise: Remember 9/11/01. Now, 1 by 1, imagine if each of the 2016 presidential candidates were POTUS then.— Brad Wright (@bradwrightphd) September 11, 2015
People looking at electability can look at the UK. In their parliamentary system, the nomination process works in reverse of ours: the new leader of the out party is chosen AFTER, not before, the general election. Labour just elected Jeremy Corbin as leader, and he sounds like basically the Bernie Sanders of England (no, not Bernie's brother, he's a Green). The test of Corbin's electability, though, doesn't come till May 2020.
Speaking of Sanders, Some Dude US Senate candidate Tom Fiegen is rebranding himself on social media - basically all he has in his zero dollar campaign - as the "Bernie Sanders Democrat" in the race.
Leading?Leading US Senate candidate in Iowa Tom Fiegen announces a new campaign hashtag: #GotBerniesBack. #Bernie2016 pic.twitter.com/3jW9dKNdZG— Thomas L. Fiegen (@tlfiegen) September 11, 2015
Not only does this disregard the fact that Sanders himself is not technically a Democrat, it needlessly alienates the chunk of the Democratic June primary electorate that's supporting other presidential candidates. Rule 1 in primaries is focus on your race and stay out of the other contests, but Fiegen probably figures he has nothing to lose.
Hillary Clinton wins the Paul Deaton primary. Interesting, because the Sage of Solon seemed to be seriously considering Jim Webb for a while.
With Fiorina bumped up to the varsity debate, Rick Perry out, and Jim Gilmore excluded for irrelevance, the Kiddie Table debate is down to just Jindal, Graham. Pataki and Santorum - which not only makes it even less relevant, it actually diminishes the participants.Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? pic.twitter.com/AYvTl00ceQ— John Deeth (@johndeeth) September 10, 2015
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