DANIEL VAUGHAN: 2020 Democratic Field Implodes at the Start Line

November 16, 2018

Aaaand they’re off!  

Welcome to the 2020 Democratic Primaries! It’s hard to imagine Democrats stepping on a rake to hit themselves in the face more times than they have so far. But the race to implode faster at the outset of the race is off to an incredible start.

To kick things off, we have Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren self-immolating over her claimed Native American heritage. After first being labeled “Fauxcahontas” by conservatives, and “Pocahontas” by President Donald Trump, Warren decided to clear the air by doing a DNA test.

That by itself was stupid enough, as Warren was effectively claiming all she needed was enough markers on a DNA test to make her Cherokee Indian. But Warren nevertheless persisted and dug herself even deeper when it turned out she’s anywhere from 1/64th to 1/1,024th.

In other words, she’s potentially less Native American than most average Americans.

And then, we all learned that Warren used this weak family history to get Harvard to call her the first minority Native American ever hired by Harvard Law. The Cherokee Nation finished Warren off by declaring her DNA test and claims a disgrace.

Warren is like a Rube Goldberg machine for falling flat on her face in new and inventive ways.

Fortunately for her, she has good company in the 2020 field — enter Stormy Daniels’ infamous lawyer and frequent cable news show guest Michael Avenatti.

Avenatti started his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination by building goodwill in Iowa. It’s been all downhill from there.

First, Avenatti lined up a fake accuser against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The claims he lobbed at Kavanaugh were so ludicrous they rallied Senate Republicans around the nomination. And even though Democrats clung to Avenatti’s claims, they blamed him for clearing the way to Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Next, Avenatti went on another press blitz and started opining about what Democrats needed in a Presidential candidate. Avenatti’s answer? It better be a white male nominee:

And I don’t say that because I want it to have to be a white male. I say that because of just the realities of the situation. I think if the Democrats nominate anyone other than a white male at the top of the ticket, they’re gonna lose the election. I’d be willing to bet anything. I feel highly confident in that.

It was the quote that launched a thousand hot takes across the internet. And Avenatti isn’t finished yet! He recently got arrested for alleged domestic violence by the Los Angeles Police Department. Police released him from jail on a $50,000 bond.

I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of the infamous porn star lawyer.

He’ll have to fight for space in the 2020 field from the biggest name on the list: Hillary Clinton.

And we have to consider Clinton again because the liberal entertainment industry is hellbent on ensuring we never forget Clinton. Whether it’s her appearances on Saturday Night Live, various awards shows, or the newly rebooted Murphy Brown show, Hollywood is determined to keep Clinton relevant.

And so are former Clinton advisors Mark Penn and Andrew Stein, who wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal laying out the path for Hillary Clinton’s return:

Expect Hillary 4.0 to come out swinging. She has decisively to win those Iowa caucus-goers who have never warmed up to her. They will see her now as strong, partisan, left-leaning and all-Democrat—the one with the guts, experience and steely-eyed determination to defeat Mr. Trump. She has had two years to go over what she did wrong and how to take him on again.

So they’re pitching a Clinton re-re-re-reinvention for what would undoubtedly create an election sequel, and a book sequel, What Happened 2 Electric Boogaloo. That means the 2020 Democratic Party field — that some people tally at nearly 40 candidates — will end up as a 2016 re-run. And if we’re honest, Clinton 4.0 sounds as promising as efforts to re-inflate the smoldering remains of the Hindenburg.

That internal screaming you’re hearing isn’t you; it’s Democratic Party. It’s establishment people like Donna Brazile, who spent 2016 blasting Clinton for losing the Presidency, and are now watching Clinton’s return, lurching like a zombie towards the Democratic nomination. Clinton’s pitch can be, “I’m not under FBI investigation this time!”

If 2015 – 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that you should prepare for the wildcard nomination. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders emerged from nowhere to shock both parties. And unlike 2016, Democrats stripped themselves of their superdelegates, making them more prone to an outsider than ever. The party won’t be able to control the circus that’s about to take over the 2020 field.

And this is true before we even get to Cory “This may be my Spartacus moment” Booker, or Kamala “I don’t have the goods to back up my hot air” Harris. We haven’t even made it to the end of 2018, and the 2020 Democratic Primary field is already a dumpster fire you can see from space.

Donald Trump is unquestionably a beatable candidate in 2020. He had a narrow path to victory in 2016, and he’ll have to work hard to hold that coalition together. The good news for Trump though, is that Democrats haven’t learned a single lesson from the 2016 election and their 2020 field is weak, with several imploded campaigns at the starting line.


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Daniel Vaughan

Daniel Vaughan is a columnist for the Conservative Institute and lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee. He has degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Regent University School of Law. His work can be found on the Conservative Institute's website, or you can receive his columns and free weekly newsletter at The Beltway Outsiders. Connect with him on Twitter at @dvaughanCI.