It’s NEVER tooooo Early to Early do start doing Democratic wish lists for the nomination….
But actually the serious ones HAVE to be getting their ducks in a row and setting up scheduled trips, position papers and honing their speeches…..Oh, and aiming for running money….
Most pundits would have Sanders and Warren on the top of their list but this Dog has keep his top as Cory Booker….
The lists will have on them those that will not be serious contenders , but will be happy to have been mentioned anyways…
The simple truth, as depressing as it might sound to the survivors of 2016, is that anyone who wants to be president must make moves now. Beyond building a network of donors and volunteers, over the next 3½ years, those hoping to make it to the White House need to sell themselves to primary voters as leaders. Leaders of principle. Leaders on issues. Leaders in partisan warfare. Leaders in building consensus.
How can they do that? Some have likened past primaries to an NCAA basketball tournament bracket, with candidates trying to elbow out competitors with similar bases of support. But with so much unsettled about the Democratic Party’s ideological future, in the wake of 2016’s bitter primary and shocking general election defeat, we can’t yet narrow the camps into four easily definable categories.
Instead of brackets, think of this preliminary phase of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary as a mad scramble to earn “badges” of distinction. With every badge, presidential aspirants win points from primary voters casting about for leaders they trust to both fight for what they believe in, and fight to win.
What badges are potential Democrats trying to earn, and who is best positioned to claim each prize? Here is how the nascent field is shaping up…..