The field of Democrats hoping to secure their party’s presidential nomination has already thinned down. The rough-and-tumble GOP 2016 primary that elevated President Donald Trump resembled a UFC battle royal. Democrats, by contrast, have been skittish to take on Obama-era number two, Joe Biden. Pulling their punches in nationally-televised debates and an unwillingness to criticize the failed policies of the Obama-Biden administration has left them at a distinct disadvantage. Liberal presidential hopefuls have no one to blame but themselves as they drop like flies almost a year ahead of the election.
If anyone has earned the moniker of “biggest loser,” it would have to go to Beto O’Rourke. The former Texas congressman garnered a record-setting $79 million to unseat incumbent Senator Ted Cruz in 2018. Money poured into the liberal extremist’s cause as he promised open borders, and an end to Second Amendment rights in the Lone Star state. His ability to attract campaign money against one of the left’s most hated senators may have fooled the upstart into believing he “born for this,” as he said.
“Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully,” O’Rourke reportedly stated.
Beto — a fake name he made up for himself — became something of a laughingstock in the primary race as information surfaced about his drunk driving and nefarious hacker past.
It’s not surprising that many Americans are unaware that Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan recently dropped out of presidential primary contention. That’s probably because few were aware he was running, even in Ohio. The moderate Democrat received little media attention from outlets such as CNN and MSNBC that prefer candidates that push radical policies such as socialism, open borders, and gun confiscation. Rep. Ryan became something of an outlier who failed to raise $1 million by June, and missed the 2-percent poll number cut to participate in the party’s September debate.
While Sen. Kamala Harris has plummeted in the polls after backing down from challenging Joe Biden on his racial segregation record, fellow Californian Rep. Eric Swalwell never really made it out of the gate.
“After the first Democratic presidential debate, our polling and fundraising numbers weren’t what we had hoped for, and I no longer see a path forward to the nomination,” Swalwell said. His quick exit may have been prompted by his insistence on forced “gun buybacks,” or what Americans call “unconstitutional confiscation.”
Another non-factor in the hunt to gain the left’s blessing was 89-year-old Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel. He tried a non-traditional approach by hiring teenagers to beef up his candidacy on Twitter. By July, his social media insurgency left him endorsing socialist Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders. Fringe candidate Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper kicked off his campaign with plenty of bluster.
“Ultimately I’m running for president because I believe that not only can I beat Donald Trump, but that I am the person that can bring people together on the other side and actually get stuff done,” Hickenlooper said. “The division is keeping us from addressing big issues like climate change and the soaring costs of health care.”
Talk about having the wrong perspective on the country’s challenges. He was out by August and back to doing what he does best, geology.
Washington Gov. John Inslee shared Hickenlooper’s indulgence in the doomsday climate cult. He vowed to make combating climate change the country’s top priority by funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to liberal researchers and making bad trade deals with China and others. He quit in less than six months. Likewise, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Mouton didn’t last very long.
“I am running because I am a patriot, because I believe in this country and because I have never wanted to sit on the sidelines when it comes to serving it,” Moulton said. “I think it’s evident that this is now a three-way race between Biden, Warren, and Sanders.” Moulton quit over the summer.
Many believed New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand could go the distance in the Democratic Party’s primary. But she repeatedly “adjusted” her policy positions over the years to please the next voter base. The former moderate went all-in on anti-Second Amendment campaign promises. She tanked her previously middle-of-the-road positions in favor of progressive extremism and “knowing how you can best serve your community and country.” She threw in the towel before Labor Day Weekend as well.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to position himself as a leader of the anti-Trump resistance. That got him plenty of play on CNN. The only problem for the soon-to-be ex-mayor is that the fake news organization has fewer viewers than the History channel and TV cartoons. The Big Apple is in horrific disrepair, and the anti-cop mayor is widely considered a disgrace. The Twitter feud with the president was fun, but he was only a serious candidate in his own mind.
Recent polls show that Obama’s number two, Joe Biden, is slipping as news of family corruption gets tacked on to his women and girl groping habits. Sen. Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg have been surging. Democrat hopefuls such as New Jersey Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and Texas Rep. Julian Castro, among others, are unlikely to last much longer as well. In the end, no one in the field has the policy chops to keep America great.