I have always found it interesting that people find far left politicians unelectable but far right politicians as acceptable. If Warren gets the nod as the candidate, there will actually be people in the middle that prefer a racist, xenophobe, mysogynist, narcissist, compulsive liar, autocrat Trump with a possible slipping mental accuity over a genuinely intelligent, good person that happens to have very liberal leanings. I just do not get that.
So far it has had minimal impact as he is a lesser player.
Walsh and Sanford are just opportunists who will use this to earn a buck. Walsh is probably more racist than Trump, and Sanford might be in the same realm as Trump in terms of sleaze.
Yep, they have zero chance, the same is true of Kasich, who build up a nice rainy day fund in Ohio by doing nothing to the roads and passing the buck.
You know we’re in agreement right? I suspect we all know that no one (including Kasich or Romney) is likely to best Trump for the nomination. It’s possible that a coalition forms of independents and Never-Trump republicans to beat him, but that is an extremely unlikely scenario. What I believe is possible though is that Trump can be damaged by a strong opponent. Actually, I think a guy like Ben Sasse could do a great job. Sasse is very bright, informed, and articulate and could make Trump look foolish.
I am not enamored of any of the top 3 Dems. Of course I’ll vote for any of them over Trump. I’m really hoping for a surprise surge from Bullock (zero % chance...). That said, Elizabeth Warren is by far running the best campaign IMO. She is too liberal to not bring serious backlash and disapproval causing the hold your nose and vote for Trump people to turn out. But her steadiness of message and her relentless work have impressed me. She’s far far down on my list though.
If the far right equivalent to Liz Warren is David Duke then I think you are not correct -- in that case, the far right person is not acceptable or electable.
The thing is, I think logical minds could probably agree that David Duke is not the far right equivalent of Liz Warren. However, I do think republicans and right-leaning independents are barraged by the notion that Liz and Bernie, as socialists, are the equivalent of the immoral White Supremacist or neo-Nazi.
Bernie and Liz wear the progressive label as a badge of honor. And this label, which comes these days with promises of universal healthcare, universal college, Green New Deal, abolishing of the 2nd amendment, and so-called (even if untrue) "open borders". The fear struck by these ideas to those on the right really is considered akin to the fear engendered by neo-Nazis. I don't see this changing in 2020. So it's my opinion that somehow Liz (if nominated) needs to convince the country that she is someone who can find common ground rather than stage an angry fight for ideological dominance: a progressive v. conservative "war". There are many dems / independents who would disagree with me. Likely dem voters seem quite split on whether to enter the fray as a deep ideological battle or to champion the Just Beat Trump approach and attempt to appeal to the getable voters in the middle. I support the latter idea.