Who Is The Most Electable Candidate? How About Whoever Wins The Primary!
One question on the mind of every commentator is “which candidate has the best chance of defeating Donald Trump?” According to The Hill, the average Democratic primary voter cares more about beating Trump than they do about policy.
The President has played with this quite a few times. When Senator Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the Presidential Race, Trump tweeted the following:
A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary. I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!
Although the President has made jokes about this, this is not a joke to some political authors. Senator Amy Klobuchar has bragged about her appeal among Republican voters by pointing out that she won the same district Michele Bachmann represented. Therefore, it proves she has appeal among people who support the Tea Party — I think.
After the 2016 Presidential Election, many supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders promised us that he would have beat Donald Trump and became president. “Bernie would have won,” they said. As such, Bernie should run in 2020 — as he did — and beat Donald Trump once and for all.
In the early days of 2012, commentator Ann Coulter went on an all out assault against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Presidential Run and vocally supported Governor (now Senator) Mitt Romney. Why:
Romney is the most electable candidate not only because it will be nearly impossible for the media to demonize this self-made Mormon square, devoted to his wife and church, but precisely because he is the most conservative candidate.
Of course, Romney still lost.
So how do we find the most electable candidate on both sides of the fence? Well here’s an idea, why not just let the primary play out?
The point of having a primary election is so the party can figure out who the most popular person to run is. The person who has the best chance of beating the opponents, if you will.
Therefore, the person with the best chance of defeating Donald Trump is simply — you ready for this? — whoever wins the Democratic primary! Maybe that’s Mayor Pete, or Senator Sanders, or Senator Klobuchar, or Vice-President Biden, or Senator Warren, or Mayor Bloomberg, or Rep. Gabbard, or Tom Steyer, or anyone in this giant race that I am currently forgetting.
Think of all the candidates who have just ran on “being electable.” Rep. Tim Ryan tried to make himself look like a moderate, non-angry guy. He even tried to sell shirts that said “You don’t need to yell” on them in response to the anger Senator Sanders showed in a debate. He never polled above 2%, and dropped out back in October.
Both Republican primary opponents to Trump — Rep. Walsh and Governor Weld — have ran as “respectable alternatives” and “more presidential/electable.” Both have failed to gain traction with average Republican voters, making them far less electable than the man who is unelectable!
Biden is still running on moderate and appeal to the average voters (you know he’s appealing when he has to tell you he’s appealing). However, the last candidate that did even close to as bad as he did in Iowa and still get the nomination was Bill Clinton back in 1992 (who was running against Tom Harkin, a senator from Iowa), and Clinton still won New Hampshire.
However, if Biden is so electable, why isn’t he winning any elections? Not only is he failing to gain support in 2020, but he didn’t manage to win a single primary during either of his other Presidential runs in 1988 and 2008.
Back in 2016, Hillary Clinton was considered to be a nice moderate and electable candidate against the Republican Party. However, not only did she fail to defeat Donald Trump, but she also failed to defeat then-Senator Barack Obama back in 2008. And look at how good that voting for the electable candidate ended up for Democrats. Hillary Clinton was so electable, she lost the election 77 electoral votes.
To put it simply, if you consider yourself “electable,” put your money where your mouth is. Win an election, and we’ll consider you electable. Until then, shut up!