Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out of the race Thursday, his chances of winning having been crippled by a toxic level of rationality. He’s considering running for Senate in Colorado. This will leave several other candidates with no shot to battle for the less-than-one-percent of voters in the polls who favor a moderate and realistic candidate over a far-left dingbat.
This somehow reminds me of “Beto” O’Rourke, who “rebooted” his campaign yesterday with a speech that was aptly described by one critic as “woke word salad.” “Beto 3.0” followed up a week of hysterically calling President Trump a white supremacist who’s personally responsible for mass shootings (and anyone who votes for him a racist) by refocusing his campaign on "racism, white supremacy and guns" (sounds like a winner!) and making it a personal moral crusade against Trump.
He simultaneously managed to alienate all Republicans while ticking off many Democrats by dismissing the idea of dropping out and running for Senate in Texas. He implied that replacing Trump was so important that the Senate was nothing compared to that. That isn’t a message Democrats want to spread, since if they hold the House and win the White House, a GOP Senate will be the only thing keeping them from going full socialist/open borders/gun-grabber on us all. Personally, I hope Democrats don’t get that message, but I also hope Republicans get it loud and clear.
I could just link to “Beto’s” speech, but Jim Treacher’s write-up of it is much funnier.
Finally, as the Democrats scurry around the Iowa State Fair, desperately seeking some deep-fried kale and arugula along with some Heartland support, the clock is ticking on qualifying for the third round of debates, and the standards for fundraising and poll standings are getting tougher. The next debates could be bereft of a dozen or so hopefuls, and since they include Marianne Williamson, they could also be bereft of any entertainment value.
Guy Benson at Townhall.com has a roundup on where the horse race stands at the moment, who’s likely to make it and whose heads will be on the chopping block. You might be surprised by some of the winners and losers. For instance, rabidly anti-Trump billionaire and last-minute candidate Tom Steyer is just one poll away from making the debates, having topped the threshold of 130,000 donors.
I’m sorry, but if you have enough disposable income to give money to a billionaire just because he hates Trump a lot, then please don’t expect me to pay off your student loans for you.