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Presidential Hopefuls: Get On Your Marks


Once again the New York Times has used their omnipotence to do battle with our beloved president Donald Trump. In an article in the Sunday August 6th Edition, they ran a story titled, Republican Shadow Campaign for 2020 Takes Shape as Trump Doubts Grow. The shadow they were referring to was Vice President Pense.

Based on the full pace of his schedule and the people his is cozying up to, The Times has concluded his is getting ready for a run at the Oval Office, just in case something happens to POTUS. Isn’t that what a VP is suppose to do?

Pense isn’t the only Republican schmoozing their way to 2020. Ohio governor and 2016 Presidential candidate John Kasich was identified as another schmoozer. And there were fresh-faced new comers to the schmooze that included Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse. Both were reported by NYT to have made trips to Iowa.

NYT Lets The Genie Is Out of The Bottle

The first thing to happen on Monday August 7 was the expected round of denials from all parties starting with VP Mike Pense referring to the article as “disgraceful and offensive”. His reference to the article even included use of the term “fake news”.

But no matter if it was real or fake, The New York Times did something that no social media force could hope to accomplish. The officially started the 2020 race for the Presidency of The United States.

The Sunday article was the equivalent of yelling fire in a movie theatre. Once the alarm goes out, everybody scrambles to protect their interests. In a town like Washington where everybody is out for themselves, The Times article was like yelling “FIRE”.

From this moment forward until November 2020, the media will scrutinize every visit to Iowa by every politician. Republican politicians are special targets. If only Iowa had some other reason to visit it might be different. Iowa has no national parks, no Disney attractions, and almost no natural beauty. The only excuse for being anywhere near Iowa is political.

Handicapping The Horses

Every presidential election cycle, it seems, starts earlier and earlier. As soon as some long shot candidate declares their White House ambitions, the whole distasteful, elongated process begins once again. The early start is one reason for the record high $7 billion spent in 2012.

But this time is different. This time we have a campaign with no candidates, just shadows. The whole idea harkens back to 1968 when the renegade slogan of the Hippies was, “Vote for Nobody Because Nobody Has All The Answers”.

Something Good Could Come of All This

Some leaders like JFK were strong figures that drew followers who were drawn together by lofty goals like the Peace Corps and going to the moon. Trump is at the other end of the spectrum. His approval ratings tell the whole story.

There is plenty of disaffection within the Republican Party among middle of the road members of Congress. There is a growing movement on the Democratic side to work with Republicans. Otherwise there is little consensus within either party.

The question is this: within all the shadows of the new presidential election campaign, could there be a ticket of two candidates from different parties?

After all Bernie Sanders was not a Democrat until 2016. Connecticut Senator Joe Liebermann ran with Al Gore in 2000. Liebermann was a closet independent but that didn’t eliminate him.

The idea may strike many as absurd. Perhaps so, but it is the perfect time for a new political force to emerge. Never has the US been more diverse, which is a nice word for divided. Never have either of the two major parties been more divided.

The first Obama election proved that enough money could be raised though social media to make a difference. Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign confirmed the possibilities. This means that the richest 1% of the population that financed the vast majority of the $7 billion spent in 2012 can be challenged.

These realities have to sink into even the most political traditionalists. The campaign slogan of a ticket shared by a Republican and Democrat could logically be: Working Together To Finally Get Something Done.