Look—23 Democrats are already running for president. But no, a white guy won’t win

Composite of Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand
I’m calling it, the Dem 2020 ticket will come from this group.

Yesterday, former West Virginia congressional candidate Richard Ojeda—a Trump-voting, pro-gun Democrat—announced his bizarre candidacy for U.S. president. For some reason, some progressives cheered, as though THIS is what America needs now, as if there was a dearth of actual liberals more representative of their party vying for the 2020 crown. 

Here’s the state of play: I’m counting more than 23 Democrats considering a presidential bid. Here they are, in no particular order: 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts); Sen. Kamala Harris (California); Sen. Corey Booker (New Jersey); former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (Virginia); former Gov. Deval Patrick (Massachusetts); Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota); Mayor Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans); Mayor Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles); Howard Schulz (Starbucks CEO); Tom Steyer (billionaire); former Mayor Michael Bloomberg (New York City); Gov. John Hickenlooper (Colorado); Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont); Gov. Steve Bullock (Montana); Michael Avenatti (obnoxious lawyer); Rep. John Delaney (Maryland); Rep. Tim Murphy (OH); Gov. Andrew Cuomo (New York); Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand (New York); former VP Joe Biden; former Attorney General Eric Holder; Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio); and others I’m forgetting. 

Yup, it’ll be that crazy. 

Lots of great options in that crowd, and lots of potential villains. But here’s the thing: in a cycle where record numbers of women ran and won, in a party which won big because of women (which voted Democratic 59-40 last week), and in a climate in which women are key drivers of the Resistance—from the Women’s March, to #BlackLivesMatter, to leadership in new groups like Sister District and Indivisible—you have to be particularly daft if you think the zeitgeist is calling for a white male Democratic savior. 

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