It seems almost impossible to imagine.  With a starting lineup of some 28 candidates, the race seems to now be a competition between the six who made the stage in the Las Vegas debate – with no disrespect to those who are officially still running but not able to make it to the debate stage.  As Joe Biden oft says – “come on, people, get real.”

Looking at the mud fight that was billed as the Democrats’ Las Vegas debate, it is arguable that the best choices are no longer in the running.

The progressive wing of the Democratic Party might have been better served by candidates like New Jersey Senator Cory Booker or California Senator Kamala Harris.  They lean to the left ALMOST as far as Senator Elizabeth Warren but without falling into the radical camp of senator Bernie Sanders.  They are certainly as articulate as any of those in the lead – and more so that some of them.

Like their policies or not, they do have strong resumes – especially Booker who was the mayor of a MAJOR city (Sorry, Mayor Pete) and a United States Senator.  He came to the race with stronger credentials than Barack Obama – and he made it all the way to the White House.  Given the Democrats current flirtation with dogmatic socialism, Booker and Harris are more moderate, ergo more acceptable and more likely to win.

In terms of the so-called moderate wing of the Democratic Party, the best candidates fell off the earliest.  In fact, they hardly got any traction whatsoever.  Guys like Colorado Senator Michael Bennett.  I saw him as the John Kasich of the Democrat field.  You remember Kasich – the former governor of Ohio and candidate calling for harmony, unity and all things wonderful.  Kasich was a bit of a whiner and that is the same quality I see in Bennett. In terms of projecting a public image, Kasich and Bennett are two guys you could not find if they were standing on a street corner by themselves.

Another moderate who seemed like he would be a good President was Congressman John Delaney.  But he had two problems. True political moderates are persona non grata in the Democratic Party and he is not a good campaigner.

It is not small irony that those who drop by the wayside in the race to the Oval Office seem to personify the call for unity – like they actually meant it and could do it.  Of course, the frontrunners all claim that they can unify the nation, but they campaign on divisiveness.

Some of the Democrats who dropped out of the race could easily pass the likability test – something the frontrunners seem incapable of doing.

As a conservative, however, I am not sorry to see the disarray on the progressive Democrat side.  They may be on their way to nominating the worst possible candidate.

So, there ‘tis.

By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

3 thoughts on “The better Democrats are already out of the running”
  1. U 4got 2 mention Booker was the failed mayor of a major city. Harris was a flip flopping opportunist skank. Both had little integrity & it showed.

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