Democrats have become so bound by identity politics that they probably can’t run two white men for president in 2020. Chris Matthews of MSNBC pondered the question with his panel recently.
Chris Matthews: Can Democrats Even Run Two White Dudes In 2020?
On Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked who could take on Donald Trump in 2020? As the Democratic Party leaves the Obama/Clinton-era—who can take on this tremendous task, with a party that has no message, no leader, and one that’s struggling to raise money. So, who can lead? Also, is it possible that the Democratic Party’s leftward shift and addiction to identity politics has made the idea of two white guys on the 2020 ticket anathema to its base?
Anita Kumar, a reporter for McClatchy, Steve McMahon, a Democratic strategist, and Jon Brabender, a GOP strategist, weighed in with Matthews. Kumar noted that the party is moving left, and that yeah—there’s a reason why you’re seeing Sen. Cry Booker (D-NJ) and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2022 bids. There is this need on the Democratic side for some balance, though she wouldn’t say definitively that two white men on the 2020 ticket is a deal breaker.
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The far left base would never go for two old white guys.