It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start talking about 2020 but now that the midterms are over that’s exactly where the attention is shifting now. Democrats are clearly in trouble. The economy is booming and Trump keeps coming through on promise after promise for the voters that elected him. Not only that, the Democrat bench is a dumpster fire. The media is talking about relics of the past like Joe Biden, Hillary again, and Bernie Sanders or they are talking about incompetent coastal elites like Liz Warren and Kamala Harris. Beto can’t beat Ted Cruz but he’s going to beat Trump? Things look bleak for the Dems.
Now, the first Democrat has officially jumped into the race following the midterms and he’s a pretty interesting guy.
From NBC News:
West Virginia Democrat Richard Ojeda has jumped into what’s expected to be a crowded field for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, making him the first Democrat to do so after last week’s midterm elections.
Ojeda filed his campaign with the Federal Election Commission Sunday night, unveiling his intentions in an interview with The Intercept and releasing a 30-second ad that evokes his Army service.
“I never dreamed that I would come home only to find children in my own backyard who have it worse than the kids I saw in Afghanistan. I spent decades fighting for this country and now it’s time to go to D.C. and defend our homeland,” he says in the ad.
“Make no mistake about it: I will stand with the working-class citizens over all else. If they don’t like it, hit the road.”
From The Intercept:
RICHARD OJEDA IS running for president. Ojeda, a West Virginia state senator and retired U.S. Army major, lost his congressional bid in the state’s 3rd District on Tuesday, but saw the largest swing of Trump voters toward Democrats in any district around the country — overperforming 2016 by more than 35 points. Still, in a district that Donald Trump carried by 49 points, Ojeda, who rose to prominence leading teachers strikes in West Virginia, lost by 12 points.
Ojeda’s case for his candidacy is straightforward: The Democratic Party has gotten away from its roots, and he has a unique ability to win over a white, black, and brown working-class coalition by arguing from a place of authority that Trump is a populist fraud. He’s launching his campaign with an anti-corruption focus that draws a contrast with Trump’s inability to “drain the swamp.”
His authority — and one of his greatest liabilities — would come, in part, from his own previous support of Trump in the 2016 general election. After backing Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primary, Ojeda refused to support Hillary Clinton, seeing her as an embodiment of the party’s drift toward the elite.
The Democrat thing is problematic but he’s a veteran from West Virginia who supported Trump so he clearly isn’t a far left nutcase like we see on cable news all day. Ojeda is obviously a long shot but you never know.