I’m not sure where many of the republican 2016 candidates before they were in office, but Buttigieg isn’t the only Democrat punching above his weight– Beto, Castro, Gabbard, and (I guess) Marianne Williamson come to mind as candidates with at best House experience who might want to parlay this run into a statewide election. There are a few others, but I probably won’t learn their names. Do you think this run puts them in a better position, or might it suggest to their would-be constituents that their ambitions will always lie elsewhere? 2020 Boo Sheet 1 Star Rating Funny Ghost Halloween Gift T-Shirt No one on the left is happy with Beto running for Pres in the state of Texas. I don’t think he’d be rejected outright if he wanted to primary for Sen. Cornyns seat, people are more than open to selecting the best candidate but he’ll have to rebuild a lot of what he did in 2018,
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it’s more likely in my opinion that he’s be riding a wave more so than drumming up explicit support like he did against Cruz. 2020 is also the first year Texas is removing straight single party tickets at the ballot.I forgot about Castro. 2020 Boo Sheet 1 Star Rating Funny Ghost Halloween Gift T-Shirt He is doing well enough that I could see him running for Senator or Governor. O’Rourke and Gabbard, I see less of a chance. Cruz accused O’Rourke of using the Senate campaign as a stepping stool for a presidential one, and that may have hurt him. Gabbard seems like she could have moved up already if she wanted to, but I’m not an expert in Hawaii politics. Thank you. It was remarkably hard to find information on how often a VP had been in the primary, so I’m not surprised I bungled that one. I wonder why Democrats are more willing to do that than Republicans?
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Fair point. Booker and Huckabee have more similarity in personality, but that’s just my opinion. I honestly couldn’t think of any 2016 Republicans that are analogous to Pete. He is unique in a lot of ways. Interestingly, the 538 article you posted supporting your “top 5 rule” indicates that Trump was an outlier because his pole numbers started very low. Perhaps the game has changed with social media? Trump was low in the polls because he hadn’t declared.2020 Boo Sheet 1 Star Rating Funny Ghost Halloween Gift T-Shirt Less than a month after he officially declared the presidency (and promised to keep out all the rapists with a border wall that Mexico would pay for) he was on top of the polls. It was like a weird moment of deja vu and rediscovery to remember that not long ago, Graham was a fierce Trump critic.