This is where identity politics has gotten the Democratic Party.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews wondered aloud about balance in the 2020 election lineup as he discussed the Democratic contenders with a panel on Wednesday.
Matthews asked Democratic strategist Steve McMahon if he “was right” that former Vice-President Joe Biden would be running for president in 2020 along with potential Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
“I think he’s always running,” McMahon said. “And he’s running until he isn’t running.”
Turning to Republican strategist John Brabender, Matthews questioned who would scare President Trump in an election.
“I think Biden actually would be a pretty formidable candidate if he were the nominee,” Brabender responded, noting that Biden’s age would probably not be an issue.
Once McClatchy’s Anita Kumar weighed in on whether the age of candidates running for office is a factor, Matthews dropped the big question for Democrats.
“I’ll be blunt now. At this point in time, the 2020 election, can they run two white men? Given the nature of the party, the makeup of the party today?” Matthews asked. “Or does there have to be balance, gender balance, ethnic balance of some kind?”
Kumar quickly replied that balance is a must in a Democratic ticket.
“Two white guys won’t do it?” Matthews asked. “Is it a deal breaker if it’s two white guys?”
Brabender pointed to the lack of a message for working class families from Democrats in the 2016 race as being part of the reason for their demise, but Matthews and the panel were stuck on the “balance” factor. The Hardball host even suggested that Biden’s running mate should be California Sen. Kamala Harris who is “very attractive politically” and would tick the boxes for gender, race, age and even coast.
McMahon took the idea further, suggesting Biden announce a one-term presidency with Harris so he could “pave the way for the first female president.”
It looks like Democrats may have to pull off some political gymnastics to squeeze all the diversity they tout into only two candidates, and then square them off against President Trump.
Some Twitter users offered their own winning ticket suggestions, which just seemed to reinforce the multitude of combinations based on anything but solving issues.
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— Hardball (@hardball) September 6, 2017
dems will never run a white man ever again
— Plan Bee (@TheRealPlanBee) September 7, 2017
He’s obviously being told to pump up Booker and Harris
— Les Progressives (@lesprogressives) September 7, 2017
Maxine said no white people allowed in dem party anymore
— 🇺🇸Bonnie🇺🇸 (@BonBee81) September 7, 2017
Biden: Too old
Sanders: Not a DEM
Warren: Not motivated
Harris: May be too new
Hillary: Ideal 65.8 mill strong
— Richard CoeurdeLion (@DrGianRico) September 6, 2017
THE DEMS CAN RUN WHITE, GREEN, PURPLE, BLACK, BROWN, YELLOW AND BLUE MEN IT WON’T MATTER BECAUSE TRUMP AND PENCE HAVE IT LOCKED UP FOR 16 YR
— MOJO (@jon_knepper) September 7, 2017
Vote for the winning ticket of Joseph Kennedy III, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren or any combination in #2020! #Hardball
— Allen Vollbrecht (@allenvollbrecht) September 6, 2017
— Julia T. (@JuliaTherese3) September 6, 2017
— Brittany (@CBJOHNSON143) September 6, 2017
I’m a Democrat and I doubt the leadership has the follow through.
— FuzzyBunny (@PharoahFuzzyB) September 7, 2017
I never hear any democrats talk about solving problems. What the heck do the Dems have to offer America? #crickets
— Patriot (@YMimmo) September 7, 2017
Democrats will look for someone that is corrupt, lies like hell and puts US citizens last!
— All American (@catwoody20) September 6, 2017
ha ha ha ha ha -you got nothin and nobody
— Ted Wood (@ZenSpeakeasy) September 6, 2017
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