On March 19, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will host a town meeting about income inequality that will feature Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump's SEC may negate investors' ability to fight securities fraud Schatz's ignorance of our Anglo-American legal heritage illustrates problem with government Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee MORE (D-Mass.), film producer and director Michael Moore and the New School economics professor Derrick Hamilton.
subject is one of the most important issues facing all Americans in
their daily lives. It strikes at the heart of the matter of jobs, wages,
economic opportunity and the core fairness of the American economy.
In my column this week in The Hill,
I urged Democrats to focus intensely on uniting the party and winning
control of the House and Senate in November, in the most important
midterm elections in a century.
consider the Democratic options for the presidential ticket in the 2020
elections, with emphasis on the possibility of a Democratic ticket in
2020 of Sanders for president and Warren for vice president.
consider three hypothetical Democratic tickets in 2020, which provide
alternate models for how Democrats could regain the presidency and
govern alongside a Democratic House and Senate after the presidential
Democrats are blessed with a large number of excellent
potential candidates in 2020 and should consider and confront the
mythology spread by Republicans and some insider Democrats that the most
progressive Democratic candidates are not the most electable Democratic
The first model for a Democratic ticket in 2020 would
be led by Sanders and Warren. This would be the progressive populist
ticket offering the most bold and sweeping agenda.
The second model for a Democratic ticket would be led by former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Trump: Why didn't Obama 'do something about Russian meddling?' 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states MORE, running with a vice-presidential nominee such as Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight
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(D-Minn.) on a ticket that combines vast presidential calibre
experience and a widely respected younger generation progressive leader.
The third model for a Democratic ticket would be led by Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyDems say GOP focus on mental health is redirection from gun control Joe Kennedy: Biden likely would have defeated Trump Joe Kennedy: Dems need ‘messenger who has credibility with the people we seek’ MORE III (D-Mass.), a rising star of House Democrats, running with a vice presidential nominee such as California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCourt rules Energy Dept. must implement Obama efficiency rules California secession supporters file new initiative Overnight
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over tax-cut aftermath | Markets rebound MORE, who formerly served as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus in Congress, or Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCongress fails miserably: For Asian-Americans, immigration proposals are personal attacks American women will decide who wins and loses in 2018 elections Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee MORE (D-Calif.).
This ticket would offer a bold and daring move for dramatic political and generational change.
the scenes of the national Democratic Party, it is commonly accepted
wisdom, though not proven by facts, that the most progressive candidates
are not the most electable candidates. In some states and districts
this might be true.
But, in terms of winning the national popular
vote and an electoral vote majority, there is a credible case that the
most clearly progressive and politically aggressive Democrats can indeed
win, and potentially win big.
The most important and powerfully
persuasive data in modern American politics is that virtually every poll
in 2016 showed Sanders defeating Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE by 10 percent or more. In the Real Clear Politics summary of 2016 polling, Sanders ran ahead of Trump by an average margin of more than 10 percent and often by much larger margins.
one supports Sanders or any other potential candidate in 2020, the case
is clear that a strong progressive program and message would give
Democrats a decided advantage in any campaign against the scandal-ridden
and crony-capitalist-dominated presidency of Trump and his GOP allies
The town meeting that will bring national attention
to Sanders, Warren and Moore will dramatize why most voters will
economically and financially benefit by a program that maximizes income
equality, economic justice and fairness and economic opportunity for
poor and middle-income voters in red and blue states alike.
could support Sanders, Warren or any of the progressive Democratic
change candidates who could run on the ticket in 2020, it is important
to disabuse the false notion, which is contrary to the facts
demonstrated by national polling throughout 2016 and beyond, that
progressive candidates are less electable.
Americans want a clear
message of progressive change and would enthusiastically support a
Sanders-Warren ticket, or any other ticket running on a similar program
Whoever the Democratic nominee in 2020 is, he or she
should, and almost certainly will, run a visionary and aggressive
campaign that promises to bring the next great era of progressive
leadership to America and could well realign American politics for a
generation after the post-Trump era.
Brent Budowsky was an
aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen* (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill
Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the U.S. House
of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from
the London School of Economics.
*Oh. That explains it. [eyecross]