The “town hall” format for Presidential debates was an excellent idea and whoever came up with it should be commended. It gets the candidates much closer to the voters, my opinion but I think it does. An open mic is always a dangerous thing, but I think Presidential candidates should answer voters’ questions.
Here’s mine. This is for all the candidates still in the race.
It has become crystal clear that the current occupant of the White House is not only an incompetent con man who is making a mockery of our Republic but puts us in danger because the power of the office, including the finger on the nuclear button, requires someone stable and competent to be in charge and Trump clearly is not. In short, I believe it is imperative for Donald Trump’s presidency to end in January of 2021, sooner if it can be brought about.
If you are not the nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2020 election, what assurance are you willing to give right now, at this point, tonight, that you will fully support the party’s nominee with every fiber of your being? And a follow up question. What active role will you assume on the campaign trail to ensure that Donald Trump is one and done?
Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in the House have done a fantastic job of pulling a huge segment of public opinion over to their side. The Senate, unintentionally but nevertheless most assuredly galvanized the simmering enthusiasm of voters to see Trump separated from the Presidency as quickly as possible. Republicans in the Senate want to leave this decision up to the people? Fine. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the kind of political rallying and organizing going on among Democrats that I see now. Voter registration drives netting thousands of new voters or re-registering those bumped off the rolls randomly by Republicans too lazy to check to see if they’re still around.
Most of what we’ve seen in the way of the electoral “blue wave” of the past three years has emerged from anti-Trumpism. Democrats have won back just over half the state legislative seats they lost due to Republican gerrymandering after the 2010 census. They’ve claimed 10 governorships, gained back 40 seats in the House of Representatives and are the majority in 10 state legislatures at the moment. Polling data is showing the shift. Trump picket up 46% of the vote in his 2016 electoral college win, but his opponent got more than a full point more than he did. 54% of those who voted in 2016 didn’t vote for Trump and the Democrats now have set themselves up to capture 55% of the popular vote and over 300 electoral votes.
So, my dear friends on that debate stage tonight, if you don’t win the nomination, how are you going to make sure your fellow Democrat who is nominated wins this election hands down walking away?