First off, the bad news: Donald Trump will almost certainly win the election and continue on as president until 2024. The HBO series “Years and Years” paints an even grimmer picture: Mike Pence as the next president. This would be a good opportunity for scriptwriters to renounce dystopias and start to promote utopias. At the moment, the only thing to do is to hope that the Democratic Party will be capable of choosing the best candidate and that the voters will go en masse to the polls.
In Nov. 2016, supporters of Bernie Sanders, from the left wing of the party, turned their backs on Hillary Clinton, considering her a product of a toxic system. And it could be that she was, but the result of that was Trump − whose impact will last for decades. They were unable to see the value of the lesser evil. A major problem in Spain.
It won’t be for lack of potential Democratic candidates: 24. So many that they can’t fit them into the debates. The polls give the advantage to Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s vice president, a patrician who has spent over 40 years in politics. Too much time not to have skeletons in his closet. He didn’t play much of a role in the Anita Hill hearings and the nomination of Justice Clarence Thomas. He wasn’t empathetic to the person who accused the judge of assault. Biden did not emerge unscathed after his first debate with Kamala Harris. Harris, although she has a conservative history as California’s attorney general, has been able to improve her image among the progressive electorate who support Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The Democratic primaries will be played to the left, but the final against Trump demands a centrist tandem that inspires hope.
In the legislative elections in November (the House of Representatives is renewed every two years) there was a slide in the suburban vote, which until now has been Republican, toward the Democrats. Thanks to the mobilization of women. The Democrats need to win in the six states that, by a narrow margin, determined the defeat of Clinton: Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and New Hampshire.
Behind the favorites − Biden, Sanders, Warren and Harris − they were depending on Beto O’Rourke, who still has not managed to gain the public’s interest. The role of the young star has been stolen by Pete Buttigieg, who after the difficult pronunciation of his surname has been labeled “Mayor Pete,” as he is currently serving as mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He is 37, openly gay and married and has served in Afghanistan. A progressive on social issues, gun control and climate change.
He has come out strong from the debate. He is climbing in the polls and in donations, important in the U.S. He has raised $25 million in his second trimester, putting him in front of Biden and Sanders. Trump raised $105 million, more than all of the Democrats put together. No one yet sees him as president (he would be the youngest in U.S. history), but a question has been raised that would indicate a change: Is America ready for a politician like Pete Buttigieg?
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