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Try Not to Laugh When You Hear the Three Politicians Being Hyped to Run Against Trump in 2024

With the Biden administration floundering, Democrat-aligned commentators stepped forward Tuesday to suggest the party return to the well in 2024.

SO WHAT

The Democrats and the media seem to be out of fresh ideas.

WHAT HAPPENED

Proposals for three different Democratic presidential tickets appeared prominently in the media within a matter of hours — provoking debate among liberals and derision from conservatives on Twitter.

1. Hillary Clinton: Democrats Doug Schoen, a veteran pollster, and Andrew Stein, a former New York City politician, argued in a Tuesday Wall Street Journal op-ed that the party has a “leadership vacuum,” “which Mrs. Clinton viably could fill.”

Calling the Democrats’ approach to governing “disorganized and unpopular,” the writers said Clinton, a 74-year-old former secretary of state, is clearly considering running and touted her as:

  • “younger than Biden,”
  • a “change candidate,”
  • the “only credible alternative” to the “Democratic Party establishment”
  • and probably Democrats’ “best option” if they “want a fighting chance at winning the presidency in 2024.”
  • (No wonder some liberals suspected they were being trolled.)

Schoen and Stein dismissed Clinton’s 2016 loss to Trump, her second failed presidential bid in a decades-long Democratic career, as plausibly due to FBI and Russian interference.

2. Al Gore: Reporter Ben Jacobs — a former Guardian reporter best known for being assaulted by a GOP congressional candidate in 2017 — one-upped the Journal op-ed with a tweet floating climate activist Al Gore as the Democrats’ 2024 nominee.

Jacobs’ endorsement of Gore — a 73-year-old former vice president and unsuccessful 2000 Democratic presidential nominee — was clearly tongue in cheek, but the post went viral and many commenters took it seriously.

  • “There are worse ideas,” replied podcaster Rachel Vindman.
  • “Ben is going to manifest this into reality,” predicted CBS News’ Alan He.

3. President Joe Biden and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.: New York Times columnist Tom Friedman proposed the cross-party paring to save democracy.

“[T]his Trump-cult version of the GOP is trying to gain power through an election, but it’s trying to increase its odds of winning by gaming the system in battleground states. America’s small-d democrats need to counter those moves and increase their odds of winning,” Friedman wrote.

  • “The best way to do that is by creating a broad national unity vehicle that enables more Republicans to leave the Trump cult — without having to just become big-D Democrats. We all have to be small-d democrats now, or we won’t have a system to be big-D or big-R anythings.”
  • Steven Levitsky, a progressive political scientist, assured Friedman that teaming up with an anti-Trump Republican was a good idea this one time.
  • “I want to get back as quickly as possible to where I can disagree with Liz Cheney on every policy issue,” Levitsky said, “but not until our democracy is safe.”

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