In a long conversation with a hard-core, self-identified conservative Democrat, the voter expressed distaste for some of the people mentioned as potential candidates, which leads into the quote for the week:
MJH: You said you don’t support [Terry] McAuliffe. Why? You need to explain how he is different than Clinton.
Democrat Party Voter: Because the party needs to move on from the past. No attachments. Jerry Brown…
MJH: You want to move on from the past, and your candidate of choice is Jerry Brown? Nothing like bringing in some young blood, eh?
Democrat Party Voter: I’m not looking for young blood. I’m looking to win. The goal isn’t youth it’s victory.
MJH: Win what? California and Massachusetts?
Democrat Party Voter: Jerry Brown polls solid across the country and looks the part. Either him or Hickenlooper can pull back Pennsylvania and other states
He can pull in a strong vp from the south and win out. The goal is to win.
A left-wing governor, and multiple-failed presidential candidate from California is apparently how this Democratic voter wants to “move on from the past.”
With that said, his interest in Hickenlooper is a little more balanced. The problem is that while Governor John Hickenlooper is sounding more interested in running for president in 2020, the Democrat Party is not exactly reciprocating the interest or belief that he could win.
Put simply: Hickenlooper is not a dynamic or exciting candidate.
And in a political race where the left controls the Democratic Party, it is hard to imagine that Colorado’s governor would stand much of a chance to survive early primaries and caucuses with his soft-spoken, and moderate views.
Conservative Democrats and moderates don’t survive without significant institutional advantages. Just ask former Senator Jim Webb.
Every Tuesday we will publish a quote for the week that captures our interest. It can be provocative, insightful, amusing, or flat-out crazy. If you have suggestions, please email Michael Hackmer at: mjh [at] michaelhackmer.com