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IS THIS SERIOUS?  I'M AFRAID IT IS.  GET ME MY PILLS:  We now have a journalistic report predicting the leading Democratic contenders for the presidency in 2024, assuming Joe Biden decides to go for it again.  From the New York Post: 

Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared for the first time on a Washington Post ranking of potential Democratic presidential hopefuls — that also showed Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pulling ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris in the No. 2 slot behind President Biden.

Progressive lightning rod Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez remained at No. 10 in the newspaper’s survey of possible contenders in the 2024 election, as California Gov. Gavin Newsom jumped two spots to No. 7 right behind Sanders, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer debuted on the list at No. 8.

Biden wasn’t included in the rankings compiled in December 2021 because of speculation at the time that he would be a one-term president and because polls showed that Democratic-leaning voters narrowly preferred “someone not named Biden on the ballot in 2024.”

But the Washington Post began including Biden’s name on the list in its April rankings and in the most recent survey.

“ The reason: There might come a time when the incumbent president isn’t the most likely nominee the next time around, for whatever reason. And his own 2024 maneuverings were suddenly very much worth evaluating in real time,” the newspaper said.

The report pointed out that the only way Biden, 79, motivates Democrats is if Donald Trump or another Republican the base dislikes is the GOP’s nominee.

“Even then, it seems a pretty big gamble to put up someone Democratic voters are so lukewarm on ,” it said, referring to Biden’s tanking job approval numbers, even among members of his own party.

On Harris, the newspaper said the vice president’s image has been linked to Biden’s, along with their plummeting poll numbers.

“But the way things are going right now, she would need to somehow differentiate herself. And that’s not an easy trick when you’ve still got your day job,” the report said.

Noting that Sanders, 80, landed at No. 6 after being absent from April’s list, the report said that shortly after that survey, his campaign put out a memo stating that the independent from Vermont might mount a bid if Biden doesn’t.

After the memo went public, Politico reported that Sanders himself had approved it,” the Washington Post said.

Speaking of Ocasio-Cortez, the newspaper said that while most Democrats have said they will defer to Biden about launching a primary bid, the New York congresswoman hasn’t.
“Ocasio-Cortez, of course, is very young. And we shouldn’t necessarily take this as posturing for a run; she also has an interest in assuring Biden caters to her wing of the party, after all,” the newspaper said.

It also pointed out how Buttigieg “continues to carve out a potentially attractive space in Democratic politics,” referring to his appearances on Fox News to dispute conservative talking points in a “calm and steady manner.”

COMMENT:  Read the rest.  Aren't you impressed?  Why, the excitement just builds and builds.  Truly, anyone on that list would make a fine president...of a high-school student government.  In a bad neighborhood. 

Look at the names and you instantly realize how much trouble the Democratic Party is really in.  I mean, that is a list of candidates too mediocre to be disliked.

July 18, 2022