George Will is looking for a sober Democrat. We think it would be somebody he could disagree on most policy issues but still vote for in 2020. Showing the difficulty of George’s search, the 44th President was in the news recently:
The former U.S. President said during a talk at the Obama Foundation summit in Chicago that world leaders must solve problems around climate change, education, agriculture, among others, which according to him are not as hard to deal with as they may seem. As reported by the Daily Mail, [the 44th President] didn’t mention [The Donald] by name, but he did say that the world “badly needs remaking” and that “the reason we don’t do it is because we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues.”
The joy of being a progressive is that you can attack The Donald and the press will say perhaps it was an attack on … well, it might be somebody else. So the immediate past president would have a hard time making the list of sober Democrats. George has identified John Delany, an entrepreneur and a Congressman from Maryland, as a reasonable choice for the Democrat presidential nomination in 2020. He is, as George demonstrates, a progressive:
He checks various boxes that might mollify all but the most fastidious progressives: He likes early-childhood education, a carbon tax, a $15 minimum wage, and extending the Social Security tax to higher incomes. He dislikes the NRA, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, high interest rates on student loans, and “outrageous” drug prices. He would achieve “universal” health care by offering Medicaid for all, and for those who choose to opt for private programs, as he thinks most people would, there would be federal subsidies for those who need them.
The only point of possible agreement for us in that list is the carbon tax. We are willing to support a carbon tax at a reasonable level that replaces the gas tax. It is not much to keep a conservative interested but, according to George, he is pleasingly adult compared to the candidates from the Senate. George is right but it is an exceeding low bar to clear to be declared adult compared to Cory and Kamala. George says the Democrats could do much worse and probably will. We agree with him that it helps The Donald. We would like to see a sober Democrat leader again in our lifetime but it doesn’t look good. It is too bad because there is an opening for sober leaders.