zuckerberg 2020

There’s been talk about Mark Zuckerberg running for the Democratic nomination in 2020. I can see why. There’s a lot of good reasons to think that Zuckerberg could win the nomination:

  1. The Democratic party leadership has collapsed at the national level. The biggest names are all done: Clinton 1, Clinton 2, Obama, Kerry, Gore, Biden, Dean and Edwards. The entire crew of the 2000s/2010s is termed out, too old or, in Edwards case, ruined by scandal.
  2. The Democratic party bench is too old or too empty. Sanders is too old, Warren will be 71 if she runs in 2020. Tim Kaine is a non-entity outside Virginia. And it gets worse. Normally, Presidential contenders come from the ranks of the Senate and the Governorships. There are 48 Democratic Senators, which isn’t bad, and New Jersey’s Cory Booker seems to be the one with the most national presence. But the Governor situation is atrocious – there are only 16 Democratic governors!! And some, like Jerry Brown, are old or come from states like New York that chew up governors.
  3. The progressives are unable to take control of the Democratic party. We saw this with the failed attempt by Minnesota’s Keith Ellison to become party chair. Of course, this could change in the future, but so far the 45% of progressive Democrats have been unable to pull people away from the 55% of the party that is more DLC/Clinton oriented.
  4. Trump’s great asset was his ability to drown out other primary contenders in the media, which undermined fundraising and destroyed their campaigns. Then, Trump got lucky in that he faced the first ever Democratic nominee who felt that Wisconsin was not really a priority. A celebrity could rely on luck and media presence.

Add it altogether and it makes an outsider like Zuckerberg think seriously about being president. The leadership is weak, there is no heir-apparent, there is no bench and he’s got the intelligence, discipline, and money to do it. Not any celebrity could pull it off, but Zuckerberg might be one of them.

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Written by fabiorojas

May 9, 2017 at 2:33 am

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  1. Yo I think there are only about 48 Democratic Party senators.


    Philip N. Cohen

    May 9, 2017 at 3:18 am

  2. Sorry, got my 1-X flipped.

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    May 9, 2017 at 3:19 am

  3. BTW agree anything goes for 2020. Dems might want to look at more popular celebs than Zuckerberg tho.


    Philip N. Cohen

    May 9, 2017 at 3:27 am

  4. Fair point. There are more popular people but the guy is incredibly disciplined and has more cash than God/Oprah.

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    May 9, 2017 at 3:32 am

  5. Oh Great, government of the pop-up, by the pop-up, for the pop-up …


    Jon Awbrey

    May 9, 2017 at 8:02 am

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