The rules are the rules, are the rules. When a candidate decides to run for president of the United States, he or she has to be mature enough to know that he or she will have to appeal to a wide cross-section of people, raise a lot of money, and run a near-flawless campaign, which if he or she is lucky will resonate with people. As such, messaging, likeability, electability, becomes crucial to a candidate’s viability.
As far as the Democrats running to unseat Donald Trump are concerned, they all knew the rules of the game when they decided to enter the race.
It is for that reason that I shed no tears for Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Wayne Messam, Corey Booker or any other minority candidate who drops out or will drop out of the race, then complain about the rules. You have noticed that I have not mentioned Hawai’s, Tulsi Gabbard. I did not for the simple reason that I do not believe she sees herself as a minority. Furthermore, I for one, do not see her as a legitimate Democratic candidate for the presidency.
The Democratic party which gets its votes largely from African Americans and coalitions in large urban centers still follows the right-wing Republican party in the way it selects its nominees for president.
I never understood why the party needed to cater to voters in New Hampshire and Iowa, two states which hardly have any black or other significant numbers of minority voters?
It is for that reason, that by the time the New Hampshire and Iowa voters have had their say in who they want to vote for, the issues important to minority communities, (the backbone of the Democratic party), are either watered down or doesn’t exist on the party’s platform any longer.
Despite that, I do not believe that minority candidates should complain about not being on the debate stage because of the rules. They all agreed to the rules when they decided to run. What they should be focused on is making sure that the party’s primary voting begins in states in which large minority populations reside.
This will not happen in this election cycle, but the party’s coalitions should endeavor to make sure that this practice becomes a thing of the past.
A lot of issues came to the fore this cycle, many of the candidates who ran on some of those issues are both white and male, many of them are already gone, they made no impact. It follows therefore that the contention of the minority candidates cannot in good faith be that race is the reason they are not on the debate stage or were forced to drop out of the race.
Joe Sestak ran on accountability. John Delaney ran on bi-partisanship. John Hickenlooper ran on pragmatism. For Jay Inslee, it was climate change. Tim Ryan ran on being a blue-collar guy. Eric Swalwell ran on gun control. Seth Moulton ran on his military service. Mike Gravel ran as an anti-war candidate. Michael Bennett ran on pragmatism as well I suppose. For Steve Bullock citizens united was the issue and for Beto O’rourke, it was immigration as well.
None of those issues resonated singularly with primary voters enough, or generated enough enthusiasm to keep those candidates in the race. They all folded their respective campaigns.
That leaves us with what pundits and prognosticators say is the single issue driving Democratic voters, (the need to find a candidate who they feel can defeat Donald Trump).
This is no ordinary cycle, despite his soaring rhetoric and message of hope and change, was he running this cycle, Barack Obama’s presidency would likely not happen.
The anger and derision of the Trump presidency have had millions of Americans almost literally holding their breaths in anticipation of the next presidential elections when they will be able to exhale.
It is for that reason I believe those perfectly good candidates like Booker Harris, Castro and others got flushed out early. It is for that reason white male candidates with lesser name recognition did not make the cut either.
The candidates still in the runnings, Joe Biden, the former vice-president, well known US Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the young and exciting Pete Buttigieg, US Senator Amy Klobuchar from the midwest and the billionaires who can finance their own campaigns even if they are unable to make the stage, can hardly be said to be there because of their skin color, but are there because of name recognition and their fat bank accounts. Amy Klobuchar a daughter of the midwest may still be a viable candidate even if she is not successful in the Iowa caucuses less than a month away.
Democrats sent packing this cycle, black, white, latino, or female, failed the early electability test that’s it. Nothing about it is racial.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
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