Running the Race for the Top Job

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At one time in 2019, we had twenty Democratic candidates for U.S. President. I liked hearing a diversity of views on important issues. Going toward the first primary in the nation in New Hampshire, we had 7 remaining: Mr. Biden, Mr. Buttigieg, Mr. Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, billionaire activist Tom Steyer and entrepreneur Andrew Yang. Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer, and latecomer billionaire Bloombrg withdrew.

Joe Biden won a swath of states where he never even visited as a contending candidate, including two that Bernie Sanders was expected to carry. Elizabeth Warren was third. If Warren stayed in the race, she would have split the progressive vote and have given the nomination to Biden. Thursday, March 5, Elizabeth Warren dropped out, leaving Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and very far down in third place Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Biden had not been able to raise funds to buy expensive television ads or have on-the ground headquarters with paid staff. He won anyway. Voters overcame the pre-SuperTuesday confusion about their choice of candidate to decide on Biden at the last minute.

Biden’s success with voters throws into doubt the needs for and effectiveness of spending millions of dollars on a media campaign. Check it out: voters know what they want. That includes knowing what they don’t want — Bernie Sanders, apparently.

Another interesting observation is that voters prefer vision and character over specifics. Many candidates now withdrawn told what they would do, if elected. Elizabeth Warren is famous for “having a plan for that.” The former candidates also had character and vision, including those who withdrew long ago like Corey Booker and Julian Castro.

We also seem to prefer white men. What’s up with that? Are we just used to seeing it? To me, white males are disconnected from their emotions and severely empathy-impaired. Not my dream of a leader.

Stacy Abrams for Vice President!

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Aikya Param is a licensed minister, a visual artist, and writer.

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