YANG & THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
Andrew Yang is still hanging around because his issue is one that reverberates with the American public. We see the writing on the wall. What do we do when the robots take our jobs? How will we survive? Until the leading candidates can answer that question, Yang will be there to remind them. This too is an existential crisis and one that is a lot closer than politicians like to admit.
Yang's giveaway of one thousand dollars a month for a year to ten lucky families was either genius or absurd and borderline immoral. I favor the latter. While ten lucky families are not going to get you elected president, it really should be illegal to pay your potential voters. But let that go.
THE STREET FIGHTER
Cory Booker continues to lean on his background as an underdog who lives in a tough neighborhood not because he has to but because he wants to. Booker strikes me as a good man but he is still searching for a political identity in this race. Is he the second coming of Barack Obama wanting to unite the country? Or is he the street fighter who knows firsthand what poverty and violence can do to a community? Three debates in, I'm still not sure.
KAMALA FROM CALIFORNIA
Senator Harris got a very temporary rise in the polls when she took aim at the frontrunner on the issue of bussing. When the facts proved far more nuanced than they first appeared, she began losing the advantage she gained. In the third debate, Harris had a moment when she compared Trump to the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. Unfortunately, what lingers is her laughter. When no one else is laughing, Kamala, you should take a step back. Moreover, the California senator has not taken hold of any single issue. She was supposed to be the prison reform candidate but her position seems muddled even there. If you're always defending your record you're losing ground.
As the only black candidates, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker are hanging on because the South looms large. If Joe Biden continues to falter, who wins the South?