Liberals have gone through short-lived crushes but can’t settle on a Democratic champion.
The media is acknowledging that the Left is still searching for a Democratic champion to run against Trump. That helps explain the burst of enthusiasm we see for every Leftist celebrity for a couple of weeks after they do something notable, like speak.
But the intensity of these feelings can’t last. So the wave of hope fades until another person rekindles it, and the cycle continues.
The Hill reports, “A year after Obama, Dems still looking for replacement.”
“There’s a definite yearning for ‘Who’s my next great love?’” Democratic strategist Patti Solis Doyle said in describing her party. “And the problem is we’re not really loving anyone we see. So we’re looking for someone we’re not expecting.”
When Oprah Winfrey delivered a powerful speech at the Golden Globes last month, she provided a jolt of excitement to a party still reeling from a stunning 2016 election defeat. And some Democrats fell in love with the idea that the television personality could become their next standard bearer.
They gloated about the prospects on cable news. Donors phones began to light up. A draft Oprah 2020 effort was quickly launched.
Winfrey then said that running for president wasn’t something that interested her.
Fast forward to Tuesday, when Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) delivered a State of the Union response for his party. It was enough for some Democrats to long for the days of Camelot.
A #JoeKennedy2020 hashtag quickly emerged on Twitter and a USA Today headline captured the moment: “Rep. Joe Kennedy sounded a LOT like Barack Obama.”
And that was just January, which also saw Kendrick Lamar suggest Jay-Z run for president while accepting a Grammy.
Over the past year, the flavor of the month has swung wildly, from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) early in 2017 with her “Nevertheless, she persisted” moment, and later with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on the heels of the cultural “Me too” movement.
The situation hasn’t changed since this report a hundred days into the Trump Administration (except that Trump is winning more).
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