Fourteen Democrat Presidential candidates are polling at zero.
That’s more than half the number that’s running.
In fact, let’s just call these folks the Zero Percent Club.
I just saw this over at Twitchy:
2020 National Democratic Primary:— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) June 11, 2019
Ryan 1%@QuinnipiacPoll 6/6-10
Gillibrand 0%— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) June 12, 2019
de Blasio 0%
Apropos of nothing, really. But who in the name of sweet, fancy Moses is Messam?
Or Bullock for that matter.
And here we thought Lincoln Chaffee in 2016 was the height of no-name candidates.
Now, unless something substantial changes over the course of the summer, I think it’s fair to say that the 2020 Democrat field pretty much consists of five actual candidates, five “probably wasting their time” candidates and the Zero Percent Club – AKA the folks who should go back to their regularly scheduled lives post haste.
As one tweeter at Twitchy pointed out, ten members of the Zero Percent Club have qualified for the first debate later this month. For heaven’s sake why?
Of course, the deadline to qualify for the June 26/27 debate is today at midnight, so the other four members of the Zero Percent Club are probably SOL.
Sure, it may be possible that one of the ten candidates from the Zero Percent Club might distinguish him or herself during the first debate. But that would probably be on the order of loaves and fishes, so I’m not holding my breath.
The truth is, the Democrat field isn’t just crowded; it’s downright clogged. In fact, it’s more clogged than the arteries of a tubby couch potato.
But enough about Brian Stelter.
Considering how much airtime folks like Kirsten Gillibrand and Bill de Blasio have gotten over the last month or so, I’d say, if you still can’t get above zero percent after that, it ain’t gonna happen for you.
There’s just too many people wasting time and money pretending they have more than a snowball’s chance in hell of getting the nomination (let alone taking on Trump).
If this first debate doesn’t winnow down the field, if none of these folks polling at zero wake up and smell the failure, I think the DNC needs to step in and tell the Zero Percent Club to pack up their pipe dreams and hit the bricks.
Then again, to qualify for the second debate, every candidate must meet not just one, but both of the DNC’s preconditions to qualify. And that just might take a lot of the Zero Percent Club out of the running by default.
Which, in a way, makes me kind of sad. I’ll miss watching Goose Egg Gillibrand make a complete idiot of herself.
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