Few Americans are excited about a repeat of Joe Biden versus Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election. I'm sure not.
Sure, as a Democrat I hugely prefer Biden over Trump. I think Biden has done a very good job as president, better than expected, absolutely.
But Biden doesn't excite me. He doesn't even enthuse me. His appeal for me and many others is more that he's a competent decent person who isn't Trump.
That worked to elect Biden in 2020. I'm deeply worried that the same game plan won't work in 2024.
And the stakes are too high to risk Biden going down in flames, giving Trump another four years in office when every indication is that Trump would be much more successful at turning the presidency into his authoritarian throne of power, smashing democracy and the rule of law into smithereens.
That's why I found an article in The Bulwark so compelling. A.B. Stoddard has a terrific idea in To Beat Trump, Democrats Need a Whitmer-Warnock Ticket.
As soon as I thought about Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock being the Democrat president and vice-president candidates respectively, I felt an Obama-era surge of enthusiasm well up within me.
Here's an excerpt from the article.
DEMOCRATS HAVE A DEEPER BENCH than many people appreciate. In particular, there are two leaders from swing states who can provide generational change, a fresh start, and a far more serious threat to Trump than Biden can: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Whitmer, 52, is one of the most experienced, exciting, and winning Democrats in the country. She is as tough a candidate, and leader, as the Democrats can find, and she was vetted as a potential VP pick in 2020. Warnock, who has won pluralities or majorities in five elections in three years, is the cerebral 54-year-old senior pastor at Martin Luther King Jr.’s church. He grew up in public housing, went through a messy divorce—no longer disqualifying in the age of Trump—has small children, and was the top small donor fundraiser from either party in 2022. The dramatic stakes of his election gave him national name recognition: Less than 10 percent of Warnock’s individual donations came from within his state.
Young. Dynamic. Diverse. Competent and experienced. Broadly appealing. Can mobilize core voters. Would deliver two battleground states. Those are seven big boxes already checked.
There are other benefits: Such a ticket would take away the core self-justification of the No Labels project, would seriously dent West’s vanity run, and would circumvent the ever-expanding Hunter Biden issue.