I haven't posted anything really about the Democratic primary, so I thought I'd write my thoughts to date. I've mostly been following the campaign by reading profiles and articles and what I've heard on NPR. I pretty much gave up TV news after the election. I was camping during the first debates and this week's debates I saw snippets of each night, as household chores and child's bedtime routines were more important (and without cable tv I couldn't have it on in the background, since they were on CNN). Nor have I seen any of the candidates, though they come nearby all the time and many of my local friends have. So, I haven't been too engaged in the process yet.
Back at the turn of the year, as announcements began, my favorite candidates were Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Gov. Jay Inslee. I like her work as a Senator and felt her Midwest pragmatism was a good direction for the party to take in this election. I like him because of his record in Washington state and his focus on climate change. But neither of them has gained much traction in the effort so far.
When Mayor Pete first announced, I was pleased that an openly gay candidate was in the race, but didn't think a 37-year-old mid-sized city mayor was qualified or ready. I went ahead and gave him money, as I had the other two just mentioned, because I felt some obligation to support the gay candidate. Then, of course, he did take off, and I began to wonder if there is a possibility there. I'm confident he'll be the nominee one day and may still be the VP candidate this time, but as yet I'm still not convinced he's the top choice. Though if I don't have a particular favorite come time for me to vote, I may just vote for him anyway.
I wish Biden weren't running. I was a good VP and should have retired with a secure legacy and functioned as a good elder statesman. I've never really cared for him and have never understood those who thought he would have fared better than Hillary in 2016, because all empirical evidence, based upon his previous runs for president, was to the contrary.
I also wish Bernie had declared victory, as he changed the national political discourse and many of his policies are now mainstream. I wish he weren't running either. I think he could be more effective working on legislation in the Senate.
After the first debate and based upon things I'd been reading, I was drawn to Sen. Kamala Harris as my top choice. One analysis I read said that she has the chance to build the broadest coalition, as she is acceptable to folk in both the moderate and leftist wings, often as a second or third choice. And I thought based upon her debate performance (which I also had some critical thoughts about) she could compete well with Trump. Last night she did not convey the same confidence, so I'm on the hunt again.
I've liked Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the Senate but haven't been sure I want her as President. But she's been running a very good campaign, and I'm more open to her as the candidate than I was a few months ago.
So, that's where I currently stand.