People ask me all the time who I’m supporting for president, whether in the upcoming California presidential primary or in the general, but I really haven’t had a whole lot of interest in the subject until now. I will never, ever support the incumbent, and, while I have had my favorites, all of the major Democratic candidates would be a far cry better choice to lead this country than Trump. I have long been an admirer of Amy Klobuchar and I have followed Cory Booker since he was mayor of Newark. Recently, I have been quite impressed with Pete Buttigieg. Elizabeth Warren would also do fine as president. Further down on my list would be the billionaires (Bloomberg, in fact, would be way down the list) but they, too, would be highly preferable over a Donald J. Trump.
I have increasingly been feelin’ the Bern. I do not see him as unelectable by any means — I mean, for crying out loud, we just elected Donald Freaking Trump — and his so-called Democratic Socialism is not any more radical than that of one of the most popular American presidents ever elected, namely Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the country did that four separate times. But my candidate of choice — on the issues and on the ability to lead the country — has always been Joe Biden. But the overriding question for me has also always been the ability to beat Trump, hold the House, and take back the Senate, and for awhile it seemed like Biden might go down for the count.
South Carolina changed all that, and so I’m sticking with Joe. I have already voted and regardless of who becomes the Democratic nominee I will support the ticket, but I hope it’s Joe. Joe and Elizabeth, or Joe and Amy, or Joe and Bernie, or Joe and Pete, or Joe and Cory, or Joe and, well, I’ll leave that up to Joe.