First blood, blood, and bad blood: That’s this week’s story from the presidential race.
Begin with blood. This day in California, Representative Eric Swalwell finished his race for the Democratic nomination, shocking news to the many Americans who had no idea he had been running in the first place. Swalwell will seek reelection to the U.S. House instead. He is the primary candidate to depart the race that is busy.
Swalwell’s campaign was quixotic from the beginning, but unlike Cervantes’s hero, he never really journeyed anywhere. Swalwell was not able to build much name recognition, even though managing to qualify for the very first Democratic debate in June. His most notable moment came in the second night of the argument, when he challenged Joe Biden to hand off the torch to a younger generation. Biden laughed Swalwell off; Kamala Harris delivered the punch that Swalwell had been expecting to land on the former vice president; and Swalwell more or less vanished, end up using the second-least amount of talking time of the night, ahead of only Andrew Yang. He had been in danger of not making the next argument, in the end of July.
This is not necessarily an indictment of Swalwell; it is just that it is difficult to get focus in this discipline. 1 common explanation for why long-shot candidates run would be to increase their own profiles, and possibly Swalwell did, but according to some Morning Consult poll, 50 percent of respondents had never even heard of himwith only his House colleague Seth Moulton faring worse.
It speaks well of Swalwell he is able to read the writing on the wall if many of his opponents are still feigning illiteracy. While he could be the very first to leave the race, he is very likely to be joined by others before too long. Require John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado, who recently fired a lot of his team and is trying a relaunch. After initially seeming to blame his former aides, he told a reporter in Iowa that the real issue was likely the offender. “Certainly the vast bulk of the problem with the campaign was not being as good of a messenger like I want to be, however you can not switch or trade in a new candidate,” he said. Which may be true of this Hickenlooper effort, but voters can change or trade in–not that a lot of these were at his corner in the first place.
Next, the new blood: Even as Swalwell prepares to depart, another Californian, the financier Tom Steyer, may enter the race, my colleague Edward-Isaac Dovere reports. I have written in this area multiple times that the field is finally at capacity and will just psychologist, and new candidates keep emerging. (Hello, Joe Sestak! Nice to see you, Steve Bullock!) Steyer is an interesting case because he declared back in January that he would not run. Yet despite seeing a field of coiffed white dudes don’t go anywhere, he’s seemingly tempted to try his hand anyway.
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