Who is the most electable Democratic candidate for President?

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By Pete Souza — https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/3484820234/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9077712

Hint: it’s not Joe Biden…

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By Jimmy Carter Library — http://www.debates.org/index.php?page=1980-debates, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19436153

The reason Biden didn’t run in 2016 was because Clinton looked unbeatable, and he looked weak. So much for predictions.

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By Office of Senator Kamala Harris — https://www.harris.senate.gov/news/photos/meeting-with-dreamers-12/21/17, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65267675

So let’s set aside the unquantifiable determinants of electability. As Patrick Murray, who runs the well-respected Monmouth University poll said, “electability is in the eye of the beholder.”

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By Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force — http://www.defenseimagery.mil/imagery.html#guid=4de8e17b0fbfafb8edfb0fa6cec854eaecfc1d42, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5758259

What’s the lesson of this. Certainly, it is that the last candidate Democrats should be backing is another white straight male like Biden or Sanders.

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Mike is an Assistant Professor of Management for Legal and Ethical Studies at Oakland U. Mike combines his scholarship with practical experience in politics.

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