Millions of democrats are struggling with the concept of “electability.” Predicting which democrat is most likely to succeed in taking on Donald Trump on the campaign trail, the debate stage and at the polls.
The conventional wisdom has been that former vice-president Joe Biden is the best choice to not only fire up democrats, but meaningfully infiltrate and siphon off Trump’s base. In short, that Biden’s the Pennsylvania brawler whose Trump-like shoot-from-the-hip style will attract moderates and independents, leaving just the “he can shoot someone on 5th Avenue and I’ll still support him” crazies in his wake.
But as Biden begins to slip in the polls, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s momentum continues to build, it’s becoming more of a reality that the Massachusetts progressive can win the nomination. And what if she named former Georgia state representative Stacey Abrams as her running-mate? Dare I suggest two women on the ticket…one of whom is black. Could they beat Trump?
The answer is, yes. And not only can they beat Trump, they can possibly hand him the biggest, most humiliating landslide in history.
The other ‘conventional wisdom’ is that two women cannot win.
It just depends on priority and focus: whether democrats believe they must nominate someone who can appeal to republicans, i.e. Biden, or someone who can fire the shit up out of their own base, i.e. Warren. Add Abrams to the ticket and the entire dynamic shifts. Because, as we saw in the 2018 midterms, a fired-up black and Hispanic electorate, together with women, college students, suburbanites and seniors, spells v-i-c-t-o-r-y. Plus, with Abrams, democrats would make further gains in the all-important South.
It also depends on turnout. What if, instead if 60%, democrats turn out in the 65–80% range? You’d think it’d be at least that much considering Trump is an ignorant, pathologically-lying, corrupt, sexist, misogynist, xenophobic, racist, sociopath traitor who chaotically and dangerously governs by Tweet, fiat, crippling insecurities and self-hatred. You’d think democrats would break all voting records in history to swarm the polls to ensure that Trump doesn’t get a second chance to destroy our democracy and fully plunge us into a fascist-like autocracy.
Other nations, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Italy and Sweden, have voter turnout at roughly 80–90%. Turnout like this is achievable in America too, but only if we actually give a shit.
So do we give a shit? Do we value healthcare? Education? The environment? Science? A free press? Free and fair elections? Freedom? Democracy itself? Do we hunger for decency, civility, compassion, empathy, humility, humanity and human and civil rights?? For honesty and the truth?
If democrats are fired-up and energized beyond anything we’ve ever experienced, and republicans become more exhausted with Trump and continue to abandon him, we can get back on the course of progress we had with Barack Obama and restore American ideals and exceptionalism and make history again.
So yeah, two women can win.