12 to the Power of 20

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20 Days Ago…

I’ve continued the Power Ranking of the 20 Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Democratic Primary to be concluded on its 20th iteration the day of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Since the last list… The Second Democratic Debate took place in Michigan over a two-day event… While top tier candidates like Biden, Harris Buttigeig and Sanders had middling performances, candidates like Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang made the most of their opportunities…  Beto O’Rourke and Tim Ryan were placed in an unfortunate spotlight due to mass shootings in places from which they served…

Reminder, this is a “power ranking” and not a list of my favorites in the order I’d like them. But taking in the news cycle over the last 20 days and other pertinent data, this ranking is just a snapshot of where I think the candidates are and where the voters are in their likelihood to select them as the Democratic Nominee for the 2020 Presidential Race.

So don’t be mad at me. Tell your candidate to get better.

So without further adieu…

 

20.  Michael Bennet – Senator, Colorado– 54 (Last 20: #Unranked)

19.  Tom Steyer – Businessman, California – 62 (Last 20: #18)

18.  John Hickenlooper – Former Governor, Colorado – 67 (Last 20: #15)

17.  Bill De Blasio – Mayor, New York – 58 (Last 20: #12)

16.  Marianne Williamson– Entrepreneur/Author , California– 66 (Last 20: #Unranked)

15.  Tim Ryan – Congressman, Ohio – 45 (Last 20: #17)

14.  Steve Bullock – Governor, Montana – 53 (Last 20: #16)

13.  Jay Inslee – Governor, Washington – 68 (Last 20: #10)

12.  Tulsi Gabbard – Congresswoman, Hawaii – 38 (Last 20: #13)

11.  Amy Klobuchar – Senator Minnesota – 58 (Last 20: #11)

10.  Kirsten Gillibrand – Senator, New York – 52 (Last 20: #8)

9.   Beto O’Rourke – Former Congressman, Texas – 46 (Last 20: #9)

8.   Julian Castro – Former HUD Secretary, Texas – 44 (Last 20: #7)

7.   Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, New York – 44 (Last 20: 14)

6.   Cory Booker – Senator, New Jersey – 50 (Last 20: #6)

5.   Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, Indiana – 37 (Last 20: #5)

4.   Bernie Sanders – Senator, Vermont – 77 (Last 20: #4)

3.   Kamala Harris – Senator, California – 54 (Last 20: #2)

2.   Elizabeth Warren – Senator, Massachusetts – 69 (Last 20: #3)

1.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President, Delaware – 76 (Last 20: #1)

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The Case of the Prospective Progressive Presidential Prosecutor

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In the Summer of 1983, deputies of the San Bernadino Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at the home of Douglas and Peggy Ryan. They were found, along with their 10-year old daughter and a neighbor’s 11-year old son, horribly butchered and their bodies mutilated in one of the worst crimes scenes ever witnessed in the Chino Hills history. Area drifter and felon, Kevin Cooper was arrested for the murders, tried and sentenced to death.

Kamala Harris had just finished her Sophomore year at Howard University on the other side of the country.

Of course, we’ve come to know the rest of her story since then. After graduating, she returned to California, started working as an Assistant District Attorney in Alameda County and eventually becoming the District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. It was here that she gained statewide and even national attention for some bold political statements that she used to propel her for a run for California’s Attorney General, which lead her to the U.S. Senate and now, of course, she is a candidate for President of the United States of America.

However, it is the calamitous case of Kevin Cooper that has been indelibly linked to that of Senator Harris. Earlier this week, during the second round of Democratic Debates, second of the 2020 cycle, fellow candidate and Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard waylaid the Senator with an accusation that, as Attorney General, she blocked evidence that would have lead to Cooper’s exoneration. Which sound pretty bad… if it were actually completely accurate. It wasn’t. What is true is that after twenty years of appeals, Cooper was granted a fairly literal last minute stay of execution in 2004. And in 2010, he filed a clemency petition, not with the Attorney General, but with then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was the Governor who actually then left the application to the discretion of his replacement, Jerry Brown(who coincidentally, was Schwarzenegger’s Attorney General). The truth of the matter is that Brown’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris had very little to do with Cooper’s clemency application. She certainly was not in position to block evidence. Her only involvement in the application was to encourage the governor to allow for DNA testing that could clear him. Again, she encouraged the Governor, not the Attorney General, Xavier Becerra. You see, it is not his job. Nor was it hers. In California, the governor has the sole authority to grant clemency. But based on a single word in a unquoted and unsupported opinion piece, Tulsi Gabbard blamed Kamala Harris for something she really had very little control over, if any at all.

In short, Tulsi Gabbard was grossly misinformed.

But she didn’t stop there. She also accused Harris of putting 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations, again something she had no control over, and then laughing about it. What’s actually laughable is the suggestion that a state’s Attorney General is remotely involved in the prosecution of street level drug offenses. But when you put it in context that, as D.A., she routinely declined 3rd strike offenses that were in the vain of such drug offenses, to save multiple persons from serving mandated life sentences under California’s 3-Strike Laws, it’s even more asinine. Gabbard went on to accuse Harris of keeping in place bail system that impacts poor people in the worst way, which is literally the complete opposite of what Harris has been working on during her time in the Senate, reforming our national Cash Bail System to stop victimizing and criminalizing poor people.

In short, Tulsi Gabbard is also lying to you.

The problem is, Tulsi Gabbard could hardly be blamed for blatant lies that she tells. She, along with surrogates from other candidates, bloggers, and other assorted internet trolls have cobbled together various tales of Kamala Harris’ prosecutorial days insisting on telling the story that despite her claims of being a “progressive prosecutor” that she is not just pro police and law enforcement, but also zealously dedicated to throwing black and brown people in jail throughout her career. And these stories have persisted since she first announced her candidacy in January.

Most notably among these detractors has been law professor and criminal defendant advocate, Lara Bazelon, who wrote the authoritative opinion piece critical of Harris’ time as a District Attorney and Attorney General, saying that Harris “fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions”, with Cooper’s case being chief among those she cited. Other than that being a breathtaking overstatement of epic magnitudes, Bazelon gives other cases of convictions that were all tried well before Harris even held office and had little influence in. She made Harris to be the main culprit in many of these cases where her or her office was if anything a side note. As example, her two main criticisms extend from Harris’ Truancy Program that she piloted and a case of a lab technician that was found tampering with evidence. Those who do not know would say Kamala Harris cheated the system to purposely keep innocent men and women incarcerated. The reality is that the lab tech, which wasn’t even her lab tech, was dismissed and Harris personally tossed the nearly 1,000 cases that she had worked on, which included those being investigated, those on trial and those that were incarcerated. In other words, the exact opposite of what she’s accused of. Likewise, those who do not know would say Kamala Harris wanted to jail parents of kids who skipped school. The reality of it was that it was an initiative based on an actual analysis of incarcerated persons, that found the one thing they all had in common was a path that started by skipping and dropping out of school. Bazelon did not mention that not only did it work, but the initiative went out their way to work with parents and guardians to give them all possible resources to help their kids stay in school and away from influences that could lead them to the system. That and it was as criminally scary as Obamacare’s Individual Mandate, which isn’t at all what you’re told it is. You were lied to then. You’re being lied to now.

In all, Gabbard, Bazelon and other agenda driven critics have cherry-picked individual instances, often with incomplete or inaccurate information, which is used to castigate Harris’ entire career as a prosecutor, Attorney General and U.S. Senator. Not to mention, it has given cause for the uninformed to blame her for doing her job and being a prosecutor. Nevermind it being a her job to actually punish those who do victimize society and harm others, something that acutally commands the justice of a lawful society we all want(which she was very good at). But the narrative being presented is that it isn’t possible for her to be both black and to be in law enforcement. If you are to believe that then you are forced to also believe that in order to be black you also have to be anti-law enforcement, as if to suggest that the circumstance of being black means we are pro-crime. The idea of it is just so insanely stupid that it can’t be taken seriously. If this is your main criticism of Kamala Harris then perhaps your actual criticism should be with your own self.

If you’re not a fan, you’re not a fan. if you prefer other candidates, that’s your choice. But if you truly want to take a handful of out of context instances, combine it with poor fact checking and conflating circumstances and use it to judge her entire career, just realize that you are not holding someone accountable for their record.

You are purposely lying.

11 to the Power of 20

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20 Days Ago…

I’ve continued the Power Ranking of the 20 Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Democratic Primary to be concluded on its 20th iteration the day of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Since the last list… Kamala Harris and Joe Biden has continued to spar as the polling between the top candidates of Biden, Harris, Warren and Sanders tighten… Joe Biden has finally apologized for his promotion of state’s rights and segregationist… Beto O’Rourke owned up to his family’s having owned slaves. And as the field has been set for the second Democratic Debate… the first candidate, Eric Swalwell has dropped out, while a 26th candidate, Tom Steyer has announced… Seth Moulton has received the biggest endorsement so far, in proportion to his polling, from General Stanley McCrystal.

Reminder, this is a “power ranking” and not a list of my favorites in the order I’d like them. But taking in the news cycle over the last 20 days and other pertinent data, this ranking is just a snapshot of where I think the candidates are and where the voters are in their likelihood to select them as the Democratic Nominee for the 2020 Presidential Race.

So don’t be mad at me. Tell your candidate to get better.

So without further adieu…

 

20.  Seth Moulton – Congressman, Massachusetts – 40 (Last 20: #Unranked)

19.  John Delaney – Former Congressman, Maryland – 56 (Last 20: #15)

18.  Tom Steyer – Businessman, California – 62 (Last 20: Unranked)

17.  Tim Ryan – Congressman, Ohio – 45 (Last 20: #18)

16.  Steve Bullock – Governor, Montana – 53 (Last 20: #20)

15.  John Hickenlooper – Former Governor, Colorado – 67 (Last 20: #17)

14.  Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, New York – 44 (Last 20: 13)

13.  Tulsi Gabbard – Congresswoman, Hawaii – 38 (Last 20: #16)

12.  Bill De Blasio – Mayor, New York – 58 (Last 20: #12)

11.  Amy Klobuchar – Senator Minnesota – 58 (Last 20: #11)

10.  Jay Inslee – Governor, Washington – 68 (Last 20: #10)

9.   Beto O’Rourke – Former Congressman, Texas – 46 (Last 20: #9)

8.   Kirsten Gillibrand – Senator, New York – 52 (Last 20: #8)

7.   Julian Castro – Former HUD Secretary, Texas – 44 (Last 20: #7)

6.   Cory Booker – Senator, New Jersey – 50 (Last 20: #6)

5.   Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, Indiana – 37 (Last 20: #5)

4.   Bernie Sanders – Senator, Vermont – 77 (Last 20: #4)

3.   Elizabeth Warren – Senator, Massachusetts – 69 (Last 20: #3)

2.   Kamala Harris – Senator, California – 54 (Last 20: #2)

1.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President, Delaware – 76 (Last 20: #1)

10 to the Power of 20

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20 Days Ago…

I’ve continued the Power Ranking of the 20 Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Democratic Primary to be concluded on its 20th iteration the day of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Since the last list … Elizabeth Warren continued to surge ahead and Buttigeig has faced some harsh criticism from back home… Joe Biden has caught criticism for comments he made in regards to segregationalist with sharp response to Cory Booker who has spoken out against him… And of course the first Democratic Debate event of the 2020 Presidential cycle has just finished with a few candidates smashing expectations and energizing their campaigns, while some are left questioning the strength of their campaign… And the field has given me a margin of error or 5 with the entrance of Joe Sestak as the 25th announced candidate.

Reminder, this is a “power ranking” and not a list of my favorites in the order I’d like them. But taking in the news cycle over the last 20 days and other pertinent data, this ranking is just a snapshot of where I think the candidates are and where the voters are in their likelihood to select them as the Democratic Nominee for the 2020 Presidential Race.

So don’t be mad at me. Tell your candidate to get better.

So without further adieu…

20.  Steve Bullock – Governor, Montana – 53 (Last 20: #17)

19.  Michael Bennet – Senator, Colorado – 54 (Last 20: #19)

18.  Tim Ryan – Congressman, Ohio – 45 (Last 20: #14)

17.  John Hickenlooper – Former Governor, Colorado – 67 (Last 20: #11)

16.  Tulsi Gabbard – Congresswoman, Hawaii – 38 (Last 20: #15)

15.  John Delaney – Former Congressman, Maryland – 56 (Last 20: Unranked)

14.  Eric Swalwell – Congressman, California – 38 (Last 20: #18)

13.  Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, New York – 44 (Last 20: 12)

12.  Bill De Blasio – Mayor, New York – 58 (Last 20: #16)

11.  Amy Klobuchar – Senator Minnesota – 58 (Last 20: #8)

10.  Jay Inslee – Governor, Washington – 68 (Last 20: #9)

9.   Beto O’Rourke – Former Congressman, Texas – 46 (Last 20: #6)

8.   Kirsten Gillibrand – Senator, New York – 52 (Last 20: #13)

7.   Julian Castro – Former HUD Secretary, Texas – 44 (Last 20: #10)

6.   Cory Booker – Senator, New Jersey – 50 (Last 20: #7)

5.   Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, Indiana – 37 (Last 20: #5)

4.   Bernie Sanders – Senator, Vermont – 77 (Last 20: #2)

3.   Elizabeth Warren – Senator, Massachusetts – 69 (Last 20: #3)

2.   Kamala Harris – Senator, California – 54 (Last 20: #4)

1.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President, Delaware – 76 (Last 20: #1)

9 to the Power of 20

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20 Days Ago…

I’ve continued the Power Ranking of the 20 Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Democratic Primary to be concluded on its 20th iteration the day of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Since the last list … Successive polls have been released with Joe Biden firmly in the lead, which also includes a comfortable lead in Iowa polls as well… Vice President Biden has also faced serious criticism for his support of the Hyde Amendment… The roster for the first two Democratic Debates has been set, twenty candidates over two different days… Several candidates have released proposals, in preparation of the first debate later this month… Candidates have all made their position clear on the impeachment of the President, extending from Robert Mueller’s first public statement…

Reminder, this is a “power ranking” and not a list of my favorites in the order I’d like them. But taking in the news cycle over the last 20 days and other pertinent data, this ranking is just a snapshot of where I think the candidates are and where the voters are in their likelihood to select them as the Democratic Nominee for the 2020 Presidential Race.

So don’t be mad at me. Tell your candidate to get better.

So without further adieu…

20.  Seth Moulton – Congressman, Massachusetts – 40 (Last 20: 17)

19.  Michael Bennet – Senator, Colorado – 54 (Last 20: #20)

18.  Eric Swalwell – Congressman, California – 38 (Last 20: #15)

17.  Steve Bullock – Governor, Montana – 53 (Last 20: #16)

16.  Bill De Blasio – Mayor, New York – 58 (Last 20: #18)

15.  Tulsi Gabbard – Congresswoman, Hawaii – 38 (Last 20: #19)

14.  Tim Ryan – Congressman, Ohio – 45 (Last 20: #11)

13.  Kirsten Gillibrand – Senator, New York – 52 (Last 20: #9)

12.  Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, New York – 44 (Last 20: 14)

11.  John Hickenlooper – Former Governor, Colorado – 67 (Last 20: #12)

10.  Julian Castro – Former HUD Secretary, Texas – 44 (Last 20: #13)

9.   Jay Inslee – Governor, Washington – 68 (Last 20: #10)

8.   Amy Klobuchar – Senator Minnesota – 58 (Last 20: #7)

7.   Cory Booker – Senator, New Jersey – 50 (Last 20: #8)

6.   Beto O’Rourke – Former Congressman, Texas – 46 (Last 20: #6)

5.   Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, Indiana – 37 (Last 20: #4)

4.   Kamala Harris – Senator, California – 54 (Last 20: #5)

3.   Elizabeth Warren – Senator, Massachusetts – 69 (Last 20: #3)

2.   Bernie Sanders – Senator, Vermont – 77 (Last 20: #2)

1.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President, Delaware – 76 (Last 20: #1)

Time After Time

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It’s been a few days and I’m still struggling on how to wrap my mind around what has happened. Trying to make sense of something entirely senseless. But there’s no way I can stay silent about what has happened. Not here. Not now.

There might be those that read this and know me. For as much and as long as I have worked in politics, and traveled throughout this state and country, I’m inevitably asked, where am I from. I often answer “Hampton Roads”, which is as about an apt description as it can get for someone like me. I was physically born in Portsmouth, my father’s hometown. The first city I lived in as a child was in Norfolk, my mom’s hometown. My first memories of Virginia are of living in Chesapeake. My first professional job and responsibility in politics was working in Newport News and Hampton. But the city that I consider home, where I was raised, educated and socialized and currently live and work is Virginia Beach.

But watching the news about what happened on Friday, it’s hard to describe what this city, what the area looks like.Virginia Beach is indeed the largest city in the state of Virginia. At nearly 500,000 residents, the media has used words like “small town” and “community” to describe our city. And there is validity to this. Looking back at our city’s history, sixty years ago, Virginia Beach was far smaller, not just in terms of population, but in area as well. It was just the resort city on the eastern shore of Princess Anne County. However, after a merger in 1963, the two merged and the existing county became the entire city at large. And over the next 56 years since that time, Virginia Beach has changed dramatically in terms of our cityscape. When I actually tell people I’m from Virginia Beach, they think “Oh that’s cool, to live right there on the beach.” The reality is I’ve never really lived near the beach at all. I live on the other side of the former county, the part of the city closest to Norfolk and Chesapeake, which is no less than a 20-25 minute drive away from the Atlantic Ocean, that’s without traffic. Virginia Beach has developed a  lot in the western part of the city. So much so that our “downtown” area(still rather stick out like a sore thumb to many longtime residents), the Town Center, which is thought to be the most centralized part of the city, is more north and east geographically considering.

Now, even though Town Center and the urban development that has come with it is effectively the heart of the city, Virginia Beach was still run from the same area which was the original municipal center from the original city. Which to many residents is far removed from practically any where else in the city. But it is, for lack of a better term, the brain and nerve center of Virginia Beach. It’s where the city is run. Not just the city council, but also the school board is found here and the courthouse, the city manager, registrar and yes, the Virginia Beach Police headquarters is practically across the street from the Virginia Beach Operations Building where DeWayne Craddock walked into and shot 16 people, killing 12.

Now, Virginia Beach has prided itself on being not just one of the best cities in the state, but among the best in the country. One of the best to start a business, to raise a family. Comparatively speaking, we’re not afflicted by many of the urban troubles of neighboring cities and frankly, there’s kind of a feeling of having a raised nose about it and I’m okay with it. However, we’ve had our share of blight and bad days. But nothing like this. Virginia Beach now joins other cities like Charleston, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, San Bernadino, Aurora and Littleton, Colorado, Newtown, Connecticut, Parkland and Orlando Florida, and another city on the other side of the state of Virginia, Blacksburg. These cities now touched by, not simply gun violence, which we’re all quite familiar with, but with multiple persons being shot and killed by a single unprovoked shooter. And time after time that this happens, it becomes less random and more routine. The same routine.

And with the details still coming in, it’s hard to imagine what it was like, but with the frequency of these tragedies, if you’re not thinking about what could have been done to prevent these or the measure of dedication it took into stopping this, then I don’t know what to say. DeWayne Craddock, after shooting someone in their vehicle with a firearm armed with an extended magazine and silencer, he proceeded into the Operations Building where he worked and indiscriminately began shooting. The attack started almost ten minutes after 4 p.m. It would take another 25 to 30 minutes for the police to find and confront Craddock. From there, Croddock engaged the police in a shootout that lasted from five to ten minutes. In comparison, the most famous gun fight in American history at the O.K. Coral was only 30 seconds long.

So in all, DeWayne Craddock takes nearly 30 minutes to go through an entire building shooting indiscriminately, nonstop until the police come and he then engages in a firefight longer than the time it takes to read this essay. While it is a small miracle that the police arrived within minutes, the police are headquartered within 200 yards of the operations building. They could have ran there faster than driving. And he was still able to hold them off for at least five minutes, which is on top of the at least twenty minutes it took to find him.

DeWayne Craddock was well armed. He had an unGodly amount of ammunition. And he had nothing but the deadliest of intentions. As much as there are those that are thankful that the police were literally right there an quick to respond, Craddock was still able to shoot 16 people in nearly forty minutes of sustained shooting. It should not have been more than one. And it didn’t have to be.

We need to have a conversation about our firearm laws. We need to have that conversation NOW! But time after time this happens, we get in the same routine. Say the same things. But we can’t keep doing this. There is no more time to waste. We have to act now, but there are those who insist that now is the time to wait. Within hours of the shooting, our former Congressman, Scott Taylor was on air telling a CNN anchor that “now is not the time to talk about our gun laws.” Meanwhile, as of my writing this, 53 people in Hampton Roads have been shot since the start of Memorial Day weekend. What could we possibly be waiting for? And if waiting isn’t enough, there are also those voices that, right now, are saying there could be no law that would have prevented this particular shooting. Over the weekend, White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney repeated on Meet the Press the same line of logic that even though we have laws that make murder illegal, people still do it, and so laws do not fix everything. Of course they don’t! They’re not MADE to fix everything. They’re made to punish those who break them.

In every other instance, in almost any other time we’ve responded. Depression Era gangsters brazenly have machine gun fueled shootouts in the public. Within a few years the National Firearms Act is passed. Two of the greatest icons in in civil rights and civic life are shot and killed within months and by the end of that very year the Gun Control Act is passed. A president and his staffer are shot in broad daylight and while it took some time, the Brady Bill is passed because of that staffer. But bigger than gun violence, we always demand response to tragedy. Those who can act and have a responsibility to act must do more than pray and delay. The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and less than 24 hours later, President Roosevelt is declaring war. Was that too soon? Did anyone tell him that it wasn’t the time to talk about declaring war on Japan or protecting American life at any point during those 24 hours? Or when terrorist hijacked planes and flew them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Three days later Congress unanimously responded with authorization. Should they have waited longer?

More intimately, on October 12th of 2000, when a banana boat launches into the U.S.S. Cole and claimed my brother’s life, no one would have dared to tell me on October 13th. that it was “too soon” to talk about justice for my brother’s life and preventing such attacks from ever happening again. Fact of the matter is that it was FAR too late. And we cannot continue to do this. It is that kind of pray and delay mentality that only invites more tragedy. While it’s meaningful to be in the thoughts of those who are removed, who have no power to change the laws, we expect action from those who can change laws and protect lives. Because when they wait, when we waste time, another community is a one less day away from being the next Virginia Beach. And when it happens, time is not the only thing that is lost.

8 to the Power of 20

20 Days Ago…

I’ve continued the Power Ranking of the 20 Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Democratic Primary to be concluded on its 20th iteration the day of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Since the last list… Kamala Harris impressed during questioning of Attorney General Barr during his senate hearing… the number of declared candidates has increased to an unprecedented 23 candidates running for the Democratic Primary… Pete Buttigieg has faced his first serious criticism… Several candidates, including Buttigieg, Bennet and Ryan had notable late night national televised appearances…

Reminder, this is a “power ranking” and not a list of my favorites in the order I’d like them. But taking in the news cycle over the last 20 days and other pertinent data, this ranking is just a snapshot of where I think the candidates are and where the voters are in their likelihood to select them as the Democratic Nominee for the 2020 Presidential Race.

So don’t be mad at me. Tell your candidate to get better.

So without further adieu…

20.  Michael Bennet – Senator, Colorado – 54 (Last 20: Unranked)

19.  Tulsi Gabbard – Congresswoman, Hawaii – 38 (Last 20: #16)

18.  Bill De Blasio – Mayor, New York – 58 (Last 20: Unranked)

17.  Seth Moulton – Congressman, Massachusetts – 40 (Last 20: 15)

16.  Steve Bullock – Governor, Montana – 53 (Last 20: Unranked)

15.  Eric Swalwell – Congressman, California – 38 (Last 20: #13)

14.  Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, New York – 44 (Last 20: 17)

13.  Julian Castro – Former HUD Secretary, Texas – 44 (Last 20: #10)

12.  John Hickenlooper – Former Governor, Colorado – 67 (Last 20: #11)

11.  Tim Ryan – Congressman, Ohio – 45 (Last 20: #14)

10.  Jay Inslee – Governor, Washington – 68 (Last 20: #12)

9.   Kirsten Gillibrand – Senator, New York – 52 (Last 20: #8)

8.   Cory Booker – Senator, New Jersey – 50 (Last 20: #9)

7.   Amy Klobuchar – Senator Minnesota – 58 (Last 20: #7)

6.   Beto O’Rourke – Former Congressman, Texas – 46 (Last 20: #4)

5.   Kamala Harris – Senator, California – 54 (Last 20: #6)

4.   Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, Indiana – 37 (Last 20: #3)

3.   Elizabeth Warren – Senator, Massachusetts – 69 (Last 20: #5)

2.   Bernie Sanders – Senator, Vermont – 77 (Last 20: #2)

1.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President, Delaware – 76 (Last 20: #1)