If Trump is still lumbering around in the White House like a petulant child for the 2020 election, Democrats are going to have to take the kid gloves off and lean to the far left to defeat him.
There's a good chance that despite being impeached, Trump will stay in office thanks to spineless cronies in the senate. If anything, Trump's base will become even more motivated to turn out and vote for him.
Normally, I vote for moderate Democrats in elections. But my concern right now is there's not going to be anything normal about the 2020 election process.
Political gurus all agree that it will be the nastiest election in U.S. history. There will be no rules. Trump thrives in that environment.
Every pol agrees that to beat Trump (even though crippled by Impeachment and record low approval ratings) the Democrats will need a massive turnout. The election needs to be a mandate against Trump's corruption.
Not just a repeat of the successful 2018 elections, but a real tidal wave of blue from energized voters setting an all time voter participant high.
The problem with a moderate approach is it doesn't seem to have the same high energy level the far left has shown thus far, with candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
I like Biden, but I don't believe he would bring the same energized mojo against Trump's crazed base. In these nontraditional times, I predict millions of people will be voting based upon emotion (more than ever) rather than reason or track records.
The far left candidates, with their passionate supporters, will be a more worthy opponent capable of fighting fire-against-fire. Bernie's ground swell campaign support is almost legendary in the 21st century.
Elizabeth Warren's campaign is a nightmare for Wall Street, and Trump's wealthy friends and family, who've been enjoying his graft.
I also need to point out that another Democrat could emerge as a real challenger for the nomination in the next couple of months. I have no idea who, but there's always that possibility.
As a patriotic American, I have one mission; to make sure Trump doesn't get re-elected. If that means moving my political position further left to have the best chance of doing that... then so be it.
The Democratic Party of old - mildly liberal but mostly solidly centrist - is a thing of the past.
How high are the stakes for all Americans today? I'll put it this way; either we'll have a Republic, or a Monarchy, in 2021.
Related: Note to Democrats: Stop Chasing Centrist Suburban Voters
Time for me to walk on down the road...