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History Repeats on the New Season of 'Who Wants to Be President?'

History Repeats on the New Season of 'Who Wants to Be President?'
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden pauses while speaking at the SEIU Unions for All Summit on October 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Monday, 07 October 2019 02:56 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The new season of “Who Wants to be President” is in progress and taking unexpected turns. This season will crown a challenger who will take on the reigning champion next season.

Several sub-plots are simultaneously taking form. Most notably, Team Blue continues to do its best to have the current champion, “Mogul,” a.k.a. POTUS, a.k.a. Donald J. Trump, eliminated via the impeachment clause. Since the day Trump won the fall 2016 season of the show, Team Blue has relentlessly tried to have “Mogul” removed for any reason or no reason at all. Thus far, all efforts have failed, but this is Team Blue’s greatest challenge yet.

Since Robert Mueller departed the show at the end of last season, a new character has been introduced as Trump’s nemesis, “Whistleblower.” After two years of screaming “Russia, Russia, Russia,” “Ukraine” suddenly became the new rallying call for those who have been preaching from the impeachment hymnbook. Team Blue is confident they are on to something in this episode and are moving forward with House impeachment proceedings. Whether this is successful or not, this new fast-paced, aggressive Democrat agenda has excited its base.

Team Red, however, is equally sure this is “The Mueller Report” 2.0. Despite polls showing an increased appetite among all voters for impeachment, Republicans have reasons for optimism. The latest Hill-HarrisX tracking poll shows 49 percent of registered voters approve of the president's job performance, the highest of the year for Trump. Rasmussen Report has the president at 48% approval.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) reports raising $125 million in the third quarter, nearly a one-third increase over the second quarter. A surge in first-time, online, small donors to the president fueled the gains. As the left pushes harder for impeachment, Trump's base is coming home with fervor. Both sides' bases will drive the finale.

Within Team Blue’s internal contest, the first significant movements of the season have taken place. Bernie Sanders' poll numbers have been slipping over the past few months. His unexpected heart problem means he will take some time off the campaign trail and delay his first advertising campaign. The health issues of the 78-year-old Democratic-Socialist Senator from Vermont lifts even the veil of plausibility that he could be Team Blue’s eventual candidate for the November 2020 finale.

It appears that Trump is not the first contestant that Whistleblower has taken out of the game. The first casualty may be “Celtic,” a.k.a. Sleepy Joe, a.k.a. former Vice-President, Joe Biden.

Biden, who has been Team Blue’s frontrunner since entering the contest late last April, is sliding fast in the most recent polls. Two (The Economist/YouGov and Monmouth University) of the three polls taken since September 23 show Elizabeth Warren in the lead. In the RealClearPolitics Polling Average for Iowa’s first in the nation Presidential Caucus, Warren now leads Biden.

While Biden's candidacy is suddenly cratering, Trump's support has remained stable, improving in some polls, even as calls for impeachment rise. Trump supporters, those "deplorables," are loyal and solidly with the president. Biden led because he was thought to have the best chance of defeating Trump. There was never real enthusiasm for Biden, as there was for Obama or Trump. Biden’s support faded rapidly with the slightest hint of scandal, along with any reason to believe that he might not beat Trump.

The movement in the field demonstrates where Team Blue’s energy is, and it’s the far left. Deep down, wouldn’t it be delicious if the Whistleblower turns out to be a Warren supporter?

Beyond Warren, Biden, and Sanders, none of the two-dozen (or so) contestants who started the season vying to win the nomination for Team Blue has been able to poll above the mid-single digits. With four months until Iowa, Democrats’ caucus, a lot can happen, but today Elizabeth Warren has a clear path to winning her team’s nomination.

Elizabeth Warren, another Massachusetts liberal, really? Writer and philosopher George Santayana prophesized, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Perhaps Team Blue sees JFK. I see Michael Dukakis and John Kerry — only more extreme. No wonder the Democrats are so compelled to impeach Donald Trump.

Andy Bloom is a former communications director for Rep. Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio, and as operations manager oversaw content for Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, and Sports Radio 94 WIP, Philadelphia for eight years. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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The new season of “Who Wants to be President” is in progress and taking unexpected turns. This season will crown a challenger who will take on the reigning champion next season.
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Monday, 07 October 2019 02:56 PM
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