by G. Brown
We get daily reminders in news stories and headlines that everybody isn’t suited for the job of President–(seriously, who fires a Communications Director after 10 days?) Both sides of the aisle are already looking ahead to the future and trying to pick the cream of the party crop to run on a 2020 ticket.
It’s hard to say who the Republicans will run. Traditionally, you run the team that’s already in the White House, but nothing about the current GOP Presidential team seems traditional…or normal.
As for the Dems, some are calling Deval Patrick the perfect candidate according to an article from Politico.
Patrick is a civil rights lawyer who has served as U-S assistant attorney general for the civil rights division under former President Bill Clinton. He was the first and only African American to ever be elected Governor of Massachusetts–a seat Patrick held from 2006 to 2015. As Governor, he implemented health care reform, overhauled how his state governs transportation , raised minimum wage from $8 dollars an hour to $11 and increased funding to education. He’s a Harvard Law School cum laude grad and has worked with NAACP Legal Defense Fund, His credentials are impressive, his professional experience includes both the public and private sector and he knows the heat of political battled having fought in what’s been described as one of “the dirtiest gubernatorial campaigns” in his states history.
Patrick is reportedly not happy with the current administration and is quoted as saying, “The president, I believe, is at risk of diminishing the voice of the presidency because he pops off so often, and so, kid of carelessly.”
Patrick is described as a man who “has the ability to touch people’s hearts as well as their minds.”
Also to his credit, he’s part of Obama’s inner circle and has the former president’s backing.
But as we learned from eight years of Obama’s presidency, you can be the smartest most diplomatic candidate out there and support still comes down to the color of your skin. Even though Obama left office with a high approval rating and is still revered by voters today, he endured hostilities that no President in history ever faced. Opposition attacked his Christian beliefs eventually forcing Obama to resign his membership at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ because some people were offended by then Pastor Jeremiah Wright’s views on racism. Opposition didn’t dare challenge Obama openly based on color, so they accused him of not even being an American, but an African and carried on the bogus “birther movement” for seven years. His wife was subjected to harsh criticisms fueled by racism that compared her appearance to “apes”; his children were unfairly scrutinized as “not properly dressed” at an annual Thanksgiving event and the list goes on. Still after all that, Obama is reportedly advising his friend Patrick to run.
While those around him and factions of Dems want to see Patrick run, the subject of all the chatter isn’t so sure. Politico says Patrick “fends off any attempts to corner him” on whether he will make a bid in the 2020 Presidential race and quotes him as saying, “don’t lead me down that path because it turns into something it isn’t and I don’t wan to go there. I have no plans to make plans.”
It’s too early to say which names will end up on the 2020 ballot, but it’s pretty certain that if America is still undergoing the daily chaos of current times, voters will be ready to embrace some sanity. If political strategist David Axelrod is right—“voters look for a remedy and not a replica“, then Patrick might be a good choice because he is in no way a replica of Trump. Patrick’s intelligence, compassion and years of experience in public service could make him the remedy.
What do you think…would America support another Black President? Will the Trump supporters make this a race about race? Do Black people want to see another Black person as president?