This will be the first of what will undoubtedly be many revisions of Fred's views of the candidate seeking the office of President in the 2020 election. In this edition, Fred is taking out the trash -- that is, he is simply going to tell which of the 20 (as of this date) announced candidates are going to be taken out (like the trash) early in the process -- probably before the end of the summer of 2019. Each candidate in the list below is a "trash candidate" for the reasons given beside hie or her name. To avoid an appearance of being biased against a gender or race, Fred will list these trash candidates in alphabetical order -- which has the unhappy result of the first name on the list being a woman and a minority:
Tulsi Gabbard -- At 38, Representative Gabbard is just barley old enough to run. If she had more experience, just four terms in congress, she would still be too young. Also, she is from Hawaii, a solid Democratic State with only 4 electoral votes. Finally, whether its popular to say it or not, this Country is not ready to elect a female, Samoan American, Hindu as president.
Mike Gravel -- Phew, after that last comment, Fred is glad the next trash candidate is a white male -- and old white male -- a REALLY OLD white male. Mike Grave will . . . sorry, Mike Gravel will be 90 before the Democratic Convention. Hell, when he ran for president in 2008 his slogan was "Vote for Grandpa Mike." He can't decide if his a Democrat or a libertarian. And he thought it was cool to go to Tehran to attend a Iranian government sponsored anti-Hollywood seminar.
John Hickenlooper -- This one kinda pains Fred, 'cause he sorta likes Loopy Hickenlooper. Hey, the man took his mother to see Deep Throat and stayed to the end of the film. But, he's a term limited governor who never made headlines until he announced he was running for president and his main qualification was that he took his mother to see Deep Throat. His two elections for Governor in Colorado were squeakers ... not something you want to see if you're counting on winning your home state. Actually, Fred thinks Loopy might try to stay in through the Iowa caucuses, then drop out when he finishes lower than third.
Jay Inslee -- Another two term governor, but he never took his mom to see Deep Throat (so far as we know). Actually, Inslee has much more experience that Hickenlooper, but that is part of his problem. At 68 (turning 69 before the New Hampshire primary), Inslee lacks the youth that the Democratic electorate are seeking. Joe Biden would be out too, for the same reason, but he's got better name recognition. There's only room for one old line Democratic Liberal, with the emphasis on old, in this race, Jay.
Amy Klobuchar -- This is a tough call, because of the female candidates with congressional experience, Representative Klobuchar has the most tenure of the trash candidates. But she has less than Kirsten Gillibrand from whom she is otherwise indistinguishable.
Wayne Messam -- If you want to run for president when your the mayor of a smallish city and no one has every heard of you before, you'd better be gay. One off-season practice with the Cincinnati Bengals won't gut it.
Seth Moulton -- If you want to run for president as a three-term representative, you better have a vagina. Actually, Moulton does have his military career working for him, and if he were from a swing state, it would make me a possible VP choice. On the other hand, it was one of the first people to play the "Hitler card" against President Trump, and that is not the type of rhetoric that wins elections.
Eric Swalell -- If you want to run for president as a four-term representative, you better have a vagina. Also, don't announce your candidacy on the Stephen Colbert show. Swalell is so far off the radar, Fred accidentally left his off the list while he was compiling this post. He's from California, so no VP slot for him. Most likely he's shooting for Secretary of Education.
Marianne Williamson -- If you want to run for President and you have a vagina, you better have more of a résumé with more than a failed bid for the House of Representative, as an independent, five years ago, in which you finished fourth.
Andrew Yang -- Yang thinks the Democratic party is ready to nominate a business entrepreneur with zero political experience for president. He's wrong.
So these are the "trash candidate." This leaves Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigeig,
Julián Castro, John Delaney, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren -- 11 candidates is still way too many. Fred will try to narrow the field even more in a future post.