Steve Bullock, that red hot Democratic candidate running for President recently announced that he is dropping out of the race. Did you say Steve who?
Okay, maybe he wasn’t red hot or even lukewarm, but in any event, as one story reported Bullock joins the growing list of Democratic candidates who have dropped out of the race. And then there were twenty-three…
So that might be an exaggeration of the truth but it sure feels like the field of Dems gunning for the Oval Office feels is at least that big, if not bigger. No, the Democratic field of candidates isn’t that large but they did lose their best hope of defeating President Trump in 2020 – alright, that isn’t true either.
Although Bullock did believe he had an inside track to beating Trump because as our story reported, “…he was the only Democratic candidate to win in a state that Trump won in 2016.”
The truth is, outside of the state of Montana where Bullock is serving his second term as governor, and a few pockets of select people around the country, many people may have been completely unaware of his campaign.
That says a great deal about the race for the Democratic nomination and the Dems as a whole. Governor Bullock said as much himself, although he used political jargon to do so.
If you aren’t fluent in Politician then you may have missed it during part of his resignation statement. Oh, that’s right, many of you didn’t even know he was running.
That may also be because, as our story pointed out, “the 53-year-old struggled to raise money and register in the polls, managing to meet qualification thresholds for only one Democratic National Committee debate in July.”
Bullock’s statement, as the story reports, said “while there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won’t be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates,” as he officially departed the race.
It is evident from this statement that the Governor is very well-versed in Politician and has mastered the language. Like any properly spoken Politicianese, it is vague enough to be open to interpretation but leading enough to get the message across.
Those unanticipated “obstacles” that Bullock mentioned, although not specifically cited, were undoubtedly related to a broken and corrupt system that has the Democratic Party in shambles. Fixing that system or the “dark money,” as Bullock called it, was also one of the foundations of his campaign, or almost-campaign.
Then there was his talk of a “top tier” among the candidates, which he didn’t have to point out. That includes names like Warren, Biden, Sanders, and perhaps now we will have to throw Bloomberg in this group defined by money and power.
Of course, the countless other names (the other tier?), are also riddled with ethical questions or looming scandals and are too many to mention. And his statement about “this still-crowded field of candidates,” can be translated as “this awful pool of politicians who are still surprisingly hanging around,” and speaks to the issues within the Democratic Party itself.
Aside from being a true politician, Governor Bullock seems to be a good guy with some useful leadership talents. In fact, it may be best for the Dems and for everyone else including Bullock that he has withdrawn. Along with the obvious fact that the Democrats don’t pose a threat to the President or have a candidate who can, Bullock may be able to do more good as Governor in the short-term.
There is also always room for good people who happen to be politicians in Washington, and there most certainly will be a time when a man like Bullock will be good for Congress – one that isn’t broken.
The Democratic pool of candidates will eventually thin out, and many more of much less repute than Bullock will leave the race. Bullock is just smart enough to know that this isn’t his time or a pool that he wants to swim in. And then there were… how many Democrats is that now?