Howard D. Schultz

Is Al Franken the candidate Democrats need in 2020?

Is Al Franken the candidate Democrats need in 2020?

Ever since Donald Trump won the 2016 election, people have been asking me who Democrats could — and/or should — put up against him when, presumably, he seeks re-election in 2020.

My rote answer goes something like this: Someone who is not a politician.

Why? Because the way Trump won was by casting himself as the ultimate outsider to a political system that lots and lots of Americans — in both parties — hate. As a celebrity (and not a politician), Trump was held to a different standard of behavior too. Things that would have ended — or badly handicapped — other candidates bounced off Trump with little damage done.

Nominate just another politician in...

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