Soon, once the midterm elections of 2018 are over, no matter what happens, we will start to see the beginnings of the Presidential Election of 2020 campaign.
And in the Democratic Party, we have, in theory at least, FOUR soon to be Octogenarians who MIGHT decide to run for the nomination of their party.
All four would be in their 80s during the next term.
First, we have former Vice President Joe Biden, who would be 78 days after the 2020 election.
Then, we have Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who would be 79 at the time of the 2020 election.
We also have soon to be former Governor Jerry Brown of California, who would be seven months past 80 at the time of the 2020 election.
Finally, we have former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who would be three months short of 79 when the 2020 election occurs.
So all four would be in their 80s during their first term of office.
All but Bloomberg have actually been Presidential candidates, with Bloomberg flirting with it, but never taking the step.
Biden ran in 1988 and 2008, while Sanders ran in 2016, and Brown in 1976, 1980, and 1992.
The least likely to announce is Brown, but knowing his past history, who can say he would not announce?
Bloomberg seems second least likely to run, but is spending $80 million to help Democrats win the midterm elections in Congress and the states.
Both Biden and Sanders seem certainly to announce, in a field that could include more than 10 potential candidates.
If one had to project whether any of these four men might actually be the Democratic nominee, it would be Joe Biden, who is the most centrist of the four.
With both Sanders and Bloomberg being “independent”, outside the party membership, and both very unwilling to compromise or negotiate with party leaders, and with the Democrats insisting that only party members run for the White House, there would be massive conflict with either trying to take the Democratic nomination for the Presidency.
Truthfully, the best scenario would be a “NEW GENERATION”, someone in their 40s, 50s, or low to mid 60s, becoming the future of the party, rather than an “old timer”, who we would need to worry about more than normally, as to who their Vice President was, since the odds of an octogenarian serving a full term in the Presidency, would be quite a gamble!