By Ethan Lachney
When former Vice President Joe Biden formally announced his campaign for President of the United States on Apr. 25, he became the 21st Democrat to do so.
For reference, only two Republicans so far have announced they are running for office in 2020, one of which being the current president, Donald Trump.
It is rare to see such a crowded field of Democratic candidates (or any candidates for that matter) so early on with the Iowa caucus still so far away.
This begs the question: what’s different this time?
It’s no secret Democrats have an incredible disdain for the current Trump administration, with most of the candidates already attacking the Commander-in-Chief at every turn.
What’s great about this country is if you don’t like something, you have the opportunity to work to change it. Democrats are taking advantage of this completely, which is respectable enough.
However, when it comes to change, there seems to be little strategy within the party. These sudden and all at once bids for presidency seem to come from a place of anger rather than a place of logic.
Let me explain: there are 21 candidates running to be the democratic nominee. Out of those 21, there can only be one. With such a cluttered pool so early on fighting for the nomination, there are so many ways voters can go, leading to more division in the party more early on. Game of Thrones, anyone?
It, in a sense, shows desperation within the party. Granted, many of the candidates will drop their bid after the first primary, but by then damage will have been done, especially when it comes to swing voters. When you’re in the middle, you don’t want to turn to a party that seems so desperate to remove the current administration from office that they hastily throw out as many candidates as possible as quickly as possible to see who sticks. You want a party of people who collectively say, “we can and this is how”. To have a united strategy is to have the White House. Simple as that.
The three current front runners in this, quite frankly, mess of a candidacy pool are Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, and in the lead (which is to be expected), Joe Biden.
As for the rest: we’ll see. It’s too soon to call.
Much too soon.