Don’t pity the poor Democrat clown car of candidates wanting the party’s nomination to run for President. Coming from deep Democrat strongholds, some believe that aggressive campaigning for gun control will get them the nomination. After all, thoughts of gun confiscations sometimes sends a thrill up the leg of their friends.
However, polling data on these candidates shows that gun control doesn’t really play in Peoria, or even that strongly among Democrats.
The hapless Eric Swalwell famously announced that he might resort to nuclear weapons against his fellow Americans who own guns and refuse to surrender them.
While that might elicit polite applause and the occasional fist bump at Democrat cocktail parties, it doesn’t impress regular Americans. Nor does it inspire even Democrats to back Swalwell’s campaign that’s based on gun control. A recent poll cited by the Des Moines Register shows the California Rep. at exactly zero percent support.
John Hickenlooper, another of the Dems running for the nomination, says he stood up to the NRA as the centerpiece of his campaign. From Think Progress:
Hickenlooper puts gun control at the center of his White House bid
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is running for president, and he’s hoping he can take his gun control efforts to the White House.
How is that working out for him? He remains stuck at zero percent right there alongside Swalwell.
Kirsten Gillibrand used to support gun rights and the NRA. Now she supports gun confiscations and calls the NRA “the worst organization in the country.”
Her back bench status in the Senate and flip-flopping on issues have resulted in zero support for her in Iowa. Looks like we won’t ever have to say “Madame President Gillibrand.” But I look forward to someone Googling that phrase in the future and finding this story.
All in all, nine Democrats who claim to have viable campaigns for President currently have zero statistical support. And speaking of zero support, Bill de Blasio’s name didn’t come up a single time among likely Iowa caucus participants. Ditto for Wayne Messam.
Others barely cresting 1% including some high-profile gun grabbers like Julian Castro and Cory Booker.
From the Des Moines Register:
The field of Democratic presidential candidates is starting to settle into tiers: Joe Biden leads the pack, and Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are in close competition for second place, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom/CNN Iowa Poll shows.
Twenty-four percent of Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers say former vice president Biden is their first choice for president. Sanders, a Vermont senator, is the first choice for 16% of poll respondents, while Warren, a Massachusetts senator, and Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, are at 15% and 14% respectively.
No other candidate cracks double digits. California Sen. Kamala Harris comes closest at 7%, and other numbers within the poll indicate some underlying strengths for her.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke are at 2%.
Frankly, given the current clown car occupants, I don’t think we have seen the Democrat nominee for the 2020 Presidential race enter the field yet. If I had to guess, I’d put my money on Michelle Obama. At the same time I wouldn’t write off Michael Bloomberg and maybe not even Hillary Clinton, either.
Time will tell. One thing will remain as certain as the sun rising in the east: The final Democrat nominee, in today’s world, will seek to take your guns and put you in jail if you don’t surrender them. Count on it.
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