Some thoughts about the present state of some of the presidential campaigns.
a response to Cassiodorus' article about the West campaign.
West has hired one Peter Daou (PD) as his campaign manager. I wonder who is paying PDs salary. His lengthy interview with Sabrina did not convince me that he has seen the light. I think he is still an operative who wants to be important. I rather suspect that he has found that his status as exotic immigrant does not carry quite the clout that it once did.
What the West campaign badly needs, IMHO, is a way for the candidate to connect with voters across the country who do not inhabit the various academic/leftist political/online echo chambers wherein West is much respected. PD does not provide that. Maybe I missed it, but during the Sabrina interview, I did not hear one single policy proposal advanced. As in, for example, Dr. West will continue and expand the Biden anti-trust policies. He will strengthen SEC and appoint a director who is not a creature of Wall Street. I am not going to vote for someone because the likes of the morally compromised PD thinks, or rather says he thinks, the person is a saint. In contrast, Kennedy hardly does any interview into which he does not interject some sort of policy proposal.
I don't care if West wants to talk about white supremacy because I don't doubt that such attitudes have been a painful part of his life experience, and folks who hold those beliefs are not going to vote for him anyway. But I do want to hear some actual policy proposals. When Jackson was running for president, he had policy statements on almost every conceivable issue. He was calling for farm price supports at 90% of parity. So far as I know, West has no farm policy and doesn't think rural issues are important.
As for Kennedy running as an independent, such efforts have not done well in American presidential elections and the candidate knows this. He won't leave the Democratic Party until he can plausibly claim that he has been forced out, at which time he can make the case that Biden's Democratic Party is against a negotiated settlement in Ukraine, is against taking foreign policy back from the neocons, and freeing the EPA, USDA, FDA, et. al. from corporate control. Meanwhile, he claims and I have no reason to doubt him, to have offices and organization in all 50 states. I would suppose that those persons know very well how to get their candidate's name on all 50 state ballots.
As for Sabrina, I find her a most appealing and intelligent commentator, but I do wish she would take less than 60 or even 90 minutes to make a point. I accept that she has her preferred style of discourse, but she needs to understand that viewers have other things to do besides to listen to her. But then, I doubt I am part of her targeted audience.