MSM flavor-of-the-day Dem candidates are already imploding
Remember Beto? The guy who managed to lose to Ted Cruz - a senator that even Republicans don't like? Did he ever feel like a manufactured candidate to you?
Then you'll like the New And Improved Beto.
Beto O’Rourke is reportedly planning to relaunch his 2020 presidential bid less than two months after his record-breaking campaign launch.
In an acknowledgement that his campaign is stalling, the former Texas congressman is said to be planning a “reintroduction” ahead of next month’s Democratic presidential debate.
Nothing says "forgettable" like "reintroduction".
Speaking of forgettable, people have already forgotten that they once supported him.
You can see O'Rourke's struggles most clearly in the polls. In an average of national polls taken since Biden entered the race, O'Rourke has fallen to just below 5% support. That's the lowest he has been since at least December.
But it's not just that O'Rourke has seen his numbers decline nationally -- it's that his polls look even worse in the early caucus and primary states. I could not find a single poll in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina conducted after Biden entered in which O'Rourke polled above 3%. These, of course, are the states that O'Rourke has been visiting over and over again throughout the last few months. It apparently hasn't done any good.
Another flavor-of-the-day candidate is Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Mayor Pete came along months after Beto, so he is still in the getting-to-know-you stage for most of the country.
However, people in Indiana are already familiar with him.
Though Buttigieg is viewed favorably among voters in his party, the poll says former Vice President Joe Biden "would cruise to a comfortable victory in Indiana." One-third of the self-identifying Democrats who indicated they'd vote in next year's Democratic primary for president said they'd vote for Biden, compared to 23% for Sanders and 20% for Buttigieg. An additional 15% are undecided.
The margin of error for the entire poll was 3.46 percentage points. A spokesman for the Buttigieg campaign declined to comment Thursday on the poll.
Coming in 3rd in your home state isn't very impressive.
Pete Buttigieg is polling at 0% among black voters in South Carolina.
The third centrist on my list is Kamala Harris.
Her numbers might be the worst of all.
Recent polls show Harris has dropped several points since her strong start to the race earlier this year. Her support among nonwhite voters is relatively low at 4%, according to a late April CNN poll, after former Vice President Joe Biden's entrance into the race late last month. The CNN poll found Biden has 50% support among nonwhite voters.
When a woman-of-color can't get the support of women-of-color, she is sunk.
Gov. Gavin Newsom appears to have already jumped ship.
Newsom endorsed Harris on a Friday night in February. Most politicians dump bad news on Friday nights. The two share the same political advisers, but Newsom delivered his nod unceremoniously during an MSNBC interview. Now, he’s cozying up to her rivals.
Why the hedging? For one thing, Newsom’s an experienced politician. He knows it’s smart to keep a wide network of options. But Newsom’s outburst of public praise for Harris’ rivals also reflects the fact that her White House campaign has encountered serious turbulence.
By the time the debates come around they may no longer be candidates anymore.