Warren in Iowa declining to criticize Dems when pushed, Beto defending Mayor Pete against bigotry, Dems welcoming each other into the race. Lots of candidates get that in the face of Trump we have to support each other, not divide.
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) May 4, 2019
Jonathan Capehart, in the Washington Post:
… I turned to the rollicking 24-hour cocktail party that is Twitter to get some insight on the 2020 race for the Democratic nomination for president. Look, I know, Twitter is to civil political discourse what President Trump is to the rule of law. But what better way to try to take the pulse of potential Democratic voters than to pose a 118-character query and await incoming…
You have only three votes to give among the now 21 candidates for the Democratic nomination. To whom do you give them?
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) May 2, 2019
What I found out was actually rather interesting. I couldn’t get through all of the more than 1,000 responses that I’d received by 1 p.m. on Thursday, but I got through enough to notice a really interesting pattern among my admittedly unscientific and self-selecting sample. While the new polls show former vice president Joe Biden as the runaway favorite in the crowded field, he’s not among the favorites of the folks who responded to me.
Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) was the favorite by far. She was the first choice of 117 respondents. That includes the 10 people who gave her all three of their slots and six people who gave her two out of the three. Seventy-five gave Harris their second slot, and 24 more made her their third choice.
The interesting pattern that emerged was that for many, Harris and Warren were the top two choices. It was either Harris then Warren or Warren then Harris. More often that not, I noticed a Harris-Warren-Biden troika. And, in that, you see three strands of the Democratic contest…
Twitter is not real life. But it sends signals. 22,000 likes so far for this tweet. People don’t want candidates to destroy each other because one will have to face Trump. https://t.co/SbWCe3uvED
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) May 5, 2019