Today the 39 democratic senators who had not yet expressed an interest in making a 2020 presidential run held a joint news conference stating that they were all, individually, forming exploratory committees in contemplation of throwing their hats in the ring.
“With eight of our most influential members running around campaigning,” explained Virginia senator Mark Warner, “we’re not going to get anything we want passed anyway. Why should they have all the fun?”
So far senators Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Sherrod Brown, and Bernie Sanders have either announced they are running or are expected to announce soon. Booker, Warren, and Sanders are considered longshots, because both their first and last names are easy to pronounce.
Angus King, the Maine senator who is best known as the independent who is not Bernie Sanders, was absent from the presser, leading to wild speculation about his intentions.
In all, with additional interest and announcements from other politicians, lawyers. business leaders, lawyers, union officials, and lawyers, the number of competitors in the Democratic primary is now expected to exceed the number of entrants in the Boston and New York City marathons combined. The League of Women Voters is planning three debates of 168 hours each, with each candidate limited to seven word answers. Any candidate who wants to dispute another’s charges will be allowed to clear his/her throat, or, if really upset, snort derisively.