The 2020 presidential election is not one where you should vote with your heart. Vote with your brain.


First published in January 2020.


I hear a lot of friends tell me things like, “I’m voting for Elizabeth Warren because she’ll tax the wealthy and help the little guy.” Or, “I’m with Bernie because he wants health care for all!” And on and on.

Some tell me they’re not supporting Joe Biden because “his time has passed.”

People, if your primary goal in the 2020 election is to defeat Donald Trump, vote with your head, not your heart.

Trump, guaranteed, will try to paint any opponent as a “liberal” and out of the mainstream of American thinking. Hell, when I was working for the Republican Party back in the 80s and early 90s, we won elections on that claim all the time!

That’s why liberals today call themselves “progressives,” so they can shed that liberal label.

I was talking to a friend the other day. He asked me who I was for in the 2020 election. I said I’ve been for Biden all the way. Why? He’s a good guy. He’s prepared to serve from the minute he takes the oath. Will he go down as the best president ever in our entire history? Doubtful. But that’s not what I’m voting for in 2020. I’m voting for the person who can lead AND who can beat Donald Trump.

If you really think Sen. Warren can win, go for her. But I think you’d be fooling yourself. She, and other Democratic hopefuls just cannot win, in my humble opinion. And, many of them will not be able to effectively take on Trump in debates, if he participates in them.

Joe Biden can definitely take him on and be a grown up about it. Remember Marco Rubio last time around? Trump started talking about his manhood and how it’s the biggest manhood the world has ever seen and what did Rubio do? He fell into Trump’s trap and started talking about his manhood. Can you say game over?

Plus, there are many in the Democratic field who will be perfectly fitting as a vice presidential candidate or Cabinet members, getting more experience to maybe some day run again. Biden probably won’t promise he won’t run for a second term, but he’s unlikely to.

If it was a perfect world I would agree. Biden’s time is passed. But because of Donald Trump, Biden’s time may have just arrived.🔷



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[This piece was originally published on the Screaming Moderate and re-published in PMP Magazine on 9 January 2020, with the author’s consent. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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Former deputy White House press secretary to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Also headed communications offices at the RNC, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Yale University.

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