The 2020 field: An exercise in name-dropping

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Opinion

December 3, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Until now, there were, by my count, 44 Democrats who have either expressed interest in a 2020 presidential run, traveled to Iowa or New Hampshire, or otherwise managed to get themselves mentioned.

But we can now stop the bidding. Because a 45th candidate has just emerged, and he is about to clear the field. Yes, the man Democrats have been waiting for, Sen. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, says he has “an obligation to consider” running for president — and tacks on a Trumpian tease: “We’ll see what happens.”

Casey is the total package — assuming the Democrats’ idea of a total package is mild, earnest and quite possibly the most boring person in politics.

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