I said during the 2016 Republican Party presidential primary campaign that the GOP field was deep and full of highly qualified individuals.
My favorite in the field of 17 became then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a man of considerable legislative accomplishment during his years in Congress, particularly as chairman of the House Budget Committee when he worked with Speaker Newt Gingrich and President Clinton to produce a balanced federal budget.
He didn’t make the grade, of course. GOP voters settled on the carnival barker/reality TV celebrity/phony self-made real estate mogul Donald Trump.
The GOP winner is now running for re-election as president of the United States.
He faces an even larger field of Democratic challengers, not to mention at least one challenger from within his own Republican Party.
The big Democratic primary field is full of talent, too.
I am officially undecided on who I prefer to see nominated to run against the “stable genius” who masquerades as POTUS.
None of the heretofore unknowns has yet to bust through the glass, surprising the nation with his or her political strength. Yes, we have a former vice president in the field; he is holding on to a large lead among the candidates seeking to run against Trump.
We also have a 2016 primary also-ran in the Democratic field.
There’s the small-town mayor, a few U.S. senators, a couple of governors, some (current and former) House members and a smattering of candidates who, to be candid, I don’t know what they do during the day.
But . . . they all have assorted skills and experience that I am quite sure commend them for the toughest job in the world.
I won’t go so far out on that ol’ limb to suggest that any of dozens of Democrats would be preferable to the incumbent.
However, a lot of them fit the bill. I want to hear more from them this time, just as I wanted to hear more from the GOP field in 2016.
My hope is that the consequence of this large field of Democrats only shortens the odds of a quality challenger emerging to defeat Donald Trump a year from November and send him out of the White House as quickly as humanly possible.
Please, let there be no repeat of the hideous mistake that Republican Party primary voters made when they nominated the huckster in chief.