Beto: Obamaworld is warming up to the nascent presidential campaign of Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D). A lot of this sounds like the love affair progressives once had with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who seems to have missed her shot in 2016. Beto can’t really wait.
Bloomberg: Nothing screams relatable like a pro-gun control billionaire from New York visiting Iowa. Ironically, though, if Bloomberg were to run, Iowa might be strong for him simply because it’s so white. In the end, though, he likely won’t pull the trigger.
Gabbard: Blue Dog Sanderista? Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) is visiting New Hampshire next week. On one level, a bid kind of makes sense for her. She has moth moderate red and progressive bona fides. She could credibly go after the WWC voters that swung to Trump. In fact, she is theoretically the most electable candidate that Democrats have. However, she just isn’t a big enough fish to break out and get name recognition, especially since she’ll be trapped in such a crowded clown car.
Casey: Answering the masses of progressive activists demanding a campaign (snark), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) is considering a presidential campaign. At this point, the debate stages may need stadium seating.
Booker: Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) is looking to staff-up for his obvious campaign in waiting. Some might wonder whether it’s worth it to work for a candidate who has such a high chance to lose due to the likely-crowded Democratic field. However, most of Booker’s staffers will still be able to find jobs after he likely loses the nomination battle because presidential general election campaigns are staff-heavy behemoths (unless your name is Trump)….