Massachusetts Democrats and I finally have something we can agree on — that their would-be presidential contenders, namely Elizabeth Warren, Deval Patrick and Seth Moulton, aren’t quite the cream of the crop in 2020.
Don’t take my word for it, take a look at the UMass/YouGov study of Massachusetts Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents highlighting how alarmingly unpopular Warren, Patrick and Moulton are.
Asked which candidates Massachusetts voters would support in the 2020 Democratic primary, former Vice President Joe Biden tops the ticket with 19 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders at 14 percent. Warren garners a paltry 11 percent — barely edging out Texas Senate loser Beto O’Rourke.
Translation: 89 percent of voters polled aren’t in Warren’s corner.
To the contrary, Bay State voters are soundly rejecting Warren’s aspirations to higher office knowing she doesn’t have the goods — or should we say the feathers — to make Donald Trump a one-term president.
Whether you believe her family lore or not, she’ll never be able to shake the whole Native American debacle, especially since the DNA test she commissioned this fall confirmed she may be only 1/1024th Indian. That minuscule result gave credence to the widely held notion she may have committed affirmative action fraud back when she checked the box at Harvard.
That said, former Gov. Deval Patrick shouldn’t mistake Warren’s underperformance in the poll as a sign he should lead the resistance in 2020. Despite having charisma and being a good speaker, Patrick presided over Massachusetts’ failing transportation system, drug lab scandal and its Department of Children and Families, which failed to protect poor Jeremiah Oliver. No surprise that the UMass poll found Patrick in even lower standing with Massachusetts Democratic voters than a fake Indian.
And Moulton? With only 1 percent of Democrat support he’s about as welcome as a fruitcake for Christmas.
In the poll, 27 percent of Democratic voters said they “Don’t Know” who they’d vote for in a hypothetical 2020 primary, indicating Massachusetts voters and I agree on this: none of its would-be contenders have what it takes to take on Trump, with the exception of Gov. Charlie Baker, who notched 30 percent voter support to Trump’s 40 percent.
No shoe-in by any stretch, but our popular governor has a better shot representing the Bay State in the Beltway come 2020 than Warren, Patrick and Moulton combined.
A centrist Republican from uber-liberal Massachusetts — how bout’ them apples?