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Would Sec of State Blinken be a good presidential candidate ?

A lot of people are speculating who would fill the Democratic candidacy for President should Biden step aside because he's 'too old' (I'm happy with Biden and his performance, personally). So we need someone 'younger'.

I know there are different names mentioned often (most often is Newsom, less often is Harris) but no one ever mentions SoS Blinken. I'm surprised - he comes across as 'authorative' and 'presidential' on TV; speaks very well (unlike Trump or the other GOP candidates), and doesn't seem to be the type to be afraid of GOP attacks.

What do you others think - would he be a good candidate for '24 should it become available ?

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by Anonymousreply 32May 17, 2024 4:57 AM

Yes, but I see no path for him. He's efficient, thoughtful, principled. Like a lot of Biden's cabinet. MAGA world likes performative actors; Biden's folk are mostly flatter, more serious. Not something America likes to elect, unfortunately.

by Anonymousreply 1February 16, 2024 2:58 PM

Antony Blinken would make a fantastic POTUS, but a terrible candidate not because he'd be terrible but because of the environment we find ourselves today. Firstly, facing facts (and don't blame the messenger), he's Jewish and this country will simply not elect a Jew to the presidency for too many reasons to list here. Second, he's a brilliant, thoughtful and skilled negotiator, and since we don't do negotiation, thought or brilliance in America, it would be held against him. Third, his communication skills and fluency in multiple languages would turn off half the electorate before he even announced his candidacy.

We used to value intelligence, education, experience and know-how in America. Now we value lies, obsfucation, doing nothing to solve our problems and frankly, sheer idiocy,

by Anonymousreply 2February 16, 2024 3:00 PM

Blinken seems too wonky and intellectual to excite anybody. Kind of a calm, centrist Elizabeth Warren. I think it needs to be someone in the Biden style... plain spoken, everyman... former Montana Governor Steve Bullock, maybe Mitch Landrieu. Some nice, safe white guy who stands calmly in contrast to Trump. Newsome is too problematic given all the problems in California. You don't need an easy target. He needs to get out of California, do something else for a few years and distance himself from a mess that's not solely his making. He's a viable candidate, just not now.

by Anonymousreply 3February 16, 2024 3:01 PM

R1 Never thought of it that way. But then again, no one in MAGA world would vote for any Dem candidate. I think Blinken would have to attract Independents and Never-Trump republicans, no ?

by Anonymousreply 4February 16, 2024 3:02 PM

He seems ok OP. I don't care who it is as long as Dump doesn't get elected.

by Anonymousreply 5February 16, 2024 3:07 PM

To add: he would be an excellent president. The experience is top drawer.

by Anonymousreply 6February 16, 2024 3:08 PM

R6 = Gloria Upson

by Anonymousreply 7February 16, 2024 3:12 PM

R2 Very informative post. I didn't realize he was Jewish, which (of course) creates a whole new set of hurdles today.

by Anonymousreply 8February 16, 2024 3:13 PM

No More Wite Men!

by Anonymousreply 9February 16, 2024 3:13 PM

No. He's like a pithed frog.

An empty husk.

by Anonymousreply 10February 16, 2024 3:21 PM

Yes, I would vote for him.

by Anonymousreply 11February 16, 2024 3:28 PM


by Anonymousreply 12February 16, 2024 3:30 PM

Blues-lawyer boomer hack, that’s what we need more of, sure….

by Anonymousreply 13May 15, 2024 3:28 PM

He has hormonal issues.

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by Anonymousreply 14May 15, 2024 3:37 PM

No OP. He is a bureaucrat, not a politician.

by Anonymousreply 15May 15, 2024 3:39 PM

He would, but a lot of people won’t vote for a Jew.

by Anonymousreply 16May 15, 2024 3:44 PM

I'd vote for him, but I'm not American so that's no bloody good to any of you's. I like the "calm centrist" vibe he's got like R3 said

He's also kinda cute for an older guy

R2 is right though, being Jewish is unfortunately a bit of an issue along with all the other factors

by Anonymousreply 17May 15, 2024 3:45 PM

I went to law school with Blinken and I would definitely vote for him.

However, he is Jewish and his father, a co-founder of the private equity firm Warburg Pincus, is immensely wealthy. Blinken had a privileged Manhattan upbringing. He attended the Dalton School (whose alumni include people like Anderson Cooper and Gwyneth Paltrow) and later attended high school in Paris (where he had moved with his mother after her divorce from his father) and is a graduate of Harvard and Columbia Law School.

I think all of these are great qualifications, but he is not a man of the people and I'm afraid that would hurt his electability. The MAGA Neanderthals would be all over him.

by Anonymousreply 18May 15, 2024 3:59 PM

I wouldn’t say the country will “never’ elect a Jewish president, but it would cost some votes.

by Anonymousreply 19May 15, 2024 4:01 PM

He tries to give the opposite impression…..

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by Anonymousreply 20May 15, 2024 4:01 PM

I agree that Blinken’s background in finance would hurt him as a Jew due to prejudices. It hurt Mitt Romney, too, and he didn’t have a conspiracy theory of “international financiers” to contend with. A Jew would have to run as a critic of Wall St like Bernie Sanders or at least not come from Wall St (perhaps Josh Shapiro).

by Anonymousreply 21May 15, 2024 4:05 PM

If he ran unopposed he'd still lose

by Anonymousreply 22May 15, 2024 4:06 PM

Can he eat solids and make it up a flight of stairs?

by Anonymousreply 23May 15, 2024 4:19 PM

I’d give him the Nod! (Winkin’)

by Anonymousreply 24May 15, 2024 4:43 PM


by Anonymousreply 25May 15, 2024 5:04 PM

Rhymes with Lincoln.

by Anonymousreply 26May 16, 2024 2:32 PM

[quote] I wouldn’t say the country will “never’ elect a Jewish president

It won’t. Not as long as Israel and AIPAC is around. Americans will always be suspicious of which country the candidate is working for.

by Anonymousreply 27May 16, 2024 3:09 PM

Does he have any known domestic policy views? Standard issue establishmentarian, or anything more interesting?

I get that foreign policy is important, and he's very qualified for that, but there is actually another whole side to being president.

by Anonymousreply 28May 16, 2024 4:06 PM

In 1960, “Americans will never elect a Catholic as President because he’ll take his orders from the Pope”.

by Anonymousreply 29May 16, 2024 6:33 PM

Right, r29, and if the trashy Kennedy family’s mob ties hadn’t fudged the votes in Chicago, Kennedy would have never ended up in the White House.

by Anonymousreply 30May 16, 2024 6:47 PM


by Anonymousreply 31May 17, 2024 4:50 AM

There are still too many conservative Christians in the US for a Jewish person to be elected POTUS.

by Anonymousreply 32May 17, 2024 4:57 AM
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