The Democratic race for the presidency has been filled with candidates. At one point in time, there were over two dozen Dems who had thrown their hat in the ring to run for president. The problem is that there can only be one winner – and the DNC has created a number of criterion for the debates.
The criteria really isn’t that crazy when it comes down to determining who can and cannot participate in the debates. It focuses on having a certain percentage in the polls as well as a certain amount in fundraising efforts. After all, if you don’t have enough votes or enough funds to get through to the primaries, there’s no chance of being elected, so the DNC is simply doing some weeding.
However, it’s clear that too many of the Dems have yet to see the writing on the wall. Although they’re not even polling in at a full one percent in the national polls, they think that they’re entitled to take the stage with some of the frontrunners such as Biden, Warren, and Harris.
The qualification deadline for the third round of presidential debates is closing in. Those who are unlikely to make the cut are becoming extremely angry about the debate criterion. In order to qualify for the primetime showdown, contributions need to be in excess of 130,000 individual donors and have at least a 2% rank within four qualifying polls.
There are at least 10 Democrats who have qualified – this includes former VP Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg. However, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) is complaining that the DNC process is “stifling” the ability to debate important topics. However, he is considered a lower-tier contender. Although there are at least six months before the primaries, if he hasn’t been able to get 2% of the votes by now, there is no chance that he’s going to suddenly pull ahead so dramatically – regardless of whether he makes it to the primetime stage or not.
Tom Steyer is another candidate who is having a hissy fit over the DNC criteria. The billionaire environmentalist is one poll short of making the stage. He feels as though he’s being denied the ability to qualify due to “lack of recent qualifying polls.” However, the DNC explains that there are plenty of qualifying polls, including one being taken in Nevada prior to the deadline.
Most people haven’t heard of Steyer, which is why he’s not ranking. He hasn’t done enough to get in front of people – and suddenly showing up on stage with the bigger names isn’t going to change all of that.
The Dems who are complaining are simply proving that they don’t want to play by the rules. The DNC criteria is not anything new. There is no need to put 20 people on stage when, the reality is, those who can’t meet the simple criteria put into place don’t belong on the stage.
Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is another one who is complaining about the unfairness. She is two polls short of qualifying for the next set of debates. This means that she has been unable to show that at least 2% of voters in any state want to vote for her. How she thinks she would get the majority across the United States in the primaries at this point is showing just how inadequate she is for president.
Plenty of Dems aren’t complaining – and these are the ones who have qualified not only for the third debate but also for the fourth debate in October. These are the ones that are making the headlines and talking about their plans. Even Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke have managed to secure their spots. Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang has qualified, too. Amy Klobuchar, who has compared the struggle of making debates to a “Game of Thrones situation” has also made the cut. None of these Democrats are complaining because they’re doing the work that they’re being asked of – and they are making sure that the American public knows who they are so that they can get the votes within the polls.
All is fair in love and war – no one said anything about fairness in politics. The Democrats who are complaining simply need to see the writing on the wall: they are not going to be the next president. They need to give up and stop throwing a hissy fit like a toddler and be realistic about throwing their support behind one of the 10 candidates who has qualified for the next round of debates.