Michael Bennet this week filed to run for president in New Hampshire.
Instead of the howling supporters who rallied ‘round Bernie Sanders and Pete Buggigieg when they announced, the Colorado senator drew a handful of friends and a pep talk from a local politician.
The Associated Press appears to be the only media that covered the event, and for some bizarre reason, assigned two reporters to write about how being in last place with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock isn’t a death sentence.
Bennet and Bullock stand out in the crowded bottom tier as two well-regarded moderate politicians who got into the race late — in May — and appear to have the same strategy: wait for former Vice President Joe Biden’s support to collapse and hope they’re the best centrist standing.
So that’s Bennet’s strategy, wait for Biden to fall then jump from last to first place?
How are voters supposed to know Bennet is the centrist-in-waiting, when they’ve never even heard of him to begin with?
when if Biden does fall from grace, Bennet still has to surge past the name recognition and popularity of Elizabeth Warren, then Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and everyone else polling higher than him including Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang Tulsi Gabbard, Julian Castro or Tom Steyer.
So just as soon as all 11 candidates fall, along with Michael Bloomberg if he’s still getting in the race, then Bennet thinks he can win the White House.
Bennet’s grasp of the odds are truly astounding:
“I truly believe that that person is as likely to be someone polling at 1% today as it is to be the people that are leading in the race today,” Bennet told reporters after filing his paperwork. “Stranger things have happened than that.”
It’s the perfect bumper sticker: “Bennet for president, stranger things have happened.”
Oh, and note to the Associated Press: frontrunner Joe Biden got into the race on April 25, Bennet announced seven days later on May 2. But nice try.