The 2020 field of expected presidential candidates just shrunk by one.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) formally announced on Wednesday that he will not be running for president in the upcoming 2020 election.
I’ve been pretty transparent about this, but let me be 100% clear: I’m not running in 2020. I love the job I have now. And at least 2 or 3 Democrats in the Senate need to stay behind to keep the fight going here! https://t.co/gjyVNwoPsH
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 23, 2019
Major Drop Out
For Trump supporters, this is very good news, because Murphy was considered to be one of the top candidates among Dems.
Still, the field of Democrats vying for the White House is already starting to make the 2016 Republican field look like a tea party.
Over the last year, dozens of Democrats have stated that they want a piece of Trump, so there may end up being more than two dozen candidates when all is said and done.
The More the Merrier
The more that enter the race, the better it will be for Trump.
There are two very specific reasons for this.
First, with more candidates, it more likely that they will tear each other up on the campaign trail.
We all saw what the Republicans did to each other in 2015 and 2016: candidates were so focused on winning their primaries that they served up all kinds of juicy tidbits about each other in the process.
Let’s not forget that the Christopher Steele dossier that is causing Trump so many problems even today was commissioned by a conservative backing Jeb Bush at first. (Only when it became clear that Trump was going to win did he drop his interest in the dossier.)
Secondly, and probably far more important in this case: while the Dems attack each other, their attention is far from President Trump, who already has a head start on any potential presidential contenders on the left.
But while it’s likely that the Dems will battle it out among each other, if you thought the attacks against Trump were bad in 2016, wait until you see 2020 — especially if the Democrats get someone like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to come out of the fray.
Dig in, Patriots, because it is going to be one hell of a fight.