Why Newspaper Editors Would Be Happy With Joe Biden as the Democratic Nominee But Wary of Hickenlooper, Gillibrand, and Klobuchar

The New York Times says 22 Democrats are running for president, or are all but certain to run, or likely to run, or might run. They range from former vice president Joe Biden to former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper.

If newspaper headline writers could pick the nominee, their favorites likely would be Biden, Brown, Castro, Harris, Booker, or Warren.

At the bottom of the list would be Hickenlooper, Gillibrand, and Klobuchar. Try to fit one of them in a one-column head on page one.

Headline writers have been lucky for a long time: Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama. All pretty easy to fit in all kinds of headlines.

How did headline writers handle Dwight Eisenhower? They liked Ike. Roosevelt could be FDR. Kennedy was JFK. Johnson was LBJ.

Some of the losing presidential candidates: Stevenson, Goldwater, Humphrey, McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis. The longer the last name, the shorter the political career.

As for President Trump, the Washington Post may not like most of what he talks about and does but from one column to eight columns he fits very well on page one. Mike Pence would be okay, too.

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