If you want to see just how much America and the Democratic Party have changed in the past few years, just consider the presidential campaign of John Hickenlooper.
In the past, Hickenlooper probably wouldn’t have been a front runner but, as a reasonably popular governor from a purpleish state, he would have been a serious contender. Today, barely 5 months after announcing he was a candidate, John Hickenlooper announced that he was dropping out of the race and hardly anyone noticed.
Hickenlooper seems like a good example of someone who could have been a strong candidate in the general but who was neither extreme nor well-known enough to survive the primaries. He was like Joe Biden without the gaffes but also without the ability to answer every criticism with, “Back when I was working down the hall from Barack Obama…”
Hickenlooper might run for the Senate and, with how Colorado has been trending and assuming 2020 is a Democratic year, it seems like he could win. Of course, he’d have to receive the nomination first. There are currently 13 declared Democratic candidates for that seat and none of them have spent the past few months as a political punchline.
For now, though, it’s so much for John Hickenlooper. Who will be the next tree to fall in the forest and will anyone hear?