2020 is a long ways off, but the Democrats are undoubtedly already looking for their next presidential candidate to try and defeat President Trump (that of course is if you believe Trump will still be in office by then). While there has been a lot of talk about Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer and probably a dozen other names, one name seems to fit the bill of exactly what the Democrats need and are looking for, better than anyone else.
That name is Congressman Eric Swalwell. While very little mention has been made of him as a potential candidate, other signs point to the fact that the Democratic party is secretly pushing him to the top of their list.
Swalwell, a U.S. Representative from California’s 15th congressional district, has been a consistent guest on CNN, providing his take on the current Trump investigation and other political matters. At only 36 years of age, Swalwell is already an experienced congressman, who garners the support of many high ranking officials. Being a member of the House Intelligence Committee, he is the one who created the bill that requested a bipartisan commission to investigate Russia’s interference in our elections.
Nancy Pelosi seems to be a big fan of Swalwell. She encouraged him to launch the Future Forum which is a group of young Democrats who make it their goal to engage with millennials. Pelosi also appointed him to the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee — a sign of great respect.
Fact is, the media loves him, and it’s typically the media who helps push a candidate to the top (except in the case of Donald Trump). Swalwell is an excellent public speaker, he is mostly moderate, but most importantly he is young. The trend in world politics seems to be going the route of youth over experience as of late. We’ve seen this in France with Emmanual Macron assuming office at the age of 39, and in Canada with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assuming office in 2015 at the age of 44.
You even see it on television shows, where youth seems to be the new “in thing” within politics. For example, in the Netflix original series, House of Cards, Season 5, we saw Francis Underwoods’ opponent Will Conway run against Underwood at the tender age of 36. Even though he lost the election, Conway became a fan favorite, and most people probably felt as though they were rooting for him throughout the season. Sure that’s just a TV show, but opinions are changing, perhaps because of the way in which our current President is seemingly turning back on the progress we have made over the last 8 years in favor of laws and ideologies from decades ago.
Where Swalwell lacks in experience, he makes up for with his progressive ideas and his connections with millennials. 2020 is a long way off, but right now it appears as though the Democratic party is secretly pushing this agenda. If Swalwell were to run and get elected, he would be the youngest President, at age 40, in American History, beating out John F Kennedy (43) and Theodore Roosevelt (42).
What do you think? Would you vote for Swalwell in 2020? Feel free to leave a comment below.